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Queer as Folk - The Complete Third Season (Showtime)

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A group of gay friends (men & women) lives out their day-to-day lives in Pittsburgh, PA. A groundbreaking series set in a work-a-day blue-collar world. Queer as Folk is the first TV drama that treats gay people simply as real people. This TV series continues to be hailed by critics around the country as astonishingly frank, refreshing, wonderful, bitterly witty, and "Must-See TV." Season 3 includes over 170 minutes of specially produced bonus features. Go inside the Babylon tour and see exclusive footage with Grammy Award Winning DJ Peter Rauhofer! It also contains PARTY IN THE BOX NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES - a chance to win your very own Queer As Folk Party at a hot New York or Los Angeles Nightclub!

Drama ruled in a big way on the third season of Queer as Folk, as the gay men and women of Pittsburgh rode a roller coaster of emotional and personal upheavals that would make a regular soap-opera cast blanch. Budding comic book artist Justin (Randy Harrison) finally left longtime lover Brian for a chance at ecstasy--and not a bit of agony-–with a charming violin player. Emmett (Peter Paige) finally came face-to-face with his affection for friend Ted (Scott Lowell), only to have Ted's growing drug habit get in the way of their happiness. Lesbians Melanie (Michelle Clunie) and Lindsay (Thea Gill) decided to have another baby, whose father would be... Michael (Hal Sparks), whose nesting with hunky Ben (Robert Gant) is rudely interrupted by runaway Hunter (Harris Allan). And as for Brian (Gale Harold), the man everybody wants but can't ever have? Just when it seems he's gone to work for the enemy--a homophobic mayoral candidate-–it turns out he might be the savior the Pittsburgh gay community never knew it needed.

Snaps to the makers of QAF for trying to bring their characters into the grown-up world – Michael, Emmett, and Ted started their own businesses; Justin finally cut loose from Brian-–but too many melodramatic plot twists and turns impeded a lot of the character development this show worked hard at during its first two seasons. Still, most of the cast was topnotch, including Harrison, whose Justin finally came into his own, and the always dependable Harold, who made Brian a fascinating creature through all his steamy travails and over-the-top encounters. --Mark Englehart

Special Features

  • All 14 episodes with cast and crew commentary on three episodes
  • "Behind the Camera: The Director's with the cast and crew"
  • "Hot Summer Days"
  • "Wrap Party Reel"
  • "Enter Babylon: Los Angeles"
  • Music video
  • Quotes, Folks, & Notes
  • Animated photo gallery
  • Season 4 sneak peak
  • TV spots and trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie, Robert Gant
  • Directors: Alex Chapple, Bruce McDonald, Chris Grismer, David Wellington, Jeremy Podeswa
  • Format: Box set, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Mature Audiences Only
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 673 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V46D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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QUEER AS FOLK is still one of the most amazing TV Shows ever and is a landmark as the show for the new millennium. This New Queer As Folk Season 3 DVD Box Set has all 14 episodes of the third season of one of the most controversial and bravest series on television today. The BOX SET includes Bonus features such as: Behind-the-camera, Hot Summer Days, Wrap Party Reel, Enter Babylon LA, Meet the Folks, Animated Photo Gallery, Season Four Sneak Preview, Weblink, Music Videos, and a few other surprises. I have seen all 14 episodes of Season 3 and it is another great season with some major twists. I am a little upset that this season is very short when compared to season 1 and 2, which both had about 7 or 8 more episodes, but either way it is still a good season. I am still amazed at how honest this show is on dealing with gay life. Not every gay person lives a life like these guys, and I sure don't but that�s not what this show is about. Queer As Folk ia about the life of a group of gay guys and a lesbian couple living in Pittsburgh. Queer As Folk makes no apologies and thats what is so great about this series. From the graphic sex scenes to the drama of dealing with the prejudice that still haunts America, this show is so brave and I give Showtime a big thumbs up for having the balls to take on such a big risk as Queer As Folk. This show is as close as it gets to real life. This is not a show just for gay people, but for ALL people. It deals with human emotion and thats something that we can all relate to whether we be straight, gay, bisexual, black, white, brown or in between. I encourage anyone who has a open mind and a open heart to BUY this amazing DVD collection as it will inspire you and if nothing else open your mind to a lifestyle not as uncommon as you may think.Read more ›
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We left the boys at Rage premiere party. Brian has just told Justin to go with Ethan. Ted has just declared his love for Emmett.

Disc One:

Episode 1 - The aftermath of the party. Justin move out of the loft and into ?? studio. (Of course, Justin remembers his favorite sexcapades.) Tension mounts at the diner when Brian and Justin have their first post break up meeting. But it is Michael who has the meltdown. Now that Ben is not going to Tibet, he is homeless and Michael invites him to move in with him --- and Emmett. Now that they are a couple, Ted and Emmett try to have sex - easier said than done. All comes to a head at Mel and Lindsay's Anniversary Party.

Episode 2 - Brian monopolizes Michael's nights. Melanie wants to give Gus a sibling but Lindsay doesn't want to bear it. Emmett has a fling under Brian's Grandfather Rule but when Ted finds out...

Episode 3 - Brian agrees to help out with the Center's fundraiser. Melanie decides to have a baby. Debbie is afraid to be intimate with Carl but Ted and Emmett give her a course on pleasing a man. Ben can't handle the news that his ex has died.

Episode 4 - Melanie and Lindsay decide that Brian is not the right man to be the father of their second child so they ask Michael. After punishing his nephew for stealing, the boy accuses him of molesting him. Ted asks Emmett to move in with him but finds that living together is not as easy as it sounds.

Disc Two:

Episode 5 - Brian woes a homophobic politician to get power. Ethan comes in second at a prestigious competition but catches the eye of a talent agent. Melanie has anxiety over trying to conceive. Michael catches Ben using steroids. Ethan finds there is a price for fame, he must keep Justin a secret.
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I won't pretend to claim that Queer as Folk is all-around the most realistic show on television. The British version of QaF tried that, and fizzled out at the end of its second season. Reality, pure and undramatized, does not belong in a long-running television series. Once you get to know the characters, how much pleasure can you really get out of watching people ferry between work and the pub day in and day out?
Queer as Folk is often criticized for its melodrama and insinuation (or perhaps, assumption by the public) that this is an attempt to portray the entire spectrum of gay life. But I don't think pure reality was ever the intention, the goal was for exposure, acceptance, and entertainment.
While I agree that QaF is not as realistic or as beautifully written as Six Feet Under, I still prefer it for its superior characterization. Some may argue that the characters are stereotypical, but I think those critics fail to pay enough attention to the individual personalities to see beyond the stereotype. With that assumption, anyone could be viewed as stereotypical until you get to know them. What I enjoy about QaF is that I can see my friends and family reflected in the characters of the show, whose personalities and dialogue are usually better differentiated than even Six Feet Under, and certainly more than a show like Friends, where 99% of the dialogue could be switched between speakers with absolutely no need to edit for style or content.
The character of Brian Kinney is far more complex than anything I've seen on television. Anyone who regards him as a flat character, or views his seemingly selfless acts as uncharacteristic obviously doesn't really understand his character.
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