'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - The Third Season'
(Melissa Joan Hart, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1996) 2007 / Paramount)
Overview: When Sabrina Spellman is informed by her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, that she is a witch on her 16th birthday, she is hesitant to believe them. Having been sent to live with them in Massachusetts by her Warlock father and mortal mother, Sabrina learns the tricks of magic in order to receive her witch's license. Along the way, she gets into many scrapes while figuring out how certain spells work.
DVD Verdict: I used to watch this show when I was younger and I remember being really into it, which is why I bought the first season. Here now into the third season (on DVD) and it is all still so better than I remembered. Each episode is so hilareous due to clever writing and a witty cast. Libby, the mean popular girl, is by far one of the funniest characters and the things Sabrina does to get back at her are hugely entertaining. The Aunts are some of the best supporting characters in sitcom history.
My family and I watched the whole third season sitting in three days! We became semi-addicted to it, plus it flys by so fast. Each episode is paced so well that it's not to fast, but it never gets boring. It's a perfect blend of everything you could want in a family friendly sitcom. This is not just for kids or teens, it's for everyone. I can't wait until Season 4 gets released in 2008 ... and then I hope Paramount eventually releases the entire series quickly thereafter.
The worst thing about this release is that there are no bonus features. Not even a commentary or a cast retrospective. It would have been nice to have Melissa Joan Hart come back and talk a little bit about the show. I mean, it was such a big part of her life. Also, as you'd by now expect, some of the music isn't original due to copyright issues. I can't remember any of the original music from when I used to watch the show, but I didn't think any of the songs sounded out of place, so for the average viewer like me, it shouldn't distract from your enjoyment of the DVDs.
Here in Season 3 some of the highlights include an outrageous Hallwoeen episode, and a finale set in Hawaii, where the family secret is revealed! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.