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My Three Sons
The First Season
Volume One

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: Fred MacMurray, William Frawley, Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston

Running Time: 749 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Chapter Selection (5 chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set

Released: September 30th, 2008

 

 

This first volume of "My Three Sons" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and don't look too shabby, given that these episodes are nearly 50 years old. The episodes are covered in blemishes, dirt pieces and scratches, which is downright annoying. There is also noise and shimmering to be had. The episodes look a bit grainy too, but the overall image quality still retains a bit of sharpness. Also, the black and white tones though look decent. Flawed, but expected.

 

The English Mono tracks get the job done, just as you keep your expectations in line (this is a really old series, after all). Fidelity is pretty high, but other than that, everything is straightforward and even. Dialogue is easy to hear and clear, the instrumental cues sound fine and the laugh track is intact and audible. I didn't detect any hisses, pops or distortion either. It's all probably just how you remember it if you viewed the show on television.

English closed captions through your television are also included.

 

Nothing.

 

"My Three Sons" is a classic sitcom, and it's good to see it released on DVD. Unfortunately there are no extras to put this memorable series in context, and the episode presentations are predictably average. Big fans of the series should be inclined to purchase the first volume of the Douglas family on disc.