Sex and the City-Season 3 (2000)

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Released 12-Nov-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Animation & Audio
Synopsis-Episode Synopses
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-3:44
Awards-Awards And Nominations
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 513:56
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Michael Patrick King
Allison Anders
Nicole Holofcener
Allen Coulter
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon
Chris Noth
John Corbett
Willie Garson
David Eigenberg
Kyle MacLachlan
Case ?
RPI $54.95 Music Kenneth Burgomaster
Douglas J. Cuomo
Tom Findlay


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Czech
Danish
German
Greek
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Norwegian
Portuguese
Swedish
Smoking Yes, heavy
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

The third season of Sex and the City sees the show in full swing.

Because it has been quite a while since I reviewed Sex and the City Season 2, I'll recap my brief descriptions of the ladies at the centre of the show:

There are some men who show up regularly in this season:

The episodes in this season are:

Episode Title Length Director
1 Where There's Smoke... 28:45 Michael Patrick King Carrie judges a fireman's calendar contest, and meets a politician. Sam tries out a fireman.
Do women really want to be rescued?
2 Politically Erect 28:02 Michael Patrick King A party where every woman brings a man she doesn't want anymore
Is sex inextricably linked with politics?
3 Attack of the 5'10" Woman 25:49 Pam Thomas Miranda gets a cleaning woman, Charlotte gets upset by nudity in the sauna
Are there women in New York who exist just to make us feel bad?
4 Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl 28:01 Pam Thomas Carrie is shocked to discover that her lover has dated men as well as women
Has the opposite sex become obsolete?
5 No Ifs, Ands, or Butts 30:36 Nicole Holofcener Charlotte encounters a bad kisser; Sam meets a woman who is very protective of her brother
In relationships, what are the deal-breakers?
6 Are We Sluts? 23:16 Nicole Holofcener Charlotte is shocked by her lover's language in bed; Miranda discovers she has an STD
How many men is too many?
7 Drama Queens 26:06 Allison Anders Sam has sex with a doctor who takes recreational Viagra; Carrie has panic attacks with her new boyfriend
Do we need drama to make a relationship work?
8 The Big Time 29:02 Allison Anders Sam is terrified of menopause. Steve suggests a baby. Big shows up on Carrie's doorstep.
Is timing everything?
9 Easy Come, Easy Go 30:20 Charles McDougal The perils of hot coffee, and bad-tasting semen
Is it smarter to follow your heart or your head?
10 All or Nothing 29:45 Charles McDougal Miranda's experiment with phone sex; Samantha's problems with being sick
Can we have it all?
11 Running with Scissors 28:33 Dennis Erdman Carrie's affair is running hot, as are certain wedding preparations
Is sex ever safe?
12 Don't Ask, Don't Tell 29:11 Dan Algrant Miranda lies about her profession to get a date. Sam wants to discover what's under a kilt
Is honesty really the best policy?
13 Escape from New York 27:12 John Coles They fly to LA so Carrie can discuss a movie deal. Sam meets a dildo model
Can you ever really escape your past?
14 Sex and Another City 27:22 John Coles Getting invited to the Playboy mansion
Is it what's outside that counts?
15 Hot Child in the City 30:18 Michael Spiller Sam organising a Bar Mitzvah for a 13 year old who acts like Sam
Are we 34 going on 13?
16 Frenemies 28:10 Michael Spiller Charlotte and Sam have a tiff, and learn something about each other. Miranda has a date stand her up, by dying!
Are we getting wiser, or just older?
17 What Goes Around Comes Around 29:03 Allen Coulter Carrie gets mugged. Charlotte gets very frustrated
Is there relationship karma?
18 Cock a Doodle Do! 34:25 Allen Coulter Carrie can't sleep because of roosters, Sam because of transsexual prostitutes
Can it be that the problem's not them, it's us?

There is a huge variation in running time from one episode to another (23:16 to 34:25) no other TV show displays such a variation. I also wonder if they shoot two episodes at a time in all but one case above a pair of episodes is directed by the same director.

Carrie's battle with giving up cigarettes in this season is conveyed convincingly. I've heard it said that nicotine is more addictive than heroin Carrie makes a strong case for that.

I found myself irritated to see Big cropping up again. I was feeling like yelling at Carrie: "get over it!". But that's what Sex and the City is about. It's not so much about the bits of relationships that we get right; it's about the bits we get wrong. There are so many ways to go wrong, and this show explores all of them. And although no one could ever describe this show as a morality play, it's surprising how many of the storylines have some kind of a moral to them.

If you have enjoyed any Sex and the City episodes, then you will probably like these this is one of the better seasons of the show.

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Transfer Quality

Video

This transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced. That's the way it is screened on TV.

The image is generally grainy, with the occasional moments of clarity, but only in close-ups; there are also a few moments where the picture is definitely out-of-focus. The result is a picture that's rather soft. Shadow detail is not good. Darker colours have no details at all. This makes night-time scenes difficult to make out. There is no obvious low-level noise.

Colour is vivid and strong, not so much in the New York landscape, but in some of the clothes. The colours are often rendered well, but sometimes skin tones come out rather more orange than they should.

There are no obvious film artefacts. There's no aliasing of any significance, and no shimmer. There are no MPEG artefacts.

There are subtitles in twelve languages, including English. I watched the English subtitles on several episode. I spotted a number of errors: such as at 18:15 in Running With Scissors, where the subtitle reads "can a hug get you...", but the dialogue is "can a hoagie be...", or at 22:46 in No Ifs, Ands, or Butts, where the subtitle says: "you were rough", but the dialogue is "you were robbed".

Each disc is single-sided, dual layer. As far as I can tell, they have arranged the six episodes per disc so that there are three episodes per layer.

They still haven't bothered to put chapter stops in the episodes. Shame.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

The soundtrack is provided in five languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, all Dolby Digital 2.0. I only listened to the English. It's Dolby Digital 2.0, and marked as surround-encoded I heard nothing from the surrounds, so I suspect that the only impact of the surround-encoding is to dump the dialogue into the centre channel speakers.

The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. There are no audio sync problems in any of the episodes.

There is no credit for the score on these episodes; there is one for music supervision, which goes to Dan Lieberstein.

Neither the subwoofer nor the surrounds get anything to do.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

The menus are animated with music. They are easy to understand, and easy to use

Synopses

Every episode is accessed from a menu screen which gives a synopsis of the episode, and lists the writer and the director.

Cast and Crew Bios Disc One

We get bios for:

Featurette (3:44) Disc Two

This is really nothing more than a long trailer for the show. It seems like it was shot very early; it refers to "the new comedy series".

Awards and Nominations Disc Three

A lot of pages recounting the various awards for the show has been nominated for, and the considerable number it won for Season Three, including the Emmy and Golden Globes for best comedy series, plus awards from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, Make Up and Hairstylists Guild I was waiting to see if they had any "guild" issues...

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Region 1 version is quite similar to the Region 4, and offers pretty much the same extras. There is no big difference in the transfers.

There is no reason to prefer one version over the other you can be happy with either.

Summary

Season Three's episodes, presented on three so-so DVDs.

The video quality is not bad, even with the grain, and the inadequate shadow detail.

The audio quality is fine.

The extras are fewer in number than the previous season, which is a bit disappointing.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Monday, August 23, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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