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Melrose Place
The Third Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 1432 minutes

Starring: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga, Jack Wagner

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $59.99

Features: Melrose Place According To Jake, Melrose Place: Seven Minutes In Hell, Everything You Need To Know About Melrose Place Season 3

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (7 per episode), Eight-Disc Set

Released: November 13th, 2007

 

 

All 30 episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. They all look rather good, and the prints of these episodes are very clean, too. Other than some artifacting and very slight amount of noise, these episodes look appealing: fleshtones hit their targets, and color saturation is pretty spot-on: I did not notice any smearing, and colors come off accurate and pretty bold for the most part. Fans of the show will be pleased.

 

The entire third season is presented in English Stereo Surround, and I'm happy to report these tracks sound better than I expected. The range for these tracks, while a bit limited, isn't half-bad, and fidelity is pretty high. Dialogue is very crisp and easy to hear, and the show's theme music and musical cues do bring some bounce. But the sound effects have a bit of a kick to them, and while not entirely discrete, have moments where they stand out - be it an explosion in the season finale, and background crowds. For what they are, these tracks are pretty sharp.

English closed captions are also included.

 

There are a few goodies here that should please fans of the show. First up is Melrose Place According To Jake, where creator Darren Starr gives thoughts on the premise of the series, and how Jake made a crossover from "90210" to Melrose Place. Aaron Spelling is also featured in an archived interview, but the main focus here is actor Grant Show. Show gives his thoughts on Jake, and offers some anecdotes about being hired. But the main thing here is Show looking back at key Jake episodes through the season. It runs a solid 20 minutes or so. 

Prepare to spend Seven Minutes In Hell, where the season's greatest camp moments are spun together in 420 seconds (warning: may cause brain damage). Finally, there's Everything You Need To Know About Melrose Place Season 3, a 15 miute piece hosted by the comedy duo Michael Colton and John Aboud (who I'm sure you've seen pop up on VH-1 at some point in your life). It's actually pretty amusing: the two dress up as the characters for a faux-opening title sequence, and then offer commentary (read: mock) key moments from the third season, as well as just how ridiculous the show can get. In all, this was a pretty inspired featurette to produce - and it is refreshing to know that Paramount and Mr. Starr have a sense of humor about the series and what it was known for.

 

High camp is back on DVD, with one of the 1990's guiltiest pleasures, "Melrose Place." Fans of the show itching to re-live the series will most certainly enjoy this set, even though some of the episodes have been edited, and some of the music has been changed. Still, the extras play up what the show is known for, and the episodes look and sound good. 30 episodes is a lot of TV too, making this third season a pretty decent value.