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Swamp Thing: The Series – Volume 3 (Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



Just when you thought you escaped the swamp those murky waters pull you back in.  For its third and final release Swamp Thing: The Series returns to DVD.  This release caps off the last 24 episodes of the 50 episode Third Season run.  This season sees the coming of new enemies and odd situations that put Dr. Alec Holland (Swamp Thing) between a swamp and a hard place.


The first episode on this set entitled Lesser of Two Evils has a new villain coming to town as Arcane’s rival Carla Jefferies (Tyne Daly) takes over his company, forcing Swamp Thing to chose “the lesser of two evils” as he may be forced to team up with Arcane.  We soon discover that nothing is as simple as it seems and as the episodes develop the battle between Arcane and Swamp Thing heats up as never before.


These last 24 episodes are by far the best the series has to offer; as the crazy gets crazier.  I don’t want to call it a soap opera…so I will call it a swamp opera.  This swamp opera has the series going off in all crazy directions as it develops the characters in ways audiences could have never imagined.  There are alliances and betrayal, but it is the hardcore science fiction that is the most gripping.  This season allowed the writers to do what Swamp Thing was meant for as we experience demonic transformations, mummies, poltergeists, infectious diseases, half-plant-half-robots and much more.  This season is all out crazy and oh so wonderful as it takes us on a journey through the swamp like never before.  The series does have an ending that is quite …revealing, though not what I was expecting.  Swamp Thing was and is a wonderful series.  Whereas at times it can feel quite dated, overall I found it enjoyable and attention grabbing.


The technical features fall in line with the previous two releases; as they are far from good, but not all out awful.  The picture continues to be presented in its original 1.33 X 1 Full Screen aspect ratio and remains murky and disappointing.  The colors and contrast are skewed having distorted skin tones and an overall flat presence; all while the picture quality seeming has some serious light/dark issues throughout.  The picture is not horrid, but the light/dark issues can be frustrating and I know it all can be better.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound quality is again better than the picture presentation having little to no distortion and only occasionally having a distant quality.  Overall, the sound presentation is surprisingly nice when compared to the picture.


The extras are no where to be found.


If you have been enjoying the series all along, now is not the time to stop.  The end of Season 3 contains some of the best episodes the series has to offer.  Swamp Thing has always been a bit of an odd series, but that is what makes it so memorable and worth watching.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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