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The Third Season, Volume Two
Starring: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Pamela Sue Martin, John James, Gordon Thomson, Kathleen Beller, Geoffrey Scott, Heather Locklear, Lee Bergere and Joan Collins
Running Time: 570 minutes
Retail Price: $35.98
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (6 chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set
Released: October 21st, 2008
The last half of the third season of "Dynasty" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and is no great shakes. Shimmering and noise are abound on the episodes, plus plenty of grain, blemishes and scratches. These can be distracting, as sometimes the flaws are more abundant in some scenes in episodes than others. Otherwise though, color saturation is pretty good: not exactly bold, but decent and no smearing. Detail is pretty fine too, while fleshtones look pretty accurate. Not too bad for television that's 25 years old.
The English Mono tracks are straightforward, and quite audible. They're in good shape too: no distortions of any kind, and no cackling and hissing either. Dialogue is always very clear and easy to hear, sound effects comes through (but given the limitations of mono, are a bit flat) and the show's theme music and other musical cues blend well on the tracks. Simple, and given that this is an older series, there is some pleasure to be had in that.
English closed captions are included via your TV, and there are subtitles on the DVD in English and Spanish. Mono tracks in Spanish are available, too.
With no extras and only above average presentations of the episodes, the second volume of the third season of "Dynasty" is a tough recommend to anyone but major fans of the series, and those who have a penchant for Aaron Spelling-produced soap operas. If you fall into one of those two categories, a purchase will probably be considered. But for the rest of you, it's probably a pass... unless you want to rent for some nostalgia fix.