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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » King of the Hill: Season 3
King of the Hill: Season 3
Fox // Unrated // December 28, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 30, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"King of the Hill" is animator/director Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butthead", "Office Space")'s current animated series, which is currently in its ninth season on Fox. The show features the adventures of Texas family the Hills: father Hank (voiced by Judge), wife Peggy (Kathy Najimy), daughter Luanne (Brittany Murphy) and son Bobby (Pamela Segall).

Although I've never been among the show's hardcore following (I've thought it was inconsistent - that, and Peggy Hill can often be one of the most annoying characters on television), but there are times when Judge latches onto a terrific idea and creates inspired situations for the characters. There's several highlights in this Emmy-winning season of the series, including "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men", where Hank and his friends lead an upset focus group when they find that his favorite lawn mower is about to be replaced by a new model; "Three Coaches and a Bobby", where Hank regrets bringing his old football coach in to coach Bobby's team and "Return to La Grunta", where Hank gets "attacked" by a dolphin.

36. Death of a Propane Salesman (2)
37. They Call It Bobby Love
38. Peggy's Headache
39. Pregnant Paws
40. Next of Shin
41. Peggy's Pageant Fever
42. Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men
43. Good Hill Hunting
44. Pretty, Pretty Dresses
45. A Fire Fighting We Will Go
46. To Spank with Love
47. Three Coaches & a Bobby
48. De-Kahnstructing Henry
49. The Wedding of Bobby Hill
50. Sleight of Hank
51. Return to La Grunta
52. Escape from Party Island
53. Love Hurts and So Does Art
54. Hank's Cowboy Movie
55. Dog Dale Afternoon
56. Revenge of the Lutefisk
57. Death and Texas
58. Wings of the Dope
59. Take Me out of the Ball Game
60. As Old as the Hills (1)

The episodes are presented across three dual-sided, single-layered DVDs.


The DVD

VIDEO: "King of the Hill" is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The picture quality remained perfectly fine throughout, as episodes looked very similar to broadcast quality. Sharpness and detail were fine, as the details of the animation were clearly visible.

The presentation did show a little bit of shimmering and some slight traces of pixelation, but no edge enhancement was noticed and the elements used seemed to be in fine shape. Colors remained bright and vivid, with solid saturation and no smearing.

SOUND: "King of the Hill" is presented in Dolby 2.0 English and Spanish. Sound quality was fine, as dialogue seemed clear and well-recorded, as did sound effects and music.

EXTRAS: Surprisingly, nothing.

Final Thoughts: Although I'm not "King of the Hill"'s biggest fan, there are some solid episodes on this third season. Fox's DVD set offers fine audio/video quality, but I was surprised there were no supplements included. Recommended for fans of the series.

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