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Reba - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: REBA - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2006 (20th Century Fox)
Color
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: approx. 484 minutes
Running time of Special Features: approx. 34:46 minutes (not including commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English & Spanish Languages & Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Episode commentary; "Matters of the Hart" featurette & "Melissa's Backstage Diary" featurette


Introduction:

Reba is BACK! On this three-disc DVD set from 20th Century Fox, join Reba and all her kin as she faces more problems than any mom deserves. She has to deal with her ex-husband and his new wife moving next door to her, her youngest daughter moving in with them, and her oldest daughter's desire to go into "dentisting." She handles all of these problems and more with a quick wit and a charming smile.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Although for my favorite shows, almost all the episodes are memorable, so I'll just try and pick a few to advise you to watch. In "She's Leaving Home, Bye, Bye" Kyra moves in with Brock and Barbra Jean. In "War and Peace" Reba takes delight in Barbra Jean's frustration with Kyra not obeying the rules and enjoys a new relationship with her daughter - that of friendship. In "Spies Like Reba" Brock, Barbra Jean and Reba go undercover after they discover Kyra is going to an unsupervised party at a boy's house. In "To Tell the Truth" the family disagrees on what Van should tell Cheyenne after he lies about having dinner with the football team's pretty publicity agent. In "Brock's Mulligan" Reba is shocked when Brock announces plans to sell his dental practice and play golf for a living. In "Sister Act" Cheyenne and Kyra form a new sisterly bond after Kyra gets thrown out of school for punching out a girl who called Cheyenne a slut. In "Happy Pills" Kyra is upset when her boyfriend breaks up with her because she won't have sex with him, and Barbra Jean thinks Brock is having an affair. And in "Core Focus" Barbra Jean wants another baby while Brock confides in Reba about how his therapy has made him feel about his second marriage.


Packaging:

The packaging is similar to the other seasons, but it's blue in color. It has a picture of Reba on the cover. It's a slim-case set that features three individual slim packs, holding the three discs. On the three cases, it's the exact same design as the cover art. The discs themselves are plain because they are double-sided. Disc 1, Side A contains episodes 1-3. Disc 1, Side B contains episodes 4-7. Disc 2, Side A contains episodes 8-11. Disc 2, Side B contains episodes 12-15. Disc 3, Side A contains episodes 16-19 and Disc 3, Side B contains episodes 20-22 as well as the two special features. And, of course, the discs have no art because they are double-sided.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the blue color scheme and on one top of the menu is live action shots pulled from episodes of REBA. Underneath is a listing of the various menus for this set. Each disc is similar in design (some have different colors and live action shots). The theme music (with lyrics) plays and when it's done, it loops and continues to do so. The first option is the popular "Play All" selection. The next is "Episode Selection." This takes you to another menu, that isn't live action, and lists the episodes available. "Language Selection" takes you to another menu, that also isn't "live" and allows you to choose from Spanish or English Dolby Surround, select the commentary that might be available on this side of the disc as well as choosing between either English or Spanish subtitles.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is amazing. Crystal clear perfection—there is nothing at all to worry about there at all. As for the audio, it's better than it was on the last release--loud and clear, nothing to be worried about there, either. Each episode runs around 22 minutes in length (the norm for current sitcoms) and there are chapter skips available. Language can be either English or Spanish and there is Closed Captioning available as well as Spanish or English subtitles.


Special Features:

* Selected Episode Commentary

Commentary by Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman and Executive Producers Kevin Abbott and Matt Berry on "War and Peace."
Commentary by Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman and Kevin Abbott on "Spies Like Reba."
Commentary by Melissa Peterman, Christopher Rich, Joanna Garcia and Steve Howey on "To Tell The Truth."
Commentary by Melissa Peterman, Christopher Rich, Joanna Garcia and Steve Howey on "Fight or Flight."
Commentary by Melissa Peterman, Christopher Rich, Joanna Garcia and Steve Howey on "Happy Pills."
Commentary by Melissa Peterman, Kevin Abbott and Matt Berry on "Core Focus."

* "Matters of the Hart" Featurette (approx. 17:27 minutes)
The usual clip fest that is meshed with new interviews with the cast. Most of the focus is about the third season. The actors discuss how their characters have evolved, how they've evolved, etc. It's a great feature.

* Melissa's Backstage Diary" Featurette (approx. 17:19 minutes)
Similar (well nearly identical) to the Season 1 special, Melissa takes us around the back lot of Reba, talking to a lot of the crew you don't normally hear from or about. A fun feature.


Final Comments:

Overall, this is another good release. It was a pleasant surprise to have so many special features included! And it is back on par with the first season release. I'd like to see more of this Fox (and other companies!). The video quality was fantastic and it was just a great release. Kudos to Fox! And not to mention this was a much speedier release than Season 2 was, so keep it up, Fox!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 04/24/06

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