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Arrested Development--one of the greatest comedies in the history of television--went out in a blaze of glory. The truncated final season packed more biting humor per minute than ever before. In only 13 episodes, dozens of intertwining storylines spun in all directions: In addition to the overarching story about the fractious infighting of the Bluth family and the family's housing development company being investigated for treason in Iraq (a plot arc that comes to a dazzlingly surreal conclusion), the put-upon "good son" Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman, Teen Wolf Too) pursues romance with a lovely British woman (Charlize Theron, Monster) who turns out to be woefully inappropriate; swaggering magician Gob (Will Arnett, Monster-In-Law) flees from his newly-discovered teenage son while still pandering for the affection of his self-absorbed father (Jeffrey Tambor, The Larry Sanders Show); flighty Lindsay (Portia de Rossi, Ally McBeal) and her sexually blurry husband Tobias (David Cross, Mr. Show) both get the hots for the family's new lawyer, Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio, Charles in Charge); and much, much more. It's difficult to describe what makes Arrested Development so brilliant. The ensemble is uniformly superb (Jessica Walter, as the family's boozing, scheming matriarch, is particularly devastating this season) and the surprising guest stars (including Andy Richter, James Lipton, Justine Bateman, and many others) are perfectly cast; the characters' abominable behavior defies conventional television notions of "likability", yet they only grow more endearing the more you watch; the humor embraces wild slapstick and sharp satire, often within a single scene; and the nimble documentary style allows for sly glancing references to jokes and scenes from long-past episodes, rewarding devoted fans. But the key is that, no matter how screwball Arrested Development becomes, the show offers a rich, textured, and wonderfully coherent world in which these characters feel genuine, a world completely unlike the flat, plastic simulacrum offered by the average sitcom. Arrested Development was true to itself to the end. Its followers will cherish it forever. --Bret Fetzer

Stills from The Third Season of Arrested Development (click for larger image)

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on 2 discs
  • Commentary on 3 episodes by creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the actors
  • 19 deleted and extended scenes
  • Blooper reel
  • "The Last Day on Location" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat
  • Directors: Arlene Sanford, John Amodeo, John Fortenberry, Lev L. Spiro, Paul Feig
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (699 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDS7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Unfortunately, I didn't get into Arrested Development until late in its second season. However, I was immediately hooked. I could see that it was a completely new kind of show, and far from your average sitcom. It's one of the few comedy series I've seen that is serialized, meaning that events of one episode carry over into the next episode. Also, it is probably the only comedy I know that, in addition to constantly referencing past jokes, it actually references FUTURE jokes! The show is done without a laugh track and is shot as a documentary, so the characters in the show sometimes react to the camera, and the camera sometimes reactions to situations in the show.
The second season ended brilliantly with George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffry Tambor) fooling authorities into arresting and incarcerating his twin brother Oscar (also Tambor). George's children Michael (Jason Bateman), GOB (Will Arnet), Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), and Buster (Tony Hale) vowed not to visit their "father" in prison for a few months so that he couldn't manipulate him. Meanwhile, Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) left for Vegas with George Sr's secretary Kitty (Judy Greer) to join the Blue Man Group. Also, cousins George Michael (Michael Cera) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) shared their first passionate kiss. Season three starts off Michael going to prison to visit his "father" for the first time in 3 months to tell him that the Bluth Developing Company is bouncing back. While there, he realizes that it is really Oscar behind bars, so he takes his son George Michael on a hunt for the real George Sr. Upon finding him, the government allows George Sr. to remain under house arrest so that he can reconnect with his wife Lucille (Jessica Walter). George immediately regrets the decision.
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DVDs were pretty much invented so those few ARRESTED... fans could enjoy their favorite show over and over. What a brilliant series!!! Thank God I can watch it again. In Season 3, Fox moved this show around so many times, I had trouble taping all of them on my old-school VCR (although I'm sure glad I got the last 4 episodes, even though Fox buried them next to the opening ceremony of the Olympics and then didn't advertise them). BUT, you fans out there know how great it is to have them on DVD.

Season 3 was stellar. I've read a little griping that the quality slipped a little...okay, maybe from A+++ to A+. Still pretty darn good. The only story line that tired me a little bit was the stuff with Charlize Theron. She's a decent actress, but I found her British accent unconvincing, and I thought the story line went on too long.

Other than that, I've got no complaints. The episode where George Michael ends up in a retro looking flying jetpack, and flies over a miniature model home park while crashing into Tobias dressed in a monster costume was so funny I wept. No joke. I did not think it was possible to find 30 seconds of TV so funny. We watched it over and over.

The final four episodes, when the story finally wrapped itself up pretty well, include wonderful trips to Iraq, fantastic guest appearances (including a very nice turn from Justine Bateman) and crisp, crisp acting all around.

It's almost futile to describe the show. If you haven't seen it, you MUST watch it, but you must start with Disc 1. My family and I have had ARRESTED marathons...when Season 1 came out, we watched in one day, and later the same with Season 2. I know season 3 will be the same.
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Those words are uttered almost every time I watch TV by myself or someone I'm with. It is fairly mind boggling that such a brillant comedy, with a great cast and tons of awards, could get kicked off the air... but it is utterly mind boggling how many horrible trashy sitcoms get to stay on the networks while the millons of AD fans are left with only three seasons.

Oh well, c'est la vie. At least we have DVDs to watch.

And AD is particularly suited to the DVD format as it is both highly narrative (for a sitcom) and highly self-referential. There are strong plot arcs that make you want to watch shows back to back and, more importantly, there are tons and tons of jokes that you will only get from repeated viewings. The self-referential humor (for example, how the house has blue handprints on the walls for the rest of the season after Tobias tries out for the Blue Man Group one episode) is just an example of the depth of comedy at work. Like The Big Lebowski or Mr. Show, this is comedy made to be watched again and again.

For fans of great comedy in general, Arrested Development is also exciting for its many great guest actors from other brillant comedies (including Upright Citizens Brigade, Seinfeld, Mr. Show and The Daily Show).

There really isn't enough that can be said about this show. But it and just watch.
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They say the good die young. It is annoying little cliché normally used when a young person makes a fatal mistake and everyone is too scared to acknowledge the mistake openly. This does not apply to Arrested Development. Arrested Development more appropriately mirrors the misunderstood child that is assumed to be retarded, but is actually the next Einstein.

AD could have changed the world of entertainment as we know it. It was ahead of its time. It was flawless. Yet the world shunned it as if it had some sort of disease.

It is nothing less than a crime that shows like the OC, The Simple Life, and Survivor can last year after year and yet AD could last only three.

Despite its cancellation, there is some upside. Another legendary show went only three years and became the most syndicated show in the history of television: Gilligan's Island. Deja Vu? Hopefully.
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Will the DVD include the un-aired episodes?
Neither of these posts are accurate. Season one of the show was 22 episodes, season two was initially planned to be 22 as well, but Fox cut their order back to 18. Though season 3 came to a somewhat abrupt end at the hands of Fox as rumors of cancellation were revealed as fact, Fox allowed the... Read More
Jun 30, 2006 by Ocean Walker |  See all 3 posts
problem with Mr F episode
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May 10, 2011 by John Colman |  See all 2 posts
Spanish Subtitles???
The second two definitely have Spanish subtitles - I don't know about the first one, but I'm sure you could find out somewhere online, if not on the season 1 set's page here.

Season 3 has the Spanish dubbing, too! I'd probably just listen to the dub for season 3 - I read some of the Spanish... Read More
Nov 4, 2007 by Eric Seelig |  See all 4 posts
How can there already be 21 reviews for something that's not even out yet?
Most people buy DVDs for the main content contained on them, not the extras, in this case the episodes of season 3. And I guarantee you that the people who reviewed it saw all or most of season 3, thus already knowing what the main content is and able to give it a rating. The ratings will then be... Read More
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