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Taxi - The Complete Third Season


TITLE: TAXI - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005 (Paramount Home Entertainment)
Color
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 8 hours and 11 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None.


Introduction:

The Emmy Award-winning sitcom TAXI cruises its way to DVD with a new volume of laugh-provoking episodes in Taxi: The Complete Third Season. The Sunshine Cab company gang is back with more laughs, tears and workplace adventures. This season is a season of changes: Louie (Danny DeVito) has near-lethal driving skills ... Tony (Tony Danza) may have to bid his prize-fighting dreams goodbye ... Bobby (Jeff Conway) experiences both ups and downs with his acting career ... and is it possible that love is blooming between Alex (Judd Hirsch) and Elaine (Marilu Henner)? Also, Latka (Andy Kaufman) is determined to set the gourmet cookie world on its ears. Its 20 episodes of hilarity in this four-disc must-have collection!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

In season three, Taxi proved that it could remain fresh and fun. There are a ton of memorable episodes to get to, so here goes! "Louie's Rival" sees the return of Rhea Pearlman as Zena, and it turns out Zena is dating another man. In "Tony's Sister and Jim," who earned an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Tony's divorced sister, Monica (Julie Kavner), falls for Jim! In "Fathers of the Bride" Alex learns his daughter is getting married, but he's not invited. This episode features a guest appearance by Louise Lasser ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") as Alex's ex-wife, Phyllis. In "Elaine's Strange Triangle," which won two Emmy's (Outstanding Directing and Achievement in Film Editing for a Series), has Elaine meeting a handsome stranger named Kirk (played by John David Carson), but it turns out he has his eye on someone else - Tony! In "Going Home" Victor Buono guest stars as Jim's father. In "The Ten-Percent Solution" Bobby becomes Tony's "showbiz" manager. In "Latka's Cookies," Latka decides to quit his job and produce his grandmother's cookies. But it hits a snag when the gang discovers just what one of his cookie's "secret" ingredients happens to be! In "The Boss's Wife" Eileen Brennan guest stars as Mrs. MacKenzie, the wife of the owner of the Sunshine Cab Company. In "Out of Commission" Tony could lose his chance at becoming a prize fighter. In "Louie's Mother" Louie throws a party to celebrate moving his mother into a nursing home, but it turns out to be much less joyous than everyone expected. In "Bobby's Roomate" Elaine becomes his new roomie and confusion ensues. In "Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady," Louie accidentally strikes an elderly female and she sues him. In "On The Job" Parts 1 and 2, Louie announces the cab company is bankrupt. And finally, in "Latka The Playboy" Latka becomes playboy "Vic Ferrari."

As I stated above the guest stars for this season includes Rhea Pearlman, Julie Kavner, Louise Lasser, John David Carson, Victor Buono, Eileen Brennan and more.


Packaging:

The packaging for this set follows the exact same design as season one and season two but its red in color instead of blue (S1 featured yellow). The box has a cast picture of Louie, Alex, Elaine, Tony, Bobby, Latka and Jim spliced in front of the inside of the cab company. It's interesting to note that it looks like most of the cast was spliced in around Tony, Alex, Louie and Elaine. Inside the box, there are four individual cases, one for each disc. Each case has a scene from one of the episodes from that disc (patterned after the main box cover) and spliced in shots of two of the regular cast. This was the same design used in both season one and season two releases. Alex and Jim on the Disc One case, Tony and Latka on the Disc Two case, Elaine and Jim (again) on the Disc Three case and Tony and Bobby on the Disc Four case. On the back of each case, there are descriptions of each episode that is included on that disc. The descriptions themselves are about one run-on sentence each and include the episode title and original airdate. The actual disc cases are nice. All four cases on the back feature the episodes and their descriptions along with a color shot of Louie's office. It's a nice design. The episodes are presented in original air date order.

There are four discs in the set, each one in its own individual case. There are five episodes per disc. Each disc is designed with a shot of the cab company along with a taxi cab. It's a very sleek and nice design.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very simple. It immediately pops up with a list of the episodes to choose from and then below it is the popular "Play All" feature. Each menu is designed to follow the picture that is on the inside of each disc's individual case. For example, Disc/Case 3 on the inside has a screen picture of Louie’s mother blowing smoke in his face. That picture (or a variation of it) is used on the menu screen. The menu is colored in red, to follow the color pattern on the set. Overall it is a nice, sleek, easy to use design. On disc one, there are trailers for other PHE products before the menu screen pops-up.


Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video is very good. The set has crystal clear video and the sound sounds great. The sound continues to be much louder than a lot of older TV show releases. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. Each episode runs about 24 minutes and approx. 30 seconds, which means you get almost three-four minutes of extra footage you can't see in syndication. The set has chapter stops.


Special Features:

Once again, Season 3 of Taxi proves to be a disappointment in terms of special features. There are none on this set, again. Not to be picky, or complain too much, but what would it take to get commentary, or bloopers? There have got to be a ton of bloopers. And every single cast member except Andy Kaufman, are alive and kicking and would probably be more than happy to do commentary. So why isn't there any? I think Paramount needs to seriously consider adding special features because it's such a bummer to not have a single new thing to look forward to. As a huge fan of Taxi, I'll continue to get the sets, and so will hardcore fans, but if Taxi is selling well (and the speedy releases lead to believe they are) then think of how great they would sell with special features!


Final Comments:

Finally, in conclusion, I was disappointed. I expressed above my disdain for the fact that there are no special features. No bloopers, commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes--nothing. Paramount has disappointed me in that respect. Not to continue to dwell on it, the set is very nicely designed. It continues to remain patterned after the season before and it's well put together. I do encourage any Taxi fan to go out and get this set because of the fact that each episode is uncut and restored. Overall, I was disappointed in no special features, but this was a good set. Here's looking to Season 4 and maybe some bonus features!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 09/04/2005

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