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“Dallas-The Complete 3rd Season“
Reviewed by: Wayne A. Klein
Genre: Drama
Video: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0 (Mono)
Languages English, Spanish, French
Subtitles English
Length 1221 minutes
Rating NR
Release Date 8/9/05
Studio Warner Home Video
Commentary: Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on “Sue Ellen’s Choice” and “A House Divided”
Documentaries: “Who Shot J.R.?-The ‘Dallas’ Phenomenon”
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Ken Kercheval, Barbara Bel Geddes, Victoria Principal, Charlene Tilton
Written By: David Jacobs, D. C. Fontana, Darlene Craviotto
Produced By: Lee Rich, Philip Capice
Directed By: Vincent McEveety, Alexander Singer
Music: Jerrold Immel
The Review:

The seven deadly sins had a field day during the third season of “Dallas”. The third season opens with the kidnapping of J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) baby and ends with a huge TV cliffhanger that prompted much discussion in its day. Who shot J.R. and will he live? Well we all know the answer to the latter but the answer to the former may surprise new fans to the series. It’s a nicely set up mystery that played out over the opening part of season four of this popular series.

Image and Sound: Another stellar transfer from Warner Home Video, “Dallas” looks as bright as the sunny skies in the Lone Star State on a beautiful spring day. Vibrant colors abound and the image quality is, for the most part, sharp with extremely good clarity. The mono sound comes across with nice presence with crisp, clear dialog. ---
The Extras:

An excellent documentary that looks at the phenomenal popularity of the series and the introduction of the season ending cliff hanger to TV. Although serials (the direct descent of most TV series) had used the cliffhanger routinely and effectively to lure audiences back into theaters during the 30’s and 40’s, the format hadn’t been used effectively again until “Dallas” revived it during season three. The creator, key cast members and production members are interviewed in this documentary discussing the media frenzy that resulted from the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger.

Commentary: Two trivia packed commentary tracks from Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are a highlight of this set. The two episodes were important ones for the series with “A House Divided” being the pivotal episode of season three. --
Final Words: As a prime time soap “Dallas” set the bar very high with its continuously inventive twists. The third season features 25 episodes nicely transferred with sharp images and bright, vivid colors. The documentary and commentary tracks provided icing on this very warm cake.


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