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Because SCARECROW AND MRS. KING ran only four seasons and only produced a total of eighty-eight episodes, it fell short of the magic number of episode for a successful syndication package. Therefore, the series has been not as widely seen as it might have been since its original airing in the 1980s. Still, I have fond memories of watching SCARECROW AND MRS. KING during its original network run and am glad that the series is finding its way back to audiences via DVD. If you are like me, you will find SCARECROW AND MRS. KING to be lighthearted escapist fun and highly entertaining.

The premise of SCARECROW AND MRS. KING finds a suburban divorcee named Amanda King (Kate Jackson) caught up in international intrigue and spies, after a chance encounter with Lee Stetson (Bruce Boxleitner) on an Amtrak platform. As it turns out, Lee is an operative codenamed "Scarecrow," who works for an unnamed government agency, and happens to be on the run from foreign agents, when he encounters Amanda. Although she is armed with the skills of a typical suburban housewife, Amanda proves herself invaluable to Lee during this particular mission, which results in being recruited by the agency to assist Scarecrow in various other missions. On a weekly basis, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING finds the experienced government agent and his "rookie partner" taking on various threats, both foreign and domestic, while at the same time playing with the inevitable romantic entanglements that always develop on television shows. The regular cast of SCARECROW AND MRS. KING also featured Beverly Garland, Mel Stewart and Martha Smith.

SCARECROW AND MRS. KING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON ($40) comes to DVD in a five-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired during year three: A Lovely Little Affair, We're Off To See The Wizard, Over The Limit, Tail Of The Dancing Weasel, Welcome To America, Mr. Brand, Sour Grapes, Utopia Now, Reach For The Sky, J. Edgar's Ghost, Flight To Freedom, The Wrong Way Home, Fast Food For Thought, One Bear Dances, One Bear Doesn't, Playing For Keeps, The Pharoah's Engineer, The Truimvirate, The Eyes Have It, Wrong Number, The Boy Who Could Be King, Dead Men Leave No Trails, Three Little Spies and All The World's A Stage.

Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise SCARECROW AND MRS. KING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The picture quality of the episodes in this collection appears similar to preceding sets. Everything looks good, and is highly watchable, but the picture continues to give the impression that the episodes are taken from some sort of existing master, and not something created specifically for DVD release. Sharpness and detail are fine, but not outstanding, even of standard definition. Colors are bright and attractive, with nice looking flesh tones. Blacks are deep, while the whites appear clean. The contrast has eighties television cinematography flatness. The elements from which the episodes are mastered show some bits of debris, but it is never excessive. Digital compression artifacts are not a concern.

All of the episodes that constitute SCARECROW AND MRS. KING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON feature Dolby Digital monaural 1.0 soundtracks. Being a 1980’s television production, the sound quality on these episodes is somewhat dated. Sound effects were designed for reproduction on tinny television speakers, and prove to be thin and sometimes unconvincing on a home theater system. Additionally, music can be a bit hollow and shrill. Dialogue is crisp and completely understandable. Fortunately, most of the background hiss and other audible anomalies have been cleaned up in the mastering process, which leaves the sound with an overall smooth quality. No other language tracks have been included on the disc, but English and French subtitles are provided. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode/scene selection and set up features. No extra materials have been included with the twenty-two episodes.

SCARECROW AND MRS. KING remains a breezy escapist delight that will tickle fans on DVD.


Scarecrow And Mrs. King: The Complete Third Season (1985)



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