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Beverly Hills 90210
The Third Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 1371 minutes

Starring: Jason Priestly, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse 

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $59.99

Features: 7 Minutes In Heaven, The World According To Nat, Everything You Need To Know About Beverly Hills Season 3

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (6 per episode), Eight-Disc Set

Released: December 11th, 2007

 

 

"Beverly Hills 90210: The Third Season" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it was on the Fox network before the advent of widescreen televisions. The episodes look a bit washed out and slightly grainy, and feature tiny bits of noise, but other than that, everything's fine - if unimpressive: detail is okay, color saturation is passable and fleshtones are adaquete, but sometimes some characters look a bit too white. Nothing sharp or outstanding, yet I suppose fans of the series will have to make due.

 

The third season of "Beverly Hills 90210" is given English Dolby Surround tracks, which sound pretty good. Fidelity is pretty high, and dialogue is clear and easy to hear. Sound effects come off as a bit canned, but the show's catchy opening theme and musical cues to provide a bit of bounce to these tracks. In short, these are just as you heard them on TV - and that's probably fine. 

English closed captions are also included, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

All the extras here are thematically the same as the DVD release of the third season of 90210's spin-off, Melrose Place. First up is the best moments of this season from the gang at West Beverly with 7 Minutes In Heaven. Then, there's the 5 minute The World According To Nat. Actor Joe E. Tata looks back at his time o the show, and gives impressions of the cast. Apparently Jason Priestly had bags under his eyes during the series not because he was 42 years old, but because he was working so hard and up so much. 

Finally, there's Everything You Need To Know About Beverly Hills 90210: Season 3. Just like their featurette on the third season of "Melrose Place," Michael Colton and John Aboud mock this infamous show for what it's worth. The deadpan duo are quite amusing, and no one is let off easy as they give thoughts on certain moments from 90210's third season. This is a fun way at looking back at the show, and is certainly worth a view. Just think of it like any other VH-1 program (where Aboud and Colton make regular appearances), but with a sole focus on 90210. It runs 17 minutes.

 

Now you can return to West Beverly High yet again with the third season of "Beverly Hills 90210" on DVD. The supplements are a bit on the light side, and the presentations of the episodes are good, but nothing great. I'm sure if you were a teen growing up in the 90s, then this set is on your wish list.