DVD Review: Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Third Season

 Sleepy Hollow was created by Len Wiseman, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Phillip Iscove. The third season stars Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Nicole Beharie as Special Agent Abbie Mills; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills; Shannyn Sossamon as Pandora; Zach Appelman as Joe Corbin; Lance Gross as Special Agent Daniel Reynolds; Jessica Camacho as Special Agent Sophie Foster; Nikki Reed as Betsy Ross; and Peter Mensah as The Hidden One.

Nine months after Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) parted ways, they reunite when Abbie, now an FBI agent, returns to Sleepy Hollow to release an imprisoned Crane. The two Witnesses face all-new dangers, including a demon who kills anyone with a dark secret, an undead army, and a horrifying beast with ties to Jenny Mills. But the arrival of a mysterious woman named Pandora brings the most terrifying threat of all. After she uses Abbie and Crane to resurrect “The Hidden One,” a seemingly invincible god, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, leading to the series’ most shocking climax so far.

Out with the old and in with the new. Crane and Abbie finally defeat the Headless Horseman and shortly after that the mysterious Pandora shows up with her evil box of power. Pandora was the main nemesis this season but the heroes also had to battle new monsters like the Tooth Fairy, Jersey Devil, Banshee, and even a Wendigo. Abbie and Jenny even get to meet their long lost father who comes with a few surprises. It’s an uncomfortable family reunion in the beginning but the sisters realize their father has been living with some deep regrets. Oh yeah, Joe also finds out he’s got a dark side to him. Anyway, each battle gets Crane and the gang closer to Pandora who is unleashing the box’s evil power upon the small town of Sleepy Hollow which eventually leads her to summoning The Hidden One, an ancient god-like demon that also happens to be her hubby. Without spoiling it, these two don’t really get along very well. The heroes are put to the ultimate test with the arrival of these new enemies but in the end, they find a way to stop them. New relationships are explored and uneasy alliances are formed. Sadly, it also comes a sacrifice.

Okay, Sleepy Hollow has been on my watch list from the very beginning and continues to be one of my favorite shows on television. This fast-paced third season went in a new direction with the arrival of Pandora and her magical box of tricks. The writing/storytelling for this series continued to be interesting along with the amazing cast that’s the heart and soul of this fun supernatural drama. The stories mix some historical events with fantasy and it’s executed seamlessly. There’s a lot of good chemistry with this amazing cast that does such a fantastic job with their characters. I’ve completely invested myself with these amazing characters and love watching them go on their new adventures and battle it out with the forces of evil. This is also why it hurt so much to say farewell to the ones we lost this season. One in particular. Talk about a tear jerker! Anyway, more standouts for the series are the amazing cinematography as well as the impressive special effects. All of the monsters that show up look crazy cool and down right scary at times. To me, Sleepy Hollow is like an episodic dose of Indiana Jones that’s mixed with elements of horror.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season three details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features the episode titles that are included on each disc. Each disc also includes some artwork. There’s also an insert for the fourth season that premieres Friday, January 6th. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Third Season that continued the supernatural adventures of the legendary Ichabod Crane and his partner Abbie Mills as they battle the forces of evil. This season also expanded the dark little world this small group of heroes live in and I thought they did a great job with that. I’ve been a big fan of this series from the very beginning and each season has been able to keep things fresh and offer up something new for the viewer while keeping just enough familiarity to the original concept. They never stray too far away. This season proved to be the most exciting for the heroes but it was also deadly because it came with a shocking sacrifice. As the old saying goes, with each ending comes a new beginning, so it looks like Crane is off to Washington, D.C. at the end of this season. I wonder what the feds have in store for him? This five-disc DVD set released on January 3rd and is the perfect way to get the fans (aka Sleepy Heads) all caught up and ready for the fourth season that premieres Friday, January 6th on FOX.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 5 Discs / 18 Episodes / 828 Minutes

Rated: TV-14

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: There’s not much but we do get some deleted scenes and a gag reel with this release.

  • Deleted Scenes (34:27)
  • Gag Reel (04:27)

 

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