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of Hazzard: Season 3“
Wayne A. Klein
||On “And in
This Corner, Luke Duke” by the cast on-camera in “DukesVision”
||Bo, Luke & Daisy: Just
Good Ole Friends: The Stars Reminisce, Dukes Family Tree with
series writer/producer/creator Gy Waldron, season introduction
by Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach
Catherine Bach, John Schneider, Waylon Jennings, Denver Pyle
|| Bill Kelley,
Bob Clark, Katharyn Powers, Sorrell Brooke, Sonny Shroyer
I recently saw Tom Wopat in the
play “Glengary Glen Ross” on Broadway and the first thing
I could think of is, “its Luke”. Some performers are deeply
associated with the first roles that brought them fame (William
Shatner IS Captain Kirk, Boris Karloff IS Frankenstein’s Monster)
while others completely escape the shadow of the role they
played. The irony is that those actors that audiences most
closely identify with their roles tend to be more memorable.
So while I could buy Wopat in his role in “Glengary Glen Ross”
I also thought of what he’d played before. I have to say that
suggests versatility. That also worked in the performers favor
after they left the show. While they didn’t find signature
roles immediately after “Dukes” they have continued to expand
on their careers. ---
quality is sharp throughout most of the third season episodes.
The colors are bright with nice flesh tones. While there’s the
expected dirt and debris for a series this old, Warner has done
a fine job transferring this series to DVD. The most noticeable
area of each episode where the dirt and debris is worst is,
of course, the opening montage with Waylon Jennings previewing
what’s going to happen in the episode and during the title sequence.
In each case the color isn’t as vivid and the footage suffers
from scratches as well. The mono audio has nice presence with
most of the dialog clear and up front in the original mono mix.
& Daisy: Just Good Ole Friends” is a marvelous look back by
Wopat, Schneider and Bach at the good old days. They reminisce
about some of the people they worked with, discuss stories
from episodes shot for the third season (some quite funny)
and, unlike most stars, get along marvelously. They occasionally
disagree about their memories of events but it’s all in good
fun. They also discuss what their doing now (Wopat starred
in “Cybill” and appeared on Broadway in “Chicago”; Schneider
is now in “Smallville”; Catherine Bach appeared in “Cannonball
Run II”). The trio sit around and jaw about the good tmes,
the bad times and everything in between. During the credits
for this featurette we also get to see the video outtakes
for the interviews. At over 20 minutes it’s one of the best
featurettes to be offered on the releases so far. We also
get a discussion of the “Dukes Family Tree” with series creator
Gy Waldron (who based his own series on the movie “Moonshiners”).
There’s also a season introduction by the trio for the third
season. The first batch of “Season 3” releases will also have
a free ticket to the theatrical release of the film “The Dukes
of Hazzard” . ---
commentary on the fourth episode of season three by Bach, Schneider
and Wopat in what’s called “DukesVision” is done on camera.
It’s actually a pretty nice feature for fans.
ole’ boys speed through the third season with the law in “hot
pursuit” once again. General Lee ends up in the river, the boys
continue to race against injustice and keep trouble at bay in
these 23 episodes. Picture quality is pretty good although there
is the usual amount of dirt and debris for a series this old.
Overall, I have to tip my cowboy hat to Warner Home Video on
the third season for a nice job on this set.