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Three's Company - Season Five


TITLE: THREE'S COMPANY - SEASON FIVE


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Color/1980-81
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 59 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features:
• Jenilee Harrison Interview
• Of Farce and Censors: All-New Interviews with Producers George Sunga, George Burditt and Writer Kim Weiskopf
• Best of Jack: Season 5
• Best of Janet: Season 5
• Best of Cindy: Season 5
• Best of Larry: Season 5
• Best of Mr. Furley: Season 5


Introduction:

Testing uno, dos, tres, catorce… yes, Three’s Company is back on DVD with season five! Join Jack, Janet, Chrissy, Larry, Mr. Furley, and a new character—Cindy for some fun farce! This is the season where Suzanne Somers’ Chrissy Snow leaves the show but would appear in a few phone tag scenes, so they brought in Jenilee Harrison to play the role of third roommate Cindy Show, Chrissy’s cousin. You for sure want to buy this pivotal season on DVD!

The fifth season stars John Ritter as Jack Tripper, Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood, Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow, Richard Kline as Larry Dallas, with Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow and Don Knotts as Mr. Furley!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This classic fifth season had it all. For a few episodes it was ‘two’s company’ when Chrissy was away and Jack & Janet carried the show. Those episodes were “…And Justice for Jack,” “Downhill Chaser,” “A Crowded Romance,” and “Room at the Bottom.” Without Chrissy in those episodes, Janet’s character evolved a lot and showed how much of a good physical comedian Joyce DeWitt was as well. She worked great with John Ritter. There were only two full episodes with Chrissy this season, but they were both very good. “Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs” and “A Hundred Dollars a What?” were the episodes. After all that, Jenilee Harrison’s character Cindy moves in, in the episode “Chrissy’s Cousin.” All of those were pivotal and episodes that changed Three’s Company historically, but there were other great episodes as well, including “Make Room for Daddy” in which Janet takes out an older man, “Janet’s Secret” in which Janet’s parents come for a visit, “In Like Larry” in which Jack and Larry switch apartments, “Night of the Ropers” has the hilarious Ropers coming back for one last time, and “Double Trouble” in which Jack poses as his own twin cousin Austin from Texas.

There were many familiar faces guest starring this season as well. Ellen Travolta sexually harasses Jack in “…And Justice for Jack,” Elaine Giftos is Chrissy’s call girl friend in “A Hundred Dollars a What,” Gino Conforti & Jordan Charney make their first appearances as Felipe and Mr. Angelino in “The Not So Great Imposter,” the late Keene Curtis as Janet’s older date in “Make Room for Daddy,” Macon McCalman as Janet’s father in “Janet’s Secret,” special guest star Jeffrey Tambor wants to marry Cindy in “Father of the Bride,” the late Hamilton Camp plays Bart Furley in “Furley vs. Furley,” William Pierson returns for one last time as Dean Travers in “Teacher’s Pet,” Norman Fell & Audra Lindley reprise their roles as The Ropers in “Night of the Ropers,” and Terry Kiser wants to kill Jack in “Dying to Meet You.” Brad Blaisdell has a recurring role as Mike, the bartender at the Regal Beagle.


Packaging:

The packaging is nicely packaged in Digibook format, just like seasons two through four. So when you open the case, you flip to the next disc like you would with a book. The color scheme for this season is a pink type of color. Season two was purple, season three was red, and season four was green if you all remember. Like the previous three sets, you have to remove the case from the box. The box cover features a nice cast photo of the trio (Jack, Janet, and Chrissy that is) in a nice pose. The back of the box has information on the series, set & special features and a photo of Jack holding Chrissy’s cheeks on the left and Cindy & Janet on the right. The case cover this time is the same as the box cover. The last three sets had a different photo from the box cover. When you open the case, you will be greeted with a nice photo of Jenilee Harrison’s Cindy and a nice message/synopsis from George Sunga, a producer on the show. Unfortunately, the great Chris Mann was not involved in this release and seems like he will not be involved for seasons 6 through 8 either, which is very unfortunate. Sunga’s message/synopsis continues on the back of the case, as well. A photo of the Janet, Jack, and Cindy sitting on the couch is on the back of the case.

The discs are in the case, of course, with disc one containing episodes 1-6 and has a photo of Jack (season 8 it seems) in a blue background, disc two features episodes 7-12 and a photo of Janet (season three it seems) in a red background. Disc three has episodes 13-18 and a photo of Chrissy (season four it seems) in a purple background. Finally, disc four has episodes 19-22 and the extras, with a photo of Cindy on the disc with an orange background. When you remove disc four from the case, you can see a nice loving photo of the trio—but it is a season four shot.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation. It is very similar in style to the last three sets. The season four & five theme song is playing in the background. And rotating images in little circles of Jack, Janet, Chrissy, Larry and Mr. Furley from season five are in the background. The options on the menu screen are: “Play All,” “Extras” (disc four ONLY), and “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 pretty 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. My one complaint about the Three’s Company sets was that there were no chapters. They made a little improvement for this season! They added a chapter break after the opening credits, so you can skip over the theme anytime. But still no chapter breaks where the commercials would be. So, it is very hard to find a scene you want to watch in particular. Hopefully they build on what they did this season and more chapter stops for the final three seasons.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality is very crisp and clear for 1980-81. All the episodes are unedited and in the 25:05 minute range, as I previously stated. Like seasons two through four, there are some tag scenes from a few episodes that have probably never been seen since its original run, unless you are from an outside country. This means all the Chrissy phone tags are on this set, if anyone was wondering! Want to find them fast? Here are the episodes where she appears at the end for a phone scene: “Jack to the Rescue,” “Jack’s Other Mother,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “Father of the Bride,” “In Like Larry,” and “And Baby Makes Four.” Chrissy talks to Janet in all of them except for “Make Room for Daddy” in which she talks to Jack. All of these episodes are on discs two and three. There is an episode on disc one titled “Room at the Bottom” that had a Chrissy phone scene, but it was not at the end of the episode, it was in the middle of the episode. Every single episode has the full season five theme song. The video is very watchable and the audio is very clear, even though it is in mono. It is the best mono on a DVD set probably out there.


Special Features:

Are you ready for some bonus material fun? Anchor Bay has always provided us with great extras! This season has not as many extras but they are still worth watching and interesting to see. All of the extras are on disc four. The first extra is an interview with Jenilee Harrison. It runs about 9:23 in length. She goes in-depth on how she got the job. She said the show made her career and she says she beat out other actresses such as Heather Locklear, Heather Thomas and Tracy Scoggins! She also talks about her departure after the sixth season. This is a must watch.

Up next is the feature “Of Farce & Censors.” It runs 9:37 and has interviews with producers and writers Kim Weiskopf, George Sunga and George Burditt. They talk about the hilarious misunderstandings, the great farce and how they adapted to writing it, and how the censors played out. They talk about co-executive producer Don Nicholl, too. Nicholl died in 1980, just before the fifth season. This is yet another interesting interview.

The next five pieces are “Best of…” clips. “Best of Jack Season Five” has clips of Jack from this season and runs 8:33; “Best of Janet Season Five” has clips of Janet from this season and runs 8:04. “Best of Cindy Season Five” has clips of Cindy from this season and runs 6:32. “Best of Larry Season Five” has clips of Larry from this season and runs 8:32. “Best of Mr. Furley Season Five” has clips of Furley from this season and runs 8:27. These might be unnecessary, but it is nice to watch the best clips from the season in one showing.


Final Comments:

Yet again Anchor Bay doesn’t disappoint! The set is well done and sort of fixed the chapter issue, but still needs work. The extras were good but the quantity was down, the quality is still right up there. All fans should buy this set and continue to buy this series on DVD. Season 6 is slated for March 7, 2006, with seasons 7 and 8 following later in 2006. Come on Anchor Bay, bring on the spin-offs, too, and us fans will love you even more! Season 5 is a must buy!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 11/03/2005.

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