Wonder Woman-Complete Third Season (1978)

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Released 1-Mar-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Lynda Carter - "My Teenage Idol Is Missing"
Featurette-Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist Icon
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1978
Running Time 1090:50 (Case: 1077)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (4)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Jack Arnold
Ray Austin
Bruce Bilson
Michael Caffey
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Lynda Carter
Case ?
RPI $49.95 Music Charles Fox
Johnny Harris
Artie Kane


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 1.0 (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
French
Italian
Dutch
Danish
Swedish
Arabic
Greek
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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

Plot Synopsis

ď...in your satin tights, fighting for our rights, and the old red white and bluuuuuuuue...Ē

††† The last of the seasons of Lynda Carterís seminal run as Wonder Woman.

††† I donít have much to add to my previous reviews of the First Season and Second Season. The Third Season is very much a continuation of the second season in terms of production, plotlines, etc.

††† Having done all 3 seasons in a massive weekend binge, Iím fairly to the point of Wonder Woman saturation. If you are a fan, youíll thoroughly enjoy this. If youíre not a fan, well...

††† All 24 episodes of the Third Season are here, in all their glory. You can get a full summary at TV.com amongst other places. The following is a list of the contents of the second season as set out on these 4 dual sided DVDs in original broadcast order:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4

Disc 5

Disc 6

Disc 7

Disc 8

††† Although I think I like The Bionic Woman just a little better, I still get a kick out of this. Itís got a very amusing nostalgia factor, and with titles like Disco Whiz and The Deadly Dolphin, itís not hard to work out why...

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Like the First Season and Second Season, the transfer here is in its original broadcast ratio of 1.33:1, Full Frame, non-16x9 enhanced.

††† There are no issues with colour saturation or balanced.

††† There is still some graininess in darker scenes, about on par with the Second Season.

††† There are no MPEG artefacts. Film-to-video transfer artefacts are limited to minor background aliasing and occasional moire which will show up on a smaller CRT screen, but are not obvious with proper scaling to a larger monitor / projector.

††† There is a some dirt on the print.

††† There are a variety of subtitles listed above. They are white with a black/grey border. The English subtitles are reasonably accurate.

††† Although there are only 3 episodes per disc, again I didnít spot one dual layer pause. So, again, either: (a) Iím going blind; (b) there are no dual layer pauses, (c) the dual layer pauses are in between the episodes somewhere; or (d) the dual layer pauses are so subtle I canít see them, perhaps hidden in one of the many fade-to-blacks for ads.

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Audio

††† Audio is available in English and French 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono track encoded at 192Kb/s. I listened to the English track and sampled the French track.

††† Another good mono track, with clear dialogue, decent range and effects. Any sync faults are faults of the source.

††† Sadly, no surround or subwoofer use.

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Extras

Menus

††† All menus are presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with a 2.0 Dolby Stereo audio. The other menus are static and silent.

Audio Commentary: ďMy Teenage Idol Is MissingĒ by Linda Carter (Disc 1)

††† Presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, this is a decent commentary track.

Featurette: ďWonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist IconĒ (13:51) (Disc 8)

††† Presented in 1.33:1, 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, this is a great little featurette about feminist interpretations of Wonder Woman.

R4 vs R1

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

††† I do not have an R1 copy for an exact comparison, but from what I can tell the content is identical, aside from the NTSC picture format and the region coding. Buy whichever is cheapest.

Summary

††† Wonder Woman is more than a show - itís an institution. Makes Smallville look like garbage (though Superman Returns wipes the floor with this).

††† The DVD set is pretty good - nice work Warner Home Video.

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Monday, October 02, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVPNS92, using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-HS50 WXGA LCD Cineza Projector with 100" Longhorn Pro-series 16:9 Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersJensen QX70 Centre, Digital Accoustics Emeral 703G Front Left & Right, Rear Left and Right, and Subwoofer

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