TITLE: 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN - THE COMPLETE SEASON SIX (MILL CREEK)
Release Date: January 8, 2013 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Keepcase with black paper sleeves
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 432 minutes
Running Time of Features: 16 minutes
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-Captioned
Special Features: Cast Retrospective; Episode Previews; Introduction by French Stewart to Final Two Episodes; Final Episode Alternate Ending
Get ready to spend some more time with Dick and the rest of the Solomons in 3rd Rock from the Sun - The Complete Season Six! The three disc set from Mill Creek brings us (for the second time) all 20 episodes of the last season of the alien sitcom, where the Solomons try to do everything that they can to fit in with their fellow earthlings! In this last batch of episodes, you can see Tommy's journey to college, Sally's new profession as a weather girl, Harry hanging with the Amish, and much more!
The sixth season begins with "Les Liaisons Dickereuses," where Dick gets involved in a spat between Mary and her sister (played by Meg Mullally). Harry and Sally try to help Tommy in his romantic life in "Fear and Loathing in Rutherford." In "Indickscretion," a double date turns into a discussion about how good Mary and Don are in bed. The Solomons take a trip to a parallel universe in "Dick'll Take Manhattan." Tommy discovers how lousy of a teacher Dick is in "Why Dickie Can't Teach." Tommy is off to college (maybe) in "B.D.O.C."
Dick wants to be more American in "Red, White, and Dick." In "Dick Digs," Dick makes what he feels is a minor discovery on an archeological dig, but Mary is upset because it is more than she has ever found... so how can he make her feel better? Dick decides to become a magician in "There's No Business Like Dick Business." A psychic claims that Dick and Mary are from different worlds in "A Dick Replacement." Sally gets a new job in "Dick's Ark." In "You Don't Know Dick," Dick has to scramble to get a pair of Gordon Lightfoot tickets that he doesn't actually have. Dick gets to meet Mary's mother in "My Mother, My Dick."
Dick convinces Don to go in with him on a timeshare in "Glengarry Glen Dick." In "Dick Soup for the Soul," Dick comes to the conclusion that Mary stands in the way of his happiness. A mystery man in Mary's life is about to be uncovered in the two part episode "Mary Loves Scoochie." The series ends with the two part episode "The Thing That Wouldn't Die," where the Solomons face a "deportation" of sorts.
1. "Les Liaisons Dickergereuses" (21:37)
2. "Fear and Loathing in Rutherford" (21:37)
3. "Indickscretion" (21:38)
4. "Dick'll Take Manhattan (Part 1)" (21:37)
5. "Dick'll Take Manhattan (Part 2)" (21:37)
6. "Why Dicky Can't Teach" (21:38)
7. "B.D.O.C." (21:38)
8. "Red, White, and Dick" (21:37)
9. "Dick Digs" (21:39)
10. "There's No Business Like Dick Business" (21:38)
11. "A Dick's Replacement" (21:37)
12. "Dick's Ark" (21:37)
13. "You Don't Know Dick" (21:38)
14. "My Mother, My Dick" (21:36)
15. "Glengarry Glen Dick" (21:37)
16. "Dick Soup for the Soul" (21:38)
17. "Mary Loves Scoochie (Part 1)" (21:38)
18. "Mary Loves Scoochie (Part 2)" (21:38)
19. "The Thing That Wouldn't Die (Part 1)" (21:38)
20. "The Thing That Wouldn't Die (Part 2)" (21:38)
Mill Creek has chosen to stay consistent for all six seasons of this series when it comes to the packaging, which is nice. On the cover, there are photos of Dick, Mary, Tommy, Harry, Don, and Sally, along with another photo of Harry, Dick, and Mary on the back. There is a list of all of the guest stars and special features on the back, as well as a brief description of the season. Inside, you'll find what you'll usually find in these Mill Creek sets: discs in black paper sleeves. Each disc has the same image seen on the back of the package, and titles of the episodes included on each disc are printed here as well.
There is one more fun fact about the packaging that we just had to note here. Mill Creek often puts quotes from critics on the packaging, and this set is no exception. However, we have to say that we really do like their quote on this one: "More laughs than any superior alien race can possibly tabulate" - sitcomsonline.com. Yes, they quoted this very website for the packaging!
Menu Design and Navigation:
One would think that with the fifth and sixth seasons being released at the same time, the menus would be the same for both sets... but they aren't. Still, they're pretty similar. On the main menu, we get to hear audio clips from some of the episodes with alternating still photos of the primary cast members. The theme song plays in the background. Options on the main menu include Play All and Episode Select, along with Bonus Features on Disc 3. Episode Select brings up a menu where all of the episodes are listed. There is also an option at the top of the screen to turn on the episode previews. Once an episode is selected, it plays immediately. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.
The menus on the set are similar to the previous releases, with the theme song playing on the main menu along with black and white video clips from some of the episodes throughout the season (the same videos play on every disc). Main menu options include Play All and Episode Select, along with Bonus on Disc 3. Episode Select brings up a listing of all of the episodes on the disc, along with an option to turn episode preview on. Chapters are placed throughout each episode, including right after the opening credits, in the middle of each episode, and right before the closing credits.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality of these episodes is just like all of the previous 3rd Rock sets from Mill Creek... nothing spectacular, but not exactly a disaster. These episodes aired barely over a decade ago, and one would sort of expect something closer to perfection for something this recent. Still, the video quality isn't a disaster by any means. The audio is a standard stereo track that doesn't really have any major issues. Each episode on the set is closed-captioned.
Just like the fifth season, there are optional episode previews that you can watch before each episode, lasting roughly 30 seconds each. These appear to be the promos used during the original syndication run of the series. "3rd Rock: Six Seasons of Memories" (10:35) is a retrospective looking back at memories from the entire series. Included in this retrospective are all of the primary cast members: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It could have been a little longer, but at least it is something. There are two 30 second introductions for the final two episodes of the series featuring French Stewart, where he discusses the alternate ending... which leads up to the actual alternate ending (1:52). I'm not really sure why both parts of the final episode required the introduction, but it is there nonetheless.
There is some real irony in the list of special features listed on the back of the set. The packaging clearly indicates that there are bloopers included as a special feature, but this is, in fact, a blooper... there are no bloopers featured on the set.
We've reached the end of this series on DVD... again! If you missed out on these DVDs the first time around (or if they were just too expensive for you), I think that you'll find Mill Creek really did an excellent job with giving fans a second chance to own this series (and who knows, maybe they'll have a third chance when and if there is a complete series set). This is a series that I would have never really bothered owning on DVD if it weren't for Mill Creek, but they have managed to make it worth owning with their low MSRP (and on top of that, you can usually find these sets for under $5 easily), while not seriously sacrificing the quality of the previous releases. With all six seasons on store shelves at a reasonable price, now is the time for old fans and new ones (I'd put myself in the latter category) to start with the first episode and go all the way through the end of the far-out final frontier!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/28/13
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