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SCARECROW AND MRS. KING remains a personal favorite amongst 1980's television series. It was wonderful escapist fare, a breezy spy drama, laced with a sweet comic, romantic filling. However, due to actress Kate Jackson having health issues during season four, which limited her appearances, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING ended up being canceled as a result of declining ratings. Having run only four seasons, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING was only able to produce a total of eighty-eight episodes; thusly, the series fell short of the magic number of episode for a successful syndication package. Since SCARECROW AND MRS. KING produced a limited number of episodes, the series has been not as widely seen as it might have been. Still, there are many that have fond memories of the series, which has now found its way back to fans in its entirety via DVD release.

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 civilian 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 FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON ($40) comes to DVD in a five-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired during year four: Stemwinder, Part 1, Stemwinder, Part 2, Unfinished Business, No Thanks For The Memory, It's In The Water, Night Crawler, Billy's Lost Weekend, Photo Finish, The Man Who Died Twice, Need To Know, Santa's Got A Brand New Bag, Any Number Can Play, Promises To Keep, Rumors Of My Death, Bad Timing, Do You Take This Spy?, Mission Of Gold, One Flew East, All That Glitters, Suitable For Framing, A Matter Of Choice and The Khrushchev List.

Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise SCARECROW AND MRS. KING: THE COMPLETE FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The picture quality for the episodes contained in this final collection appears similar to the preceding sets. Standard definition image quality is fairly crisp and clear- certainly pleasing to fans. Colors appear with a nice level of saturation, and fairly attractive flesh tones. Blacks are accurate, while the whites are pretty crisp. As expected, contrast displays 1980's television cinematography flatness. The elements from which the episodes are mastered show some bits of debris, but it is never excessive. Film grain is fairly noticeable in places. Digital compression artifacts are not a concern.

All of the episodes that constitute SCARECROW AND MRS. KING: THE COMPLETE FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON feature Dolby Digital monaural 1.0 soundtracks. The sound is workmanlike, but perfectly acceptable. But then again, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING being a 1980’s television production, the sound quality of these episodes was never exceptional to begin with. Sound effects and music come across as thin and somewhat uninspired. However, 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 wonderful escapist fare that will please fans on DVD.


Scarecrow and Mrs King: Complete Fourth Season



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