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Numb3rs
The Third Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 1029 minutes

Starring: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard, Dylan Bruno, Diane Farr,  Peter MacNicol

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $54.99

Features: Audio Commentaries, Crunching Numb3rs: Season 3, Eppes Central, Set House Tour, Blooper Reel

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, Scenes (7 per episode), Six-Disc Set

Released: September 25th, 2007

 

 

All these episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and look quite good. The show's highly-filtered visual style is captured well on this set, particuarly the California streets and steely blues of the F.B.I. building. With that said, color saturation is pretty strong, as the colors are bold and definitely pop without smearing. Detail is very fine, and fleshtones look quite accurate too. The transfers look clean, but the only downsides are the high levels of noise and some edge halos. In all though, these transfers look quite pleasing and look rather sharp.

 

The third season of "Numb3rs" is also given the Dolby Digital 5.1 treatment for all its episodes. These are solid tracks that certainly live up to the high energy of the series. Dynamic range is pretty strong, and bass is bit more deeper than I anticipated. The show's music and song selections are well-mixed through the speakers, and dialogue is very crisp and easy to hear. The surround effects also pack a bit of a punch, as they can be pretty discrete and use the rears well - especially when it comes to the action.

English Surround tracks are included, as well as English closed captions.

 




The third season of "Numb3rs" has a bunch of Audio Commentaries with a variety of people who work on the show. "Two Daughters" features commentary from David W. Zucker, Ken Sanzel and Lou Diamond Philips; "Hardball" features Cheryl Heuton, Nicholas Falacci, David Krumholtz and Jay Baruchel; "Killer Chat" features Don McGill, Andrew Black and David Krumholtz; "Nine Wives" features Julie Hebert, Navi Rawat and Tom Bellissimo and "One Hour" with Ken Zanzel, Dylan Bruno and Rob Morrow.

I really liked that all these commentaries have a variety of different people from the show, so there are lots of different perspectives going around. I only listened to snippets from the commentaries, but I could tell that everyone seems to really get along and enjoys making the series. These commentaries do share details about filming, but most of them sound like a group of friends chatting and sharing a bunch of fun stories (with some math references thrown in for good measure). If you're a fan of the series, or of the talent behind the camera and on it, you'll want to give these a listen.

The video based supplements are divided up among the last three discs. Disc 4 features Crunching Numb3rs: Season 3, which runs nearly 20 minutes and is in anamorphic widescreen. This is a pretty interesting piece, where the show's producers discuss at length how they needed to establish themselves more firmly with this season - and the challenges they faced, particuarly given Peter MacNicol leaving for a bit and an actress getting pregnant. As a result, the show seemed to have gained a bit of footing in the comedy department. The cast also talks about key parts of the season, as far as how characters developed and certain moments. Well put together, and certainly enjoyable if you're a fan of the series.

Disc 5 features Eppes Central, a 12 minute piece about a craftsman home where the show has had scenes filmed, and what the decor of the Eppes home lends to the show. This is followed by a Set House Tour on the sixth disc, which runs for about 10 minutes - and features the likes of Krumholtz, Morrow and Judd Hirsch. It's pretty amusing as the three point out some limitations sets face, and run into the show's creators and producers. Rounding it all out is a Blooper Reel, running for six-and-a-half minutes, and featuring some genuinely funny screw-ups. 



 

"Twin Peaks" was a true original, and even though the show's second season may not have lived up to the first, the series really still holds up nearly 20 years later. On top of decent transfers and fine 5.1 mixes, the treasure trove of supplements really make this set stand out - not to mention that the pilot is finally available. Even if you own the first two stand alone releases of the series, it looks like you're going to have to add to this one to your collection too. This box set comes highly recommended.