WOW. What a DVD set. Not only is Xena an awesome, awesome show, but this DVD set is truly DELUXE. 3 episodes per disc, not 4! How cool is that? That means less compression and better quality! Every disc has at least one commentary track on it, which can be just audio or with video (ie. you can see the actors in the recording studio!!) EVERY episode has a short FEATURETTE you can view that goes behind the scenes with interviews from directors, writers, producers, AND actors! These are incredibly fun. They make each episode feel like a movie. The extras are unbelievable. The show is outstanding. NINE discs. Count 'em. NINE. Buy this DVD.
So says a very frustrated Gabrielle from an ep from this season(/97-/98),which was Xena:Warrior Princess the show's best season so far.There are NO clunkers in this series of eps and everything from the writing,to the acting to the stunts were all in top form and running at full steam.The shows hit just about every emotion imaginable from pathos right down to good old fashioned laugh out loud comedy,and everything in between.This season delves deeply into Gabrielle and Xena's relationship,which goes off the rails,back on,back off and finally back on.Their first make up is in the form of the now classic ep The Bitter Suite,with some fine vocals and music.(Rene O'Connor's vocals were sung by someone else). Ted Raimi as Joxer was at his ultimate best this season.But why stop at Ted,let's go on and mention the others that contributed greatly to this season's success:Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite,Hudson Leick as Callisto,the late Kevin Smith as Ares,Bruce Campbell as Autolycus and of course its' main stars Rene O'Connor as Gabrielle and everyone's fave warrior babe Lucy Lawless in the title role.And of course there are the unsung heroes such as Joe LoDuca with the fabulous music,the series writers and directors and the unheralded yet just as important New Zealand stunt people,without whose skills the shows would never have looked as good as they did. Technically speaking the eps look quite clear and crisp.There are five discs this season but contrary to other reviews(which are now more than eight years old)there are NO extras in this new Universal re-release.It is disappointing to be sure,but Anchor Bay owns the rights to those extras,all included in the original release to DVD sets. This season ended with the now well known cliff hangar of Gabrielle and Hope falling into a fiery pit.Is Gabby dead?Have Xena and Joxer lost the only person either ever cared so deeply about?You will have to wait until Season Four to find out.Xena(the show) by this time is not only at the top of its game,but at the top of the ratings heap as well.So influential is the show that when the plot takes the show to India in one of my favourite trilogies,the first ep of the three insults the Hindu's so much that it was pulled and re-released with an opening with an apology!!The entire Xena company knew now that they had definitely hit the big time.Stay tuned!Read more ›
Enjoyed the dvds, the problem was that I could not get the the last episode on each disk to come up... It just went back to the second to last episode... So do be careful of this problem if you buy a set... Everything else was great... Just wished it was Closed Caption so my friend could have COMPLETELY enjoyed the experience... Loved the show, always will.
Every Xena fan must own this series. Whether you missed a few episodes and are trying to catch up or you have not seen it at all and are curious, this dvd is for you. During season 3 we see more of the characters we love. This time friendships are challenged by tragic situations. The characters progress and transform. It is so emotional and action packed, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and playing one episode after the other. Plus, this series includes interviews for most episodes that explain the producers' ideas. Furthermore, there is input from the cast. All three seasons are absolutely worth it. This Xena dvd will take you to the furthest adventures, one episode at a time!
I've been waiting for a box set that had closed caption on it...it took Anchor bay TWO box sets to finally put in Closed Caption...so Im DEFIENTLY getting this box set! Unfortually... Season 1 and 2 were my favorite seasons...so Im really disappointed on that part.