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SLIDERS- The Complete Third Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 25 episodes on 4 discs (three double sided and one single sided), Gag Reel, Earth 2 episode, and Cleopatra 2525 episode.

STUDIO: Universal

RELEASE DATE: 7-19-2005

DISC ONE, SIDE A- RULES OF THE GAME, DOUBLE CROSS, ELECTRIC TWISTER ACID TEST, THE GUARDIAN

DISC ONE, SIDE B- THE DREAM MASTERS, DESERT STORM, DRAGON SLIDE, THE FIRE WITHIN

DISC TWO, SIDE A- THE PRINCE OF SLIDES, DEAD MAN SLIDING, STATE OF THE A.R.T., SEASON'S GREETINGS

DISC TWO, SIDE B- MURDER MOST FOUL, SLIDE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN, PARADISE LOST, THE EXODUS (1)

DISC THREE, SIDE A- THE EXODUS (2), SOUL SURVIVORS, THE BREEDER, THE LAST OF EDEN

DISC THREE, SIDE B- THE OTHER SLIDE OF DARKNESS, SLITHER, DINOSLIDE, STOKER

DISC 4- THIS SLIDE OF PARADISE, gag reel, bonus episodes of ERATH 2 and CLEOPATRA 2525

ANALYSIS: SLIDERS Season Three was a rough one as major creative changes happened. One of the cast leaves because he felt SLIDERS wasn't living up to it's potential (and they even did a very terrible rewrite on his story for the two part EXODUS). A new actor joins the cast, but Kari Wuhrer doesn't quite gell with the cast until next season. The real chemistry betweeen the main cast is from the original four actors who were with the show since season one. Even with one actor leaving in the middle of the season, the remaining original three had the chemistry that showed up on the screen.

Season Three was full of missed possibilities as no one capitalized on the return of Logan St. Clair from DOUBLE CROSS or have the Kromaggs return (they only get a mention in THE OTHER SLIDE OF DARKNESS with clips from the second season episode, INVASION). Other than the two episodes mentioned above, th best episodes of the season included SLIDE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN, MURDER MOST FOUL, and THE BREEDER. However, many episodes were ripping off current movies like zombie movies (SOULD SURVIVORS), vampires (STOKER), Species (THE BREEDER), and The Island of Dr. Moreau (THIS SLIDE OF PARADISE with Michael York playing a Dr. Moreau-like character and he even starred in one of the film versions of Dr. Moreau). SLIDERS threw in an arc that lasted for sveral episodes, but it didn't really work. SLIDERS would have to wait for realizing it's story potential with the fourth season.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 Full Frame

Video quality, colors and black levels, and image sharpness is about the same as the previous SLIDERS DVD set.

AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: Spanish and French, English Captions

Dialogue is clearly heard. All sound elements come through OK.

EXTRAS: The gag reel consiss of line flubs, little mistakes, and Kari Wuhrer swearing once. Also included are bonus episodes of CLEOPATRA 2525 and EARTH 2. A review at TVShowsOnDVD.com has noted that there is a dispute over what extras could have been included on this set (one fan offered some extras for free and Universal never contacted the fan site). Too bad no cast or crew audio commentaries were done for any of the episodes.

FINAL ANALYSIS: If you're a fan of SLIDERS, it is a no-brainer whether you should buy this DVD set or not. The only drawback is the case that was designed to hold the discs. My advice to Universal is to use double disc thin digipack cases for the next two season sets without designing elaborate cases to hold the discs.

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