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Dawson's Creek : Season 3

James Van Der Beek , Katie Holmes , Arlene Sanford , Bethany Rooney    DVD
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"Jen is a cheerleader and Jack's on the football team. I got sane and everyone else went crazy?" That's how Andie (Meredith Monroe) sums up the topsy-turvy beginning to the third season of Dawson's Creek, in which nothing seems to be as it should and the series takes a major turn. It's junior year at Capeside High, and Jack (Kerr Smith), the town's resident gay teen, is indeed on the football team, and Jen (Michelle Williams) finds herself the object of unexpected and unwelcome popularity among her fellow students, especially the freshman quarterback (Michael Pitt). Pacey (Joshua Jackson) finds that his relationship with Andie can't be restored, and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), after the events of last year, both think it's for the best that they're no longer together--they just never think it at the same time. Significant events include the friends starting to date outside their circle, Dawson's giving up some of his aspirations, a crisis for the school's new principal, a college tour, and the openings of the Potter Bed & Breakfast and Leery's Fresh Fish. But the Dawson-Joey relationship is still the heart of the Creek, and it comes to a head in one of the series' most memorable episodes, "The Longest Day," and then the season finale. Even in its first season without series creator Kevin Williamson, Dawson's Creek still had plenty of punch.

On the DVDs, executive producer Paul Stupin does his usual commentary track for two episodes, and he's joined by Kerr Smith. They discuss the series itself, Smith's character, and Smith's subsequent career more than the events of the episodes. The second-season DVD set disappointed many fans by replacing a large portion of the music, and that trend continues in the third season, most surprisingly in the loss of Paula Cole's theme song. Instead, the opening credits feature Jann Arden's "Run Like Mad," which was used briefly in the international broadcast. Stupin explains the switch as an attempt to do something different and creative, but then admits there was also "a bit of an economic reality." Fortunately, the DVDs do have John Lennon's "Imagine" and Mary Beth Maziarz's "Daydream Believers"--songs that in dramatic context simply could not have been replaced--and it could be argued that a veteran viewer might skip the opening credits anyway. Still, for many fans, the music made Dawson's Creek what it was, and without all of it--especially the theme song--the DVDs seem like a compromise rather than a permanent keepsake. --David Horiuchi


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5.0 out of 5 stars True Love on the Creek May 30 2004
Format:DVD
If you are reading these reviews, then you must be a Dawson's Creek fan and already know how amazing this show is! Season 3 by far is the best season of Dawson's Creek! I watched Dawson's Creek from the very beginning and anticipated the day when Pacey and Joey (the best characters on the show!) would finally get together. However, I did not expect the writers and producers to portray this love story so beautifully. It was a way in which no other show has ever done. Dawson's Creek is different from every other show because they really made an effort to make you feel for the characters and care for them and their struggles. They also showed depth and character development throughout the entire series. In Season 3, the writers and producers made the audience care for Pacey and Joey (you may find yourself rooting for them to get together!). They created such a powerful love story, that it changed the course of the show. No longer were the fans cheering for Dawson to finally kiss Joey, but for Pacey and Joey to finally find true love with each other. The dialogue between them, especially during the end episodes (Anti-Prom..."I remember everything") is magical. Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes also did a wonderful job in making these characters come to life. Season 3 is the best! I mean, he bought her a wall! If you are a true Dawson's Creek fan, then you must own Season 3 when true love began on the creek! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars How about a little respect? July 17 2004
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Format:DVD
I'm sorry, but this new theme song is a whiny piece of crap! "Run Like Mad"? Yeah...in the opposite direction! I don't care if the new song was used in the original Season 1 release internationally and I am very disheartened to learn (elsewhere) that it may be used on the Season 4 DVD collection as well. It just doesn't have the same depth as the Paula Cole song.
As tired we sometimes get of themes we've heard over and over (and over) again, there is a reason why the best ones are successful and become intrinsically linked with the identity of a show. The way "I Don't Want to Wait" was used in Dawson's Creek--sometimes cutting into the whimsical part, other times into the more humorous "do-do-do-do-do-do" chorus, other times straight into the main verse--cannot be replicated. "Run Like Mad" isn't fun and it's not dramatic, it's just plain annoying.
I tried to give this collection a chance. I broke my own rule and purchased a copy thinking that the music changes might possibly be an interesting reinvention of the show. But with very few exceptions, they just don't work and sometimes even become downright distracting. It's like the producers chose songs that lyrically fit the scene, but don't capture the mood nearly as well. And the examples are just too numerous to go into.
As for the video transfer, it remains a disappointment here. I have DC videotapes that look better than this! And now I could just kick myself because in buying the set I feel I have given the producers permission to continue these antics. It just shows such a profound lack of respect for the fans that have supported the show through the years.
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Season 3 was the first I had ever seen of Dawson's Creek on television. When the WB hosted a special on Pacey and Joey's relationship, I was hooked. The show manages to talk about teenage issues without sounding like a lecture and the acting done by the actors is first rate.
Sony/Columbia still has not gotten the point that squeezing 23 episodes onto 4 discs is not ideal. The image quality is somewhat grainy as a result. Typically other tv shows have 6 discs to hold a comparable number of episodes. Hopefully they will have changed that for season 4. Also, it would be good for the show to change back the theme song to the one by Paula Cole. Additionally, I find it annoying that the episodes should have Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and yet not have English subtitles. For those of us that are hard of hearing or for other reasons, English subtitles would make sense. The data footprint would not be significant either.
All in all, this season is one of my favorites. Even without Kevin Williamson's direction (??), the show continues to gain momentum with the development of its characters. I would recommend this season to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Okay okay okay... July 15 2004
Format:DVD
I am possibly the *most* closeted Dawson's Creek fan who ever watched the show...so I can't believe I'm actually writing a review, but there are a few things that I felt were necessary to say about this DVD.
#1. I am a die-hard Pacey/Joey fan, so I obviously could not rate it any less than five stars...but in all seriousness, I felt this dvd was worth a five. The complaints that I read from other reviewers were that there weren't really any special features, and that the music was changed....which brings me to my second point.
#2. I must admit, after reading the angry reviews about the change of music, it was with some trepidation that I purchased the dvd....but you know what? Maybe I am a disloyal fan for saying this, but I actually *like* "Run Like Mad" as the theme song. Don't get me wrong, "I Don't Want To Wait" is still one of my favorite songs, but I thought that this one fit well with the mood of this season. Admittedly, the reviewer who likened it to dying cats may have something, but I still liked it, and it did not ruin a thing for me.
And the lack of special features? Maybe this is just because I am obsessed with the Pacey/Joey storyline, but as I was watching the dvd, I didn't want to be reminded that I wasn't actually in Capeside. I didn't want to do anything that would bring me back to the real world....I haven't watched the commentaries, doubt I ever will, and probably wouldn't have used any other special features either.
So maybe my review only makes sense if you are as quirky as I am, and like the sound of cats being slaughtered....but the bottom line? There isn't anything anyone can do to detract from my love of season three. Can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dawson's Creek season 3
Nive to watch this great tv show with no commercials and when you want to see it or when it works into your schedule. Jo-Anne Willman, Edmonton
Published 11 months ago by Jo-Anne Willman
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 Theam Song Short of 5 stars
This DVD is definatly worth the money, especialy if you are an abbid DC fan like I am. Season 3 is one out the best seasons out of the 6, this is whear all of the drama and... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2004 by Ronald Pritchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing show...but dumb decision to change all the music
I'm like the biggest Dawson's creek fan ever so of course I bought the season 3 dvd to go along with all my other Dawson's creek DVDs (even thought i'd all ready taped all the... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Creek Pacey-Joey Fan
ok...i love season 3 beacuse i am a die hard Pacey-Joey fan and this is my favorite season out of all six of them and because its when pacey and joey fall in love! Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by "federicofamily"
1.0 out of 5 stars Call it Dawson's Insanity
the episodes of this series that I did see were so terrible both in casting and writing that I almost burst out laughing at how poorly done it really was. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by D.W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 3....
OK The new theme song is a little slow, and I am just as fond of the original theme song. But people this is not the place to bash the DVD. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Boston Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best seasons
Reading all the reviews about the theme song and music changes, I waited a little while to buy it. I dont know why because it is one of the best seasons of DC. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by amznuser34
2.0 out of 5 stars Great episodes - TERRIBLE COMMENTARY
This season might still be my favorite episode of the whole series but I found the "commentary" on this particular season to be horrendous. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best dvd eve, but...
The third season of dawson's creek on dvd is the best, the quality of the dvd is super,but there is a little problem with the audio quality. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by adi
3.0 out of 5 stars Still DC, but miss the music
I am a huge DC fan...even just came back from Wilmington, NC and saw the sites and Screen Gems Studios. I was quite disappointed to hear the theme song changed... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Tammy L. McClain
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