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Arrested Development: Seasons 1-3 (2013)

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  • Actors: Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter, Jason Bateman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CE4L28E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Season One:
-All 22 Season One Episodes — Plus the never-aired extended pilot
-Audio commentaries on selected episodes
-Ron Howard's inside look at Arrested Development
-The Museum of Television & Radio cast panel discussion
-"Breaking Ground: Behind the Scenes of Arrested Development" Featurette
-Deleted/extended scenes
-Original songs by David Schwarz

Season Two:
-All 18 Season Two episodes
-Audio Commentary on selected episodes
-Deleted/extended scenes
-"Season One in 3 minutes” overview
-Blooper reel
-Campaign videos from
-“The Immaculate Election” episode

Season Three:
-All 13 Season Three Episodes
-Audio Commentaries By Series Creator Mitchell Hurwitz and Stars Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat And Jessica Walter
-Deleted/Extended Scenes
-Hilarious Blooper Reel
-Exclusive Featurette “The Last Day On Location”

Editorial Reviews

Season One (3 discs)

In this critically acclaimed hit sitcom, you'll meet the suddenly penniless, and equally clueless, Bluth family. Accustomed to their wildly affluent lifestyle, they can't seem to grasp the fact that now the head of the family (Jeffrey Tambor) is in the slammer for shifty accounting practices — and he's loving every minute of it. Even worse, since the family assets have been frozen, they may actually have to go out and get jobs! The only one who understands the seriousness of their predicament is Michael (Jason Bateman), who realizes it's up to him to guide his eccentric family into this new chapter of their lives: Chapter 11.

Audio: English Dolby Surround
Language: Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1

Season Two (3 disc)

In this 5 time Emmy®-winning comedy's hilarious second season, Michael Bluth, once again determined to be free of his dysfunctional family, packs up the car and his son George-Michael and heads for Arizona. But he's soon pulled over by the police who tell him that his father, George Sr., has broken out of prison. Due to the company's shady business deal with Iraq, Michael could face prison time, so he returns home to clear his name even as George Sr. secretly flees to Mexico, Tobias decides to be an understudy for the Blue Man Group, and Lucille begins a torrid affair with her husband's twin brother, Oscar. Arrested Development Season 3 will begin airing this fall on FOX.

Audio: English Dolby Surround
Language: Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1

Season Three (2 discs)

In this Emmy®-winning comedy's hilarious third season, Michael Bluth finally realizes that it's his Uncle Oscar serving time in prison, not his father. Reluctant to spring Oscar due to the effect it may have on the family business, Michael decides that the only fair thing to do is to find his father and place him under house arrest. Yet once found, George Sr. insists he was tricked into working with the Iraqis, leaving Michael no choice but to investigate his father's outrageous claim. But it isn't until Michael and Buster go to Iraq on a rescue mission to save Gob that the depth of the devious plot is revealed...and Michael learns which family member is the real brains behind all the madness.

Audio: English Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
Language: Subtitles: English, Spanish
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1

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269 of 276 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Funniest TV Comedies (Complete) November 8, 2006
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's rocky history is well known. Loved by critics and its fans, it fought to find an audience, and its final season was a short affair. However, the ride from the shows premier (included uncensored and expanded along with the aired version) to its conclusion (and, YES, it has a conclusion) is hilarious and worth many returns. There are so many jokes and resonating gags that multiple viewings are REQUIRED, but your first visit to the world of the spoiled Bluth family will be a reward for unfamiliar viewers.

Here are three seasons of laughs. The series begins with the arrest of the Bluth patriarch and continues as the clan's only responsible member, Michael (portrayed by Jason Bateman), tries to keep the family's business afloat while his mother, siblings, and other family members selfishly grab for every freebie and dollar. His mother, Lucille, is a cold, controlling alcoholic whose loyalty to her family keeps her one step from pure villainy. His siblings include an older brother, Gob, a magician (of little skill), a younger brother, Buster, a mama's boy who eventually loses a body part to a nasty seal, and a sister whose marriage is ... complicated. Throw in a long-suffering son infatuated with his cousin and an uncle who is the twin of his father, and you can see how complicated Michael's life becomes.

Not your average family, not your average TV comedy (this is NOT a sitcom performed live in front of a studio audience but is filmed more like a documentary with the camera floating around like an unseen voyeur -- think the old comedy series SOAP updated a la THE OFFICE). The jokes come fast and furious. It's all absurd and incredibly entertaining.
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134 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV show ever December 4, 2006
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I'm not usually one for superlatives or hyperbole, but this truly is the best TV show I know of. It's clever, it's hilarious, it's self-referential, it's perfectly written and flawlessly acted, it dragged me along from episode to episode like some kind of addict. And when it was over -- I mean, really really over -- I felt a bittersweet mixture of the loss of future possible episodes and a total satisfaction in having been well and thoroughly entertained.

As for the DVD set, in my mind, the only reason to own a TV series on DVD is if I feel I'll watch the shows again and again. And with these, there is no question in my mind. There's more to them than you can usually get in one viewing, and they just get better each time. The only concern for me is whether I should buy an extra set in case my primary set gets damaged. It's THAT good.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I laughed myself to death", an understatement November 27, 2006
FOX really hit a wall by cancelling one of TV's most promising shows. It's always depressing watching a good thing go up in flames and well, viewers can thank Rupert Murdoch and his excellent team at FOX for this. Then again, if they brought back the horrendously repetitive Family Guy, it shouldn't be a problem bringing back something of this caliber, which by the way is absolute excellence.

What else is there to say?

With some of the best writing in television since the early days of Seinfeld, Mitchell Hurwitz is an absolute genius making Arrested Development one of the best shows to hit television airwaves. Narrator Ron Howard fittingly tells the story of each episode with humor and a colliding sense of foreshadowing that has expectations running high for hilarious disasters to ensue.

Jason Bateman plays Michael Bluth, a family man and widower of his late wife, who comes into the business after his father, George Sr.(Jeffrey Tambor) is incarcerated for an Enron-esque scandal. The surrounding family, whose cast includes the equally exhilerating David Cross alongside newer faces Will Arnett and Michael Cera, adds ridiculous subplots that blend a healthy mixture of realism and surrealism.

Each episode somehow tops the predessesor and it's impossible to try to understand how a show of this magnitude and comedic epic was able to be taken away. Perhaps buying this DVD will help bring it back and as sorry as I am to say that the DVD enticed me into the television show, hopefully the same can be said of you reading this now.

More buyers means more viewers...

Come one, come all!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best watched from beginning to end December 4, 2006
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The Nielsen ratings did a huge dis-service to the writers, cast, crew, Fox and the viewing audience, by having this show culled prematurely.

This is without doubt one of the most original, entertaining and genuinely funny TV shows you will ever see. It's utterly addictive, to boot.

Given that Friends aired for ten years, it's a mystery why Arrested was given only two and a half. A crime.

You will not be disappointed!

Buy and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never again December 4, 2006
Never again can I imagine loving a show more than I do this one. It was with the saddest of hearts that I learned of its impending cancellation. After it went off the air I no longer had any shows that I made it a point to watch, other than The Office. No matter how many times I watch these episodes I catch something new. Something that turned out to be foreshadowing a future event in a later episode, a callback to a previous episode that I hadn't caught before, or just more hilarious lines that I couldn't hear over my own laughter. You can not possibly go wrong with buying this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More magical than an Alliance of Magicians demanding to be taken...
Buying this will definitely not be a huge mistake. I had originally watched it all online in a weekend, but it was taken offline. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Rowhawdess
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES!
Published 1 month ago by WICKEDMORT
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm hearing impaired. The closed cations went by so ...
I'm hearing impaired. The closed cations went by so fast I couldn't keep up with dialogue. I quit watching it
Published 1 month ago by greg
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Arrested Development, do it.
If you don't have Netflix, you need this. I bought it, and it was the best decision ever.
Published 1 month ago by Connor Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really fun black humor! Great show.
Published 3 months ago by William G. Troiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good special features for an incredible show
My wife and I watched the series in the space of a couple weeks -- I could not believe how funny and addicting it was. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest TV comedy ever
After countless viewings this series still delivers laughs every time. As smart, tightly scripted and well acted as any comedy may ever be. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Scheld
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift
Great TV show. Saw the box set for a great price so had to get it. I would recommend it!
Published 5 months ago by Cynthia
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I got the set of this as a gold box deal.
I, myself, have had trouble on other sets with missing discs, but never damaged discs. I sure hope, when I receive my set in the mail, that none of the discs are damaged. If they are, I will return the entire set for a full refund. The marks that you noticed on your set, where they teeth... Read More
Jun 17, 2013 by zero zero zero |  See all 2 posts
Same or Different from prior DVD releases
I didn't have the original releases, but this new release seems to have everything the old one listed. It's a really great, matching set, with each season coming in a standard DVD case. All of the episodes are in widescreen and most of the special features are fullscreen. I believe the original... Read More
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