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Slings and Arrows Ė Season Three


Picture: B†††† Sound: B†††† Extras: A†††† Episodes: B+



Would you like a pleasant surprise?Then you should go out and buy the fresh to DVD, Slings and Arrows: Season 3.When this reviewer one year ago viewed the Second Season of Slings and Arrows, he was sure that it would be another drag of a series like many other British and Canadian shows before it, but to my surprise it was quite the opposite.Slings and Arrows is witty, hilarious, well written, and has an appeal that all series should strive for.In the slim 6 episodes that Season Three contains the series manages to capture the audience in a way that many series can not due in ten seasons!The chemistry and obvious love that exists between the cast members is admirable and astonishing.Upon viewing this series you feel like a member of the crew and you can smell the stage paint dry and the heat of the lights shine upon you.The series is a pleasure form beginning to end and this reviewer is personally sad to see it go, as Season 3 will be the last installment of a pivotal series.


The whole cast returns (plus a few new faces) to throw themselves whole heartedly into the tragic and disturbing play King Lear.Even Oliver is back to haunt the stage with his nagging and OCD qualities.A veteran actor and former teacher is brought back (seemingly from his death bed) to play the title role of King Lear.There is just one problem, the actor has a bit of a heroin addiction; no not a female hero, but a serious drug issue.Anyway, it is up to the zany cast to persevere once again through all odds to come out on top.Can they have one last go before a final bow out?Only time can tell in Season Three here.


As usual the DVD, where only consisting of six, one hour, episodes, leaves the audience begging for more.  The picture is great, being presented in its normal 16:9 widescreen, maintaining a crisp and clear level throughout.  The DVDís sound has vastly improved now presented in its new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounds as well as 2.0 Stereo, more impressive for an impressive series.  The DVDís extras are inspiring.  Still today (after years and years) television series on DVD have not learned to demonstrate a high level of care for extras or special features.  Slings and Arrows, however, continues to take great care in presenting its audience with a surplus of extras such as Cast Interviews, extended scenes of King Lear, Bloopers, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Trailers, production notes and even more.  Though some of the deleted scenes and bloopers were dry as ever, they were still quite enjoyable to watch.  In the end, this DVD setís presentation was impressive for a slim 6 episode set.


Goodbye Slings and Arrows! You will be missed.*Curtain Falls*



-†† Michael P Dougherty II


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