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'Dynasty: The Sixth Season'
(John James, John Forsythe, Gordon Thomson, Michael Nader, et al / 8-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / Paramount)

Overview: This hugely popular prime-time soap opera follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oilrich" family dynasties in Denver, CO, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth.

DVD Verdict: Wow, never expected to see this incredible series packaged in this manner! Ergo, Season 6 of the prime-time soap opera known as 'Dynasty' has just been released as a 2-Pack DVD Box-Set, factory-sealed together in Volume One and Volume Two stayle. Indeed, I hear that fans can actually purchase each pack (with 15 episodes each) separately or buy both DVD packs together (in this factory-sealed together manner.)

Anyway, moving onto the show itself, well, as noted before there are 30 episodes - with one being a two hour show that was split into two for syndication and was called 'The Titans.' Ssdly, this sixth season was the last for several cast members, including big names such as John James, Emma Samms, Catherine Oxenberg and Pamela Bellwood - who was an original cast member and who had come back in season five.

But therein, this is truly what season 6 of 'Dynasty' is known for re: 'The Colbys.' 'The Colbys was 'Dynasty's spin-off that starred most all those now mentioned above ie: John James, Emma Samms and a host of Hollywood royalty including Charlton Heston and Barbara Stanwyck. It also starred British actress Stephanie Beecham in the role of Sable Colby, Alexis' first cousin who stole every scene she was in. My goodness, did she! Beecham was fantastic, wonderfully-catty in all her scenes and ate her way through the script in delicious, soap opera style!

Here in season 6 of 'Dynasty,' each episode told a story - and good, rich, deep ones, at that. Most all dealt with both the arrivals of Blake's evil brother, Ben and Alexis' sister Caress - who had a secret bone to pick with her! Indeed, Alexis decided it was high time to destroy Blake once and for all! And it was she, after an exhaustive search in the Austalian outback, where she finally found his long-lost brother - and then brought him back to Denver to destroy the tycoon!

Another solid storyline featured a young Heather Locklear as Sammy Jo, intent on getting the money her father left her. But realizing since Krystal was the executor of the estate she couldn't get her hands on her money, she found a Krystal impersonator named Rita (with Linda Evans in a dual role, of course) and replaced Krystal with the impostor! Brilliant! Only in soap opera TV land too! Anyway, with help from maniacal Joe, they continued to keep the real Krystal captive in an attic - until the great escape!

SPOILER ALERT!!!! The grand finale shows us Claudia talking to herself at La Miarge, lighting candles as the hotel goes up in flames - with Dominique inside! Then we get Blake attempting to actually kill Alexis (because he found out she bought his brother out which eventually ruined him financially). Which left us with her last words to him (atop the Carrington stairwall), which have since gone down in soap opera TV land history: "Take all this junk, and your blond tramp, and get out of my home ..." Ahhh, they just don't write 'em like that any more! In a turn up for the books, 'Dynasty' actually finished ahead of 'Dallas' in the Nielsen Ratings this year of original TV airing! These are both Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but no Special Features.

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