TITLE: ACCORDING TO JIM - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
Release Date: May 3, 2011 (Lionsgate/ABC Studios)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 29
Running Time: 625 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 24 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles and Captioning: No subtitles, Closed-Captioned.
* Season 2 According to Jim - Featurette
* Live On Tape - Fearturette
Well, well, well, According to Jim is back on DVD exactly one year later, this time with season three! Keep the laughs coming with According to Jim season three, on DVD for the very first time! Continue your collection of this unforgettable sitcom starring Jim Belushi as an abrasive, but lovable father, and Courtney Thorne-Smith as his gorgeous and feisty wife. In this Primetime Emmy-nominated family comedy, Jim (Belushi) is the macho "everyman" who challenges his gorgeous and feisty wife Cheryl (Thorne-Smith) with his stubborn manliness but contagious charm. Lionsgate presents all 29 episodes from this landmark third season where the series continued ratings highs on Tuesday nights at 9pm on ABC in 2003-04.
The series stars Jim Belushi as Jim, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Cheryl, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Dana, Larry Joe Campbell as Andy, Taylor Atelian as Ruby, and Billi Bruno as Gracie.
This season continued the great ratings from season two. It did very well on Tuesday nights this season at 9pm opposite Frasier on NBC. Part of ABC’s Tuesday comedy block that season with 8 Simple Rules, Life with Bonnie, and Less than Perfect, it emerged as an anchor for the night at 9pm. The series did so well again that ABC ordered 29 episodes. Among the episodes this season is the season premiere “The Errand,” when Jim finds out that Cheryl has been paying $7 to have the groceries delivered to their house, he insists that he does the shopping himself in order to save money. In “The Lemonade Stand,” Jim and Cheryl encourage the girls to make a ‘lemonade stand’ and raise money for their scooters. In “Dana Dates Jim,” it's Halloween and Cheryl is trying to host "the" party so she can own Halloween in the neighborhood, but Dana brings in her newest date, Hank, who carries an awful lot of similarities to Jim. Well, well, well indeed! In “Paintball,” Cheryl persuades Jim into attending a couples cooking class, which turns into a disaster, so she lets Jim pick out the next couples activity -- paintball. In “Secret Santa,” Dana admits to Cheryl that she can't afford to buy Jim a Christmas present, so Cheryl lets Dana put her name on one of the presents she bought for him. In the two-part episode, “When You Wish To Be A Star,” Dana's first task at the ad agency is to cast the perfect TV family for a Disney cruise commercial and Cheryl and the kids get the job, but Dana's boss replaces Jim with a handsome actor in the role of "dad."
In “The Toilet,” Cheryl promises to take Jim's opinions seriously when she decides to remodel the bathroom, until Jim insists it include a hideous high-tech stainless steel toilet – that talks. In “The Swimming Pool,” Cheryl protests when a heat wave sends the family sneaking into a vacationing neighbor's pool--until she starts sneaking over on her own. On the season finale, “The Vast Difference,” Jim chickens out of having a vasectomy, but Cheryl is so effusive in her praise that he's unable to admit he didn't go through with it.
Guest starring this season are Jane Lynch, Tom Bergeron, Robert Belushi, Chris Elliot, Mary Gross, Dan Akroyd, Laraine Newman, Tim Bagley, Cynthia Stevenson, Rachel Harris, Tim Kazurinsky, Uncle Frank (from Jimmy Kimmel Live) and the voice of James Earl Jones.
Here are the runtimes for each episode and disc-by-disc breakdown:
“The Errand” (21:37)
“The Packer Ball” (21:37)
“We Have A Bingo” (20:06)
“Getting To Know You” (21:37)
“The Lemonade Stand” (21:32)
“ABC’s and 123’s” (21:27)
“Dana Dates Jim” (21:37)
“Scary Movie” (21:37)
“The Imaginary Friend” (21:37)
“The Empty Gesture” (21:32)
“Rules of Engagement” (21:37)
“Secret Santa” (21:37)
“House for Sale” (21:37)
“Dana Dates the Reverend” (20:52)
“The Best Man” (21:37)
“Cheryl Sings” (21:02)
“When You Wish To Be A Star, Part 1” (21:37)
“When You Wish To Be A Star, Part 2” (20:52)
“No Crime, But Punishment” (21:37)
“The Baby” (21:36)
“Who’s the Boss?” (21:27)
“The Truck” (21:37)
“The Toilet” (21:32)
“The Marriage Bank” (21:37)
“Everyone Gets Dumped” (21:37)
“The Swimming Pool” (21:07)
“The Vast Difference” (21:07)
The packaging for this set is a simple keep case, like season two. Season 1 had an outer box with a digipak case inside. The front has a shot Jim lying on the grass with the three kids and Cheryl. There is a kite flying also, with a sky blue and red color scheme. The show logo also appears, with The Complete Third Season line on the top and Comedy Begins at Home on the bottom. The back has a full cast photo with Jim, Cheryl, the kids along with Andy and Dana all sitting on a swing in a sky blue background. Also on the back of course is a description of the series and set along with a list of special features.
Inside the case we do NOT have a listing of the episodes again for the second straight set. In fact, it is pretty bland again, with no artwork on the panels. Once again, we have two disc holders that flip like a book. It is very good and works best because we get one disc on each side, so no overlapping occurs! As for disc art, each disc has a cast member, with a sky blue background along with a kite. Disc one has artwork of Jim with episodes 1-8. Disc two has artwork of Cheryl with episodes 9-15. Disc three has artwork of Dana with episodes 16-22. Disc four has artwork of Andy with episodes 23-29 & the special features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
We start off the menu with the theme (a long version) playing and we then go to the main menu, like the last set. The main menu has the same artwork as the cover art. The menu options are Play All, Episode Selection, Audio Set Up, and Special Features (disc four only). Play All obviously just plays them all at once on that particular disc. Episode Selection takes us to another menu where we see each episode listed with episode titles. In Audio Set Up, we can either choose English 5.1 Dolby Digital or Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital. There are no subtitles, but we have closed-captioning. And obviously Special Features lists the extras, which we will get to in that section. This section is also consistent with the previous set...consistency is good.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is in its original widescreen form (16x9, 1.85:1) again! That is very good to hear, a good job by Lionsgate and good job by ABC Studios for providing it to them. So that means, the video is widescreen and not full screen. Also, if you have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, this set looks very good! The audio is in a nice Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio...so nothing to complain about here. Each episode has about 4 chapter stops once again. Some info you might want to know is that the two-part Disney cruise episode has the “To be continued” tag and a preview of part two at the end of part one and part two has a “Previously on According to Jim” recap at the start of part two. We also have the original ship accommodation and airline accommodations provided by after the closing credits on these two episodes. And one final tidbit, the season premiere (“The Errand) has the “For John” mention after the closing credits. TV legend John Ritter passed away in September 2003 and this fellow ABC comedy (and a friend of Jim Belushi) paid tribute to the star. I had forgotten about that. Kudos for them on that and kudos that we have that on this DVD! You can see it at the end of this clip here.
We have some good special features again! We don’t have as much as season one and there are no audio commentaries this time, but it is still good! I wish we had audio commentary again on here though, as Jim Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell were awesome to listen to on the previous sets. Anyway, the extras are all on disc four and heavily feature Jim Belushi once again. The first one is “Season Three According to Jim” (9:20) and is exactly what the title says. Basically Jim is talking about this third season. He gives great information and details. This was recorded recently as he is not on the set. He goes into detail about the episodes, the ratings, and so much more. According to Jim was one of the highest rated scripted series on ABC at the time! The next extra is very cool and a fan’s dream. It is titled “Live On Tape” (14:47) and features interviews with the entire cast! Interviewed are Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. These interviews seem like were shot during the series finale during season eight, which was two years ago. Only the Belushi interviews here are newer it seems. Anyway, we are given information on the taping of the show and how much the studio audience is needed. They really like the studio audience and Jim and Larry especially do their best to keep everyone entertained and happy for these four or five hours of shooting. Stand-up comedian Michael Burger is featured and praises them. We also learn about the show’s four-camera set-up with George Mooradian (Director of Photography) giving some details. This is an insightful extra!
This was a decent set again. It is very consistent to the season two set, but my only gripe was we didn’t have those fun Jim & Larry audio commentaries. I think the third season is one of my favorite seasons, if not the best one. The first 4-5 seasons of this show were very fun and people have forgotten that. Ratings proved that this was a hit in those years. Along with the second season episodes, these episodes from this season are very funny and perhaps one of the best seasons for this show. I recommend you get this set because it is funny and relatable. We need shows like this on the air. Why would people want to make fun of something that is pretty real? We won’t have to wait a year for the fourth season because Lionsgate recently announced that season four will be out on DVD in July--that’s two months away! So hurry and buy this set and don’t lie and say you did like Cheryl did with the talking toilet or you’ll get Jim’s “well, well, well” from me!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 04/30/11
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