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Growing up, monster movies were the main staple of my television viewing. I loved anything creepy that aired on the boob tube and I got a bigger thrill anytime a monster themed television series debuted. Of course, my thrill was usually short lived; as such television series seldom lasted for more than a few episodes. Still, I persisted in my viewing and eventually cool TV series such as THE X-FILES and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER took a long-term foothold on network schedules. The latest series to resonate with television audiences is SUPERNATURAL, which combines elements of THE X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and short lived personal favorite KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER. However, instead of being just a retread, SUPERNATURAL puts its own fresh spin on things that go bump in the night, while also keeping the proceedings edgy and hip.

The basic premise of SUPERNATURAL follows formerly estranged brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) who were reunited after their father disappeared while hunting the supernatural creature that killed the boysí mother. Over the years, "hunting" has become the Winchester family business, with the boys following in their fatherís footsteps and killing every supernatural beastie that they encounter along the highways and back roads of America. Season three of SUPERNATURAL finds Sam and Dean continuing their hunt for ghosts and monsters, not to mention the demon that holds the contract to one of the brotherís souls. However, the brothers Winchester do find help coming their way from rather unexpected sources.

SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON ($80) comes to Blu-ray Disc in a three-disc set that features the following sixteen episodes that were aired during the writersí strike abbreviated year three: The Magnificent Seven, The Kids Are Alright, Bad Day At Black Rock, Sin City, Bedtime Stories, Red Sky At Morning, Fresh Blood, A Very Supernatural Christmas, Malleus Maleficarum, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Mystery Spot, Jus In Bello, Ghostfacers, Long-Distance Call, Time Is On My Side and No Rest For The Wicked.

Warner Home Video has made all sixteen episodes from SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentations on Blu-ray offer a marked visual improvement over the otherwise fine looking standard definition DVD release. Of course, a lot has to do with the fact that we a re dealing with a higher resolution format, but hi-def is able to resolve so much more than just the detail. SUPERNATURAL sometimes takes a stylized approach and there are a lot of dark sequences, which just look better in hi-def, minus the slight murkiness of the DVD. Like the SD set, one will notice that the process work appears a little weak in comparison to shots without any effects. Colors can be quite vivid and completely stable, but in many places across the episodes hues are purposely desaturated. Blacks are inky, whites are crisp and contrast pushes the envelope for typical broadcast fare. Grain/video noise is more noticeable in hi-def, but thatís not a bad thing.

All the episodes that comprise SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital 640kbps soundtracks. Like the DVD release, one will notice right away that these are high quality television level soundtracks with a nice amount of channel separation. Of course, the forward soundstage is dominant. However, the rear channels do provide a better than expected level of active effects, as well as ambient sounds, and a bit of musical fill. Fidelity is slightly improved over the DVD collection, as the sound is encoded at an improved bit rate. Dialogue is crisply rendered and remains totally understandable. Spanish language tracks are also provided. English, French, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese subtitles are included.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the supplemental materials. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some supplemental materials that have been spread throughout the set. Seven episodes include A Close Look segment that features members of the production team talking about favorite moments from said episodes. Featurettes include From Legends To Reality: Supernatural Effects and Impala Featurette: A Look Inside the Classic 1967 Chevrolet Impala, which are fairly self-explanatory. Ghostfacers! Confessionals Minifeaturette Gallery is a spoof of reality TV. A Gag Reel closes out the supplements.

SUPERNATURAL is one hell of a great horror series- it well written, nicely acted, plus its spooky good fun. If you are a genre fan, SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON is a must have. The episodes look and sound great on Blu-ray, thus making this the way to own the series if you have made the switch to hi-def. Highly recommended.



Supernatural - The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] (2008)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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