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Hot in Cleveland - Season Three


TITLE: HOT IN CLEVELAND - SEASON THREE


Info:

Release Date: November 27, 2012 (TV Land Home Entertainment)
Color / 2011-12
MSRP: $29.99
Packaging: Viva Pack
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 506 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 21 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-captioned
Special Features: “Some Like It Hot” special 


Introduction:

Oh hi, Ohio, the girls are even hotter in the Ohio city of Cleveland with the DVD release of Season Three of the TV Land series, Hot in Cleveland, from TV Land Home Entertainment! They're back and hotter than ever! The Emmy Winning, highest-rated series in the history of TV Land is back with the third season, returning for more laughs, more loves, and more misadventures in the Midwest. Whether they're taking a gay cruise, modeling tracksuits or setting each other up on disastrous blind dates, these four fabulous women make Cleveland the hottest destination on DVD! Star studded cast includes Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award-Winner Betty White!

Timed to coincide with the Season 4 premiere on TV Land on November 28, and released in time for holiday gift giving, this DVD makes the perfect stocking stuffer. This 3-disc set includes all Season 3 episodes plus the “Some Like it Hot” behind-the-scenes special that aired on TV Land! Also packed with outstanding guest appearances: Joan Rivers, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Huey Lewis, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Lee Gifford, Joe Jonas, Regis, and many more! 


Episodes:

The third season picks up where the second season left off with Elka (White) at the altar finding out that her ex-husband is alive! Season three features a host of guest appearances including Sean Hayes, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, Don Rickles, John Mahoney Laura San Giacomo, Baron Davis, Josh Cribbs, Kym Whitley, Ed Asner, Georgia Engel, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Susan Lucci, Huey Lewis, Joe Jonas, Jon Lovitz, Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong, Doug Savant, James Denton, Kristin Chenoweth, Barry Bostwick, Dan Cortese, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Rhea Perlman, Andy Richter, Paul Dooley, Steven Weber, Carl Reiner, Chris Gorham, Gilles Marini, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Silverman, Roger Bart, David Spade and many more.

On the season premiere, “Elka’s Choice,” Elka is forced to choose between her thought-to-be-dead husband Bobby (Don Rickles), her old boyfriend, Max and her new boyfriend/fiancée, Fred. In “Beards,” the girls go on a gay cruise, where Victoria plans to speak about her "relationship" with Joy, until they both fall for the captain, Captain Lebeau (Gilles Marini), while Melanie runs into her sister, Caroline (Laura San Giacomo), and discovers she is a lesbian. In “God and Football,” Melanie takes Elka to a football game, as a present for her 90th birthday, and finds romance with a kicker (Dan Cortese). In “Love Is Blind,” Joy dates a 22-year-old blind man (Randy Wayne), who believes that she is 26 years old, whil, Victoria receives a surprise visit from her daughter, Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Melanie from her son Will (Joe Jonas), who reveal their plan to wed each other, as Elka prank-calls A-Rod.

 In “Tangled Web,” the ladies escape to a lake house after Victoria sets loose a poisonous spider,, as Melanie finds out her new love interest is actually Joy's former fiancé, while Melanie has a handsome Mormon (Christopher Gorham), pretend to be her new boyfriend. In “Claus, Tails & High Pitched Males: Birthdates 3,” the ladies set each other up on dates for their annual birthdate celebration, as Victoria is set up with previous cruise ship fling, Captain Lebeau, Melanie is set up with a Jersey Boys cast member (Roger Bart) who has an unfortunate trait, Joy dates Melanie's former priest (Andy Richter), and Elka dates someone who might be magical (Paul Dooley). In “The Gateway Friend,” the girls have to get their L.A. friend, Courtney (Kristin Chenoweth) back together with her Beverly Hills dermatologist boyfriend, Dr. Minton (Jonathan Silverman) or face the prospect of never getting an appointment with him again. And on the season finale “Blow Outs,” when Joy and Victoria follow Melanie to her secret new hair salon, true to Melanie's predictions of disaster, they manage to cause the two hairdressers (Regis Philbin and David Spade) to part ways, as Melanie's hair suffers in the fallout, tensions between the ladies escalate and the season ends with a cliffhanger, when the ladies find a baby on their doorstep.

Disc 1:
1. "Elka’s Choice" (21:01)
2. "Beards" (21:04)
3. "Funeral Crashers" (21:04)
4. "Happy Fat" (21:05)
5. "One Thing or a Mother" (21:04)
6. "How Did You Guys Meet, Anyway?" (21:05)
7. "Two Girls and a Rhino" (21:05)
8. "God and Football" (21:05)

Disc 2:
9. "Love Is Blind" (21:04)
10. "Life with Lucci" (21:05)
11. “I’m with the Band2” (20:44)
12. “Lost Loves” (21:05)
13. “Tangled Web” (21:05)
14. “Hot & Heavy” (21:05)
15. “Rubber Ball” (20:59)
16. “Everything Goes Better with Vampires” (20:59)

Disc 3:
17. “Claus, Tails & High Pitched Males: Birthdates 3” (21:05)
18. “Cruel Shoes” (20:44)
19. “Bye George, I Think He's Got It!” (20:44)
20. “The Gateway Friend” (21:05)
21. “Storage Wars” (21:04)
22. “What's Behind the Door” (21:04)
23. “Blow Outs” (21:04)


Packaging:

The set is packaged in a standard Viva pack, like the last set, which isn't bad. The cover art has a cast photo of them dressed up (wow, Melanie in a dark blue dress!) in a nice sky blue background. The back has four episodic snapshots, along with that nice cast photo zoomed in and a description of the series. We also have a list of bonus features in red. There are three discs inside, with the first two discs in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page in a book. Disc one is on the front side, while disc two is on the backside. Disc three is on the right panel itself. There is not one single insert or episode list to be found anywhere in this set, unfortunately again. The inside is all black and has no artwork again. The discs are in a sky blue background, with each disc darker in color. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-8. Disc 2 contains episodes 9-16. And Disc 3 has episodes 17-23 along with the “Some Like It Hot” special.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the closing theme song playing in the background again, with various photos of cast members popping up on screen, similar to last time. The options on the main menu include Play All, Episodes, Set Up, and Bonus. Set Up allows you to change the audio from 5.1 Surround Sound to Stereo Surround Sound, once again like last time along with turning on subtitles. The Episodes option takes you to a menu where we have screenshots and the episode titles. Finally, Bonus is only on disc three and this is where you can play the “Some Like It Hot” special.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality on the set is about as good as one would expect and similar to the previous sets. Or really, it looks better for most people, because TV Land HD isn’t available to many. It certainly isn’t available for me, so it is great to see this in such good quality. It is in widescreen but if you are using a DVD player that upconverts the video, you won’t see the widescreen. It isn't quite "Blu-ray quality" but it is still good. The audio is loud and clear, and can be heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or Dolby Digital Stereo (which will sound better on less sophisticated setups). Every episode contains closed-captioning in English. We have 5 (some have 6) chapter stops per episode. And a few episodes have the “previously on Hot in Cleveland” recap at the beginning of the episode.


Special Features:

We really don’t have anything special on this set. We get the special that aired on TV Land, “Some Like It Hot” (21:04). This is similar to the “Too Hot for TV” special in season two, but that was listed actually in the episodes on the DVD last time. So not sure why “Some Like It Hot” is special? In the special, it is a behind the scenes look of Hot in Cleveland, with never-before-seen footage of the cast and crew, in-depth interviews as well as favorite show moments and bloopers all from the third season. Some commentaries, interviews or an actual blooper reel would have been nice.


Final Comments:

This is a decent DVD once again, with great episodes. I don’t have a whole lot to complain about, but once again I was expecting more than what we have here -- as the special features were lacking once again. And the special feature isn’t really anything special. The episodes are great, and that is really all that matters, and I think this season overall is better than the second season. This set is good about in every other aspect besides the disappointing special features. The series is big for TV Land and the third season had even more episodes -- 23 episodes, plus the behind the scenes episode. The girls are definitely hotter and get better with age, so bedazzle your tracksuits and click the link below to order this DVD before the fourth season premieres on Nov. 28!  


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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 11/18/12

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