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The Final Season
Running Time: 543 minutes
Starring: Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton
Retail Price: $29.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (6 per episode), Three-Disc Set
Released: February 5th, 2008
again, Paramount shows their hit-and-miss track record with old
television series. Unfortunately, this last season of "Beauty and the
Beast" goes in the miss pile. I've seen a lot of Paramount shows on DVD
lately, even though "Beauty and the Beast" is around 20 years old, it's
certainly one of the worst transfer jobs for a series I've seen on this
format. Some of Paramount's titles from the 1960s look better than
this. Not that restorations go into these old shows or anything, but
were some prints kept in better shape than others?
final season of the series also sports English Stereo tracks. These are
better, but nothing truly outstanding. The show's bevy of sound effects
are audiable, but even with the limited range, don't make an impression
- they seem a bit worn out. The dialogue spoken is clear and can be
heard, as are the lovely musical compositions by Don Davis. Too bad a
5.1 remix wasn't in the cards, maybe those melodies would have the
grandeur they deserve if they got stretched out through the channels.
Like the past two seasons... nothing.
If you're a fan of this cult 80s series, then you'll probably want this gripping final season to go along with the rest of your collection. Sad to say there are no extras, but even sadder is the quality of the episode transfers. If you must have the conclusion to the torrid bond between Catherine and Vincent then go ahead. Otherwise, you might want to watch these episodes on YouTube. Somehow I get the feeling the quality there might be better there than on this set.