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"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” Season Three
Reviewed by: Dara R. Cosby
Genre: Television/ Drama
Video: 1.33:1 Full Screen
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Languages English
Subtitles English
Length 22 hrs 43min
Rating NR
Release Date March 30, 2004
Studio A&E Home Video
Commentary: On “For Better or Worse” by co-stars Joe Lando and Jane Seymour
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: “Highlights”
Filmography/Biography: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Shawn Toovey, Erika Flores, Frank Collison, and Orson Bean
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: NA
Cast and Crew: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Shawn Toovey, Erika Flores, Frank Collison, and Orson Bean
Written By: Assorted
Produced By: Assorted
Directed By: Assorted
Music: William Olvis
The Review: “Morality and medicine with a bit of romantic tension thrown in for good measure.” This is a good way to sum up the third season of the six season series. Once again, we find Dr. Mike (Jane Seymour) helping fellow Colorado townsfolk deal with life’s drama. Along with fighting social injustice, including various forms of discrimination, for example, racism, she is embroiled in a complex relationship with handsome mountain man, Sully (Joe Lando). “Will they get together?”; “Can she save the town from a rampant disease?” These are just a couple of the questions that continue to lure audiences to this female driven drama. Also, another big draw of this season was the large number of guest stars that appeared to propel storylines along, including the late great, Johnny and June Carter Cash. Other stars featured this season are Richard Moll and Trisha Yearwood. ***
Image and Sound: As for picture quality, the DVD transfer is quite well-done. There are a few glitches, including shadow deficiencies, but color transfers are nice, especially the flesh tones. Also, expect to find very few compression flaws in the mix. Sound wise, the television show is front heavy, but it is workable. The spoken word is clear and the soundtrack is pretty stable displaying very few highs and lows. ***
The Extras: For fans of “Dr. Quinn”, there’s commentary by Jane Seymour and Joe Lando on ‘For Better or Worse 1&2.’ Also, there is a ‘Highlights’ featurette included in the 25 episode box set. These help quench the need for further exploration into the show. Also, the DVD set includes the standard cast biographies. ***
Commentary: Joe Lando and Jane Seymour supply the best of the extras in this boxed set. Both actors give good standard commentary and jovial banter on the highly anticipated episodes, ‘For Better or Worse 1&2’ that will definitely please fans of the show. ***
Final Words: “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” was a well written drama that held a strong fan base for all of its six years on TV. Its blend of melodrama and morality hadn’t been truly realized since “Little House on the Prairie”. “Dr. Quinn” also created a realistic depiction of frontier life with modern sensibilities. The success of the series paved the way for future shows, such as, “Kristy”, starring Kellie Martin. Fans, “Dr. Quinn” is must see TV for you, even with very little extras. Enjoy!

 

 
 
 
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