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Roseanne - Halloween Edition



DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
MSRP: $14.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 7
Running Time: 186 Minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: None; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Some shows took extra time out to do specials for Christmas, or Thanksgiving, but ROSEANNE took pride in each year, producing a spectacular Halloween episode. ROSEANNE stars Roseanne as Roseanne, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Laurie Metcalfe and Natalie West. Later episodes featured Sarah Chalke as Becky as well as Martin Mull, Sandra Bernhard, Glenn Quinn and Johnny Galecki.

In this special Halloween release, you can for the first time on DVD, own all 7 infamous Halloween episodes from ROSEANNE!

Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

The following episodes are all on this disc, and since there's only seven, I'll list them all.

"Boo!" which was according to the DVD box, an "Emmy-nominated fan favorite", the Conners kick off a family tradition with a night of outrageous pranks.

In "Trick or Treat", Roseanne wears a lumberjack costume and learns a few things about the opposite sex.

In "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down," Jackie flirts with a returned Booker (guest star George Clooney) and is caught in the middle when Arnie shows up (Tom Arnold), while Roseanne pranks the new neighbors.

In "Halloween IV," Roseanne, having lost her holiday spirit, is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, present and future.

In "Halloween V" it is Halloween night but the real shocks are about to come from some much unexpected places.

In "Skeleton in the Closet" a Halloween party at The Lunch Box brings out Leon's (Martin Mull) gay friends as well as Bev's (Estelle Parsons) hair-raising secret.

And in "Halloween: The Final Chapter" Ed McMahon and Sarah Chalke guest start when Roseanne's ouija board delivers the most unexpected news of all.


The packaging is typical of a regular movie release, the snap-case. The cover is black and orange, representing Halloween. The picture on the cover is of a pumpkin carved with Roseanne's face. It's the same design as a regular season release.

There's one disc inside and it contains all 7 Halloween episodes of the series. On the back of the case are some pictures and a list of the episodes, plus a brief synopsis of the episodes.

And the disc itself features the same picture as the disc art.

Menu Design and Navigation:

If you've purchased the first few seasons of ROSEANNE on DVD, than this is a familiar screen for you. It's the exact same. It has the striped background (in orange and black, for Halloween), a picture of Roseanne from the cover (the pumpkin carving) and a list of the episodes. There's a play all option and the theme song loops in the background.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video is as good as to be expected. It varies from each episode, but more or less, it's great; good color and not too much dust or grain. As for the audio, it's fine as well and nothing to be concerned about. Chapter skips are available and the best news is that it seems the episodes are uncut, all run between 23-24 minutes in length!

Episode Running-times
1- Boo! (23:44)
2- Trick or Treat (23:25)
3- *Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down (23:26)
4- Halloween IV (23:32)
5- Halloween V (23:30)
6- Skeleton in the Closet (23:00)
7- Halloween: The Final Chapter (23:00)

* This episode is listed twice. The first selection is without video commentary by Roseanne. The second is with video commentary. Both episodes have the same run-time, of course.

Special Features:

- Video Commentary with Roseanne on "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down"
It's nice they included that, but unfortunately for us, it was the same video commentary track as used in the Season 4 DVD release.

Final Comments:

For a simple release of seven episodes, I'm impressed by Anchor Bay. The box art is nice, and the episodes appear to be uncut, which is really nice! I'm glad they included the video commentary with Roseanne on "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down" even though it was used in Season 4; it's nice for those that don't have Season 4 yet or are just buying this set. Overall, a good release and it gives me something to watch on Halloween if I don't have any plans!

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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 08/26/06

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