DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008 (MPI Home Video)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 600 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English Subtitles
Special Features: None
Ralph, Alice, Ed, and Trixie are all back--and they are in the fun and sun capital of the world, Miami Beach--in The Color Honeymooners: Volume 3! The three disc set contains 12 more episodes from the series, including the entire 1967 season and the first three episodes from the 1968 season.
The series, for those that have never seen it, takes the familiar Honeymooners characters (though the ladies are played by different actresses from the original series) and moves them to Miami Beach, where pretty much the same things happen--just in a different environment. The series actually ran under the title of The Jackie Gleason Show, but any fan will recognize these characters as The Honeymooners.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Ralph decides to fight a $5 rent increase by buying his own duplex in the country in “Be it Ever So Humble.” Ralph could become a millionaire or just make a fool of himself (you guess which one will happen) in “Hair to a Fortune.” Ralph loses $500 in “Two for the Money.” Ralph may just be psycho in “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”
In “To Whom it May Concern,” Ralph writes a letter criticizing his boss after he THINKS he has been fired. Somebody may have a crush on Alice in “Boy Next Door,” but is it Ed? Ralph and Ed plan a night for Alice and Trixie in “Follow the Boys.”
There isn’t much to the packaging. We have an Amaray style case with a double sided disc holder inside. On the cover, we have a photo of the cast (the same photo used on the previous sets), with a blue background. Inside, we have a disc by disc breakdown of all of the episodes, with original airdates. The disc artwork is basically just a picture of Jackie Gleason on all three discs. Each disc contains four episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are simple, but functional. On the main menu, you can select an episode or select Set Up. There is no Play All option. Set Up is merely a menu used to turn on subtitles. There are no scene selection menus for the episodes, but chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio looks old and as if it hasn’t been cleaned up too well, but it is by all means bearable. The biggest issues are grain and washed out colors. And then the audio can be a bit garbled at times. But really, this isn’t a huge problem. The episodes appear to be unedited, running around 50 minutes. Runtimes are as follows.
1. “Be It Ever So Humble” (50:38)
2. “Hair to a Fortune” (49:57)
3. “The People’s Choice” (47:17)
4. “Two for the Money” (51:19)
5. “Nephew of the Bride” (50:48)
6. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (50:06)
7. “Two Faces of Ralph Kramden” (50:23)
8. “The Main Event” (49:38)
9. “To Whom it May Concern” (50:39)
10. “Sleepy Time Gal” (50:31)
11. “Boy Next Door” (50:30)
12. “Follow the Boys” (50:34)
There aren’t any special features at all, although it is hard to say what would really work for a show like this.
There really aren’t any major problems with this set, and fans of Jackie Gleason or The Honeymooners will surely enjoy these. These episodes certainly aren’t the same as the ones that we are used to seeing over and over again in syndication, but fans will find that many storylines for these episodes were ripped from those episodes, and the modernization does change things a bit (after all, these were done in the late 1960s, a much different era than the 1950s). But there is no need to go to the moon to buy these episodes... you can simply purchase this DVD set right here on Earth.