20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Extras: Comentaries, Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes,Screen Tests, Still Gallery
What is generally considered the best season of the show, is now available on DVD for the first time. ’Angel: Season 3’ has some true series highlights and also marks some technical innovations as this was the first installment of the series to be produced and broadcast in widescreen format. The story arch is well developed and features some great surprises, such as the return of Darla and Groosalug.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment did a great job bringing this seaso nto DVD. The image is absolutely clean and free of defects and the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is rich with detail and powerful colors. Blacks are solid and deep. It is important to note, though, that this season in particular is very dark. Make sure you have your TV set up properly or you may not be able to see clean black levels and shadow detail here.
The audio reproduction of the series is clean and also free of blemishes, however it lacks brilliance somewhat. While basses are well reproduced it is the sparkle and transparency that usually gives a track its life, and this sparks is somewhat missing from the track. Still it is definitely a serviceable presentation and the limitations stem from the original elements, and not so much the actual DVD.
The DVD is filled with commentary tracks for various episodes as well as a selection of deleted scenes and outtakes. A featurette, entitled ’Darla: Deliver Us From Evil’ can also be found on the release, offering additional information on the character. A season overview is also included and a segment called ’Page to screen,’ in which the filmmakers show the various steps a show has to go through from conception to completion. The DVD set is rounded out with a still gallery and screen tests.
’Angel: Season 3’ is definitely a worthy addition to the two existing DVD sets. Without notable flaws and filled with extras, this is the season you do want to see. For fans there’s simply no way around it, and given its attractive price point, this is the best ’Angel’ has ever looked and sounded on your TV.