TITLE: THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 632 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English;
Subtitles in English and Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Commentary with Bob Newhart, Peter
Bonerz, Fred Willard and Jim Burrows on select
episodes and "The Bob Newhart Show: Finding Their
Grove - Season 3" featurette. (Total runtime: 8
minutes and 56 seconds)
The doctor is in again! Bob Newhart is back as
successful Chicago psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley in the
third season of his successful 70s sitcom. Join Dr.
Hartley (Bob Newhart), his wife, Emily (Suzanne
Pleshette), his wise-cracking secretary, Carol (Marcia
Wallace), his two best friends, erratic dentist Jerry
(Peter Bonerz) and airline pilot Howard (Howard
Daily). Considered one of the greatest television
shows of all time, "THE BOB NEWHART SHOW" THE COMPLETE
THIRD SEASON features all 24 episodes on three discs,
audio commentaries and an all-new "making-of"
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This season, watch as Bob ... has second thoughts
after he gives his younger sister his blessing to move
in with her new boyfriend - Howard Borden in "Big
Brother is Watching." In "The Battle of the Groups,"
When Bob takes two of his therapy groups on a marathon
session up at a mountain retreat; the group's problems
are the last thing that gets discussed. Bob and
Emily's hectic schedules cause the couple to decide
that it would be a good idea to live apart in "The
Separation Story." In "Sorry, Wrong Mother" Howard
tries to mold Ellen into the perfect mother for little
Howie before she meets him. In "Dr. Ryan's Express"
Jerry hires an elderly temporary receptionist who
can't keep anything straight - not even Bob's name! In
"Tobin's Back in Town," Howard's insecurities suffer a
beating when Ellen's ex-fiance, the handsom and
debonair John Tobin, arrives in town to win Ellen
back. In "Think Smartly - Vote Hartley," Bob runs for
chairman of the local school board. In "My Business is
Shrinking" Bob is losing his confidence just as fast
as he's losing his patients, so he finally takes
Emily's advice and goes to see a psychologist. In "The
New Look" while Bob is away on a business trip, he
gives Emily carte blanche to redecorate their
apartment - unfortunately, he hates the results. In
"The Ceiling Hits Bob," when the ceiling in his office
collapses, Bob attempts to conduct therapy sessions at
Memorable cameos throughout the season included the
fantastic and much missed John Ritter ("Sorry, Wrong
Mother"), Shirley O'Hara ("Dr. Ryan's Express"), David
L. Lander ("Ship of Shrinks"), Martha Scott ("An
American Family"), Gail Strickland ("Jerry Robinson
Crusoe"), Howard Platt ("Serve for Daylight"), Bill
Quinn ("Home Is Where The Hurt Is"), Fred Willard
("Tobin's Back in Town"), Quinn Redeker ("Think
Smartly - Vote Hartley"), Wayne Tippet ("The Way We
Weren't"), Mary Jo Catlett ("My Business is
Shrinking"), among others.
The cover art is gold in color and features square
boxes, with the city's skyline on the bottom, and a
color cut out picture of Bob, with Howard, Carol,
Emily and Jerry in separate boxes. Inside are two slip
cases that feature the exact same design as the cover
(both slip cases are exactly the same, in both color
and design). The back of the cases lists the episodes,
what disc they are on, a brief description as well as
an original airdate. All three discs have no design
because they are double-sided. Disc 1/Side A contains
Episodes 1-4. Disc 1/Side B contains Episodes 5-8.
Disc 2/Side A contains Episodes 9-12. Disc 2/Side B
contains Episodes 13-16. Disc 3/Side A contains
Episodes 17-20 (40-43) and Disc 3/Side B contains
Episodes 21-24 (44-47) as well as the special
Menu Design and Navigation:
Wow! The menu design keeps changing each season! This
one is by far the most simple of them all. The main
menu screen pops up immediately and features an art
rendering (caricature) of one of the cast members,
such as Bob on Disc 1, Side A. Next to the character
is a list of the episodes, and a "Play All" feature.
When you select an episode it takes you to another
menu screen with more options, such as "Play Episode,"
"Scene Selection," "Language Selection," or "Home"
(which means main menu). I'm not sure how I feel about
this. It makes it easier to "customize" each episode,
but its way too many menu screens to have to go
through. Of course, just my opinion, and I don't want
to sound picky!
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality itself is well ... it's not bad, but
there is obvious grain, especially during the opening
credits. It's not a big distraction, but it is
noticeable. Other than that, the video is fine and the
audio seems much better than on prior releases. And,
to add, closed captioning as well as Subtitles in
English, and Spanish are available. The good thing is
that there are chapter skips during each episode and
each episode runs around 24 to 25 minutes in length.
Well once again, we have special features! Special
features include an all-new "Making-of" featurette and
audio commentary by Bob Newhart ("Bob"), Peter Bonerz
("Jerry"), Fred Willard (a guest star in the episode
"Tobin's Back In Town"), and Jim Burrows (director) on
* Commentary by Bob Newhart, Peter Bonerz, Fred
Willard, and Jim Burrows
Commentary by Bob Newart and Peter Bonerz on "The
Battle of the Groups," and "Sorry, Wrong Mother."
Commentary by Bob Newhart and Fred Willard on "Tobin's
Back in Town." Bob Newhart and Jim Burrows on "The Way
We Weren't" and commentary by Bob Newhart on "The
Ceiling Hits Bob."
* All New "Making-of" Featurette (approx. 8:56
This all new featurette includes an in-depth interview
with Bob Newhart. The main focus of this special is
"Finding Their Groove" in which he discuss how the
show "found it's groove" in the third season in terms
of storylines, characters, etc. Another good feature!
Kudos to 20th Century Fox for another great release!
I've been very disappointed in a lot of my releases
that I review due to the lack of special features. I'm
very happy to report I wasn't disappointed in "Bob
Newhart Season 3." We have some GREAT commentary by
Bob Newhart, as well as Peter Bonerz, guest star Fred
Willard and director Jim Burrows. And each season
seems to see a different menu design, which keeps
things fresh and interesting, I suppose. I'm still not
sure how I feel about this one. Other than silly
nit-picks, this was a wonderful release and I cannot
wait until Season 4!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 04/23/06
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