Magnum, P.I. (1982) - The Complete Third Season

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Drama / Mystery
Universal || NR - 1119 minutes - $49.98 || January 31st, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-02-20

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Director: NA
Writer(s): Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Glen A. Larson (created by)
Cast: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Theatrical Release Date: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • Bonus Episode: "Letter to a Duchess" from Season Four

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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The third season of "Magnum, P.I." is on par with the previous two seasons and although each episode isn't very distinguishable from the other, they're still entertaining. This particular season gives focus to each of the main characters: Magnum, Rick, T.C. and Higgins with the latter getting a few episodes expanding on his past. What I enjoyed about the show (not only this season) are both the banter between Magnum, his pals and Higgins but the ultimate respect they have for each other despite their differences.

The season offers up 22 episodes on 3, double-dised discs. The episodes include: "Did You See the Sunrise?", "Ki'ls Don' Lie", "The Eighth Part of the Village', "Past Tense", "Black on White", "Flashback" (an interesting episode where Magnum gets trapped in 1936), "Foiled Again" (Higgins is accused of murder), "Mr. White Death", "Mixed Doubles", "Almost Home", "Heal Thyself", "Of Sound Mind", "The Arrow That is Not Aimed", "Basket Case", "Birdman of Budapest", "I Do?", "Forty Years from Sand Island", "Legacy from a Friend", "Two Birds of a Feather", "...But Its Cover", "The Big Blow", "Faith and Begorrah" (some more insight into Higgins).

For me, the shows aren't all that different from the previous seasons but it's still fun to see Magnum and the trouble he'll get in from episode to episode. Like "Monk", the storylines aren't all too complicated -- although "Magnum" is a tad more unpredictable -- but the characters are why we watch and find it interesting.


I don't bother complaining anymore when it comes to Universal TV DVDs as they do not offer up any special features. No commentary, featurettes, intereviews... nothing. Oh well.

What they do include is the bonus episode, "Letter to a Duchess", a funny episode filled with hyjinx and misunderstandings. Of course, as a fan of the show, I'll no doubt see it when season four is released in April ('06).



Considering its age, I expectations with the picture and sound aren't that high. The picture, of course, has noticeable grains, specs of dirt showing age and is presented in full screen (this is the only time I don't mind FS since that is how it was shot) but it's not distracting. In fact, while the lighting seems dim at times, the beautiful on set Hawaii locale still looks very good.

Like the picture, sound-wise "Magnum, P.I." is fine but there's no need to use the surround sound as it is only a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. Again, it would be unfair to criticize a show that aired more than 20 years ago to have sub-standard picture or sound... So long as it's not distracting, I'm fine with it.


Even though I still hope that Universal will change their ways and give this classic TV series the treatment it deserves (cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes, etc), but if you're a fan, you'd be nuts not to pick this up. "Magnum, P.I." is a show that one can sit back, relax and just enjoy.