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Roseanne - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
Color
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 554 minutes
Run time of Special Features: approx. 27 minutes.
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Laurie Metcalf interview, Lecy Goranson interview, highlights of season three and a promo for "Rockin' With Roseanne."


Introduction:

The Conners once again grace the DVD shelves in all their unadulterated glory! "ROSEANNE" stars Roseanne (Barr) as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman is Dan, Roseanne's husband, Laurie Metcalf plays Jackie, Roseanne's unlucky in love sister, Lecy Goranson as the increasingly rebellious but "good" daughter Becky, Sara Gilbert is the wisecracking teenager, Darlene and Michael Fishman is the cute but sarcastic DJ, the youngest in the family. You can find all 25 uncut episodes of "Roseanne"s third season on this four-disc set from Anchor Bay.

This season sees the Conners going through the motions, such as Dan buying a bike shop, Roseanne working in a mall's diner, Darlene blossoming into a teenager, DJ hitting puberty and Jackie once again struggling to find her way in life. It's another rip-roaring season of laughs, tears and sarcastic wisecracks that you just can't miss! All hail the domestic goddess!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include: "The Test," in which Roseanne misses her period and fears she is pregnant. "Like a New Job," in which Roseanne takes a job at the diner where Becky and Darlene hang out. "Trick or Treat," in which Roseanne dresses up as a bearded lumberjack and is totally convincing so she keeps up the charade. "PMS, I Love You," in which a PMS ridden Roseanne drives the entire family nuts. "Bird Is The Word," in which Becky is said to be given "the finger" in a class picture. "The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father," in which Dan's dad declares he plans to marry Roseanne's best friend, Crystal. "Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore," in which Becky moves in with Jackie. "Scenes From a Barbecue" in which Shelley Winters guest starts as Roseanne's Grandma Mary. And, "The Pied Piper of Lanford" in which Dan's old buddy shows up and convinces Dan to buy a bike shop together, then bails on him, forcing Roseanne and Dan to scramble and pick up the pieces.

Memorable guest stars this season include Tom Arnold, Ned Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Judy Gold, Alyson Hannigan, Tobey Maguire, Martin Mull, Estelle Parsons and the late but great Shelley Winters.


Packaging:

The packaging follows the same format of Seasons 1 and 2. It has a purple striped background (like rays from a sun; yellow was last season's color and purple was season two's color) and features a large cutout of Roseanne and Dan (which, I should point out is from the last season of the show, not the third), with the logo, and then screen shots from the series underneath the logo. There are two individual cases in the box that include the four discs available for this set. The individual cases are different than the cover (but the background stays the same). On the first case is five screenshots from some memorable season two episodes, including a promotional picture of the cast from Season 3 (the kids as well as the family together). On the second case, it's the same design but has different pictures. The back of each case has episode descriptions, titles and air-dates (the inside again contains several trivia questions). For the discs themselves, all four discs are light purple in color and have a single picture shot of the cast members and the episodes on that disc (Disc 1 has Roseanne, Disc 2 has Dan, Disc 3 has Roseanne, Dan and Jackie and disc 4 has the kids).

The first case holds Discs One and Two and Disc One has episodes 1-7 while Disc Two has episodes 8-14. The second case holds disc three and four, and Disc 3 has episodes 15-21 on it while Disc 4 has episodes 22-25 as well as all of the bonus features available on the set.


Menu Design and Navigation:

And just like Season 1 and 2, the menu looks exactly like the main cover art. The picture of Roseanne and Dan is there, the background is the same and the logo is now on top and has a scrolling set of pictures. The season three theme music plays in the background and when it's done, it loops. On each disc there is an "Episodes" selection and a "Play All" selection. The "Episodes" selection takes you to another screen that lists the episodes on that disc. It looks exactly like the actual disc (same purple background and same picture of whoever is on that disc). What's nice about when you select an episode to watch, it takes you to yet another screen and displays a longer description of the episode than what the box offers. You can then play the episode. Once again, I repeat a lot of the same information from Season's 1 and 2 because it's exactly the same design, just different colors and pictures. I still don't really like having to go through several menus, but it's a nice option. Like last season and season one, Disc Four has several previews for upcoming (or already out) DVD releases.


Video and Audio Quality:

Well, once again the video is fantastic--bright colors, no real dust or anything to worry about. The audio can get a little low at times, but for the most part, it's great. No major problems to worry about. And yes, again, the episodes are UNCUT from the original network run, so no worries there. There are chapter skips available.


Special Features:

- Laurie Metcalf Interview: "The Sister That Never Leaves" (approx. 8:50 minutes)
This is a wonderful, brand new interview, with "Wacky Jackie's" portrayer, Laurie Metcalfe. Much like the Lecy interview, Laurie discusses her time on the show, and boasts how wonderful John Goodman was, how real and raw the show was and her enjoyment with working with the kids. It's another great interview that's worth owning this set for!

- Lecy Goranson Interview: "I Was A Teenage Becky" (approx. 7:40 minutes)
This is a brand-new interview with Lecy Goranson, who played the first Becky. She talks about idolizing Laurie Metcalf growing up, how she loved working with Roseanne and John Goodman, the great relationship she had with Sara Gilbert as well as how cute Michael Fishman was. She tells us she was very honored and touched to be a part of "Roseanne." It's a very good interview. She looks great and gives a really nice rundown of her time on the show--very much worth watching.

- The Best of Season Three (approx. 7:02 minutes)
This feature is basically just various clips that touch upon things that happened in the third season, such as DJ reaching puberty, the sisterly rivalry between Becky and Darlene and the romance between Dan and Roseanne.

- "Rockin' With Roseanne" promo (approx. 3:57 minutes)
This feature wasn't advertised on the box, but it's a lengthy promo, that well, promotes Roseanne's current project, a DVD/home video for kids that include silly skits and sing alongs.


Final Comments:

Wow, again, what a wonderful set. The interviews with Lecy and Laurie are worth this set alone. Its great hearing from them about how the close cast was, how much fun they had on the show, etc. I would have liked more bloopers or more Roseanne introductions, but I won't complain, it was a great set. The only minor issue I had was the fact that the main picture used of Roseanne and John Goodman on the box art was taken from the last year or so on the show. It's fairly obvious. Like I said though, I won't nitpick. Anchor Bay and Carsey/Warner have done an amazing job boxing Roseanne and the fans should be thrilled with what they've gotten so far. Here's to Season Four!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 03/23/06

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