TITLE: THE GAME - THE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010 (CBS Home Entertainment)
Color / 2008-09
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 21 (22 half-hours)
Running Time: 460 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Subtitles and Captioning: None; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None
One of the finest lineups in television comedy returns for a third season of The Game, the sexy and outrageous comedy that follows the enduring friendship between the three smart, confident and successful women - and the handsome, hunky pro athletes who share their lives. This means it is time to get your ‘game’ on as the hit The Game returns to DVD for its third season from CBS Home Entertainment with all 21 episodes on a three-disc set. This was the last season but now BET has picked up the series from The CW and will return the show in Fall 2010 for a fourth season!
Melanie (Tia Mowry Hardrict), now a resident intern, is struggling to deal with her old feelings for Sabres star Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) while seeking out new relationships. Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson), still running interference on son Malik (Hosea Chanchez), is also busy working a sizzling romance with a hot co-worker. Meanwhile, Kelly (Brittany Daniel) and Jason (Coby Bell) must deal with the question of staying together or going their separate ways in an exciting and memorable season filled with wins, losses, love and of course laughter!
The season premiere starts off where the second season ended in “Baby on Board,” after Melanie confesses to Derwin that she is still in love with him, Derwin shocks her with the news that Janay might be pregnant with his child. In the next episode, “Mel-odrama,” suspecting foul play, Melanie decides to confront Janay and figure out whether she's really pregnant with Derwin's baby. In “The Side-Part, Under Episode,” after a heated argument with Derwin, Melanie concentrates on her work at the hospital, where she becomes attracted to a handsome man (guest star Jason Olive). In “Stay Fierce, Malik,” Robin Givens implies that Malik is gay on national TV and that it's the reason for their breakup and then Malik is then teased by his teammates and discovers one player is actually gay, but is afraid to come out.; meanwhile, Derwin accuses Melanie of sleeping with a doctor at the hospital where she works. In “Hill Street Blues,” Janay's ex-boyfriend (guest star Hill Harper, appearing as himself) visits while on a book tour and it makes Derwin jealous; and Melanie feels blue and seeks comfort in the arms of her cable guy (guest star Mowry's Husband Cory Hardrict). In “Put a Ring On It,” Tasha and Kelly throw an engagement party for Melanie and Derwin, but, unfortunately, the festivities doesn't run as smoothly as Melanie would have hoped. On the one-hour season finale, “I Want It All and I Want It Now/The Wedding Episode,” after Janay has a false alarm, Melanie decides she wants to marry Derwin before the baby arrives, even if it meant sacrificing her dream wedding.
Guest stars for this season include Mehcad Brooks, Charles Robinson, Rebecca Field, Gregory Allan Williams, Jason Olive, Gabrielle Dennis, Penny Marshall, Bumper Robinson, Michael Boatman, Stacey Dash, Lisa Tucker, Tasha Smith, and Cory Hardrict. And guest starring as themselves are Victoria Recaño, Tanika Ray, Kevin Clash, Duane Martin, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jalen Rose, Rudy Gay, Kevin Frazier, Keesha Sharp, Hill Harper, Rick Fox, and Robin Givens.
1. Baby on Board 20:56
2. Mel-odrama 20:56
3. Just When I Thought I Was Out...She Pulls Me Back In 20:56
4. Just The Three Of Us 20:56
5. A Delectable Basket of Treats 20:56
6. The Platski Thickens 20:28
7. White Coats and White Lies 20:56
8. The Side-Part, Under Episode 20:49
9. Oh, What A Night 20:56
10. The Negotiation Episode 20:56
11. Insert Car Here 20:57
12. Stay Fierce, Malik 20:56
13. Do The Wright Thing 20:26
14. Punk Ass Chauncey 20:56
15. Take a Bow 20:56
16. Truth and Consequences 20:51
17. Hill Street Blues 20:56
18. The Third Legacy 20:11
19. Put a Ring on It 20:56
20. The Fall of the Roman 20:56
21/22. I Want It All and I Want It Now/The Wedding Episode 42:12
We get the usual CBS Home Entertainment keep case and it is very similar to the first two season DVDs. The front artwork has the six main stars as the lights of the football stadium are in the background in like an olive green color with the show logo on it. The Third Season wording is on the bottom. The back of the case features a photo of the main three ladies on top with the main three men laying on the floor in their uniforms, as well as a description of the series & set. Inside the case are the discs of course, but inside the packaging panels we have disc-by-disc breakdowns, including episode titles, original airdates and an episode description once again. There are three promotional photos on the right panel as well. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a book, while disc three is on the right panel. As with the case with other CBS Home Entertainment DVDs, the discs themselves are silver in color (very plain) and feature the show logo with episode titles on the bottom. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-7. Disc 2 contains Episodes 8-14. Disc 3 contains Episodes 15-21.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu is pretty cool and easy to navigate and also similar to the first two sets. On disc one before you get to the Main Menu, you have an option to go watch Previews or go to the Main Menu. The previews are for Girlfriends S4 (uh that is old, they are on S8 now), 90210 S1 and CBS/Showtime DVDs--same exact previews as last time. The main menu has artwork of inside the stadium with the lights in the background. Each disc has two stars featured, like the last set. Disc one has Melanie and Derwin. Disc two has Tasha and Malik. And disc three has a wedding shot of Melanie and Derwin. There is a "Play All" option, which plays all of the episodes and the episodes are actually listed on the main menu by episode titles once again. We also have “Audio Options,” where we can choose either English 5.1 audio or English Stereo audio. Who cares really? No subtitles again?
Video and Audio Quality:
Nothing really different here from the last two sets. The video is in widescreen again, like it should be, and it probably has never looked better unless you watched it in HD on The CW HD. I love the opening credits where you see supposedly Tia on the football stadium walking from the back in her high heels. It is stunning and the music is good, too. The audio is also perfect and sounds good, 5.1 or Stereo. We get 5 chapter stops for each episode, but the season finale has 6 chapter stop. As was the case with other sets from CBS, there is a disclaimer on the back of the box saying, “Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.” I have no idea what, though. I never really watched the show before I got the season one DVD and now this DVD. If you know, please post on our feedback link below. I remind you, reader Roddric Shropshire helped us with the Girlfriends DVDs with music edits, so thanks to him for that again. Here is a sample of what to expect on this DVD (minus The CW bug, of course):
The first season DVD had some extras, but like the second season DVD, this season has nothing at all! Why CBS Home Entertainment, why? Not even those Mara Brock Akil interview clips from the first season? Oh well, enjoy this steamy screen cap from the second episode of the third season:
This was the last season, since The CW canceled it. But after a season off, the series will return this coming season on cable on BET! Tia Mowry looks very good on this show (two screen caps above should tell you that) and she is good in it. Her hair is short this season like it was midway through the second season, but she still looks good. Reruns are airing on BET and they have picked-up the show for a fourth season starting sometime this fall. Anyway, CBS Home Entertainment continues to be really cheap, and for the second straight set we get no special features here. The packaging is OK, but simple. Everything could be better, but also could be worse. The important part of course is the episodes, and it looks unedited, but there is a disclaimer saying some episode may be edited. So if you’re a fan, for sure get this third season set, especially if you have the first two sets. Maybe the fourth season DVD will be out this time next year. But before that...get your game on for season three as the storyline really progresses by season’s end!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 07/05/10
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