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Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3 (discs 1&2 are double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 780 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 41 minutes (counting commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Closed Captioned, Subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Special Features: “Introduction” by Russell Johnson & Sherwood Schwartz; Audio Commentary by Sherwood Schwartz on “The Producer”; “Gilligan’s Island: A Pop Culture Phenomenon”


Ever since time, man has wondered—Mary Ann or Ginger? You can find out for yourself as the third and final season of Gilligan’s Island comes to DVD! Relive all your favorite Mary Ann and Ginger moments, and don’t forget about Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire & his wife, and the Professor!

The series stars Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr. as the Skipper, Jim Backus as Mr. Howell, Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Howell, Tina Louise as Ginger and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann. The show’s third and final season featured 30 classic episodes.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Every single episode of Gilligan’s Island is really memorable. I think this show, I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch were probably more popular in reruns than in its original run. They all certainly have not been off-air since they debuted. Season 3’s memorable episodes include, “Gilligan vs. Gilligan” where we have two Gilligan’s, “Pass the Vegetables Please” where the castaways get super-powers after eating some veggie seeds, “The Producer” has Phil Silvers as famous Hollywood director getting stranded with the castaways, “Voodoo” where there is a witch doctor who has made dolls of the castaways, and so many more. You’ve seen these episodes so many times, that they are all just good. Memorable guests include Phil Silvers (“The Producer”), Vito Scotti (“Ring Around Gilligan”), Don Rickles (“The Kidnapper”), and the great L.A. Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (“Splashdown”).


As far as the packaging goes, the cover is in a brown scheme this season, as last season was green and season two was blue. This season focuses on the sand on the beach, last season it was the trees and plants, and the first set featured the blue ocean. A color photo of the seven castaways in a hut style border frame is featured. A picture of Gilligan saluting is next to the Gilligan’s Island logo, which is in its trade mark yellow color. The case cover is the same as the box cover. The back of the box has three color small photos. It also has a brief synopsis of the show and some info on the island getaway extras! And below the special features info has the major credits of the show’s third and final season. The case has color photos inside with episode info surrounding the discs. It is a nice digipak foldable case.

Disc 1 Side A has the introduction by Russell Johnson & Sherwood Schwartz and episodes 1-6 of season three (episode 4 has a commentary track option); Disc 1 Side B has episodes 7-12 of season three. Disc 2 Side A has episodes 13-18; Disc 2 Side B has episodes 19-24. Disc 3 has episodes 25-30 and the featurette. For some reason the packaging on the case says there is a Disc 3, Side B, but the third disc is single sided! There is no photo or images on the 3rd disc. And obviously since discs one and two are doubled-sided, there are no images on the discs.

Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season DVD Menu Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season DVD Menu

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen has the second theme playing in the background with a brown background (see image). For the season two set they used the first theme for some reason, so glad they fixed that for season 3. Each disc, except Disc 1 Side A, has Play, Episodes, Special Features and Languages as the options. Disc 1 Side A has an Introduction option along with the other options mentioned before. Languages have the option of subtitles in English, French, or Spanish. There is only one spoken language, which is of course, English. When you select special features you can choose the introduction or the by Sherwood Schwartz. Unfortunately, AGAIN there are no scene selections or even chapters on this set. So if you want to watch a particular scene, you will just have to fast forward. I was disappointed with Warner Bros. for not including this yet again but I knew they wouldn’t change their pattern just for the final set.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video is crystal clear color again. I think the episodes have never looked any better than this. Good job by Warner Bros. with that! The audio is in mono again, but it is MUCH better than the volume in season one and on par with season two. I don’t have to turn the volume higher like I did with season one. Fans will be happy that each episode runs on average of 25-25:30. Totally unedited! Gilligan’s Island fans should be proud they have every episode now unedited and in wonderful video quality and sound.

Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season DVD Menu Gilligan's Island - Sherwood Schwartz

Special Features:

The special features on this set are on the same level with the previous sets. Season one had a bit more than season two. This season has more than season two I think. The first special feature is an “Introduction” to the second season from Sherwood Schwartz and the Professor himself—Russell Johnson! It runs about 3 minutes and 25 seconds long in length. A few clips play at the start before the interviews start. There is audio commentary by creator/exec producer Sherwood Schwartz on “The Producer.” He is a wonderful person and is very enthusiastic about doing these commentaries. It’s nice he still does a lot for this show.

The final special feature is on the last disc and is a featurette titled—Gilligan’s Island: A Pop Culture Phenomenon. It features interviews with Schwartz and many fans, actors, and even a real professor! There were stars from The Real Gilligan’s Island reality series, too. I think the feature was OK, but it was pretty much hype at the end for that reality show.

Final Comments:

We are now done with this show on DVD. Let’s hope the animated series and the rest of the TV-movies follow. Warner Bros. did a good job with the episodes. There were minor faults, such as no chapters and/or scene selections. The special features were OK, nothing to write home about. I wish Bob Denver was involved. It makes no sense not having him. It is great to here Sherwood Schwartz, but it was really just him on these sets, with a special cameo by Russell Johnson. At least it seemed like a cameo, since he was barely on the extras. So buy season 3 if you have not already and let’s all stay stranded on that island with them for years to come!

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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/16/05

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