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The A-Team - Season One


TITLE: THE A-TEAM - SEASON ONE


The A-Team DVD Case Cover

Info:

DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004 (Universal Home Video)
color/677 mins
MSRP: $59.98
Number of discs: 4
Episodes per disc: Disc 1 (Episodes 1-4), Disc 2 (Episodes 5-8), Disc 3 (Episodes 9-12), Disc 4 (episodes 13-14).
Number of episodes: 14
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned, Subtitles in French and Spanish.
Special features: None

Review (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.7/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Special Features N/A
Menu Navigattion 5/5
Overall: 4/5 (needs extras!!)

The A-Team Season 1 DVD Menu

Thoughts:

I love it when a DVD set comes together! The A-Team was one of the most popular action series of all-time. Mr. T became a TV icon and he probably created a fashion statement with his hair and gold chains. The A-Team ruled television in the early 80's and was always heavily watched in syndication, usually paired with Knight Rider (which is also out on DVD, in August!).

Let's start this in-depth review with the packaging. It is very nice. It comes in a slip sleeve, which you remove, in order to get to the case, which is a digipak case. In the case they have nice photos, episode titles & info, and character bio's on the A-Team crew -- all surrounding the four discs. Each disc has the main four characters' faces: Hannibal, B.A., Murdock, and Face. They also have episode breakdowns on the disc (like disc one has episodes 1-4 written), which is always good to have. The slip sleeve has the cover of The A-Team themselves and the case cover has the famous A-Team van (both of which you can see above). I had a hard time putting the case back in the slip sleeve though. It's easy to take out, but hard to put back in -- at least for me.

The menu screen is very well done. The theme is playing in the background, with video clips from different episodes playing while you choose if you want to Play All, Episodes, or Languages. When choosing an episode, they have a nice brief synopsis with the original date before you hit play. You can also have subtitles in Spanish and French, if you don't know English too well. Yes, there is closed captioning as well. You can find a photo of the menu screen above.

One thing I really like is that there are scene selections, so you don't have to fast forward to your favorite scene. Or you can do it even quicker by chapters with your DVD remote. The episodes are about 47 minutes in length, some more, some less, but completely unedited. Fans will be very happy that the episode preview for each episode is in tact before the opening credits. If you are not familiar with it, it shows clips from the episode with the A-Team beat playing in the background. I haven't seen those in such a long time. They run about 30 seconds to a minute. Also, the first two episodes are in their original format, a two-part episode as a TV-movie. The original credits are in this TV-movie as well, something that is not seen in syndication. They roll over during the actual show. In syndication they show the normal opening theme.

The video is excellent and I was very impressed with it. It looked great for an 80's show. Kudos to Universal for making it look marvelous. The audio is good too, but I don't think it's better than the video. The audio is in mono, but it sounds good for mono.

My one complaint is that they have no extras at all. Original promos, cast interviews, or bloopers would have been nice. If they plan on making a season two, which they better, they should do everything they did for season one, but add extras. I'm sure they could have fit some extras on disc four of this set, as there are only two episodes on that disc.

*** We are bringing you this review because we want to make up for not reviewing a few sitcoms that we couldn't obtain, like Friends Season 7, The Flintstones Season 1, and The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 4 (we did Season 3 though). Every other sitcom since we started this system, we have covered so far. We are also going to review Knight Rider late next month. ***

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 06/04/04

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