TITLE: THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 643 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: Sony Minisodes
C'mon get happy and join the Partridges in The Complete Third Season of The Partridge Family! The sitcom about the made-for-TV band, featuring none other than David Cassidy, returns to DVD for 25 more episodes in a three disc DVD set. The Partridge Family was an ABC sitcom from the late 60s that sends home the message that the family that sings together stays together. They are a happy and upbeat family, much like The Brady Bunch (which aired on the same night and network) that find their happiness through music.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Keith has a bully that is quickly taken care of, by his own sister, in “The Male Chauvinist Piggy Went to Market.” Danny bets Reuben that he can diet longer than Reuben can quit smoking in “Each Dawn I Diet.” Shirley’s parents may be on the brink of divorce in “The Modfather.” In “Swiss Family Partridge,” the family has to survive in a rainstorm after the bus breaks down.
Could Laurie be getting eloped? That is what Danny and Keith think in “Ain’t Loveth Grand.” Danny wins a racehorse with insomnia in “Nag, Nag, Nag.” The kids decide to sabotage the house when it goes up for sale (didn’t another show do this?) in “For Sale By Owner.” The Partridge family become the Partridge hostages in “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The family goes to King’s Island (just like another show did a year later...) in “I Left My Heart in Cincinnati.”
Danny finds an annoying girl, and then finds he actually likes that girl in “The Eleven-Year Itch.” Keith is failing a class at school--sex education--in “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex... But Couldn’t Pronounce.” Shirley has to fight a computer when it destroys her credit in “Forgive Us Our Debts.” The family has to hide a mystery writer for 24 hours in “Me and My Shadow” for $25,000 to their favorite charity. Can they do it?
The set is presented in a purple box that has a family photo on the front, with a series of partridges on the bottom of the box. The back of the box has another family photo, except this time, Dave Madden is included with the rest of the cast. Inside, you’ll find two slimcases. The first one contains Disc 1 and Disc 2, and the second one contains Disc 3. The front of the first slimcase features half of the family, while the front of the other one contains the other half. The back of each case lists all of the episodes and episode descriptions. The disc artwork is simple, with a partridge being the disc art for each disc. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-9, Disc 2 contains episodes 10-17, and Disc 3 contains episodes 18-25.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu on each screen is a lot like the opening credits,with the group of partridges coming across the screen with the theme music playing, and a few seconds later, you get a menu with a cast shot of the Partridges (this time, as in the family) with options of Play All and Episodes. Disc 3 has a Special Features option as well. The Episodes option takes you to a menu where the episodes are listed, but with no episode snapshots on the screen, which is unusual for Sony. Once you select an episode, it plays immediately, with no scene selection menu. However, chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality aren’t perfect, but for a series this old, the quality tends to be well above average. Each episode has a lean picture that appears to be mostly free of grain and debris, although the picture isn’t all that sharp. It isn’t a major issue, though. The audio is presented in mono, but like many series on DVD, can tend to be a tad bit low on the audio levels. Each episode is closed-captioned. One very positive note is that every episode appears to be unedited, running around 26 minutes. Runtimes are as follows:
This Male Chauvinist Piggy Went to Market (25:44)
M is For the Many Things (25:49)
Princess and the Partridge (25:47)
Each Dawn I Diet (25:46)
A Penny For His Thoughts (25:57)
You’re Only Young Twice (25:23)
The Modfathers (25:43)
A Likely Candidate (25:44)
Swiss Family Partridge (25:33)
Ain’t Loveth Grand (25:58)
Whatever Happened to Keith Partridge? (25:59)
Nag, Nag, Nag (25:57)
For Sale By Owner (25:03)
Aspirin at 7, Dinner at 8 (25:57)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (26:00)
Trial of the Partridge One (25:58)
I Left My Heart in Cincinnati (26:00)
The Eleven-Year Itch (25:55)
Bedknobs and Drumsticks (25:57)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex... But Couldn’t Pronounce (25:57)
Forgive Us Our Debts (25:58)
The Partridge Connection (25:23)
The Selling of the Partridge (25:58)
Diary of a Mad Millionaire (25:48)
Me and My Shadow (25:37)
There aren’t any special features related to the show, but there are Minisodes. Seriously, can we even call these special features anymore? Sony is putting them on every DVD set. We have “The Trial” from Diff’rent Strokes (4:54) and “Angels on Wheels” from Charlie’s Angels (6:03). There isn’t anything special about either one, really.
This is always a fun show to watch! Personally, I don’t care for the music on the episodes (I guess you had to be there at that moment to truly enjoy it), but the plots of the episodes are great and interesting to watch. It is simply just a squeaky clean family sitcom, and among the last few that we really saw until the 80s (which weren’t quite as squeaky clean). The only complaint is that Sony didn’t include any bonus features. I mean, couldn’t they get Danny Bonaduce on there to complain about how everything went wrong on the show or something along those lines? No offense to Mr. Bonaduce, of course. It would be nice to hear from Susan Dey or Shirley Jones as well. Or what about those little kids that were on the show... actually, they had names, Chris and Tracy. Now that they have grown up, it would be interesting to know about everything they did (or actually did NOT) do on the series. In any event, this set is sure to make you happy with the great episodes and provide hours of entertainment.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/28/08
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