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The Flintstones - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 4 (disc #4 is double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 28
Running Time: 724 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 14 minutes (not counting trailers)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, French and Spanish language & subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: "Bedrock Collectibles," "First Families of the Stone Age" and various Warner Bros. Animation Trailers.

My Thoughts:

Meet the Flintstones again on DVD for the third time! This time when you meet them, you will notice a special new part of the family--their daughter, Pebbles! Yes, this is the season where Pebbles Flintstones is born. She made her way on earth during the last portion of this season. Season three originally aired in the 1962-63 season on ABC and was again a big hit. This season features 28 pre-historic episodes that will keep you glued to your TV. Join Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino, and Pebbles for loads of laughs and fun in the Stone Age. Now in full color! This season marked the first time the series aired in color, but on the previous DVDs we got the colorized versions, but still unedited.

Some memorable episodes include the season premiere "Dino Goes Hollyrock," "Invisible Barney," "The Twitch," "Baby Barney," "Hawaiian Escapade," "The Surprise" in which we find out Wilma is pregnant, and "The Dress Rehearsal" in which Pebbles is born! Recurring voices from Howard Morris, Hal Smith and John Stephenson are included.

The packaging is excellent and the same as the first two seasons. It is a see through digipak (if anyone has The A-Team set, you know what I mean). The box cover is transparent and has Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino and Pebbles all looking at Pebbles while Barney takes a photo and Fred holds her, with the Flintstones logo on the top. The back of the box has Pebbles and Dino playing with a miniature Dino toy and the back also has info on the set and series. All of the joyful bonuses are also listed. The case cover has Fred sitting on his recliner with Pebbles and Dino sleeping with the Flintstones logo on the top. The back of the case has Fred, Wilma and Pebbles in front of their house giving Pebbles a stroll. When you open the case once, you will a breakdown of disc one on the left side and a breakdown of disc two on the right now. The breakdowns feature all the episodes and special features on each disc. A nice photo and a cool trivia blurb are also printed on each breakdown. When you open the case another time, you get to the 4 discs and the breakdowns of discs three and four.

Disc one features episodes 1-6 of season three and one of the bonus features. Disc two has episodes 7-12 and the last bonus feature. Disc three has episodes 13-18 and trailers. Disc four is double sided - side A has episodes 19-23, side B has episodes 24-28. On the discs, there are photos of different characters with the newest addition--Pebbles. Disc one has a photo of Fred holding Pebbles, disc two has Wilma & Betty watching Pebbles; disc three has a photo of Barney & Dino with Pebbles. Disc four has no pictures, since it is double sided. The other three discs have a nice light purple setting in the background like the case.

The menu screen is very much a Flintstones style again. This time it starts with Barney getting ready to take a photo of the gang, then the main menu screen where we see the gang with Pebbles (same photo as the box cover). The “Meet the Flintstones” theme is playing in the background. It loops, too. The menu screen consists of “Play All,” “Episodes,” “Special Features,” and “Languages” from left to right. Languages and subtitles are in English, French and Spanish. The episodes section has the list of episodes on the disc, when you highlight one episode; a photo from the episode is shown on a mini-screen, each episode screen on each disc is different; very creative.

The video quality is very good, just like season two. This is from the early ‘60s, so it is impressive on how it looks. There are a bit of dusty areas, but that is expected. The audio, however is better than season two, I think. It is mono and a bit low, but better than season two. It is definitely hearable when you put it louder. Each episode seems to be unedited and in the range of 25-26 minutes per episode. There is one episode that is in the 22 minute range, which is fishy. The original “Rise & Shine” theme song is included for the first two episodes for this season. After that, the "Meet the Flintstones" theme takes over starting with the episode "Barney the Invisible." The little teaser scene before the opening credits is also included in every episode except the one with the low run time. That episode is on disc four: "The Big Move." It starts with the opening theme rather than the 30 second teaser. I hope it is not edited. Like seasons one and two (and other Warner TV-DVDs), there are no chapters or scene selections, which I find very strange.

The special features are good but not better than season two, I think. The first special feature is on disc one. It is called "Bedrock Collectibles." It runs about 6:42. Scott Shaw!, who we saw on the special features on the season two set is back, this time talking about his personal Flintstones collection. He is a big fan of the show and has a massive collection. He has been a fan of the show even before it debuted when he was 9 years old. He is also an animation producer and has helped designed various items. The guy even looks like Fred, talk about a fan!

The next special feature is on disc two, a 7 minutes and 7 seconds featurette called "First Families of the Stone Age." Before there was "Desperate Housewives" there were the Bedrock Wives. This featurette talks about the pregnancy of Wilma and other cool stories. Did you know when the birth of Pebbles episode originally aired there were cool contests going on? Such as guessing how many pounds Pebbles would way. There was another contest for families who would give birth during that half hour. If their son/daughter was born during that hour air airing, they would win various prizes. About 100 babies were born during that half hour. This featurette had interviews with Mark Young (former HB executive), Scott Jeraldes (Warner animator), Scott Shaw! (Animator), and Iwao Takamoto (Warner Animation VP).

There are also Warner Bros. animated series trailers on disc three. They run about 1:00 to 1:30 minutes in length. Trailers for The Flintstones S1, The Flintstones S2, The New Scooby-Doo Movies Best Of set, Scooby-Doo Where Are You? S1 & 2, Top Cat and Wacky Races.

Again, another great set. We are like half way through this series now on DVD. Hopefully the fourth season, which introduced us to Barney and Betty's child, Bamm-Bamm, will be out later this year. But for now, enjoy this set and watch the beloved Pebbles during the last few episodes from this season. So go out and buy this set if you have seasons one and two already. And if you don't have those, what is wrong with you?? This is the best animated primetime series EVER!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 03/18/2005

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