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Dallas - The Complete First and Second Seasons


Dallas - DVD Menu Screen


DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/1397 min.
MSRP: $49.98
Number of discs: 5 (two sided)
Number of episodes: 29
Languages and Subtitles: English; English, French & Spanish Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Commentary on episodes by David Jacobs, Larry Hagman & Charlene Tilton and SOAPtalk Dallas Reunion.

Dallas - DVD Menu Screen

Dallas - DVD Menu Screen


Power, wealth, sex, extravagance! This 5-disc set includes all 29 of the shows first and second season episodes. This popular 1980s primetime soap stars Larry Hagman as the power-hungry and manipulative J.R. Ewing, who is often stirring up trouble for his alcoholic wife Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), his brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Bobby's tortured wife Pamela (Victoria Principal). J.R. was the man everyone loved to hate -- and they still do!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There are several memorable episodes to start off with, including "Royal Marriage" in which J.R. arranges a marriage for Lucy (Charlene Tilton) with a closeted homosexual. Tilton herself has said this was one of her favorite episodes of the series. The Season two finale is also the first of many memorable season finales. "John Ewing III" Parts 1 & 2 feature the impending birth of J.R. and Sue Ellen's baby and Sue Ellen hitting rock bottom, forcing J.R. to lock his pregnant wife in a sanatorium. Sue Ellen not only pays an orderly to bring her booze, she escapes, only to crash the car and go into premature labor! The other two memorable episodes are "Reunion" Parts 1 and 2 where we are introduced to Gary Ewing and his estranged wife Valene (Joan Van Ark).

One of the most memorable guest stars is Tina Louise of "Gilligan's Island" fame. Louise pulls off an intriguing portrayal of J.R.'s double-crossing secretary Julie Grey. From Julie's initial affair to her subsequent death, Louise is excellent. The second season premiere brings us the arrival of Gary Ewing and his estranged wife Valene, which introduces us to Joan Van Ark, but Gary is played by David Ackroyd, not Ted Shackelford.


The packaging itself is quite nice. The cover features the first season cast of Dallas in a promotional shoot in front of the Ewing mansion -- with the Dallas logo present. It's simple but effective. The overall color of the set is a nice navy blue with white text. It's a slip sleeve much like the Here's Lucy set (see our review on that set). The inside case folds open to reveal episode descriptions as well as the discs included with the set. No individual disc cases. It's all together (which I find to be very handy myself).

There are five discs, which are two-sided and an overall 29 episodes are covered, as well as a bonus feature. Disc One/Side A (Episodes 1-3); Disc One/Side B (Episodes 4-6). Disc Two/Side A contains episodes 7-9; Disc Two/Side B contains Episodes 10-12. Disc 3/Side A contains episodes 13-15 while Side B contains episodes 16-18. Disc 4/Side A holds episodes 19-21 and Side B holds episodes 22-24. Disc 5/Side A contains episodes 25-27 while Side B holds episodes 28-29 and the SOAPtalk "Dallas Reunion." The discs are plain. The have no photos. Only small text around the hole telling you what side the disc is.--very unattractive, but that is expected since the discs are double sided.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are very easy to navigate. There is a "Play All" feature on the main menu. The main menu is the only menu that has the Dallas theme-song looping in the background. There is an episode selection menu. If the episode has commentary, you will be able to select that as well. There is also a setup section to choose subtitles, etc. It's quite easy on the eyes and a nice menu screen.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is really nice and clear, decent colors, but there is an evident scratching on the episodes. It's just white scratches that pop up every so often. Other than that, the video quality is excellent. The audio is fairly easy to hear unlike older sets that have been released, but it's still somewhat low. There is closed captioning available.

Special Features:

There is one special feature (besides commentary) and that is the entire SOAPtalk episode titled "Dallas Reunion" that reunites Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Charlene Tilton. They discuss the series, their favorite episodes and reminisce about the cast and tell behind the scenes stories. It's a good addition to the set because not everyone has SOAPnet. That special runs about 42 minutes. The commentary is great as well. Episodes 1, 6 & 7 feature commentary from David Jacobs (Creator), Larry Hagman and Charlene Tilton.

Final Comments:

In closing, this set was wonderful. The commentary is a fantastic part of the set and I hope they continue with it, but include some more cast members. I wasn't very happy by the two-sided discs, but to each his own I suppose. I would like to see in future releases maybe some bloopers, as well as original CBS promos. Other than that, I look forward to future releases!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 08/28/04

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