This third installment of the "Old School" DVD series covers seasons 11-15 (1979-84) of Sesame Street. Like previous installments, it features each season's premiere episode, along with a selection of "classic cuts" from each season, and some other bonus material. Unfortunately, this release is a step down from volumes 1 and 2 - not because the show itself declined in quality (it's still classic Sesame Street all the way), but because of a decrease in bonus material and a VERY glaring ommission that occurs in every episode included.
As it is, the previous volumes already had some minor issues. While the formula of including five (nearly) complete episodes and a selection of clips is not a bad one, I don't think that the season premieres were necessarily the best episodes to include, especially since many of them repeated the same segments (particularly ones about the number 2). This set actually features some episodes with a different number sponsor, but there's now another problem: two of the episodes are actually the beginning of week-long story arcs (the trip to Puerto Rico in season 11, and Big Bird going to camp in season 14). So in this case, I think it would have been better to include episodes that stood more on their own.
Another issue with previous sets is that some material had to be cut or replaced due to music or other clearance issues. This continues with volume 3, but here's where it gets really puzzling: apparently this time they couldn't clear the rights to their own theme song! All five episodes are presented without their original opening sequence, and a few other occurrences of the theme within the episodes were also edited out. There is some solace in that the instrumental harmonica version of the theme still appears at the beginning and end of each story. But nonetheless, this is a very glaring omission that makes the episodes feel incomplete, and I'm at a loss as to why there would be an issue with the song.
Finally, there is a significant cutback in bonus clips, possibly due to the reduction from three discs to two. If you look at Volume 2, each season featured at least nine "classic cuts", and season six in particular featured nearly twenty. For this set, we only get five for each season, a number of which were already released on previous collection. Also, likely due to a combination of the reduction in discs and the aforementioned theme song issues, we do not get the Friday credit crawls from each season as we did in the previous sets. While I would not consider the credits to be essential, I and other fans do have a fascination with the way they evolved over the years, and was hoping to find out when the long-running sequence with Barkley and the kids in the park debuted. That said, there are a handful of rare gems featuring lesser-known characters like Dr. Nobel Price and Warren Wolf, as well as some nice bonus features including an exclusive interview with Caroll Spinney (Big Bird/Oscar), and commentary from Sonia Manzano (Maria) on the season 11 Puerto Rico episode.
Your satisfaction with this release will ultimately depend on how much of a completist you are. Although there were some minor issues with the previous sets, they were complete enough to leave me satisfied. However, I would not regard this one as a "must buy" due to the major cuts and relative lack of bonus features. I actually would have been more satisfied if they just released a large collection of clips from this era - at least then I would know not to expect the full experience of watching a complete episode, and there would probably be more rare material. But those of you who just want to relive some classic early 80's Sesame Street moments will probably be more than content with this set.