TITLE: HUNTER - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 1020 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: No languages or subtitles; Closed captioned
Special Features: None on this set
He was L.A.P.D.'s Detective Sgt., Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) and along with his partner, Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer), they
ruled Saturday nights. The third season was an unforgettable one, with rapes, kidnappings, prostitution, cold-blooded killers, and
car-crashing, rulebook-breaking action! It's all here in this double-sided 3-disc set! HUNTER - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON,
own it on DVD today!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The third season continues with the high of classic episodes. "Overnight Sensation," in which a TV reporter accuses Hunter
of unjusty firing his weapon. "True Confessions," which features Melvin Belli as himself. "Bad Company," in which Aryan supremacist terrorists rob a gun shop and leave their female partner for dead. "Down and Under," in which Hunter travels to Australia. "Requiem for Sergeant McCall," in which McCall wants to reopen the case her husband was working on at the time of his death. His killer is about to be paroled. And finally, "Hot Pursuit" Parts 1 and 2, in which an informant tells McCall about a prostitution ring working out of RVs along truck routes just before they are both shot. Hunter goes to Mexico to meet the pimp and is accused of his murder.
This season saw guest appearances by George Clooney, Anthony LaPaglia, Chaka Khan, Brent Spiner, Claudia Christian, Dean Stockwell, Marina Sirtis, Candy Clark, Leif Garrett, Leslie Hope, Larenz Tate, Larry Drake, Lauren Tewes, Shelley Taylor Morgan... and more!
The packaging for this set is very simple. The box has a picture of Hunter and DeeDee on it striking poses with their guns (just like the first season & second season box art). And again, it's a great design, sleek and edgy, like the series itself. Inside the box, there are two individual cases, one for two double-sided discs (case one has two and case three has one disc). Each case has a large shot of each cast member in a "firing a gun" pose with the background blurred out (it's pretty nice, and the same design as the first two seasons): Hunter on the Disc's One & Two case and DeeDee on the Disc Three case. On the back of each case, there are description of each episode that is included on that disc. The descriptions themselves are about one sentence each. The discs themselves no longer have any art on them, as they are double-sided. The episodes are presented in air date order.
There are three discs in this set. They are also now double-sided. Disc 1, Side A contains episodes 1-4. Disc 1, Side B contains episodes 5-8. Disc 2-Side A contains episodes 9-12. Disc 2-Side B contains episodes 13-16. In the second case is Disc 3. Disc 3-Side A contains episodes 17-20 and Disc 3-Side B contains the season finale, which was two parts, so episodes 21 & 22.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu screen is very different from the first two releases. It's really sleek and more compact, which is what I was hoping to get. The last menu screen was a bit hard to manuever and it had way too many menu screens to get through before you selected an episode to watch. This one has a picture of Hunter holding his gun (same type of picture as used throughout the set) and some small screenshots, then on the left side is the main opening credits playing and on the right side is a list of the episodes on that side of the disc. And then there is the play all feature. It's simple, compact and sleek, which is what was needed. Although when you select an episode to watch, it DOES take you to another menu screen and you can select either play the episode or choose a specific scene in the episode you want to watch. I did like the old design, but this is really nice too. A good improvement, If I say so myself!
Video and Audio Quality:
The audio and video is very good. Crystal clear video and the sound was great. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. Each episode runs about 47 minutes, which means you get almost five minutes of extra footage you can't see in syndication. There are chapter skips available.
Unlike the first two seasons, there are NO special features! This was such a shock. Seasons 1 and 2 had such fantastic bonus features. I find it hard to believe they ran out of things. No commentary, no interviews, nothing, on this set. A big letdown.
Well, after truly enjoying and loving the first two releases of HUNTER, this was a big disappointment. It really feels like Anchor Bay dropped the ball. Gone are the fantastic special features (cast interviews, commentary, actual scripts). They also crammed all the episodes onto just three discs (compared to six from the first two releases) by making them double-sided. Although it's probably cost effecient, I've never been a fan of double-sided discs, which seem to be what's becoming the norm. Overall though, it was nice to have the episodes uncut, restored and available to watch anytime, but the release felt very rushed (as in put together) and it didn't really do much to grab me. I can say there is one "bonus" to this set: the release price has been nearly slashed in half. It went from almost 60 bucks for Season 2, to only about 30 bucks for this season. As a fan though, I'd still buy it and here's hoping we have a better Season 4 release!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 12/31/05
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