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Barney Miller The Complete Third Season (Sony DVD)


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



Proving that it was in for the long haul, Barney Miller decided to move its storytelling more strictly to the 12th Precinct building and though they lost Barbara Barrie as Barney wife Liz, the show moved on and stayed on top. You can read more about it from our review of the second season:





This 3-DVD set has all 22 half-hours including the two-part Quarantine and Strike episodes, though some may not like the idea that the case has all three discs stacked up on each other. I also enjoy the grace with which social issues and character is dealt with in such smart ways with such finesse, something totally lacking in any TV comedy today. Doris Roberts, Brett Somers and James Cromwell are among the guest actors and it is a welcome addition to TV on DVD.


Unfortunately, the 1.33 X 1 image is the weak link in this set, looking like second generation digital copies of the shows instead of direct transfers from the original 2-inch analog NTSC tape masters. Color is not as bad, but detail is a problem with aliasing and digititis that should not be there and seems more so than in the previous set. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is not as good as the last set either, with more hiss and background noise than it should have. I expected slight improvements, not a slight backslide and there are no extras this time.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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