TITLE: THAT '70S SHOW - SEASON THREE
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005 (Fox Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 575 Minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 183 Minutes
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned
Commentary on 6 Episodes
* “A Look Back on Season 3” Featurette
* Cast Member Introductions on Selected Episodes
* Episode Promos on All Episodes.
That ‘70s Show’s 3rd season is now on DVD! Get on
down to the basement for a rocking flashback to the
swinging ‘70s. As the partying begins, Red decides
he’s been too lenient, so he sets up a few new house
rules. This not onlymakes the kids miserable, but
makes Kitty feel like she’s been a bad mother. Hyde
feels even worse after he finds his long-lost father
tending bar at a local dive. Meanwhile, as Donna and
Eric continue dating, Jackie begins pursuing Hyde,
which upsets Kelso even though he’s dating Laurie.
And Fez finally gets a girlfriend, only to discover
(too late) that she’s certifiably a psycho!
The show stars the six kids: Topher Grace as Eric
Forman, Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, Laura Prepon
as Donna Pinciotti, Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde,
Mila Kunis as Jackie Beulah Burkhart, and Wilmer
Valderrama as Fez. Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith
star as Eric’s parents. The show also stars Don Stark
& Tanya Roberts as Donna’s parents, and Lisa Robin
Kelly as Laurie. Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong
fame) is a ultra-recurring special guest star as Leo
(Tommy plays Leo with such regularity that I’m listing
him with the regular cast).
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Episodes to Watch Out for:
#1) Reefer Madness: When Eric tries to save Hyde’s
hide by confessing that he smokes marijuana too, Red
decides he’s been too lenient, so it’s no more Mr.
#3) Hyde’s Father: Hyde is stunned to discover his
estranged father has been back in town tending bar for
over a year, and Donna is disgusted when she discovers
a stack of girly magazines under Eric’s bed.
#8) Jackie Bags Hyde: As Red and Bob compete with each
other by throwing holiday barbecues at the same time,
Hyde finally asks Jackie out on a date.
#10) Ice Shack: Kelso arranges a double date with Eric
and Donna in an attempt to win Jackie back, while back
home, Hyde panics when the passenger in his car says
he’s carrying a bag full of drugs.
#12) Fez Gets the Girl: After getting a raise, Eric
tries to figure out why his father isn’t happy for
him, and Donna sets up Fez and a beautiful girl on a
blind date which includes free tickets to a Led
#14) Radio Daze: When Donna gets a job at a radio
station and becomes “Hot Donna” while on the air, Eric
fears she’s going to end up dumping him and spending
all her time hanging out with rock stars.
#15) Donna’s Panties: On Valentine’s Day, Eric gets
into trouble with Donna, Kelso finds out Laurie is
cheating on him, and Fez’s new girlfriend tells him
that she’ll kill him if he ever leaves her.
#20) Holy Craps: Donna and Jackie hang out with Fez’s
new girlfriend, Caroline, in an attempt to make her
feel welcome and quickly come to the same conclusion
as Hyde Caroline is psycho!
#21) Fez Dates Donna: Red and Bob fight over their
common property line, while Donna and Fez go out on a
date together in an attempt to make Caroline believe
they are a couple.
#23) Canadian Road Trip: A road trip to Canada to buy
beer gets Fez busted after he can’t find his green
card, and Donna is suspicious about a modeling
audition invitation that Jackie receives.
#25) The Promise Ring: Eric and Kelso decide to buy
promise rings for Donna and Jackie and while Jackie is
thrilled, the ring causes Donna to take a good hard
look at her future.
It’s More than The List of Memorable Guest Stars, it’s
the List of Memorable Guest Stars Plus!:
Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”): #2 - Red Sees
Charo: #2 Red Sees Red
Angelica Bridges (“Baywatch,” Maxim’s 50 Sexiest Women
in the World 1999): #3 Hyde’s Father
Brian Dunkleman (American Idol Season 1): #13 Dine
Howard Hesseman (“WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Head of the
Class”) - #14: Radio Daze, #24: Backstage Pass
Alice Cooper: #14 Radio Daze
Danny Bonaduce: #14 Radio Daze
Valerie Harper (“Valerie,” “Rhoda,” “Mary Tyler
Moore”): #19 Eric’s Naughty No-No
John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”) - #20 Holy Craps
Nick Bakay (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”): #22 Eric’s
Dave Thomas (“Grace Under Fire,” “SCTV”) : #23
Canadian Road Trip
Ted Nugent: #24 Backstage Pass
Monty Hall (“Let’s Make a Deal”) - #25: The Promise
Packaging is a four-disc slim case setup. Each of the
four case covers contains two different cast members
jumping around in front of a different colored
background, with an episode menu on the reverse side.
Inside covers feature various shots of the main six
standing around in front of the same colored
background. The two on the front cover of that disc’s
slim case are on the disc, while the other four stand
to the left. Disc 1 has Eric & Donna (Topher Grace &
Laura Prepon), Disc 2 is Jackie & Kelso (Mila Kunis,
Ashton Kutcher), Disc 3's Hyde & Fez (Danny Masterson,
Wilmer Valderrama), while disc 4 features Red & Kitty
(Debra Jo Rupp & Kurtwood Smith).
Disc 1: Orange. Episodes 1-6
Disc 2: Blue. Episodes 7-13
Disc 3: Yellow. Episodes 14-20
Disc 4: Green. Episodes 21-25
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are rather nicely done...they feature the
cast members jumping & moving around in front of
various 70s colored backgrounds (depending on the
disc, though there’s no rhyme or reason). Each submenu
features a static shot of a cast member in front of a
frozen version of the background of the main menu.
Video and Audio Quality:
Episodes are 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio, Dolby Digital Stereo
2.0. Chapter Stops! Chapter stops occur at
fade-to-blacks. Video looks nice…the colors are
nice not overly bright or dull. Edges are normal
neither overly sharpened nor dull. No compression
artifacts, no grain, no interlacing problems…nice.
Audio is clearly voice is fine and not overpowered
by music…which is all intact. Episode runtimes are
in the 22:15 to 22:30 range, which is normal for
Season Three Featurette: It runs 23:15. Interviews
with cast and crew…the cast was super-comfortable with
each other by this point…The show had built up the
past in the first two years, meaning they could focus
more on the comedy and the personal relationships
starting in season three.
Introductions by Cast Members:
This is essentially a short-form video commentary by a
particular cast member for that episode. A decent
number of episodes have them.
Reefer Madness 0:33. Danny Masterson. Simple—it is
not really specific about anything.
Red Sees Red 1:13. Debra Jo Rupp. One word is
all you need to know: Bathrobe.
Hyde’s Father :27. Danny Masterson. It is simple
without much depth.
Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die :29. Mila
Kunis. Despite the amazingly short length, one
thing that is hit upon is that Danny Masterson’s
brother Jordan is actually in the episode.
Roller Disco :48. Wilmer Valderrama.
Eric’s Panties 1:23. Debra Jo Rupp. The B-Story
is almost the entirety of this. Debra talks about
how they were putting Red on a diet, while Debra Jo
was getting bigger due to having quit smoking.
Jackie Bags Hyde 2:42. Kurtwood Smith. He begins
foreshadowing future series events. This one’s a
2:42 marathon session most of which is about the
Hyde’s Christmas Rager :28. Danny Masterson. I
hate quickie intros; they’re over before they start.
Ice Shack Mila Kunis 0:20. Substance and
insight, where art thou?
Who Wants it More 2:12. Kurtwood Smith.
Fez Gets the Girl 1:08. Wilmer Valderrama. This is
one of the first episodes where Fez is more or less
Dine & Dash :45. Don Stark. Dine & Dash the
ability to go and eat…and eat for free.
Romantic Weekend 1:41. Kurtwood Smith.
Kitty’s Birthday (That’s Today??) 1:56. Debra Jo Rupp.
Two Minutes…wow. Debra actually refers to
the parenthetical subtitle as an alternate title.
The Trials of M. Kelso :52. Don Stark.
Fez Dates Donna 1:26. Don Stark. Don genuinely
seems to be enjoying doing these. Don does actually
give away the conclusion to his subplot, so you might
want to tune out near the end.
Canadian Road Trip :57. Wilmer Valderrama. One of
Wilmer’s favorite episodes.
Backstage Pass :24. Mila Kunis. There’s pretty
much nothing here, just Introduction, episode title,
synopsis, and episode.
Total Approximately 15 Minutes
And there are promos. These promos air before the
syndication airings of episodes--interesting enough.
30 seconds times 25 episodes equals 12:30.
Too many commentaries, not enough time. Crew
commentaries tend to be more of the production aspects
of an episode (though not always),
Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too young to Die:
Commentary by Director David Trainer and Producer
Patrick Kienlen. Runs 22:03
Eric’s Panties: Commentary by Trainer and Kienlen.
Dine & Dash: Commentary by Trainer and Kienlen.
(Pattern starting to emerge) 22:14.
Radio Daze: Commentary by Trainer (no Kienlen)
Eric’s Drunken Tattoo: Another solo commentary by
Trainer. While I love commentaries in general, part
of the fun of having multiple people on a commentary
track is that they tend to play off each other.
The Promise Ring: Yet another solo by Trainer.
Trainer considers this a key episode in the series
run. Refers ahead to season seven quite a bit early
Total Commentary Time: 133 Minutes.
Total Runtime of Special Features: Approximately 183
My fondness for this show returned while reviewing
this season’s set... this was a great season. Glad to
see that since the last time I reviewed a set for this
show (Season 1 Review), they added commentary…if
albeit only with a series director and writer. The
episode introductions are great if albeit a bit
short on Danny and Mila’s introductions. The
syndication previews are an interesting addition.
For the season four set…really, just make it more or
less like this. Maybe try to get the cast in on
commentary track additions, but otherwise, it’s fine.
Great set for a good show recommended.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
--Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 11/08/05.
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