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CHiPS: The Complete Third Season (1979 - 1980/MGM/Warner DVD Set)

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

CHiPs' Season Three explodes onto DVD with this 5 disc DVD set that is packed full of 24 classic episodes from the renowned hit series. These episodes ran from 1979-80 and is really nostalgic to watch again. If you aren't familiar, the show centers around the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers that come across all sorts of hairy situations and insane criminals along the California Highway.

Officer Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) was the straight, serious officer while Frank (Ponch) Poncherello (Erik Estrada) was the more free-wheeling member of the duo; both reported to Sgt. Joe Getraer (Larry Pine, Chris Pine's real-life father), who gave out assignments and advice in handling the cases. Each episode saw a compilation of incidents, ranging from the humorous (e.g., a stranded motorist) to criminal investigations (such as hijackings) and tragic incidents (such as a fiery multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths.

Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily work were highlighted as well; the social lives of both officers (they were both single) often provided the lighter moments. On occasion, Ponch and Jon were assisted by a female (Chippie) at first, the very beautiful Sindy Cahill; and later, the more wholesome Bonnie Clark. In 1982, Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson (series star Wilcox left the show that year), while Nelson's younger brother, Bruce, was a trainee on the force. By now, the female Chippie was the attractive Kathy Lindahan.

Episodes include The Roller Disco Parts 1 and 2, Valley Go Home!, High Octane, Death Watch, Counterfeit, Return of the Supercycle, Hot Wheels, Drive Lady Drive Parts 1 and 2, The Watch Commander, Destruction Derby, Second Change, Wheeling, Christmas Watch, Jailbirds, E.M.T, Kidnap, Off Road, Tow Truck Lady, The Strippers, Thrill Show, Nightingale, and Dynamite Alley.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for DVD with a 4:3/1.33 X 1 full frame aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track that mirrors the original television broadcasts. Nothing too special or attractive about the transfer here, but seeing that its an older show its fine.

No extras on the disc, but you can read about the previous seasons elsewhere on this site.

Some episodes of the show are better than others here, and this is definitely for the older generation that loves seeing real cars blow up and love nostalgia.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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