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The Partridge Family – The Complete Third Season (1972 – 73/Sony DVD)


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



Past the half-way point of their hit show, The Partridge Family – The Complete Third Season (1972 – 73) still had some appeal and energy left, establishing the fictional family-as-band enough that any similarity to The Cowsills was lost.  That band was known for a much darker tale of an overbearing father who pushed them until the family unraveled as they had hits like The Rain, The Park & Other Things and the theme from the hit stage musical Hair.  Ironically, the recordings of The Partridge Family sold more records and produced more hits.


This season includes guest actors like Charlotte Rae, Bert Convy, Ray Bolger, John Astin, Arte Johnson, Anthony Geary and the famous Jodie Foster show among others.  We’ll let you see who else you can spot.  This was never one of my favorite shows, though I could totally understand its appeal as part of a teen wave of live action shows like The Brady Bunch and Room 222, but the show has its moments and its humorous, upbeat attitude is always a plus.  Even if you can’t get happy over all of it, you might at least smile


The 1.33 X 1 image has some good detail and usually the vibrant color that is iconic color associated with the series, but there can still be variances in quality, with a few prints looking second-generation.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good, though I am surprised Sony did not go back and drop the stereophonic tracks into the soundtrack or even offer an alternate stereo soundtrack.  The only extras are two butchered webisodes, but as this was posted, another attempt to revive the name was on the way.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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