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The Odd Couple - The Third Season


TITLE: THE ODD COUPLE - THE THIRD SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008 (CBS DVD)
Color/1972-1973
MSRP: $38.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 9 hours, 56 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Oddly enough, it is time for yet another season of The Odd Couple on DVD. The 1970s series about two divorced men, Felix Unger (a total neat freak) and Oscar Madison (a total slob) sharing a New York City apartment comes back for another four disc DVD set. This is the season where the series really began to pick up and had perhaps some of the best episodes of the series.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

In the season premiere, “Gloria, Hallelujah,” Felix turns to a computer dating service to find his perfect match--which turns out to be somebody that he was married to for years, Gloria! Oscar insults Howard Cossell in “Big Mouth.” Can two divorced men live in a monastery without driving each other crazy? Find out in “The Odd Monks.” Oscar and Felix head out to a secluded cabin to help Oscar finish a novel in “I’m Dying of Unger,” but will it do any good?

Deacon Jones guest stars in “Felix’s First Commercial.” Oscar has a birthday and Felix is going to throw him a party (even though he doesn’t want one) in “Oscar’s Birthday.” Allen Ludden and Betty White guest star as themselves when Oscar and Felix play the game show “Password.” Felix’s daughter has found the perfect fatherly figure in Felix and Oscar’s apartment, and it isn’t Felix in “The Odd Father.”

Felix and Oscar are taking a trip... on an old folks’ cruise... in “Sometimes a Great Ocean.” Oscar and Felix try role reversal in “I Gotta Be Me.” Felix and Oscar are arrested for ticket scalping (for a Broadway show) in “My Strife in Court,” and Felix is going to represent them... are they going to be sent down the river? Oscar and Felix go on ANOTHER game show (yes, two in one season) in “Let’s Make a Deal.” Monty Hall guest stars. Felix does a little redecorating to the apartment, and goes modern...VERY modern... in “Take My Furniture, Please.”


Packaging:

Well, the packaging isn’t much different. Once again, we have the Amaray case with four discs, discs on each side of the case, a middle panel holding two discs, and no disc artwork. The front cover of the case is very similar to the past two sets, except it has a green color scheme this time. Inside the case, there is a listing of all of the episodes with descriptions and original airdates. Each disc contains six episodes except for Disc 4, which contains only five episodes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are the same as the previous two sets too, with the theme song playing in the background and the listing of the episodes (as well as Play All) on the main menu. In fact, like many other CBS DVD sets, the main menu is the ONLY menu. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

I didn’t see many problems with the video aside from some grain here and there, and the audio is decent too, being presented in Dolby Digital mono (hopefully you didn’t expect anything glamorous for a show THIS old). Sometimes the audio was a bit low, but it wasn’t a huge deal. With all of the other complaints that many CBS DVD products often have, the video and audio on here shows that some effort was made to make this show look decent, and viewers will appreciate that. Of course, some music was removed as the back of the packaging indicates, but is anybody really surprised? Runtimes for each episode are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. Gloria, Hallelujah (26:08)
2. Big Mouth (26:09)
3. The Princess (26:10)
4. The Pen is Mightier than the Pencil (26:07)
5. The Odd Monks (25:53)
6. I’m Dying of Unger (25:54)

Disc 2:
7. The Odd Couples (25:42)
8. Felix’s First Commercial (26:07)
9. The First Baby (26:08)
10. Oscar’s Birthday (25:41)
11. Password (26:07)
12. The Odd Father (26:09)

Disc 3:
13. Don’t Believe in Roomers (26:06)
14. Sometimes a Great Ocean (25:39)
15. I Gotta Be Me (25:13)
16. The Ides of April (25:25)
17. Myrna’s Debut (25:26)
18. The Hustler (25:38)

Disc 4:
19. My Strife in Court (25:39)
20. Let’s Make a Deal (25:38)
21. The Odyssey Couple (25:19)
22. Take My Furniture, Please (25:38)
23. The Murray Who Came to Dinner (25:49)


Special Features:

Once again, there are no special features. Season one had lots of special features and they were all good! So what happened? We’ve been wondering that ourselves, and it appears that CBS DVD just isn’t interested.


Final Comments:

Some very nice special features were produced for this series, but it appears that, as usual, CBS DVD has decided to not give us these... even though they had been produced. I guess they were simply not interested in putting them on these sets, or perhaps they are holding off for a complete series set. In addition, this set has what I believe is an overpriced MSRP for a barebones set that had to have original music removed from it. But that aside, this is still a pretty decent set, and the episodes are basically classics. I’ve never understood why this series doesn’t get more respect than it often does. So, can two divorced men share a four disc DVD set without making you laugh? Of course not!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/12/08

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