Arrested Development: Season 1
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Bereft of money, and even less family love, the Bluths have to band together in their moment of need--not easy when everyone's looking out for number 1. In addition to his scabrous parents, Michael has to contend with his lothario older brother (Will Arnett), his basically useless younger brother (Tony Hale), his greedy twin sister (Portia DeRossi), and her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross). Michael's only comrade in sanity is his son George Michael (Michael Cera), but then again, the teenage boy harbors a secret crush on his cousin (Alia Shawkat). A peerless ensemble led by the brilliant Bateman (who ever knew he could be this good?), all the actors are pitch-perfect in their roles, delivering the dryly funny, sometimes absurdist dialogue with the speed and flair of classic farce. The unusual tone of Arrested Development takes a bit of getting used to--it's far different from anything you'll see on TV, even HBO--but once you buy in to the Bluths' innumerable dysfunctions, you'll be laughing your head off for hours.--Mark Englehart
- 22 season 1 episodes, plus the never-aired extended pilot
- "Breaking Ground: Behind the Scenes of Arrested Development" featurette
- Ron Howard's inside look at Arrested Development
- Deleted/extended scenes
- The Museum of Television & Radio cast panel discussion
- Original songs by David Schwarz
- "Arrested Development: The Making of a Future Classic" TV Land featurette
- "TV Land Awards: The Future Classic Award" featurette
- Promo spot
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AD features what is, far and away, the most original and imaginiative group of characters in TV history. While credit goes to the creators for that, it is the actors that truly make these characters work. The show is perfectly casted, with Will Arnett (GOB) and David Cross (Tobias) particularly shining. Jason Bateman has revived his career as Michael, best described as the least crazy one.
The poster who compared AD to Malcom in the Middle is off his/her rocker, and those who compare this show to Scrubs do it a great disservice. Scrubs, which I love, doesn't have the same creativity behind its plots; it's also much more jokey. AD is much more subtle and creative - and, in the ultimate compliment to a sitcom - even has shades of Seinfeld, where several plot lines will tie in at the end. Still, the show maintains its own identity, mixing original characters, witty dialogue and sometimes outrageous stories to perfection.
Through only one season, AD has quickly become one of my three favorite shows ever. The DVD is a no-brainer, day-of-release purchase that may even force me to use a vacation day...
For the price, even a simple compilation of the first 22 episodes (without any bonus material) would be a bargain. Instead, we're being treated to a top-notch assortment (16:9 aspect ratio, deleted/extended segments, interviews, commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and even the ability to listen to 29 original songs by David Schwartz).
For established fans, this is a dream collection. For the uninitiated, this is a golden opportunity to see what you've been missing. Either way, the decision to purchase this DVD set should be a no-brainer.
At the center of everything is Jason Bateman as genial widower Michael Bluth, the one sane member of a wealthy but deeply dysfunctional family, charged with holding it together after his corrupt father's incarceration. It's not easy, as Michael is surrounded by a collection of screwballs the likes of which you can scarcely imagine. Fortunately, the characters on Arrested Development are far more than just zany caricatures; they're all brilliantly drawn and distinctive, aided by some masterful performances from the show's cast. Yes, they're all isolated from reality and toxically self-absorbed, but the Bluth family still manages to come across as sympathetic. Michael's twin sister Lindsay (Portia de Rossi, who rarely fails to make my eyeballs bulge) is a pretentious "liberal activist" whose advocacy of fashionable causes is in sharp contrast to her vanity and terrible parenting.Read more ›
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One of the greatest seasons of television ever made. 'Nuff said.Published 2 months ago by William Rubens
Always amusing, and often brilliantly funny, inventive, surreal series about a rich family gone terribly wrong, and the one
sane one trying to hold things together. Read more
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|are this the old box sets or the new ones||
So the new "sets" are simply 3 separate clear cases for each season? That's what I received in the mail today, and I was curious whether this is how it's supposed to look. Usually when you buy a complete set of something, there's at least a cardboard sleeve or something to keep the 3... Read More
Dec 9, 2009 by Mama Bear | See all 6 posts
The Gold Box deal in December 2007 for the "Arrested Development - The Complete Seasons" set was $29.99. The Gold Box deal on December 16, 2008, was for $28.99, but it sold out early, which was predictable.
If you saw other Amazon prices/deals for $29.99, please do post a link here,... Read More
Dec 17, 2008 by John Williamson | See all 5 posts
|price went up?!?!||
It's amazing to me that you can buy all 3 seasons individually for $61--Amazon even recommends this when you look at an individual season--but the price for the set is currently $67.99. What the heck?!?!?!
Mar 3, 2009 by Ted | See all 12 posts
|This deal is incredible.||
I had a quick question. Does this deal send all three seasons in one box set or each individual season?
Dec 1, 2007 by Kosta | See all 7 posts
|Arrested Development: CC or HOH?||
Inventor, thank you for the info. I'm not HOH but I use CC because sometimes I don't understand a word or two - CC is very helpful.
Nov 1, 2011 by dee | See all 7 posts
|Warring not from children under 10||Be the first to reply|
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