Release Date: June 5, 2007 (First Look Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: None
English Closed Captioned; Spanish Subtitles
Special Features: None
After over a year a wait, we are back with not one but two seasons of The Cosby Show on DVD on June 5! Both Seasons 3 and 4 of the mega-hit sitcom will each be sold separately
from First Look Home Entertainment! This season, season three, the opening theme song is of a Spanish type theme and the episodes are once again classic episodes. Join
OBGYN Dr. Cliff Huxtable, his wife Clair Huxtable the lawyer and the rest of his family for some great laughs, fun, and a just a good time in 25 hilarious episodes. The sitcom
held TV’s #1 slot for a record five consecutive seasons and stayed in the top 20 for all eight seasons on NBC.
Season three stars Dr. Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable,
Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theo Huxtable, Tempest Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, and Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This show is just so classic that it is hard to choose the most memorable episodes. I have come with a condensed list of the best of the best from season three. “Golden Anniversary” is
one of the classic episodes from the series as Cliff’s parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. “The March” is the episode where Theo has to write an essay
on the 1963 March on Washington. “Vanessa’s Rich” is the episode where Vanessa brings two friends over and tells them how much a painting cost, and now the friends
think she is a snob type. “Monster Man Huxtable,” Sondra and Elvin come home for a visit, and chaos occurs. “Say Hello to a Good Buy” is the episode where Cliff tries to
buy a car for a bargain by wearing older clothes, so they don’t think he has a lot of money. Cliff celebrates his 50th birthday in “Cliff’s 50th Birthday.” Practical jokes are going
around everywhere in “I Know That You Know.” Finally, “The Andalusian Flu,” is the episode where Cliff catches the flu from Clair.
Some very notable guest stars for season three include Bill Cosby’s I Spy co-star Robert Culp in “Bald & Beautiful,” Pam Grier in “Planning Parenthood,” Rita Moreno in
“You Only Hurt the One You Love,” Rosalind Cash in “Denise Gets a D,” Gilbert Gottfried and Sinbad in “Say Hello to a Good Buy,” Patricia Richardson and Lisa Vidal in
“Calling Doctor Huxtable.”
Recurring guest stars include Theo’s friend Walter “Cockroach” Bradley played by Carl Anthony Payne II, Rudy’s friend Peter Costa played by Peter Chiara, Clarice
Taylor playing Cliff’s mother Anna Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens playing Sondra’s boyfriend Elvin Tibideaux, Earle Hyman playing Cliff’s father Russell Huxtable, and Deon
Richmond as “Bud” (aka Kenny), another of Rudy’s friends.
The packaging is different from the first two seasons because now UrbanWorks is no more and they have been bought out by FirstLook Studios...long story. The first two sets were digipaks. This season we have three slim cases! That is better, I think. However, the artwork and style on this set is not as good as the first two sets. The box art is very simple and not as good as the first two sets. It is a plain looking and has a photo of just Cliff & Clair with the slogan, “Still the greatest.” The color scheme is white and purple. The back of the box has synopsis of the season and set, with a breakdown of each disc (episode titles for each disc). There are many small promotional images in little squares. A purple circle says Special Features are Spanish Subtitles and English CC. How are they special features? Anyway, inside the box are the aforementioned slim cases. The cover of each slim case is the same as the box. The back of the slim cases are also the same as the box, but the episode breakdown shows what is on that disc only. They could have at least changed the artwork for the slim cases.
The artwork on the disc is the same as the box cover and the slim cases cover. Too redundant. There is no artwork inside the slim cases, just a plain black background. Disc one holds episodes 1-9 from this season, disc two holds episodes 10-17 from this season and disc three holds episodes 18-25 from this season.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are very nice and didn’t suffer like the quality of the packaging from the change of UrbanWorks to FirstLook. The main menu starts with little video clips reciting classic lines from the season. Each disc has different lines. It is very cool. Then the actual main menu appears with the season three theme playing in the background. The color of the menu matches the packaging, with a purple style color. There are still clips playing on the left, with no audio of course. There are two options: Select Episode and Set Up. Set Up is where we can choose English CC, Spanish Subtitles, or None. Select Episodes menu is very cool. The theme song is still playing in the background with clips from the episode selected playing on the top, with the episode title, a Play episode option, and an option to skip to Act 1 and Act 2. On the last two sets, there was an option to go right to the end credits, but that is not on here. I wish they put it on here, too. Anyway, so there are three chapter skips (Opening, Act 1 and Act 2). On the bottom of the episodes menu are the rest of the episodes indicated by episode number and little video clips. It is very cool.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio both are great. The video is crisp and clear, but it has some debris from time to time, though it is not bad at all. I guess because there are 9 episodes on disc one and 8 episodes apiece on discs two and three. The audio is very good, but I am not sure if it is in stereo or not, as it was on the last set because the packaging doesn’t mention it. After the season one mess, we got season two unedited, and this set is no different! We get season three all unedited just as it aired on NBC! In the episode “Denise Gets a D,” the intro Bill Cosby taped about saying no to drugs is intact! That is very cool and thanks to FirstLook for not removing it. The episodes primarily run around 24:38. The highest on this set is 24:53 and the lowest is 23:37. The episode runtimes per disc are listed below:
1. “Bring ‘em Back Alive” 24:38
2. “Food for Thought” 24:38
3. “Golden Anniversary” 24:53
4. “Man Talk” 24:38
5. “Mother, May I?” 23:38
6. “The March” 23:37
7. “Theo’s Fight” 24:39
8. “Vanessa’s Rich” 24:28
9. “Denise Gets a D” 24:07
10. “A Girl and Her Dog” 24:39
11. “War Stories” 24:36
12. “Cliff in Charge” 24:36
13. “Monster Man Huxtable” 24:37
14. “Rudy Spends the Night” 24:38
15. “Say Hello to a Good Buy” 23:58
16. “Denise Gets an Opinion” 23:58
17. “Calling Doctor Huxtable” 23:57
18. “You Only Hurt the One You Love” 24:37
19. “The Shower” 24:37
20. “Cliff’s 50th Birthday” 24:38
21. “I Know That You Know” 24:38
22. “Andalusian Flu” 24:39
23. “Bald and Beautiful” 24:38
24. “Planning Parenthood” 24:08
25. “Hillman” 24:38
We got an ample amount of special features on the first two sets by UrbanWorks. We get nothing here from FirstLook. It is really a shame because all of the cast would love to do some interviews. The kids from the show recently hosted a Nick at Nite marathon, so I’m sure they would have participated on the DVD. We had bloopers and commentaries last time, that would have sufficed this time, but nothing at all here for one of the top sitcoms of all-time in the ratings and quality.
Well, the transition from UrbanWorks to FirstLook made this set go down a bit in quality. The packaging art was worse this time, but the use of slim cases for this set was good. The menu screen might have been better or on par with the first two sets. There are no extras on this set, so that drastically changes the difference between the first two sets and this one. Season four also doesn’t have extras.
Anyway, at least the episodes are all unedited. So go out and buy this set and the season four set on the same day! Getting two classic seasons on one day is so cool. See also our season four review.