Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > TV Situation Comedy > I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Third Season

I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Third Season


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



Everybody get ready, plop down on your couch, and start rubbing….Your magic bottle that is!  I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Third Season has arrived.  Yes, Barbra Eden returns to fill the bottle as Jeannie the genie along side her main, master, astronaut of a squeeze Major Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman). This third of five seasons of the show is most likely the high point for the series, mainly working off of comical cut-editing techniques and a number of watered down slapstick comedy sequences.  In the five seasons running the series was never known for great and detailed storylines but through the lovable personality of Barbra Eden as Jeannie and a cast with seemingly good chemistry, the series captured the imaginations’ of Americans.


One area of the series that fans tend to dwell on is the inconsistencies.  One minute they may say Genies can not be seen in photographs and then shortly down the episode line *POOF* Genie is in a picture?  Or maybe that Genies lose their powers if they marry a mortal *POOF* Jeannie will later marry Major Nelson and remain having powers?  This goes back to the earlier statement that the series was not based off of good stories, but lovable characters.


Also as always there are highlights from this season in the guest stars such as Don Rickles and Gilligan himself Bob Denver.  Side Note: Jeannie’s Bottle was made from a Jim Beam bottle…Sorry Don all empty.


The technical aspects of this 4-disc 1968 Season of I Dream of Jeannie are just simply adequate.  The picture is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 Full Screen ratio, with colors that are balanced but often display too pastel like, leaving the series looking brighter than intended.  The production company suggests these are high-def transfers but viewing the series leaves little to suggest this is true.  The sound is once again in rough Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that seems to occasionally skip a beat in quality.  Extras are up in smoke and not to be seen on this set, which is quite sad.  Does the studio not understand fans want these bonus features and we need to get them while the stars are still here to speak about the series?


In the end, a must buy for all true I Dream of Jeannie fans.  If you are worried about color and sound, being a mere casual viewer, this reviewer says hold of for some better HD releases.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com