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The Jeffersons - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 600
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed Captioned
Special Features: None.

My Thoughts:

After a long and arduous wait by fans, George and Weezie are moving on up to their third season on DVD! That's right the third season of The Jeffersons, the hit 70s spinoff from the other hit 70s show, All in the Family, is now available on DVD! Join George, Weezie, Florence, Lionel, Jenny, Tom, Helen, and even Mother Jefferson for the laughs as dry cleaning entrepreneur George Jefferson struggles to adjust to his newly found stature and wealth!

The third season is perhaps one of the best seasons of The Jeffersons. In this season, George claims to be the great-great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson in "George and the President," which has guest star David Dukes (the rapist who tried to rape Edith on All in the Family). Florence, though already the housekeeper for George and Weezie, becomes the live-in housekeeper in "Louise Gets Her Way." Tom saves George's life and expects much more in return in "Tom the Hero." Lionel finally marries Jenny in "The Christmas Wedding." George takes up the hobby of flying airplanes in "Jefferson Airplane." Hal Williams makes a guest appearance in "Louise's Friend." And who can forget Tom and Helen trying to save George and Weezie's marriage in "The Marriage Counselors?"

The packaging for this season is similar to the packaging used in the first two seasons. The same type of digipak is still used and there is still a picture of George and Louise on the cover. This time, an overall orange color scheme is used. To be honest, I think that the cover art looks a bit cheap for this set, but nobody is buying this set (or any set for that matter) based upon how the cover art looks.

As is typical for a single season release of a sitcom, there are three discs in this set. Recent releases from Sony indicated that Sony had finally ended their practice of putting too many episodes on the first two discs of a set and too few on the third disc, but this time, it appears that Sony has slipped back into old habits and placed 10 episodes each on Discs 1 and 2, and 4 episodes on Disc 3. The episodes are presented in the order in which they were produced, and as is suggested above, the first 10 episodes of the third season are on Disc 1, the second set of 10 episodes is on Disc 2, and the final four episodes of the season are contained on Disc 3. Additionally, Disc 3 contains the Previews, which nobody particularly cares about (yet they somehow usually listed as "Special Features..."). The discs are very plain, in a brown and white color scheme. The typical Sony episode guide is included in this set, which compared to sets released by most companies, is one of the better episode guides. The only thing missing from the episode guide (as usual) is guest stars!

The menus for this set are actually very nice and clean. When the main menu comes up, the first thing that you hear is the theme song from The Jeffersons. All of the discs have the options of Play All and Episode Selection, which are self-explanatory and typical of TV-on-DVD sets. I feel that the menus on this set are very well designed. The menus on Sony releases have typically been very plain, but adequate, but this time, the menus are not only adequate, but also a tiny bit creative. The way that the main menu comes up (it is difficult to describe in words) is very unique, yet not time consuming like the main menu in sets from other companies. All of the menu screens use creative shapes and fonts that are fitting to the show while not tacky. This set is a very good example of how a menu system can be very simple, but still very good. Disc 3 also contains a Previews option, which takes you to (as it suggests) the previews for other Sony releases.

The episodes themselves are very well preserved in this set. Each episode runs about 25 minutes, and while there is no scene selection menu, each episode contains a chapter where each commercial break should be. The video quality, while not perfect, is surprisingly good. The video is obviously a bit aged, as this is a show from the 1970s, but it still looks better than I ever remember it being as shown on television on Nick at Nite and the different local television stations that have aired it in the past. The audio quality is not as great as the video quality, but it is still pretty good. The audio is obviously mono, but it is very clear and is not TOO low. I sometimes have to turn the volume up significantly when I'm watching a DVD set due to the audio being very low--I didn't have to turn the volume up quite as much with this set, although I did have to turn it up a little bit.

There are no special features in this set, other than the Previews. It would be nice to hear some commentaries on the set, or maybe just some interviews (couldn't Marla Gibbs have at least done that? She was willing to do so on the 227 DVD set that was released by the same company...), but this set, as is the case with many recent DVD sets, contains no special features.

I really enjoyed this set, and it is a shame that it took so long after the release of the second season to release the third season. Hopefully the wait for the fourth season won't be quite as long. There is only one way to indicate to Sony that you want more though, and that is to buy the set! I was pleasantly surprised at how well this set was put together, and you probably will be too. So move on up to your favorite store (or better yet, just buy it through the link provided below) and buy this deluxe DVD set today!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

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

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/18/2005.

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