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The A-Team - Season Three


TITLE: THE A-TEAM - SEASON THREE


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006 (Universal Home Video)
Color/1984-85
MSRP: $49.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 24 (25 hours, one was a two-hour episode)
Running Time: approx. 19 hours and 56 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: None
Audio: English
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


Introduction:

I love it when yet another DVD set comes together! Mr. T and the rest of the team are back again with more great adventures in the third season of the fun filled show The A-Team on DVD. Let’s take a trip back to 1984 and 1985 for 25 hours—including one two-part episode! You call, they answer!

Pile into that famous black van for another season of adrenaline-pumping adventure with Hannibal (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Mr. T) as they fight for justice against dangerous criminals, while staying one step ahead of their archenemy, Colonel Decker (Lance LeGault). If you crave action, adventure and fun, and no one else can help - you must rehire The A-Team! Melinda Culea as Amy Allen and Marla Heasley as Tawnia Baker also star.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes this season include: The season premiere “Bullets and Bikinis,” the two-hour episode “The Bend in the River,” “The Island,” “Showdown!,” “Sheriffs of Rivertown,” “Hot Styles,” “Champ!,” “Bounty,” “Beverly Hills Assault,” and “Incident at Crystal Lake.”

Memorable guests for this season include Markie Post from the hit sitcoms Night Court & Hearts Afire in “Hot Styles;” NYPD Blue’s Dennis Franz in “Beverly Hills Assault;” Kristen Meadows in “Incident at Crystal Lake;” Barry Van Dyke & Night Court’s Richard Moll in “The Bend in the River;” Stepfanie Kramer in “Fire;” James T. Callahan in “The Island;” Alex Rocco in “Champ!,” and so many more!


Packaging:

Like season two, we got a box with three slim cases. I personally think this is great packaging. The box art has a shot of Hannibal with a gun, Face, Murdock with a gun, and B.A. The logo is beneath the picture, in green. The back of the box art has a synopsis of the show and the set itself. There is one photo each of B.A., Face, Murdock and Hannibal on the left. The set has a color scheme of orange/red and black. The three slim cases have the same cover as the box art. The back of all three cases has episode info for each disc. Episode title and a brief synopsis are provided in an A-Team style font! When we open the cases, we get the discs, but surrounding that is just plain white color. They should have done something better than that. The discs are doubled sided, so there are no photos or graphics on the discs itself. One other note: There is also an enclosed insert when you open the box, with three coupons to save $5 each on season 4 sets coming in spring 2006 of A-Team, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I.

Disc one side A has episodes 1-4; side B has episodes 5-8. Disc two side A has episodes 9-12; side B has episodes 13-16. Disc three side A has episodes 17-20; side B has episodes 21-24. All the discs are evenly placed. 4 discs per episode, though disc one side A has 5 hours due to a two-part episode. Each episode runs about 46-49 minutes in length. The two-part episode runs about 1 hour 36-37 minutes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar to the first two sets. No automatic previews this time to start the first side of the first disc! The menu screen starts with bullets shooting at the A-Team logo, and then various clips from episodes are playing with the catchy and cool theme song in the background. The options for this set are: Play All, Episode Index, and Languages. When selecting Episode Index for The A-Team, you get to a screen of episodes, when you choose one you get to the episode summary screen. On that you can choose Play, Scenes, or go back to the Episode Index. On that screen it also has a screenshot from the episode, episode title, original air date, and a brief synopsis. When you select Languages, you can turn on closed captioning or have subtitles in English SDH.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is again marvelously crystal clear. I am very impressed with it. It looks very good and re-mastered. Fans will be happy to hear them continue to give us the best copies. The audio is in mono, but it sounds like stereo to me, especially when that opening theme is playing! Fans will also be happy that the brief 30-60 second highlight of the episode is intact before the opening credits, again like season one did. Like mentioned before, each episode is about 46-49 minutes or so, counting the opening & closing credits and the 30-60 second episode highlight. This time the 20 second or so Universal logo before every episode is NOT there; very good news. The Knight Rider S3 set did have the Universal logo before each episode for some reason. There are chapters on this set as well, like season one. There are about 4 chapters or so, even for the two-part episode. One interesting note, on the box it says "Includes all original music except for two songs." Knight Rider season three also has the same statement.


Special Features:

Season one had no bonus material. Season two was slightly better, with the Knight Rider season two episode. But this season Universal gave us nothing. Not even sneak peeks! Oh well. Better to have the episodes all unedited than having edited episodes and a lot of extras.


Final Comments:

Overall, I think the set is worth the buy. The episodes are completely unedited (well, except two original songs missing), but the length is all original. No extras, but I was not expecting anything really. The most important thing is that we get every episode on DVD. And Universal will speed it up a little this time as the fourth season is coming out this April. I wonder when season 5 will be out, as Knight Rider will be done by four seasons. But before all that, make sure you buy this set on January 31!


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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/27/06

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