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Three's Company - Season Seven


TITLE: THREE'S COMPANY - SEASON SEVEN


Info:

DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Color/1982-83
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 551 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 115 minutes (counting commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features:
* Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Richard Kline on "Opening Night" (approx. 25 minutes)
* Disc 2: Audio Commentary with Richard Kline on "The Impossible Dream" (approx. 25 minutes)
* Disc 4: Don Knotts: A Tribute (approx. 26 minutes)
* Disc 4: Parlez-Vous Three’s Company? (approx. 10 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Jack: Season 7 (approx. 7 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Janet: Season 7 (approx. 8 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Terri: Season 7 (approx. 7 minutes)
* Disc 4: Best of Larry: Season 7 (approx. 7 minutes)


Introduction:

Jack, Janet, Terri, Larry and Mr. Furley are all back for another zany and wild season on the seventh season of Three’s Company now available for the first time on DVD from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment! In this hit season, Jack finally achieves his dream and opens up his own restaurant -­ Jack’s Bistro! The season 7 DVD was being produced at the time of Don Knotts’ passing, and Anchor Bay has paid tribute to him on this set. And just like the season six Three’s Company DVD, for $10 less than the previous four sets!

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


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This memorable seventh season had it all. The set was moved from CBS Television City to Metromedia, and thus you’ll notice some better lighting on the set, at least that is what I think. Some stand-out episodes include “A Night Not to Remember” where Jack gets drunk and does something bad…or he thinks he does, “Jack Goes to the Dentist” where Terri’s boyfriend (played by Jeffrey Tambor) is a dentist, “Diamond Jack” is the one where jewel thieves accidentally find Jack, “Jack Gets His” is a landmark episode where Jack finally achieves his dream, “Opening Night” is the one where Jack has his grand opening, “Cousin Cuisine” is the one where the Spanish speaking Maria comes into Jack’s life, “The Impossible Dream” is the one where Larry sings at the Bistro and Furley helps out in the kitchen, “Going to Pot” is the one where Furley brings a pot…not that kind, and “The Apartment” is the one where Angelino is caught having a secret love next in the apartment above the Bistro!

There were many familiar faces guest starring this season as well. Gino Conforti & Jordan Charney as recurring characters as Felipe and Mr. Angelino, Jeffrey Tambor plays Terri’s dentist-boyfriend in “Jack Goes to the Dentist,” Anne Schedeen as the loan manager at the bank in “Jack Gets His,” Earl Boen is the Reverend Gilmore in “The Brunch,” veteran Irene Tedrow also guest stars in “The Brunch,” Brian Robbins as Furley’s shy nephew in “Janet’s Little Helper,” Julie Piekarski as the teenage candy-striper in “Janet’s Little Helper,” and Ilene Graff is Angelino’s other woman in “The Apartment.” Brad Blaisdell has a recurring role as Mike, the bartender at the Regal Beagle and Mina Kolb appears as Terri’s mother, Mrs. Alden for two episodes.


Packaging:

The packaging is nicely packaged in Digibook format, just like seasons two through six. 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 orange. Season two was purple, season three was red, season four was green, season five was light pinkish and season six was yellow, 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 Janet, Jack, Mr. Furley and Terri in a nice pose. It is the same photo that was used on the case for season six, but Mr. Furley was added this time. 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 talking. The case cover has a nice photo of Jack and Mr. Furley on the couch. When you open the case, you will be greeted with 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 Jack (all pied-up) and Mr. Furley 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 7-12 and a photo of Janet in a pink background. Disc three has episodes 13-18 and a photo of Terri in a yellow background. Finally, disc four has episodes 19-22 and the extras, with a photo of Mr. Furley on the disc with a light purple background. When you remove disc four from the case, you can see a nice photo of the trio and Larry in the apartment. None of these photos on this entire set are from season seven at all, which is strange.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Now to the menu navigation--it is very similar in style to the last five sets. The full season seven theme song (same as season six) is playing in the background. And rotating images in little circles of Jack, Janet, Terri, Mr. Furley, and Larry from season seven are in the background. Each characters appears twice before the theme loops. The options on the menu screen are: “Play All,” “Episodes” and “Extras” (disc four ONLY). 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 on this set and the previous two sets, 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. I don’t see them doing full chapters for the last set (season 8), so no need to keep suggesting it.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is probably the best I’ve seen. I always found seasons 7 and 8 always to be clearer, even on TV. I guess it is because they moved the set to another studio. All the episodes are unedited and in the 25:05 minute range, as I previously stated. Like seasons two through six, 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 seven theme song. In fact, six of the first seven episodes have the rare “saucier” theme song that was used in the original run. The closing credits for these also have a “saucier” feel, but that has been seen in syndication. Click here to listen to the “saucier” season seven opening. Or you can watch it here, too.

The video is the best like I said and the audio is very clear, even though it is in mono. It is the best mono on a DVD set probably out there. An interesting tidbit is, the message at the end of “Jack Gets His” is intact. It says “Next Week: The Grand Opening.” I think Nick @ Nite and TV Land never showed that, but if I recall TBS did.

Here are the runtime for each episode on this set:

Disc 1
“A Night Not to Remember” (25:05)
“Jack Goes to the Dentist” (25:10)
“Diamond Jack” (25:09)
“Extra, Extra” (25:09)
“Jack Gets His” (25:05)
“Opening Night” (25:05)

Disc 2
“Cousin Cuisine” (25:05)
“An Affair to Forget” (25:05)
“The Brunch” (25:05)
“The Impossible Dream” (24:54)
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” (25:05)
“Larry’s Sister” (25:06)

Disc 3
“Bob & Carol & Larry & Terri” (25:05)
“Going to Pot” (25:05)
“Star Struck” (24:58)
“Jack Goes the Distance” (24:45)
“Jack’s Double Date” (25:05)
“Janet’s Little Helper” (25:04)

Disc 4
“The Apartment” (25:05)
“Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” (25:06)
“Navy Blues (25:07)
“Borrowing Trouble” (25:05)


Special Features:

The extras are just as good as the last set because of Richard Kline. The set has audio commentary on disc one with Richard Kline on the episode “Opening Night.” He is very interesting to listen to. He gives great tidbits, insights and facts. He also (like Dave Powers did in the last set) gives a great analysis of the opening credits at the LA Zoo. The episode runs over 25 minutes. He also gives commentary on disc two for the episode “The Impossible Dream.” I had so much fun listening to him. He remembers a lot and is interesting to listen to. He even remembers how he punched the wall in the kitchen at the Bistro and the painting on the other side of the wall fell—they had to stop taping to clean that up! This episode runs close to 25 minutes. These two commentaries are the best features on the set I think. Then we have all the other extras on disc 4. Anchor Bay pays tribute to the late Don Knotts, who died a few months back, with a nice 25:46 clip montage featuring the best of Mr. Furley from seasons 4-8. The clips are nicely done and are fun to watch. Mr. Knotts will certainly be missed.

The next extra is also on disc four and is a featurette on the show’s popularity in France, titled “Parelz-Vous Three’s Company?” The season six DVD had a similar extra in Polish, but that was much better. All this is are few scenes from the pilot, with some in English and some dubbed in French. I guess anything Three’s Company would have die-hards like me watching, but I don’t think many people will be impressed with this. Then we have best of clips for Jack (6:30), Janet (7:35), Terri (7:11) and Larry (7:15) from season 7.


Final Comments:

The set is well done and all the episodes are unedited (which is all that really counts) and in great quality. The video is the most impressive to me. The extras were good, on par with season 6. All fans should buy this set because it had a lot of classic episodes and so they can continue their collection. Season 8 (final season) is slated for October 10, 2006. Come on Anchor Bay, bring on the spin-offs, too, and us fans will be pleased! We will not rest until everything Three’s Company is released! Season 7 is a must buy as Three’s Company moved into the Jack’s Bistro era, and continued to bring laughs.


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 07/05/06

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