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Saved by the Bell: Seasons 3 & 4 (1991)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Zack's Birthday Party (Peter Engel) Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Executive Producer Engel provides some insight on the beloved "Malibu Sands" episodes. Starts off the track with some trivia on the beach club, namely that the same location was used on "Beverly Hills 90210." Engel also describes the difficulty of bringing a 4-camera sitcom to a "real" location. Shooting on the beaches of Santa Monica provided days of overcast and frigid temperatures, a far cry from the studio setting at NBC. The commentary is by no means scene-specific, but does provide a nice overview of the 6 beach episodes.
Commentary 2: Fake I.D.'s (Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins & Lark Voorhies) Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
A Very warm and inviting commentary from the trio of Dennis, Lark, and Dustin. They sound like old friends reminiscing about the "good old" days. Dennis gives some good trivia about the writers and creator (who they rarely saw). It's very interesting to learn that the cast would do the whole show, without an audience, before lunch. In the afternoon of taping day, the audience would arrive and create a "Pep Rally" atmosphere. The remainder of the track is spent pointing out anachronisms ("Look at that Cell Phone!") and dishing on favorite guest stars (Mr. Testaverde and Patrick Muldoon, for example). Mr. Haskins relief that the series came back from the beach to do more "Bayside" episodes is particularly funny.
Commentary 3: The Last Weekend (Peter Engel & Dustin Diamond) Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Sadly, this track only features Peter Engel. No "Screech" to help fill-in the silent patches. It's another track devoted to the "Malibu Sands" episodes. So, much of the information found on the first commentary is repeated. The majority of Engel's comments are simply repeating lines from the episode and reiterating character "tropes" that any fan of the show is familiar with (AC Slater is a fan of the ladies).
Commentary 4: All in the Mall (Peter Engel) Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Peter Engel goes solo on this track concerning one of the beloved "adventure" episodes. Where the gang ditches Bayside High and bring their hilarious exploits to the outside world. Usually, Engel resorts to rhetorical questions regarding the plot ("What ridiculuos outfit will Screech show up in?"). It's particularly annoying to fans like myself, who have seen every episode 20 times in Syndication. But here Engel does provide great stories about the casting of Mark-Paul, Dustin Diamond, and the original iterations of Lisa Turtle as a character. Out with the "Jewish, Long Island Princess" and in with the sassy, fashionable Turtle we Love. You also find out the reason for Elizabeth Berkley's absence from this episode. This track is the best one involving Engel, Nasal voice notwithstanding.
Commentary 5: No Hope with Dope (Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins & Lark Voorhies) Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Peter Engel joins the trio of cast members on this track. As mentioned, "No hope with dope" is the second "very special" episode dealing with drug abuse. Great stories are told about Eddie Garcia, the teen heart throb with a terrible secret ("Johnny Dakota" was Tiffany's boyfriend)! You find out what "TTC" means, that Kathy Ireland was nearly the school nurse, and uncover some dirt on the "atmosphere" players. That is, the background characters that populated Bayside. One of the best tracks in the set, there is rarely any "dead air" throughout the episode.
Commentary 6: Rockumentary (Peter Engel, Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins & Lark Voorhies) Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Another fun track with all 4 participants. Elizabeth Berkley's 2nd Absent episode, following a knee injury. Lots of time is devoted to mocking the fake singing voices used for this "mockumentary" episode. If there is a running theme to the tracks in this set, it is the constant ragging on the "dated" attire. It can be tiresome, but there's no denying the chemistry with this group. Dennis Haskins continues to strike me as the coolest "Principal," both on and off the show. He dishes about his previous life as a musician, and teases his co-stars for having to go to class; while he could sleep in and come to work late.
Commentary 7: Mystery Weekend (Dustin Diamond) Rating:4.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Solo track from Dustin ("Screech") on the first episode shot on a set other than Bayside High. Occasional wisecracks with some insight mixed in, in addition to some spells of silence. It was nice to learn of the acquaintances of the maid, Jeanette. It's too bad Lark or Peter Engel couldn't join Dustin for this track (as Mr. Belding doesn't appear in this episode). There is really not too much to be said.