DVD Verdict reviews: I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of DARK SHADOWS: DVD COLLECTION TWO,
    DARK SHADOWS: DVD COLLECTION SEVENTEEN, DOG, THE BOUNTY HUNTER: THE BEST
    OF SEASON ONE, FOREVER KNIGHT: THE TRILOGY, PART 2, GARFIELD AND
    FRIENDS: VOLUME 2, I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON, MEN BEHAVING
    BADLY: SEASONS ONE AND TWO, NYPD 24/7, PROFILE OF SERIAL KILLER, and
    STARSKY AND HUTCH: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON:


    DARK SHADOWS: DVD COLLECTION TWO (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 93/100):
    "You could really start a serious collection of Dark Shadows with
    these episodes, and just claim you are a Grayson Hall completeist for
    the series. Or marry this one with Collection One, and you have all
    the black-and-white episodes. Mainly you'll want this one because the
    episodes are fresh and lively, and they possess the joy of watching a
    show discover itself."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/darkshadows2.php

    DARK SHADOWS: DVD COLLECTION SEVENTEEN (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 92/100):
    "This may be the set where some Dark Shadows collectors decide to hop
    off the train, since now we go forward into the first science fiction
    plot -- the Leviathans."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/darkshadows17.php

    DOG, THE BOUNTY HUNTER: THE BEST OF SEASON ONE (reviewed by Maurice
    Cobbs, overall score 89/100):
    "No denizen of Hollywood could possibly have invented Dog. Nobody
    currently working in Hollywood is that creative. I mean, c'mon -- a muscle-
    bound, tattooed, gun-shy born-again Christian ex-convict biker who now
    hunts bail-jumping bad guys with his equally colorful wife and extended
    family? In Hawaii, no less? Who could possibly make that up?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/dogbountyhunterbestseason1.php

    FOREVER KNIGHT: THE TRILOGY, PART 2 (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 88/100):
    "S an addictive show, as its legions of devoted fans have discovered for
    themselves. Humor and drama are balanced well, the mix of cop drama and
    vampire fantasy is surprisingly effective, and as the characters
    developed over the course of this season I found myself truly caring
    about them."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/foreverknightpart2.php

    GARFIELD AND FRIENDS: VOLUME 2 (reviewed by Aaron Bossig, overall
    score 89/100):
    "If Garfield and Friends were simply an animated version of an innocuous
    daily newspaper comic, there wouldn't be much to write here. The
    creators of the show took what could have been just a generic toon and
    crammed it full of recurring characters, guest stars, offbeat ideas, and
    jokes that were actually funny."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/garfieldvol2.php

    I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 95/100):
    "Making the baby as important as any other ancillary cast member, and
    adding the family dynamic to a concept already ripe with wacky
    situations, the series actually survived and thrived thanks to this reality-
    based revision."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ilovelucyseason3.php

    MEN BEHAVING BADLY: SEASONS ONE AND TWO (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 80/100):
    "It's sort of like Sex and the City...if Miranda moved in with Carrie
    and they were both slobby men who liked to drink beer in pubs and cared
    little about fashion. It's kind of like The Odd Couple but without the
    prissy one. It's just a showcase for what it's like when two men share
    an apartment. Be afraid. Be very afraid."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/menbadlyseasons1and2.php

    NYPD 24/7 (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
    "Overall, I'd say this series is a mixed bag. Some episodes just didn't
    strike me as deserving to be part of the final culmination of a year and
    half of filming, but the good stuff far outweighs the ho-hum. These
    detectives are crushingly human, can make mistakes, work themselves
    silly, risk their lives daily, and, unlike in the fictional world, do
    not always solve the case."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/nypd247.php

    PROFILE OF SERIAL KILLER (reviewed by David Gutierrez, overall
    score 50/100):
    "It's very hard to forgive a bad ending. It's harder to forgive a bad
    ending in a movie that makes me like I'm experiencing a bad Nyquil trip
    while on Quaaludes."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/profileserialkiller.php

    STARSKY AND HUTCH: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 85/100):
    "Starsky & Hutch has a golden formula: keep the detectives on the
    streets of Bay City where they can hunt down bad guys, make the action
    fast and furious, and don't forget to inject some humor into all but the
    grimmest of situations."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/starskyhutchseason3.php

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Mar 16, 2005
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  2. > I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (reviewed by Bill Gibron,
    > overall score 95/100): "Making the baby as important as any other
    > ancillary cast member, and adding the family dynamic to a concept already
    > ripe with wacky situations, the series actually survived and thrived
    > thanks to this reality-based revision."
    >
    > FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ilovelucyseason3.php


    From the _I Love Lucy_ review:

    "Sorry, you fans of the formidable old pea picker, but Season Three features
    two of the LAMEST shows I Love Lucy ever attempted. While the use of actual
    celebrity guest stars was rare (it would pick up when the show moved to LA
    for Ricky's movie career and Europe for an massive world tour), Mr. "16
    Tons" himself, Tennessee Ernie, makes an appearance in two of the later
    shows this season and, sadly, it's all hayseed and redneck humor. Now, if
    you love the farcical Ford, you will die for these rare comedic forays. The
    singer uses his thick as strap molasses accent to turn on the cornpone
    charm, and he's so over the top and mannered that he makes some of Lucy's
    larger than life tics seem subtle. It is just a personal thing with yours
    truly, no real salient statement on the series's otherwise stellar
    qualities. There is just something about a loud, lunkheaded hillbilly who
    looks like an Italian maitre 'd that just rubs this critic the wrong way."

    I agree completely with your synopsis of the two Tennessee Ernie Ford
    episodes from season three. The sustained awfulness of these two ridiculous
    hillbilly skits is nearly unbearable to watch. However, the Cousin Ernie
    farce set the stage in the forth season for one of the funniest Lucy
    episodes ever made: "Tennessee Bound." Featuring Aaron Spelling and The
    Borden Twins sing "Ricochet Romance", this episode

    This is probably going to be viewed as heresy by Lucy fans, but I feel that
    the only true classic episodes of the show were those which chronicled the
    Ricardo's Hollywood adventure. As a result, I will purchase only Season 4
    and Season 5, which contain the complete Hollywood trip and a few good
    European tour episodes.

    But even some of the Hollywood episodes were lame:

    The Fashion Show: The whole episode is a setup for Lucy's wearing of a
    burlap dress after she gets sunburned. The saving grace is that many wives
    of 50s leading men appear.

    The Tour: Richard Widmark aims a gun at Lucy, who is hiding under a
    bearskin rug.

    Lucy and the Dummy: One of the worst episodes ever -- Hollywood or
    otherwise.

    http://tvland.classictvhits.com/ILoveLucy/EpList.html
    One-Shot Scot, Mar 16, 2005
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