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Dynasty - Season Three, Vol. 1

3.0 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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This hugely popular prime-time soap opera follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oilrich" family dynasties in Denver, CO, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth.


Say what you will about Alexis Carrington (the inimitable Joan Collins in her signature role), but not even she at her greedy, manipulative, and scheming worst would have sanctioned the splitting of Dynasty's third season into two volumes. And this, mind you, is the woman hell bent on ruining the lives of ex-husband Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and his "sweet" wife of two years, Krystle (Linda Evans), whom Alexis disdainfully calls, "the once and future secretary." To attain the money and power she needs to put her best laid plans into action, she compels a hospital bed wedding to her barely conscious fiancé, Cecil Colby (Lloyd Bochner), who has suffered a massive coronary ("We have to get back at Blake," she pleads). Later, she will uproot the life of Mark Jennings (Geoffrey Scott), Krystle's former husband, from whom—surprise, surprise—she is not legally divorced. Alexis is the straw that stirs this intoxicating cocktail, but Season Three of this era-defining prime time soap is its most intoxicating yet (and marked the show's emergence for the first time in the Nielsen ratings' Top Five). Dynasty distinguished itself from Dallas by putting business on the back burner, and turning up the heat on its characters' outrageous private lives. As the season begins, Jeff (John James) and Fallon's (Pamela Sue Martin) baby is still missing, leading to one of the series' all-time great OMG moments, as the undone Claudia (Pamela Bellwood) clutching what is apparently the baby, accidentally sends it plummeting off a rooftop. The biggest development this season is the introduction of Michael Torrence (Gordon Thomson), a Billings, Montana lawyer, who learns on his grandmother's deathbed that he is actually Blake and Alexis's first-born son, Adam Carrington, who was kidnapped as an infant. Turns out that as the tree is bent, so are the twigs. No sooner does Alexis set Adam up at ColbyCo then he pits himself against the good and decent Jeff and has his office redone with toxic paint. On the homefront, Fallon wants a divorce and, in a bid for self-actualization, takes over the "white elephant" La Miranda Hotel, where she meets and flirts with "Michael," not realizing he is her long lost sibling. Her discovery of his identity when Alexis introduces them is just another priceless moment that makes this season, and this set, essential for Dynasty fans. Too bad it tops out at 12 episodes, right about the time that Heather Locklear re-appears as Sammy Jo (that's Samantha to you), with the missing and presumed dead Steven's baby. Damn you, Paramount; just when things are really getting good. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: John Forsythe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015I2S7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dynasty - Season Three, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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I give this one star because we are rating not just the show but, the actual DVD product. The show would probably get four or five stars but, the DVD they are releasing would get a negative 5 if that were possible.

After releasing a full season for each of the first 2 seasons i find it sickening that the corporate company(Paramount) would do this now. I recently read a post where someone had mentioned the idea of buying used. That way they lose sales as they deserve to do for being so blatently greedy. That's what i had decided to do when manufacturers come out with split seasons.

You can find them used, a little while after the are released from a reputable seller on Amazon or ebay. Don't keep the greedy corporate big-wigs living in houses similar to the Carrington estate. You are shelling out extra money in hard times for a show you love while the "powers that be" are probably hiring more servants to wait on them in their mansions. Paramount is notorious for pulling this this stunt. There many other companies who do not do this and only release full seasons. If the other companies see Paramount getting away with this i'm afraid they will follow suit.
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What a yummy guilty pleasure this show was. When I was in high school, Wednesday nights was campy Dynasty night. It was the silliest, most glamorous escapsim you could imagine. Yes, utter nonsense most of the time, but really fun nonetheless. Dynasty was a colorful and over the top extravaganza that kept us coming back for more drama and fashion and fights.
I have enjoyed a lot of TV in my life, from Northern Exposure and Upstairs Downstairs to Seinfeld and Green Acres. Dynasty remains a pleasure no matter how ridiculous it seems. The plots were zany, to be honest. But the show is just a hoot, plain and simple.

That being said, I am outraged that Season 3 (and possibly future seasons) is going to be divided up into volumes instead of complete seasons. I can only guess that the studio wants to milk us of our cash. Studios have done this cheesy practice with other shows, such as Lost in Space, Spongebob, and so forth. What pigs these companies can be sometimes.
Like other reviewers here, I am furious and disgusted at the ugly amount of greed and at the severe lack of respect for the customer. I will not be buying this until the price is cut significantly for half a season. I love the program but not this much. I urge others to voice their displeasure and demand a reasonable price point, as well as complete season sets without these stupid "volume" editions. We definitely deserve better treatment than this.
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There is absolutely NO reason to split this season up other than sheer greed. Do the math and you will see what I mean. I bought the first two seasons of this show and was already annoyed at the snail's pace with which they were being released. After the awesome packaging of season 2, I thought everything would be alright....now this.
I'm not sure if this is Paramount's or the Spelling estate's doing. I do know that "Love Boat" is splitting up the season as well and it also is a Spelling show (Perhaps Candi Spelling needs another gift wrapping room?).
In any event, if not for the fact that this was my favorite show from the 80s, I would not buy this set out of sheer protest and disgust. I think the disrespect that Paramount or Candi Spelling is showing to their customers is reprehensible. I do know that I will not touch any Paramount show, such as "Love Boat" that continues to put out half seasons. Unfortunately, I love Dynasty enough to take the abuse for this one show, but this is IT. Shame on them.
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Most of the reviews here deal with the "evil" of this set containing half a season (12 episodes instead of the full amount). On Amazon, Season 2 is about $7 more than this particular set. Who knows why the powers-that-be chose to release this season in a split set...greed, economics, who knows...and no point arguing it here. What I do know is that the visuals on this particular set are fantastic. Color, clarity, resolution...it truly looks wonderful, as if it were filmed yesterday...except for the decidedly 1980's Nolan Miller fashions and over-the-top drama! The other thing I know is that this particular set has no extras; nada, zip, zero, zilcho, other than a few previews of other DVD's available. This is almost as big a sin as splitting the season in half.

Storyline, plenty happens in Season 3; this show had already hit its stride in Season 2 and fans were treated to exactly what they wanted: the strong bond of love between Krystal Carrington (Linda Evans) and her husband wealthy Denver tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe); plenty of plot-stirring hyjinks by Blake's ex-wife Alexis (Joan Collins) who uses anything to get back at Blake, including a son who was kidnapped at birth (Adam Carrington) and the first not-so-ex husband of Krystal, hunky tennis-pro Mark Jennings (Geoffrey Scott). Confused? Hang on, there are even more characters that get thrown into the pot this season: Krystal's scheming niece, Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear), who shows up just in time during the episode 12 to claim her "late" husband Steven Carrington's inheritance; Kirby (Kathleen Beller), the daughter of Blake's trusted servant Joseph, who stirs the hearts of Adam Carrington & Fallon's husband Jeff...oh yeah, he's also the guy who is being driven crazy by Adam because Adam doesn't want to share Colby Co.
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