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Get Smart - The Complete Series (The Complete Third Season)


TITLE: GET SMART - THE COMPLETE SERIES (THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON)


Info: (applies for Season 3 only)

DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006 (Time Life/HBO)
Color/1967-68
MSRP: $199.96
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: approx. 716 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 66 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: Not available
Special Features: Audio introductions by Barbara Feldon; Audio commentary by Don Rickles, Barbara Feldon and Buck Henry; 1968 Emmy broadcast clips; Get Smart syndication promo; clip of "The Andy Williams Show" and more!


Introduction:

Smart is back for a third season of hilarious hijinks in GET SMART -- THE COMPLETE SERIES, Season 3. GET SMART stars the late Don Adams as Agent 86 Maxwell Smart, Barbara Feldon as his love interest, 99 and Edward Platt as their boss, the Chief. The third season finds Smart and 99 battling KAOS once again and going head to head with Siegfried (Bernie Kopell).


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Memorable episodes this season include: "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye" in which everyone at CONTROL takes second jobs. "That Old Gang of Mine" in which the British CONTROL wants Max to go undercover. "One of Our Olives is Missing" in which Carol Burnett guest stars. "Classification: Dead" in which Max is poisoned and looks for an antidote. "The Little Black Book" Parts 1 and 2 is the one in which an old friend of Max's gives him a black book of KAOS agent names. "99 Loses Control" is the one in which 99 leaves Max and CONTROL. "The Wax Max" in which 99 and Smart enjoy the day at an amusement park, unaware that it is actually a drop off point for KAOS agents. "Spy, Spy, Birdie" in which Pfister wants to blow up the world. "Die, Spy" which is a spoof of the NBC series "I Spy" and many more!

Guest stars this season include Bernie Kopell as Siegfried, Robert Karavelas, King Moody, Carol Burnett, Don Rickles, Joey Bishop, David Ketchum, Gordon Jump, Buddy Hackett, Alex Rocco, Bill Dana, Dick Gautier, David Gauthier, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, and Noam Pitlik.


Packaging:

The seasons are packaged individually but come together in a larger collector's set. Time Life basically re-created the famous phone booth that Smart disappears into during the opening credits. You flip down the first part, open the second part and then open the phone booth doors to reveal the sets.

The third season set is blue in color and features a shot of Don Adams as Smart on the cover. There's a clear casing type cover that goes over the cardboard flip-fold set. There are five discs in this set.

The discs themselves have a plain background design, for this set they use a darker shade of blue. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7. Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14. Disc 3 contains episodes 15-20. Disc 4 contains episodes 21-26. Disc 5 contains all the bonus features included for this season.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu immediately pops up and you see a few video clips from the show playing with the menu selection options on the bottom. Each disc has a different colored menu but a similar design. There is a Play All option, which plays all of the episodes on the set. There is also an "Episodes" selection which takes you to another menu (this is all "animated") that lists the episodes you can watch on the disc. The last selection is "Commentaries" which takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes with the commentary on that particular disc and you can choose the episode that way with commentary.


Video and Audio Quality:

Once again like the previous two sets, the video is wonderful. Crisp and clear. The audio is fine as well, so nothing to worry about. The episodes run uncut and there are chapter skips available.

DISC 1
1- The Spy Who Met Himself (25:25)
2- Viva Smart (25:23)
3- Witness for the Persecution (25:27)
4- The Spirit is Willing (25:16)
5- Maxwell Smart, Private Spy (24:56)
6- Supersonic Boom (25:29)
7- One of Our Olives is Missing (25:26)

DISC 2
8- When Good Fellows Get Together (25:27)
9- Dr. Yes (24:54)
10- That Old Gang of Mine (25:25)
11- The Mild Ones (25:13)
12- Classification: Dead (25:26)
13- The Mysterious Dr. T (25:21)
14- The King Lives? (25:29)

DISC 3
15- The Groovy Guru (25:27)
16- The Little Black Book, Part 1 (25:26)
17- The Little Black Book, Part 2 (25:18)
18- Don't Look Back (25:26)
19- 99 Loses CONTROL (25:27)
20- The Wax Max (24:26)

DISC 4
21- Run. Robot, Run (25:24)
22- Operation Ridiculous (25:25)
23- Spy, Spy, Birdie (24:26)
24- The Hot Line (25:27)
25- Die, Spy (25:26)
26- The Reluctant Redhead (25:28)

DISC 5
(All of the special features -- times are listed below)


Special Features:

All of these special features can be found on Disc 5 (except audio commentary!)

* Audio Commentary by Don Rickles (guest star)
Commentary by Rickles can be found on the episode "The Little Black Book, Part 2" which is located on Disc 3.

* Audio Commentary by Barbara Feldon and Buck Henry
Commentary by Feldon and Henry can be found on the episode "99 Loses CONTROL" which is located on Disc 3.

* Bruce Bilson (Director) Interview (31:02)
This is a very very good lengthy interview with Bilson, who is a director on GET SMART. Very cool!

* Featurette - Spooks, Spies, Gadgets and Gizmos (13:33)
A cool featurette that focuses on all of the, well, gadgets, gizmos and spies of the GET SMART series! Really fun!

* 1968 Emmy Broadcast Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series (3:33)
* 1968 Emmy Broadcast Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (1:18)
These are clips of portions of the 1968 Emmy Broadcast.

* Get Smart Syndication Promo (3:21)
More or less what it says -- a syndication promo for the series.

* Milton Berle's Mad, Mad World of Comedy (4:43)
This is just a clip of this special that features an appearance by Don Adams in which he tries to explain the origin behind Smart's voice.

* The Andy Williams Show, 1966 (6:31)
This is a clip of the episode that features an appearance by Don Adams in a "Smart" style skit.

* Bloopers (1:42)
Hilarious bloopers from the third season!

* Don Rickles Bloopers - From "The Little Black Book" episode (also available on Disc 3) (1:27)
What it says -- bloopers with Don Rickles from that episode. Very funny!

* Get Smart Reunion Seminar, 2003 (4:41)
Another segment/clip from the Get Smart Reunion Seminar featuring Barbara Feldon, Bernie Kopell, Don Adams!

* NBC Broadcast Standards Memos
More memos! 34 screens this time! Very interesting to look at really, as you can see memos from NBC's standards company in which they advise the producers on which lines to change, which scenes to make more tasteful, etc.

* Interactive Bonus Feature
You can explore all of the gadgets and features in Maxwell Smart's Car. I have to say, I really love these little interactive features! Very unique!


Final Comments:

Dang! This is another fantastic release! Each season just continues to impress me more and more and more! I'm thrilled with this set. It has commentary, bloopers, interactive features, promos, etc. Everything I want in a release is here! Time Life, HBO and Paul Brownstein have done an amazing job and although I've said it many times prior, it just bears repeating as this set is amazing!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 12/27/06

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