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Three's Company - Season Six Three's Company - Season Six DVD Cover Case


TITLE: THREE'S COMPANY - SEASON SIX


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Color/1981-82
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 26 (28 half hours counting 2-part Jack Bares All and Best of Three’s Company)
Running Time: 650 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 105 minutes (counting commentary episode and Best of Three’s Company episode -­ not counting those it would be 8 minutes only)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features:
* Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Director Dave Powers on "Jack Bares All" (approx. 49 minutes)
* Disc 4: Lucille Ball Presents The Best Of Three's Company (approx. 48 minutes)
* Disc 4: Laughs Around the World: Episode in Polish Featurette (approx. 8 minutes)


Introduction:

The trio is back and they are looking for a new roommate! Cindy is off to college at UCLA and Jack and Janet are looking for someone else to help play for the rent. They find Nurse Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes). So pick up the sixth season of Three’s Company on DVD for more fun and laughs, this time with a new roommate and for $10 less than the previous four sets!

The sixth season stars John Ritter as Jack Tripper, Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood, Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden, Richard Kline as Larry Dallas, with Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow and Don Knotts as Mr. Furley!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This memorable sixth season had it all. Some stand-out episodes include “Jack Bares All” where they meet Terri Alden, “Professor Jack” where Terri thinks Jack is giving lovemaking lessons instead of cooking lessons to a much older lady, “Some of that Jazz” is the one where Janet thinks she can make it as a dancer but her dance teacher is a total letch, “Two Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has Terri bringing a psychiatrist home and Jack & Janet think he is a mental patient, “Boy Meets Dummy” is the one where Jack has to stay away from Angelino’s daughter so he pretends a CPR dummy is his wife, “Urban Plowboy” in which the gang go out to Cindy’s aunt’s farm, “And Now Here’s Jack” is the one where Jack is on a morning show cooking and all goes wrong, “Up in the Air” is the one where Jack goes crazy at a part on a remote island, and “Mate for Each Other” is the one where a computer sets up Jack & Janet for a date!

There were many familiar faces guest starring this season as well. Gino Conforti & Jordan Charney join the cast a recurring characters as Felipe and Mr. Angelino, Michael Bell plays Janet’s dance teacher in “Some of that Jazz,” Teresa Ganzel as Greedy Gretchen in “Lies My Roommate Told Me,” special guest star Jeffrey Tambor is a psychiatrist in “Two Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Ruta Lee as the gold-digger in “The Matchbreakers,” Terry Kiser as a mobster who is hard to please in “A Friend in Need,” Karen Austin wants to change Jack in “Jack’s 10,” and Barry Williams in the hilarious episode “Up in the Air.” 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 five. 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 yellow. Season two was purple, season three was red, and season four was green, season five was light pinkish, 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 Larry, Cindy, Mr. Furley, Terri, Jack and Janet in a nice pose. The back of the box has information on the series, set & special features and a photo of Jack, Janet, Teri and Mr. Furley on the couch watching TV. There is also a photo of Janet from what looks to be season three, which is so strange because there is a photo of Janet already on the couch. The case cover has a nice photo of Janet, Jack and a sexy Terri. When you open the case, you will be greeted with a nice photo of Terri, Jack and Janet on the couch and a nice message/synopsis from George Sunga, a producer on the show. Sunga’s message/synopsis continues on the back of the case, as well. A photo of the Janet opening the door for Larry and one of his many girlfriends is on the back of the case as well.

The discs are in the case, of course, with disc one containing episodes 1-6 and has a photo of Jack in a blue background, disc two features episodes 7-13 and a photo of Janet in a pink background. Disc three has episodes 14-20 and a photo of Terri in a yellow background. Finally, disc four has episodes 21-25 and the extras, with a photo of Cindy on the disc with a light purple background. When you remove disc four from the case, you can see a nice loving photo of the trio and Cindy in the apartment.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation--it is very similar in style to the last four sets. The full season six theme song is playing in the background. And rotating images in little circles of Jack, Terri, Janet, Larry, Cindy and Mr. Furley from season six 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 and season five, though. 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 add more chapter stops for the final two seasons.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality is very crisp and clear for 1981-82. All the episodes are unedited and in the 25:05 minute range, as I previously stated. Like seasons two through five, 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. Every single episode has the full season six 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. For some reason the bumpers for the intermission of “Jack Bares All” and “The Best of Three’s Company” are missing. They are both intact on the ThreesCompany.com VHS tapes, but not on this DVD. It’s not a big deal, but still would have been nice to have. Here are the bumpers: Jack Bares All­ / The Best of Three’s Company


Special Features:

Are you ready for some bonus material fun? The set has audio commentary on disc one with director Dave Powers on the one-hour episode “Jack Bares All.” He is very interesting to listen to. He gives great tidbits, insights and facts. He gives a great analysis of the new opening credits that started in season 6. The episode runs close to 49 minutes. Then we have a sort of bonus feature on disc four with the “Best of Three’s Company” episode by the great Lucille Ball. This episode is always seen in syndication, so it is not a real special feature, but is great to have of course. The episode runs 48 minutes. But for some reason the full end credits don’t seem to be there? You can watch the full ending credits here.

The final extra is also on disc four and is a featurette on the show’s popularity internationally. “Laughs Around the World: Episode in Polish Featurette” runs around 8 minutes and is introduced by producer George Sunga. He mentions the show did very well in international areas. They aired the show with dubbed voices or they made their own version with different actors, same scripts, such as in Poland in the late ‘90s. The featurette shows bits of the U.S. version of the season six episode “Paradise Lost” intercut with the Polish version. It is very interesting to see!


Final Comments:

While this set is not on par with the previous sets, it is still very good. The set is well done and all the episodes are unedited (which is all that really counts) and in great quality. The extras were good but the quality was down. All fans should buy this set and continue to buy this series on DVD. Season 7 is slated for July 25, 2006; with season 8 following in fall 2006. Come on Anchor Bay, bring on the spin-offs, too, and us fans will love you even more! Season 6 is a must buy as Three’s Company entered its final phase with Terri.


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 02/25/06

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