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Dr. Richard Kimble is accused to be the murder of his wife. The night before his execution, he escapes. The only chance to prove his innocence is to find the man who killed hi wife. Kimble, persecuted by the Lt. Gerard, risks his life several times when he shows his identity to help other people out of trouble.
This CBS/Paramount DVD set, "THE FUGITIVE: SEASON 3, VOLUME 1", was made available on October 27, 2009, and it's a 4-Disc collection of 15 episodes that mirrors the other DVD sets in this series (in both packaging and image quality).
These fifteen black-and-white shows look absolutely beautiful on Digital Disc, thanks to the care and remastering effort put into these "Fugitive" releases by CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment. The clarity and crispness of the video we find on these discs is virtually perfect. And the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio is quite good as well.
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
I was very pleased to find that the vast majority of Pete Rugolo's and CBS' original background music from 1965 has been left untouched and is intact throughout this 15-episode DVD collection.
A little bit of "replacement" music can be heard in this set (which is never a good thing, in my view), but for the most part I'm quite satisfied with the way this first half of Season 3 sounds on these DVDs. Overall, there is very little of the Mark Heyes replacement music incorporated into these Season-Three episodes.
And from what I could tell, the original 1965 background score for the exemplary episode "Landscape With Running Figures" is almost all intact on Disc #3 of this set, which pleases me very much.Read more ›
The Fugitive Season Three Volume One On October 27th, CBS/Paramount continued their release of the greatest TV series ever made: The Fugitive! This release was a much anticipated release for Fugitive fans all over. For months we sat and waited to see if Paramount/CBS would continue their previous mistakes from the Season Two release or if they really did put classic TV on a pedestal and gave Fugitive fans what they wanted and what this classic show deserved: a night of broadcast release with all of its original music intact. The answer for the most part is actually no, they did not. But, as others have noted and I confer, this release was a much better attempt of making the replacement music at least sound like the original. I must admit that there were many places where music had been replaced that I did not even catch the first time I watched this release. This release actually feels like The Fugitive release from Season One. (For a more complete list of music replacements please see the excellent review posted by Mr. Dahl.) One part that I found annoying is that in some episodes, when the actors are in a garage or a building, it seems Paramount/CBS added an echo effect to the audio. I don't recall this echo on my old VHS tapes or on the A&E showings of the show. If this was an added effect added by Paramount/CBS, it was unnecessary. Paramount/CBS, if you are reading this, The Fugitive is one show that does not need any modern day improvements. It is the only show that I know of that was absolutely perfect the way it was originally made and modern day effects to "make it better" or "more lifelike" are not necessary. As noted in other reviews, there are places in the two part episode "Landscape ...." where the music was removed and replaced with nothing.Read more ›
In my opinion, CBS has done a pretty good job of leaving the original music mostly intact. Here is my review of each episode.
"Wings Of An Angel" has a great deal of Heyes synth music, and only a handful of original Rugolo cues. It's the worst of the set, in terms of replaced music.
"Trial By Fire" has several instances of Heyes music that actually blend rather well, as they seem to have been reduced in volume. There are a few noticeable Heyes cues in Act 4.
"Conspiracy of Silence" has more Heyes than "Trial By Fire", some of which are pretty loud.
"Landscape With Running Figures part 1" has Heyes cues at 4:31 and 44:12.
"Landscape With Running Figures part 2" has no Heyes cues that I could hear, but there are stretches of silence where original music has been removed, e.g., background radio music in the first scene with the juvenile delinquents.
"Set Fire To A Straw Man" has loud Heyes cues at 2:26 and 4:00, with softer Heyes at 29:20 and 37:40. The background music in the bar scenes has also been replaced.
"The Good Guys And The Bad Guys" has no Heyes music that I could hear, but the Vigilante-Roundup carnival music that you hear in the background has been replaced.
The music playing in the background in the tropical-bar scene in "Crack In A Crystal Ball" has also been replaced.
The following episodes have no replacement music that I could detect -
"Middle Of A Heat Wave" "Three Cheers For Little Boy Blue" "All The Scared Rabbits" "An Apple A Day" "Stranger In The Mirror" "End Of The Line" "When The Wind Blows"
In my opinion, this set is a good deal better than S2V2.Read more ›