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Having an eight seasons run on The WB, CHARMED was the last of the supernaturally themed series of 1990s to leave the airwaves for good. This reviewer continued to enjoy the show for its babe factor, even though the eye candy was far from the only reason to watch the series. For my money, what made CHARMED worth watching was the fact that the series was escapist fun that mixed various genres of television entertainment into a witchís brew that generally resolved all evils in a sixty-minute time slot. Even when the storylines seemed to be at their darkest, the powers that be behind CHARMED always seemed to be applying a light touch to the material, thus keeping it from becoming too weighed down in unnecessary baggage.

For anyone not yet familiar with the basic premise of CHARMED, the series is concerned with the Halliwell sisters, better known as The CHARMED Ones, the three most powerful witches the world has ever known. On a weekly basis, the Halliwell sisters use their powers to protect the innocent and fight against the forces of darkness. CHARMED stars Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell, who has the gift of second sight, Holly Marie Combs is her older sister Piper Halliwell, who can freeze time, and finally, Rose McGowan is half sister Paige Matthews, whose half witch/half white lighter abilities brings a new dimension to the fight against evil. The season six cast of CHARMED also features Dorian Gregory as Police Inspector Darryl Morris and Drew Fuller as a mysterious, magical newcomer named Chris.

CHARMED: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON ($50) comes to DVD in a six-disc set, which features all twenty-one of the episodes (including a two-part season premiere and finale) that were aired during that year. The twenty-one featured episodes are as follows: Valhalley Of The Dolls Parts 1 & 2, Forget Me... Not, The Power Of Three Blondes, Love's A Witch, My Three Witches, Soul Survivor, Sword And The City, Little Monsters, Chris-Crossed, Witchstock, Prince Charmed, Used Karma, The Legend Of Sleepy Halliwell, I Dream Of Phoebe, The Courtship Of Wyatt's Father, Hyde School Reunion, Spin City, Crimes And Witch-Demeanors, A Wrong Day's Journey Into Right, Witch Wars and It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World Par s 1 & 2. Season six finds The Charmed Ones falling into Norse and Arthurian mythology; having a visitor from their future help reshape their destinies; having to face the consequences of their powers exposed to the world, not to mention, facing dark mirror images of themselves.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made all twenty-one episodes from CHARMED: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON available on DVD in the proper full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The episodes are pretty much on par with what we have seen in the previous sets. The episodes look better than syndication, but this still isnít the best-looking television series on DVD. The image is pretty sharp and offers more than respectable definition. Sure some shots are a little softer than others, but it all holds up well enough. Colors are fairly vibrant and produce natural looking flesh tones. Blacks are deep, whites are stable and contrast remains at the television level. The film elements from which the episodes have been transferred appear clean and free from noticeable flaws. Noticeable film grain crops up across the episodes. Digital compression artifacts remain pretty well contained.

All the episodes that are featured on CHARMED: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON come with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel soundtracks, which decode to standard surround. 5.1 would have certainly sounded better, but the sound quality is just fine for the talky aspects of the show. The sound mixes have all the limitations of something originally intended for broadcast, with the front channels being completely dominant and the rears offering little beyond ambient and musical fill. Fidelity is more than adequate for the musical component, which sounds just fine. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. A French language track has also been provided on the DVD, although no subtitles are included. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features. No additional content has been provided.

Into its sixth season, CHARMED continued to offer fans a whole lot supernatural fun. Paramountís DVD collection looks and sounds better than syndicated broadcasts and has the added benefit of no commercials. If you are a fan, CHARMED: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON will be going on your witch list.



Charmed - The Complete Sixth Season



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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