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3rd Rock From the Sun - The Best Episodes in the Universe, Really



DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
MSRP: $9.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 4
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


When it debuted as a mid-season replacement in 1996, The New York Daily News instantly called 3rd Rock from the Sun “by a long shot, the funniest, most original, best written, and best produced new comedy of the season.” For the next five years, it remained the most wildly inventive, critically acclaimed, and flat-out hilarious show on TV. Join High Commander Dr. Dick Solomon (three-time Emmy winner John Lithgow), his Lieutenant trapped in a woman’s body Sally (two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston), senior office-turned-hormonal teen Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the supremely squinty Harry (French Stewart), and Dick’s beloved Dr. Albright (Jane Curtin) in these hilarious episodes on the Best Episodes In The Universe, Really DVD set.

Episodes Included:

(Some Episode Details Courtesy

#1: “Brains and Eggs” (Season 1)
The first episode of the long-running television hit 3rd Rock from the Sun!

#16: ”Dick Like Me” (Season 1)
The Solomons discover that everyone on Earth has roots but them. During a chat with Tommy's teacher Mr. Randell, Dick learns that the teenager isn't "fitting in" at school. "Of course I'm not fitting in," snaps Tommy, "to fit in, you have to be something." The question is, what to be? Dick grabs an anthropology book for the answer. "It's loaded with every possible genre of human," he marvels. "It's like a catalogue. We can take our pick." Dick picks the Italians because, according to a swooning Dr. Albright, they're the sexiest people on the planet. Meanwhile, Sally's swooning, too -- for Mr. Randell.

#85: ”Dick and Taxes (Season 4)
After three years on the planet, the Solomons finally learn about an organization called the IRS. They also learn that they owe it $9500. What to do? Dick's idea: "We can lie." Dick's never paid taxes, and after trying to fill out the forms himself, he enlists Mary's help. When he sees how much he owes, he decides to be the only American ever to think of the brilliant idea of cheating on his taxes. When Dick gets an audit notice, Tommy has to fudge an explanation for what each family member has been doing for the past six years. The auditor, however, doesn't buy any of it -- even the "we're aliens" defense, which he's heard before. The Solomons agree to pay their hefty tax bill, and thank their lucky stars their true identities are still a secret. As part of the tax deception, Sally pretends she had a failed home business -- a hair salon -- but when she puts up the sign, women start pouring in. Sally enjoys the camaraderie and the gossip, but never quite gets the hang of cutting hair, and with no repeat business, the salon fails for real.

#100: ”The Fifth Solomon” (Season 5)
The Solomons don't realize how fond they are of their car until Dick wrecks it while talking on his cell phone. Meanwhile, Harry finds out about insurance.

Random Thought: I never realized how much I hate the 2nd theme until now--holy crap!


The packaging is an Amaray movie-style case. The front cover features the 3rd Rock logo (with Best of in the top left corner. The logo is above a picture of the gang eating at “Galaxy Burger” (a drive-in) with Sally in carhop uniform. The back cover is similar to the normal season releases, in that there’s text, and a photo below a planet “ring.” The photo this time? Dr. Albright serving the Solomons green Jell-O. AAAAAAAH. Normally, the cast would be divided up per-disc, however, for this set; they’re all on the one disc, in the rambler.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu is similar to the normal season releases, but stripped down. A 3-D earth spins in the bottom left corner, in front of a space background, while the 1st-4th season’s theme plays. The rest of the menus are a direct, exact rip from the season sets.

Video and Audio Quality:

Let’s get to the runtimes right away.
1) Brains and Eggs: 22:40
2) Dick Like Me: 22:41
3) Dick and Taxes: 22:18
4) The Fifth Solomon: 21:36

Pay attention to 1 and 2 closely. Now, compare to season 1. That’s roughly 50 seconds more. And no, the episode uses the short theme. 50 extra seconds of footage on those episodes. That’s worth the price of admission right there. Video looks quite good, as does the audio as well. No chapter stops.

Special Features:

No special features on this set. Just the 4 episodes are included.

Final Comments:

Nice item for a cheap, blind, discount purchase. If you haven’t picked this up yet, I’d go and buy it, if for no other reason than the two UNCUT season one episodes with FIFTY extra seconds of content. That’s worth the cheap price alone. The season five episode is nice as well, but as I mention, I REALLY don’t like the “Big Band”-style 2nd theme.

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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/08/06

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