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Magnum P.I.: Season 3 (1980)

Tom Selleck , John Hillerman  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 2240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BUE5DC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnum P.I.: Season 3" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

TV's most charismatic detective is back and ready for action in Magnum P.I.: The Complete Third Season. All 22 unforgettable episodes are included in this 3 double-sided disc set, available on DVD for the first time! Hit the adventure-filled streets of Hawaii with Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), T.C. (Roger E. Mosley), Rick (Larry Manetti) and, of course, the fiery red Ferrari, as they take on cases involving stolen artifacts, prison breakouts, murder and their own haunting memories of combat. Including a bonus preview episode from the fourth season, Magnum P.I.: The Complete Third Season is a fun and exciting thrill-ride!

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147 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Magnum P.I. is my favorite TV show of all time. Season 3 is my 2nd favorite season. (Season 2 is my favorite.)

Here are the episodes from season 3:

Did You See the Sunrise? - This 2 hour episode is my favorite episode of this season. This is a complex tale about the Vietnam War, a POW camp, physical and psychological torture, brainwashing, and assassination. This episode helped to define the intensity and seriousness of the series. Magnum has some very traumatic flashbacks to the Vietnam War. This is the episode that introduces the Maggie Poole character. This is also the episode where Higgins constructs his model of the Bridge On The River Kwai. We find out that Magnum's favorite movie is Stalag 17. This episode is classic Magnum all the way through.

Ki's Don't Lie - This is the first part of a crossover with the TV series Simon and Simon. Morgan Fairchild also appears. An old Hawaiian statue brings trouble to anyone who possesses it. The complete story, including the Simon and Simon episode, appeared as bonus material on the season 1 DVD set.

The Eighth Part of the Village - Magnum goes to the loading dock to pick up a package for Higgins. The package contains a surprise.

Past Tense - T.C. is forced at gunpoint to fly into a prison and help one of the prisoners escape.

Black on White - This wonderful episode creates some humorous odd couple type moments as Magnum and Higgins are quarantined together in the guest house because they may have been exposed to "African Hemorrhagic Fever." Meanwhile, Higgins is being targeted for assassination by an African Mau Mau who is sneaking around the estate. We hear some fascinating stories about Higgins's military experiences in Kenya. Hearing that handheld Pac-Man game always cracks me up.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful show, but very poor quality DVD's! February 25, 2006
I completely agree with the previous reviewer. I think Magnum, P.I. is a fantastic show, one that I definitely wanted to own on DVD. I had previously bought the first two seasons and had no problems with the DVDs. However, I've had nonstop problems with the discs from Season 3. Many episodes skip terribly, or stop in the middle and bring you back to the menu screen. One episode won't play at all! I'm extremely frustrated trying to watch these DVDs, and I feel ripped off. For all the money these sets cost, you'd expect them to be top quality! It's too bad for such a great show.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A season full of "real" Magnum shows October 6, 2006
Magnum has aged much better than other Donald P. Bellisario shows and other action dramas of the 1980's (like A-Team, Simon and Simon, Battlestar Galactica, etc.). Perhaps it's the "exotic" locale (and the fact that Hawaii today looks very much like Hawaii of the '80's). Perhaps it's the performances. I think it's really because of the timelessness of the episodes - Magnum is so firmly grounded in its own history that it is a complete universe and each episode further strengthens the series as a whole. With this season, the full regular supporting cast is filled out with the first appearance of Carol, the District Attorney (although she is not played by the regular actress who, confusingly, does appear in another episode as a guest star).

It takes a while to build up a fictitious universe, which is why seasons 1 and 2 of the series are curiously normal - I don't think anyone watching the average episode from those seasons would understand the huge cult following the series has. But, little-by-little, each episode added to the mythos, and it all pays off starting in Season 3. There are many good episodes (and, to be sure, some dreadful stinkers - noteably "Two Birds of a Feather" and "Basket Case"), but all of them are rooted in the histories of the characters, the history of the Hawaiian Islands, or both. Certainly, a big hurdle was overcome by the producers of the show when they refused to succumb to the obvious gimmicks of the show - the Vietnam vet angle, the Ferrari, the locale - instead incorporating the "gimmicks" into the fabric each and every episode. All the good shows of the series (and of this season) could only be told by this show.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ivan, did you see the sunrise this morning? February 1, 2006

Never mind the rest of the episodes in this DVD set, it's worth the money just for the season opener, the two part "Did You See the Sunrise?" For my money, it was the best TV episode EVER.

We learn that during the Vietnam War, Magnum, TC, and a guy named Nuzo had escaped from a North Vietnam POW camp where they had suffered under the sadistic KGB Colonel "Ivan."

Nuzo then returns to 1982 Hawaii to tell TC that Ivan is back after them--the only three to ever escape from him. Meanwhile, Colonel Buck Greene of Naval Intelligence knows that the Soviets are up to something--and that it involves Magnum.

The real payoff of this two parter comes at the end. The Soviet plot is thwarted, with Magnum, Rick, Colonel Greene, Lt. Maggie Poole, and Admiral Hawkes all working together in the end. But the State Department decide not to offend the Soviets and let Ivan go.

As Magnum tells us in his voiceover: "That wasn't good enough."

Magnum ambushes Ivan and takes him into the woods at gunpoint. But Ivan tells Magnum that he is a man of fair play and honor and would not shoot an unarmed man. As Ivan moves past Magnum to go back to his limousine, Magnum asks him that question in the title above and then raises his M1911A1 pistol and fires.

I remember watching this episode as a child and being shocked--this was not how TV action heroes behaved in 1982. It was edgy, hardcore stuff for back then. Yet it ultimately fit with Magnum's character of doing what had to be done despite government bureaucracy. It was one act on the small screen something everyone frustrated with kowtowing to evil could enjoy. No wonder that nearly every Magnum fan lists this episode as their favorite.

(Curiously, this incident never came back to haunt Magnum. One can only think Admiral Hawkes and Colonel Greene were happy he acted.)

Every other episode on these three discs are just gravy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for Magnum fan.
Those of us who are Selleck fans never tire of this show. There are lots of laughs to be found here.
Published 1 month ago by Merrybeth Burkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Again
Another repeat: gift to Tom Selleck fan. Everyone in the family gets to enjoy them AFTER or WITH the recipient.
Published 2 months ago by Joan Garvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Grow Tired of Magnum
And it's not only Magnum. It's the entire wacky cast. Every episode is a pleasure to watch and enjoy. Great series.
Published 2 months ago by N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Mag
I am a big fan of Magnum PI and anyone who is should get this. Get the entire series and enjoy the 80's.
Published 4 months ago by opieatc40
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii not 5-0
If you can't digest the modern shoot 'em up horribly violent TV/Cable shows , take a trip back to the '80s style of good guys. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peanut's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Having DVD is great, he's not on TV anymore
Beyond Rockford files, I find Magnum PI quite enjoyable. Always situational, always good watching. Since he isn't on TV anymore, having the DVD is rewarding
Published 5 months ago by Gene L. Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Magnum, P.I.!!!
My husband and I LOVE ALL things Magnum,P.I.! We're a military family and lost this season during a recent move and had to repurchase it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. A. D. Dudas
5.0 out of 5 stars Well anticipated
Great service. Didn't take long time to reach here, and I live in Norway. I yet have to buy a codefree mobile DVD to see it(bought it for the English subtitles) but checked on my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clarice
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum P.I. The Complete Third Season
I recommend the third season of Magnum especially if this appeals to you. The DVD's/packaging were in very good condition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars They dont make them like Magnum anymore!
Folks they do not make series like this anymore. I believe TV has gone way down hill since the end of the 1980's early 1990's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Surf70
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