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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Blu-Ray Review

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   mattCR


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Posted October 16 2012 - 09:14 AM






As a whole, we’re talking a few seconds out of each episode.. but it’s enough that I can’t really give it the equivalent of a “B”


Audio Quality 4.5/5


While I think something went wrong with the video, something definitely went right with the audio.   Presented in DTS-MA 5.1, the audio mix here is incredibly effective for a television series.  Clear movements of creatures from the rear forward and vice versa give you a great soundstage and make this a joy to listen to.    For while I disappointed with the video quality, the audio quality can snap you back into a title with great special effect sequences that absolutely work.


Extras: 2.5 / 5


The Producers Pages – 23 Minutes – This is a series of short features about the production of the series.  It’s a passable behind-the-scenes featurette.


The Original Vampires – 22 Minutes – This is one of the more confused extras on a disc in a while.  It apparently was originally thought to be one thing, and then along the way it became something else.   This is not really the story of the original vampires, it’s more a story of how composition in the writing room comes together.


Decent Into Darkness – 10 Minutes – This is a catch-up featurette, taking you from Stefan’s fall in Season 2 to his character arc in Season 3, and why it happened.


Favorite Scenes – 19 Minutes – a highlight reel.  Yes, a highlight reel with as near as I can tell no real changes from the show you just watched.


Unaired Scenes: a few episodes have extra sequences “Ordinary People” “Our Town” and “All My Children”


Conclusion: 3 / 5


You know, I had debated a lot how to rank this.   The problem I boil down to is a simple one: people buy a show or a series because they like the storyline.   The storyline of Season 3 was not very effective and as a result, it significantly lowers my interest in recommending this on.   The other problem is that the video quality is simply not what it should be for a series that originally aired in HD.  In the end, if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll pick it up.   But it’s hard to put a real recommend on it as it sits for those who watch passively.   At best, give it a rent – after you’ve caught up on Season 2.  And, for those who are fans of the show, Season 3 isn’t on the same level as Season 2.


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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted November 19 2012 - 08:16 AM

After reviewing the second season last year, I was looking forward to this third season, but felt the show really jumped the shark early on in this third season, and only occasionally watch the current fourth season.

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