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Three's Company - Capturing the Laughter: Janet's Favorites


TITLE: THREE'S COMPANY - CAPTURING THE LAUGHTER: JANET'S FAVORITES


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Color/Episodes from 1979-84
MSRP: $9.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 6
Running Time: approx. 150 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: None
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


Introduction:

First Anchor Bay gave us all eight seasons on DVD then a set featuring the top five episodes that John Ritter had said were his best, now Joyce DeWitt has hand-picked her top six episodes for a Janet’s Favorites set! So, Anchor Bay Entertainment is giving us six classic Three's Company episodes that will be 'capturing the laughter' of Janet Wood on DVD. Janet and her roommates get mixed up in a hilarious series of mistaken identities, insane misunderstandings, outrageous romances, tattooed rear-ends and more!


Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

The six episodes on this set are: #101 “The Case of the Missing Blonde,” where Janet and Jack follow a trail of crazy clues where Cindy has gone missing. #109 “Two Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” where Janet and Jack mistake Terri’s friend for an escaped mental patient. #64 “Chrissy’s Hospitality,” is a touching episode where Janet and Jack think Chrissy is dying after misunderstanding what the doctor said at the hospital. #92 “Janet’s Secret,” is the one where Janet told her parents that she and Jack are married. #168 “Jack’s Tattoo,” is the one where Jack is tattooed in an overnight party but is embarrassed to tell anyone, but Janet misunderstands and thinks Jack is getting a vasectomy! Finally, #141 “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” where Janet and Jack think Terri’s date is a murderer! I just noticed all her favorite episodes are ones where Jack and Janet are a team and work together. It is classic stuff!

Guest stars on these six episodes include Jeffrey Tambor, Keene Curtis, Macon McCalman and Eleanor Mondale.


Packaging:

The packaging is a simple but effective single case, like the Jack’s Favorites set. The front of the case features three small Janet Wood photos in small circles surrounding a huge circle with her face. The color scheme is pink. Three’s Company Capturing the Laughter: Janet’s Favorites is written on the front. The back of the case has three photos (Jack, Chrissy, Janet; Chrissy & Janet and just Janet).

The disc itself is in the same style as the packaging--pink, and the same art from the front of the case. Again, it is simple but nice.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation--it is very similar in style to the season sets and Jack’s Favorites. The full theme song (from the seasons 6-8 years) is playing in the background. Moreover, different rotating images in little circles of Janet are in the background. The options on the menu screen are: “Play All,” “Episodes.” When you select episodes, you will go to an episode index screen where you can choose what episode you want. When you choose an episode, you get a decent episode synopsis, about a paragraph or so in length, and a screenshot from the episode. Then you hit play and the episode plays in its full-unedited form just like how it aired on ABC. Each episode is about 25:05 minutes long, counting the opening and closing credits. There are no chapter stops, just like the season sets, though they have a chapter break after the opening credits, so you can skip over the theme anytime. Still no chapter breaks where the commercials would be. Therefore, it is very hard to find a scene you want to watch in particular.


Video and Audio Quality:

All six of these episodes have been released on their respective seasons’ DVD sets, so it is the same video and audio quality as those. Moreover, if you have not bought all the seasons, I’ll be simple and say both the audio and video have no problems and are great. All the episodes are unedited and in the 25:05 minute range, as I previously stated.


Special Features:

The Jack’s Favorites set had a reused extra, but this set has nothing. It would have been neat for Joyce DeWitt to introduce each episode or maybe an interview with her. I guess Anchor Bay wanted to give us a quick cheap set.


Final Comments:

As I said before, Anchor Bay has released all eight seasons on DVD, so now we can expect these compilation sets. However, I will not rest until we get both spin-offs, The Ropers and Three’s a Crowd on DVD, too. I need everyone emailing Anchor Bay and DLT. Tell Anchor Bay to get the rights from DLT and release both spin-offs on DVD. Their email is TVonDVD@anchorbayent.com. In addition, tell DLT to sell the spin-offs to a DVD company. Their e-mail is 3sco@dlentertainment.com.

This set is well done and all the episodes are unedited (which they should be since they were on the season sets) and in great quality. My only complaint is the lack of special features. In addition, if you have never watched the show...this is a good way to start I think. We will not rest until everything Three’s Company is released, so e-mail them about The Ropers and Three’s a Crowd!

Janet Wood is one of the most underrated sitcom characters ever. She shines on these six episodes and she had great chemistry with Jack (John Ritter). Go out and support this set, as it is very cheap to buy, who cares if you have all the seasons already. All fans should buy it.


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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 05/04/07

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