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McHale's Navy - Season Three


TITLE: MCHALE'S NAVY - SEASON THREE


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008 (Shout! Factory)
B&W/1964-1965
MSRP: $44.99
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 36
Running Time: 900 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

McHale’s Navy is back again for another season on DVD! All 36 episodes of the third season come to DVD in a hilarious five-disc DVD set from Shout! Factory. The 1960s sitcom is the story of Lt. Commander McHale (played by Ernest Borgnine) and his crew being on an island during time of war--and taking advantage of the good times that come along with it!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The men are worried that their boat may be haunted in “The Ghosts of 73.” Raquel Welch guest stars in “McHale, The Desk Commander.” Bernard Fox guest stars in “The British Also Have Ensigns.” Binghamton discovers what he believes is the fountain of youth in “Fountain of Youth,” but what really makes those who drink the water feel more youthful? Ted Knight guest stars. Marlo Thomas guest stars in “The Missing Link.” Everybody tells the truth in “The Truth Hurts” after being administered sodium pentothal. A Japanese raiding party is captured due to a little Easter magic in “Chuckie Cottontail.” A lot of people have to get sick to get Jerry Colonna to visit the base in “Hello, McHale? Collonna!” The crew may just have a spy amongst themselves in “Make Room for Orvie.”


Packaging:

The packaging is pretty simple, and the set utilizes the slim case packaging design. There are three slim cases. The first two hold two discs each, while the third one holds one disc. The back of each slim case lists each episode that is on the disc as well as the original airdate for each episode. The cover art is very basic, with just a snapshot of the crew.


Menu Design and Navigation:

There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the menus. Basically you get a main menu with videos and the theme song playing in the background, with menu options of Play All and Episodes. Selecting Episodes will take you to another menu that simply lists the episodes, and the episode will play as soon as you select it. There are no scene selection menus, but chapters are contained within each episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

Okay, so we don’t have a high quality high-definition picture here, but this is an old show, and in light of that, the episodes look pretty decent. The only real video issue is the typical issue of grain... but that is inevitable on these older shows. The episodes are, once again, presented in their original black-and-white format, and NOT the colorized version that was seen on some TV stations back in the 80s. Most fans will probably appreciate that. The audio generally seems fine, and is presented in the form we would expect--mono. And as far as the episodes themselves, they appear to be unedited. Runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. “The Ghosts of 73” (25:25)
2. “Lester, the Skipper” (25:31)
3. “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad War” (25:27)
4. “McHale, The Desk Commando” (25:30)
5. “McHale’s Floating Harem” (25:27)
6. “Laugh, Captain, Laugh” (25:24)
7. “Will the Alligator Take the Stand?” (25:28)

8. “The British Also Have Ensigns” (25:29)
9. “Senator Parker, Sun!” (25:27)
10. “Fountain of Youth” (25:29)
11. “The Great Eclipse” (25:25)
12. “McHale and His Jet Set” (25:28)
13. “Christy Goes Traveling” (25:28)
14. “The Missing Link” (25:31)

15. “Fuji’s Big Romance” (25:28)
16. “The Stool Parrot” (25:25)
17. “The PT-73 Follies” (25:27)
18. “The Truth Hurts” (25:29)
19. “The Late Captain Binghamton” (25:25)
20. “McHale’s Floating Laundromat” (25:24)
21. “All Chiefs and No Indians” (25:33)

22. “Pumpkin Takes Over” (25:23)
23. “The Seven Faces of Ensign Parker” (25:30)
24. “The Return of Maggie” (25:30)
25. “Send This Ensign to Camp” (25:29)
26. “By the Numbers, Paint” (25:23)
27. “Chuckie Cottontail” (25:24)
28. “The Great Necklace Caper” (25:30)

29. “Will the Real Admiral Please Stand Up?” (25:26)
30. “Hello, McHale? Colonna!” (25:26)
31. “Rumble on Taratupa” (25:29)
32. “All Ahead, Empty” (25:24)
33. “The Vampire of Taratupa” (25:12)
34. “Birth of a Salesman” (25:29)
35. “A Star Falls on Taratupa” (25:24)
36. “Make Room for Orvie” (25:28)


Special Features:

The previous sets contained some special features, but this time, we have nothing. It is a shame really. There has to be something that they could have included.


Final Comments:

This is an adequate DVD set for this series, and fans will definitely appreciate it. They’ll be disappointed with the lack of special features, but the episodes are all there, all intact, and looking just fine and that is the most important part. To be honest, I’ve never even seen this show prior to my review, so watching it was like watching a new series to me (even though it is by no means “new”). It honestly wasn’t my type of show, but I know it is popular among its fans, and they are certain to love the set.


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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/04/08

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