Due South: Season 3
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Despite what another reviewer indicated, it does NOT include the four episodes that weren't shown in the US the first time around, since they are all part of the "4th Season" (is Amazon shuffling it's reviews or something?)
So a warning to all-this set only has the 13 episodes that comprised the _Canadian_ 3rd season:
41: Burning Down the House
43: I Could's Been a Defendant
44: Strange Bedfellows
45: Mountie and Soul
46: Bounty Hunter
47: Seeing is Believing
48: Spy vs Spy
49: Dead Guy Running
50: Perfect Strangers
52: Mountie on the Bounty 1
53: Mountie on the Bounty 2
And a final Plea to Amazon-I've submitted this as a suggestion so many times my fingers are bleeding, so if anyone else wants to take up the call: INCLUDE THE @#@$#!%$@# EPISODE LISTS IN TV-DVD DESCRIPTIONS!!!!!
The DVDs themselves are only of average quality, not really what you'd expect from a professional DVD release. More like something that you'd find on VHS. There aren't any good features, either, and CKR is nowhere to be found on the box. But on the other hand, the entire third season is here. No having to buy a whole other box set just to get the last few eps.
As for the show itself, it definitely took a different turn in the last season. I thought it started taking itself less seriously in most eps (there were exceptions for character development) and with Paul Gross at the helm as both actor and producer, it took more chances. Supernatural story lines (not out of the realm of believability, considering that the ghost of Fraser's dead father has been hanging around since the first season), Fraser becoming a bit more "superhero-like" in his abilities (which I saw as tongue-in-cheek, not bad writing), and most definitely a nod to fans of slash with major subtext between Fraser and Kowalski. (Something that pleased CKR fans, but made "real" ray fans do Linda Blair _Exorcist_ impressions; major split in the fandom.)
Paul Gross put more fun in the third season and yes, the writing could get wacky, as could the acting, but they were all having fun and if you look at it from that angle, you get a good laugh out of it.Read more ›
However -- the Canadian sets feature pristine transfers. (I've read that the US sets use videotape as the masters; I'm not sure where this info comes from, but it doesn't make sense that the masters would be any different than what the Alliance sets drew upon, since they license the material.) The Canadian sets feature disks running at the highest speed. (The American disks are single sided because they jam twice the normal amount of eps. per side, and run at a slower speed. That, it seems to me, would account for VHS-like resolution.) The Canadian sets, for whatever it's worth, do feature accurate packaging (the right cast members listed and featured in illustrations). And finally --
-- small thing though it may be --
-- the Caniadian Final (4th) Season set does have a small but utterly delightful extra. Paul Gross does a running commentary for both parts of CALL OF THE WILD.Read more ›
For Seasons 1-2, I was disappointed to find the packaging format was quite poor and there wasn't anything by way of DVD extras (not even out-takes). I also had problems with reading a couple of episodes even after attempting to clean the DVD disc surface.
When I purchased Season 3, I was also disappointed to find that it really only had half the number of episodes that make up a normal season, thereby forcing viewers to have to purchase the second half (and given the AUD$ exchange rate, does end up being quite expensive).
The only redeeming feature for the Season 3 release was that the episodes were not double sided this time around and they were properly labelled.
Overall, I'm just happy to have my own copies of the TV series that I enjoy immensely.
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I got this for my mom to completely her Due South collection, it arrived well withing the shipping time frame and we wound up binge watching the entire series that night.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the whole series. It speaks to me of the struggle to maintain integrity in a world gone corrupt and bitter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ruth B. Kaplan