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Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: LOIS & CLARK - THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/1995-96
MSRP: $59.98
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 1010 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 26 minutes
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles: French & Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman - ­ excerpts from the new documentary produced by Bryan Singer & Kevin Burns (Disc 3)
• Superman: Brainiac Attacks --­ original movie trailer
• Lois & Clark: A History of Romance
• The Man of Steel Trivia Challenge --­ hosted by Dean Cain


Introduction:

For over a half a century, this Strange Visitor from Another Planet has thrilled the world. Lois & Clark are back in season three and now available for the first time on DVD. Season three is marked by the unexpected turn of events, taking Lois & Clark’s relationship to a new dimension with Lois discovering Clark’s true identity and accepting his marriage proposal. They might even get married this season. Or do they? You’ll see what I mean when you watch season three of Lois & Clark on DVD from Warner Home Video!

The show stars Dean Cain as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and the visitor from another planet & super-hero, Superman. Teri Hatcher also stars as Lois Lane, the news hungry reporter who loves Superman ever since she first saw him. Rounding out the excellent cast is Lane Smith as Perry White the chief of the Daily Planet where Lois & Clark are reporters for, Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen the paper boy of the office, K Callan as Martha Kent who is Clark’s mother on Earth, Eddie Jones as Jonathan Kent who is Clark’s dad on Earth, and John Shea returns for two episodes this season as Lex Luthor.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The third season is very historical for Superman fans. There are a lot of Superman “firsts” this season. The season premiere “We Have A Lot to Talk About” has Lois finding out Superman’s identity and Clark also proposes. “Ultra Woman” is the one where Lois gets super powers. Dean Cain writes the episode “Chip Off the Old Clark” is the episode where a woman accuses of Superman of having her baby. “Tempus Anyone?” is the one where Tempus kidnaps Lois. “I Now Pronounce You...” is the one where they get married…or do they? And the final two episodes of the season focus on Superman’s past…”Through a Glass, Darkly” has two Kryptonians testing Superman. The season finale “Big Girls Don’t Fly,” has Superman thinking about going back to New Krypton to help save that planet. Will he?

This season had a of sitcom stars guest starring! Sitcom stars include: Sal Viscuso of Soap and Peter Boyle of Everybody Loves Raymond in “…We Have A Lot to Talk About,” David Leisure of Empty Nest in “Ordinary People,” country star Mac Davis of Rodney in “Just Say Noah,” Shelley Long of Cheers in “Ultra Woman,” Dave Coulier of Full House and Joel Brooks of My Sister Sam in “Chip Off the Old Clark,” Hamilton Camp of many sitcom roles in “Tempus Anyone?,” Fred Williard & Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond in “I Now Pronounce You…,” Julie Cobb of Charles n Charge in “Forget Me Not,” and Family Ties’ Justine Bateman in the last two episodes of the season. There were other great guest stars too. Bruce Campbell, Kenneth Kimmins, Lane Daives, Paul Linke, Steve Young, Jon Tenney, and John Shea guest star.


Packaging:

The packaging is quite neat. It is a nice digipak box set. The box’s front cover has a photo of Superman and Lois (short hair!) with the Daily Planet logo in the background. The show’s logo and The Complete Third Season are also present. A nice blue/grey color scheme is there. The back of the box has three different screenshots from the season: Superman, Lois & Clark, and Clark’s parents tied up. The back also has a brief synopsis of the show. Superman’s picture is in the little yellow box that contains info on the special features.

The case’s front cover is the same as the box cover. The back of the case has a shot of Clark holding Lois and the credits are on the bottom. When we open the case once, we get to the disc one breakdown on the left and a disc two breakdown on the right. The disc breakdowns have episode numbers, episode titles, writer, director, original air date, and a brief synopsis. And special features, if any. There are nice photos in the background on each side of a breakdown as well along with a snapshot of a character on the bottom left. For disc one & two’s breakdown you see Clark in the background and there is a snapshot of Clark & Perry and a snapshot of Lois & Clark on the bottom left. Disc three & four’s breakdown you see a sexy photo of Lois in the background and it has shot of Superman to the rescue. When we open the case a second time, we get to 4 sides. There is a disc five & six breakdown on the left with a nice photo of Lois & Clark in the background and a snapshot of Martha & Clark. Then you see a spot for discs one & two, discs three & four, and discs five & six.

The discs are on top of each other. For example, disc one is on top of disc two; disc three on top of four; and disc 5 on top of six. Again, I hate that! It is hard to take out and easily can be scratched, so be careful! Discs one and two are in red and it has a photo of Clark. Discs three and four are in blue and it has a photo of Superman. Discs 5 and 6 are in yellow and it has a photo of Lois. There are nice photos on the case when you take out each two disc page. I won’t give that away though; you’ll have to see yourself. Disc one holds episodes 1-4, disc two holds episodes 5-8, disc three holds episodes 9-12 and trailers; disc four holds episodes 13-15; disc five holds episodes 16-20 and disc six holds episodes 21-22 & the special features.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is a little less exciting this season. There is no special effect when the main menu starts, but the theme is playing in the background. Three nice photos are on each menu (The same photos for each, if you are wondering). The main menu has a red background. The options are: Play All, Episodes, Special Features (D3, D6 only), & Languages. Play All is self-explanatory. Episodes takes you to the episode list for the given disc and you can choose which episode you want to view. Special Features are only for discs three (trailers) and six, and this time the option is NOT present on each disc—which is an improvement over the last set. The Languages option tells us that the only spoken language on this set in English, but you can have subtitles in French and Spanish as well.

There is no scene selection screen but there are chapters present on each episode, which you can access through your remote. The navigation on each sub-menu and the main menu is very easy. The design is also quite nice and creative. Good job again by Warner Bros. and very similar to season one, so consistent.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video looks better than ever. As I said before…widescreen would have been nice though. This show is better that way. Nevertheless, the video was still good. The audio is fine. A nice stereo quality sound and is not low at all. Each episode runs about 46 minutes, give or take a few seconds. The shorter episodes are: “Super Mann” (44:44), “Oedipus Wrecks” (44:57), and “Through a Glass, Darkly” (45:03). They are not edited I’m sure, they just probably ran short. Scenes are easy to find, using chapter stops. The Superman bumper which airs at the start of an episode that started during the middle of the season is intact!


Special Features:

The extras are pretty decent. There are two trailers on disc three. One of them is a must watch, though. It is a sneak peek of the new documentary “Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman,” by Bryan Singer (director of Superman Returns, which opens June 30 theaters nationwide) and Kevin Burns. It runs 6:29 and is basically a preview of the special that will debut on A&E and also air online on AOL’s In2TV. Interviewed are: Bryan Singer, Jack Larson, Noel Neill, Margot Kidder, Richard Donner, Dean Cain, Annette O’Toole, and Brandon Routh. The other trailer is for an original animated Superman movie called “Superman: Brainac Attacks.” That runs 47 seconds.

The extras on disc six are extras are a bit more about the show itself. First up is “Lois & Clark: A History of Romance.” It runs 8:21 and tells us how much this series changed the face of this historical relationship. Interviewed are Paul Levitz (President, DC Comics), Mike Carlin (Senior Group Editor, DC Comics), Dean Cain, John McNamara (Writer), Denny O’Neill (Comic Book Writer), and Dan Ribg (Director for Superman: Animated Series). Next up Dean Cain himself hosts a trivia challenge for all Superman fans titled “The Man of Steele Trivia Challenge.” It runs 10:38 and has 10 questions. You can fast forward at any point, too. After you finish, you will be treated with a highlight reel from Lois & Clark Season 3!


Final Comments:

Another excellent season and set from WHV. I think Warner Bros. has done a good job with this series. Other than the disc layout, I’m very pleased. They have given us good quality episodes, unedited episodes and delicious special features. The extras were a tad better than season two this time, but doesn’t beat season one I think.

For season four, I hope we get the same thing: clips/trivia, featurettes, etc. I did miss the commentary on this set though. I’d still like to see Cain & Hatcher do an episode commentary together. Season 4 should be out by the end of 2006. But before you do, head on over to your local video store or better yet click on the link to below to buy season three on DVD! You can do it faster than a speeding bullet!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 06/14/06

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