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Supernatural – The Complete Third Season (Warner DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: B-



When there’s something strange… in your DVD pile …what’s it called?  Supernatural.   Now on DVD is Supernatural: The Complete Third Season to bring all the shrieks and terror back into your life; some good, some bad.


Supernatural: The Complete Third Season continues to follow a pair of monster hunter brothers as they search out the demon that killed their mother.  The brothers in three seasons have managed to get themselves into and out of a great number of troubles that seem to only be getting worse.  The convoluted nature of the series establishes a story arch that must be observed from the beginning to understand (no spoilers here).  There is death, lives saved, and deals with demons…and that could all happen in one episode.  The series from the beginning has been filled to the brim with astonishing monsters and creatures and where as the make-up and digital effects are not always the best; the series does demonstrate a high level of creativity.


The problem with Supernatural is that it does not quite balance the elements horror, drama, and suspense very well.  Instead the series stammers in the dark as it fails to realize what it wants to be.  This reviewer has viewed the series from the beginning and finds it to be quite entertaining, but still feels it needs an overhaul.  The plots are thin and whereas the acting is good, the actors seem to be lost in their lines from time to time; not sure of what is going on.  Like a bad X-Files, Buffy smoothie Supernatural looks good but leaves a bad aftertaste; the viewer wanting to like the series, but the missing elements leave the audience unfulfilled.  Supernatural does demonstrate a good frame work with solid actors, but needs to e taken to the next level if it is ever going to survive the night.


The technical features on Supernatural: Season 3 are not out of this world, but do hold their ground in the TV on DVD realm.  The picture is presented in a 1.78 X 1 Anamorphic Widescreen that has improved over last season’s release with a crisper, cleaner image that has little light/dark issues; but still does not hold up to fellow CW alum Smallville as far as clean/realistic digital effects.  The sound is once again presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounds that are less active then they should be in a suspenseful, horror series; but still slide by with a clean, boisterous quality.


The extras include a featurette entitled From Legends to Reality: Supernatural Effects, Supernatural Impala Featurette: A Look Inside the Classic 1967 Chevrolet Impala, A Closer Look: Short Segments Showcasing Favorite Aspects of Specific Episodes, Ghostfacers! Confessionals Mini-featurette Gallery, and a Gag Reel.  This reviewer was not expecting much from the special features on this particular series, but in the end was pleasantly surprised.  The slue of featurettes are well made and interesting as they take the viewer through the ins and outs of the series.  Fans will find the features not only to be interesting, but also rewatchable.  A nicely done set overall.


Whereas the series was enjoyable, it is definitely something the viewer should partake in from the very beginning; starting at Season One.  The horror Sci-Fi series tries to live up to past greats like that of the X-Files or The Twilight Zone, but in the end falls short.  This reviewer admits that the series is getting progressively better by leaps and bounds, but has not quite found its footing yet.  Follow the Odyssey of two brothers as they fight for their lives once more in this mind bending journey called Supernatural.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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