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Dawson's Creek - The Complete Third Season

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Product Description

23 episodes on 4 DVDs.

"Jen is a cheerleader and Jack's on the football team. I got sane and everyone else went crazy?" That's how Andie (Meredith Monroe) sums up the topsy-turvy beginning to the third season of Dawson's Creek, in which nothing seems to be as it should and the series takes a major turn. It's junior year at Capeside High, and Jack (Kerr Smith), the town's resident gay teen, is indeed on the football team, and Jen (Michelle Williams) finds herself the object of unexpected and unwelcome popularity among her fellow students, especially the freshman quarterback (Michael Pitt). Pacey (Joshua Jackson) finds that his relationship with Andie can't be restored, and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), after the events of last year, both think it's for the best that they're no longer together--they just never think it at the same time. Significant events include the friends starting to date outside their circle, Dawson's giving up some of his aspirations, a crisis for the school's new principal, a college tour, and the openings of the Potter Bed & Breakfast and Leery's Fresh Fish. But the Dawson-Joey relationship is still the heart of the Creek, and it comes to a head in one of the series' most memorable episodes, "The Longest Day," and then the season finale. Even in its first season without series creator Kevin Williamson, Dawson's Creek still had plenty of punch.

On the DVDs, executive producer Paul Stupin does his usual commentary track for two episodes, and he's joined by Kerr Smith. They discuss the series itself, Smith's character, and Smith's subsequent career more than the events of the episodes. The second-season DVD set disappointed many fans by replacing a large portion of the music, and that trend continues in the third season, most surprisingly in the loss of Paula Cole's theme song. Instead, the opening credits feature Jann Arden's "Run Like Mad," which was used briefly in the international broadcast. Stupin explains the switch as an attempt to do something different and creative, but then admits there was also "a bit of an economic reality." Fortunately, the DVDs do have John Lennon's "Imagine" and Mary Beth Maziarz's "Daydream Believers"--songs that in dramatic context simply could not have been replaced--and it could be argued that a veteran viewer might skip the opening credits anyway. Still, for many fans, the music made Dawson's Creek what it was, and without all of it--especially the theme song--the DVDs seem like a compromise rather than a permanent keepsake. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 23 episodes on four discs: Like a Virgin, Homecoming, None of the Above, Home Movies, Indian Summer, Secrets and Lies, Escape from Witch Island, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Four to Tango, First Encounters of the Close Kind, Barefoot at Capefest, Weekend in the Country, Northern Lights, The Valentine's Day Massacre, Crime and Punishment, To Green with Love, Cinderella Story, Neverland, Stolen Kisses, The Longest Day, Show Me Love, The Anti-Prom, True Love
  • Commentary by executive producer Paul Stupin and Kerr Smith on "First Encounters of the Close Kind" and "True Love"
  • Interactive tour of Capeside

Product Details

  • Actors: Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 1002 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002234R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dawson's Creek - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 24, 2004
Format: DVD
The first episode I ever saw of "Dawson's Creek" was when the gang graduated from Cape Side High School, at which point I learned that Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) was still a virgin, which certainly took a lot of the suspense out of "The Complete Third Season." This is the season that convinces us that Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is serious competition for Dawson in the Joey (Katie Holmes) sweepstakes, not only because Dawson and Joey run hot and cold for each other on alternate timetables but also because Pacey can be awfully darn cute when he wants to be. Consequently his earnest pursuit of the clueless Joey remains the bright spot in a series where most of the characters get seriously sidetracked.

Season Three begins with a series of oblique turns in the first episode, "Like a Virgin." Joey is interested in Dawson, which should be a good thing, but he is fascinated by the mysterious Eve, a new bad girl in town and end up crashing his dad's boat and trying the whole "Risky Business" approach to making the money he needs to get the boat fixed. Jen (Michelle Williams) does a wonderful job of demolishing the school's head cheerleader, in a telling speech about what life will be like 25 years down the road, and in a twist of fate that defies logic in the high school I remember is made Head Cheerleader. Apparently now once Kevin Williamson was gone, the idea was to jerk the chains of the characters as often as possible.
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By A Customer on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
If you only are able to buy one season of Dawson's Creek, this should be it. The show really grew up and it took risks. It was nice to see the show truly go beyond the Dawson/Joey relationship and for the first time explore the possibility that they may be happy with other people. The Pacey/Joey relationship is magical just like Dawson/Joey. Deep down you knew there was a reason those two were fight constantly. I really love the Jack/Jen relationship too. They become better friends and Jen gets a boyfriend from almost out of nowhere. Still it's a really sweet love story. Jack deals with a lot this season and he will always be one of my favorites. So, I highly recommend this DVD. It's a must for the Creek fan.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: DVD
Okay, here it is! The season that redefined Dawson's Creek and truly made it must-see-TV.
There has never been more heartbreaking angst and pure emotional drama packed into a single story on this show than the relationship of Pacey and Joey, and this is where it all begins. From the tentative first realization of feelings to one of the all-time greatest season finales ever, THIS is the season you MUST own.
The Pacey and Joey pairing had every element of a truly great love story, and I have to believe there is a reason those in charge of the show decided to wait a few seasons to let these two characters explore the sparks that were always under the surface between them. The chemistry between these two actors is amazing - truly electric - and undeniable as it carries over onto the screen. There's a little bit of influence from modern day romances like "When Harry Met Sally..." or "Say Anything..." thrown into this story, as well as that wonderful sort of humorous banter that you usually only got to see in the old Hepburn-Tracy classics. Sweetness and sarcasm abounds...and Pacey and Joey are also sizzling HOT together.
It's certainly no wonder that the Dawson and Joey relationship on the show was never able to rebound after this season with the majority of the fans. Of course, painting Dawson as the guy coming between TRUE LOVE in this season didn't do his character any favors, but he certainly became the character we loved to disparage, and every TV show needs one of those. We all knew Dawson was going to throw a hissy fit when he found out his best friend and his best girl had fallen in love when he wasn't looking, and he did not disappoint us in all his drama queen glory.
Such great entertainment this season!
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By A Customer on July 17, 2004
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I'm sorry, but this new theme song is a whiny piece of crap! "Run Like Mad"? the opposite direction! I don't care if the new song was used in the original Season 1 release internationally and I am very disheartened to learn (elsewhere) that it may be used on the Season 4 DVD collection as well. It just doesn't have the same depth as the Paula Cole song.
As tired we sometimes get of themes we've heard over and over (and over) again, there is a reason why the best ones are successful and become intrinsically linked with the identity of a show. The way "I Don't Want to Wait" was used in Dawson's Creek--sometimes cutting into the whimsical part, other times into the more humorous "do-do-do-do-do-do" chorus, other times straight into the main verse--cannot be replicated. "Run Like Mad" isn't fun and it's not dramatic, it's just plain annoying.
I tried to give this collection a chance. I broke my own rule and purchased a copy thinking that the music changes might possibly be an interesting reinvention of the show. But with very few exceptions, they just don't work and sometimes even become downright distracting. It's like the producers chose songs that lyrically fit the scene, but don't capture the mood nearly as well. And the examples are just too numerous to go into.
As for the video transfer, it remains a disappointment here. I have DC videotapes that look better than this! And now I could just kick myself because in buying the set I feel I have given the producers permission to continue these antics. It just shows such a profound lack of respect for the fans that have supported the show through the years.
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