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Arrested Development: Season 3
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- 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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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The wife and I have made it part of our nightly routine before bedtime - incredibly funny and the story line never gets boring...Make more of them please!Published 3 days ago by R. Harzinski
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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
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May 10, 2011 by John Colman | See all 2 posts
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
Apr 18, 2006 by S.C. Murphy | See all 8 posts
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