The Dukes of Hazzard: Complete Third Season (1980-81)
Not Rated Warner | 1135 min.

Review By: Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012

Plot: What’s it about?

Bo (John Schneider) and his cousin Luke (Tom Wopat) live in Hazzard County, on land owned by their Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle). Bo and Luke are good, honest boys who love to drive fast and keep the local authorities in check. Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) runs the county from his desk, thanks to his rich bank account and stake in land in the area. He uses his influence to squeeze cash from the locals, however he can. Hogg doesn’t stop at legal methods either, instead he cooks up crooked plots to screw the locals out of what little resources they have. As Hogg is so powerful, little resistance is offered up and when there is some, the law steps in. Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane (James Best) is not just a shoddy lawman, he’s a corrupt one and does whatever Boss Hogg demands, since he lines his pockets. But most of Hogg’s schemes are undone, thanks to Bo and Luke, who take offense to his blatant abuse of the locals. Of course, Coltrane tries to use his position as a law officer to scare off the cousins, but they’re never worried. If a scheme is too tough even for them, they call in the beautiful Daisy (Catherine Bach) to lend a hand. The faster than fast General Lee glides them through chases and across cavernous jumps, while Coltrane is left fuming in the dust. But will the Duke boys ever run out of luck?

Those rascals Bo and Like are back, as Warner has issued the second season of everyone’s favorite redneck television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. This show was a blast back then and I had a blast revisiting these shows, each one packed with car stunts, moonshine, hayseed antics, and tons of laughs. I doubt we’d see a show like The Dukes of Hazzard these days, as the series had minimal depth and no real direction. The shows were just the same plot over and again, with some fresh faces to mix up viewers a little. But even so, The Dukes of Hazzard was a blast to watch and was consistent fun. The car chases, those wonderful stunt jumps, and of course, those short shorts of Daisy Duke’s. The Southern texture added a lot to the show too, with colorful characters and memorable dialogue. Where else but on this show would you find folks like Boss Hogg or Cooter, after all? In each episode, Bo and Luke discover some crooked plot and without fail, ruin all of the crooked fun. In other words, just good old fashioned television fun, basic and enjoyable episodes. The formula is thin at times, but all shows have hit and miss runs, so I see no reason to come down hard here. I know some folks don’t like the down-home, backwoods slant of the show, but I think it adds charm and personality. This third season offers some great episodes, including several hilarious twists, so the fun is constant here. I can’t wait for more seasons to arrive, but in the meantime, lets hope for more television shows from this era to reach DVD. As if you couldn’t tell already, The Dukes of Hazzard is highly, highly recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. These episodes look good, but have that special 70s visual presence, to be sure. If you stack these episodes against other 70s shows out there, I think they hold up well and while not excellent, the quality is a step up from reruns and the like. The prints look solid, with only minor grain and some small defects here & there, so the image isn’t as soft as I expected. I doubt you’ll confuse this with a newer series, but for what it is, the material looks good here. The colors haven’t worn much and contrast is still solid, so all in all, this show has been given an acceptable visual treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included mono tracks ensure these episodes sound much like they would have on television, which is about all you can ask from this release. The sound effects & music come through well here, no age related issues surface and I was pleased with the overall clarity involved. If you’ve never seen the show, the music is very twangy and sounds cool, which is why I am so glad it sounds good here. I had no problems with the dialogue either, as vocals were smooth & crisp at all times. This release also includes English, French, and Spanish subtitles, just in case you might need those at some point.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The best of the supplements on this release is Bo, Luke & Daisy: Just Good Ole Friends, a twenty minute interview with three of the show’s main players. This is a candid, quite personal discussion in which the three talk about the series and how it created, but also their lives after the show ended. This is a wonderful piece that no fan will want to miss, just a well crafted interview session. The three also provide an introduction to the season, which is also a welcome inclusion. This release is also home to a video commentary session, as the three stars sit down to talk about the episode titled And In This Corner. Again, the trio seems relaxed and provides a lot of great inside information on the series. The final supplement is a featurette with series creator Gy Waldron, who tells us all about the Dukes Family Tree.

Disc Features
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 4 Disc Set
The Dukes of Hazzard: Complete Third Season

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