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Big Love: Complete Third Season [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bill Paxton , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Adam Davidson , Daniel Attias    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, ChloŽ Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Seyfried
  • Directors: Adam Davidson, Daniel Attias, David Knoller, David Petrarca, Jim McKay
  • Writers: Coleman Herbert
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011UMC72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Three seasons in, the popular HBO series Big Love remains a highly entertaining and rewarding viewing experience. The cast is enormous and the storylines are numerous, with each of these ten 60-minute episodes adding new wrinkles to the plotlines already being pursued. This is business as usual for those who've been on board from the start, but while newcomers may need a couple of episodes to get up to speed, viewers of all stripes will be inexorably pulled in by the show's tangled combination of drama and black humor, personal peccadilloes and internecine strife, and big time social and religious issues. There really is nothing else like this on the television landscape, and that's entirely a good thing.

As usual, the series centers on the anything-but-normal life of Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton). Bill’s a study in contrasts: while he has plenty of objections to modern Mormon mores (he and his family are no longer active members of the church), he’s committed to the practice of polygamy, which remains the single most controversial aspect of Mormonism despite having been officially banned. Bill, his three wives, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny), and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin), and their various children find themselves waging constant skirmishes on several fronts: with their nosy, judgmental neighbors, with the splinter Mormon clan headed by the evil, self-proclaimed holy man Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), and with the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But the Henricksons' most pitched battles, and they are legion, tend to be amongst themselves. Though the wives generally get along with one another, the jockeying for position is endless, and Bill's desire for a fourth spouse this season definitely doesn’t make things any calmer. Other ongoing storylines include Grant’s trial for rape (similarities to the real-life prosecution of Mormon fundamentalist Warren Jeffs are no coincidence), which presents a serious conflict for Nicki, who happens to be Grant’s daughter; Bill and his partner’s ongoing efforts to open a Mormon-friendly casino on Indian land; and sub-plots involving teen pregnancy, kidnapping, adultery, and a host of other lurid behaviors. And while there’s a certain amount of what may be perceived as Mormon bashing going on, the edifying sixth episode, "Come, Ye Saints," in which the family visits Mormon landmarks from Utah to New York, features several of the season’s most moving scenes. --Sam Graham


It's not a polygamist-friendly world out there. That's why Bill Henrickson wants to protect his family by diversifying his businesses, building goodwill, and adding a new wife who can deliver more children. Sure, that creates a strain on finances and time, but it's worth the effort when you're building a happy and loving home, both here and in the afterlife.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 22 Nov 2013
This series just gets better and better superb story line and superb acting makes it a winner unmissable very addictive viewing excellent 5 big love stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
Smashing, sold as seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star's only because... 1 July 2012
By Nini
Could be 5 stars but the first DVD of the season doesn't work in my pack. So I'm in the midst og returning it for a replacement :)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar writing and brilliant acting... 18 April 2009
By Brad Schmidt - Published on
I have read on several Web sites that the ratings for this show are only so-so. It's a shame more people aren't watching it. This show has attracted the best character actors in Hollywood. And what a dream it must be to play characters that are so complex and multi-layered.

I will admit, the storylines are all very similar. They all revolve around either Bill having some issue with his wives or Bill struggling against people who are trying to keep him from the business deals he wants to make happen. (This season is focused on making Weber Gaming a success and all the trouble the getting into gambling is causing him and his family). The thing is, even though there is a predictable pattern of going back and forth between family drama and work drama, all the people in Bill's life continue to evolve and we continue to see them grow and struggle.

I truly hope this show is renewed for a few more seasons. I am still very invested in these characters and want to know what happens to them.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar third season of Big Love! 10 Jan 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on
I've been a long-time fan of Big Love, and can't help but be addicted to this story about a polygamist, successful Mormon businessman Bill Henrickson (played credibly by Bill Paxton), and his three wives - Barb (Jeanne Triplehorn) the first wife who was initially (during her battle with cancer)persuaded by husband Bill to embrace "The Principle" which basically embraces the concept of polygamy. Through Seasons 1-2, we see Barb struggle with the consequences of living The Principle as reflected in the conflicts between her and her two other sister wives (as the co-wives are called) and also the impact it has on her own relationship not just with Bill and their children, but also Barb's family. Then there's second wife Nicolette (Chloe Sevigny) who is the daughter of Roman Grant, the patriarch and Prophet of Juniper Creek, a Mormon settlement and whose followers all embrace The Principle. Nicki's character is often portrayed as ultra religious and rather extreme in her views, though she is not without flaws - for one, she is a spendthrift and her battles with shopping addiction was well-chronicled in the earlier seasons. The main reason for Nicki's joining Bill's family was initially to provide a mother figure for Bill and Barb's children in case Barb should die. Finally, the third wife is Margene, the new convert to The Principle, and also the youngest amongst the wives. Over the seasons, we see Margene maturing into her role as the third sister wife and no longer as naive as she was in the first season.

As Season Three begins, there is plenty of drama to keep long-time fans entertained and to intrigue new fans (though this series does need to be watched from the First Season in order to truly understand all the dynamics of the relationships and the convoluted story arcs). In the first half of this season, the two main story arcs are the trial of Roman Grant as well as Ana (the prospective fourth sister wife). Ana (played by Branka Katic) is a Serbian waitress (with a credible accent to boot) who is being wooed by Bill. Ana is attractive but far from submissive, demonstrating an independent and inquiring mind, and more importantly a strong will that may prove incompatible with Bill and his three wives. So the wives get to know Ana, a collective undertaking initiated by Barb. This first half of the season also sees Bill trying his hardest to get his casino business off the ground. The rest of the third season sees the repercussions of this relationship between Bill and Ana, as well as what happens as a result of Roman's trial. Bill and his family face some serious issues - those of faith, problems faced by Bill's offspring especially daughter Sarah (the brilliant Amanda Seyfried, recently seen in "Jennifer's Body"), and other shenanigans within the family.

The various story arcs are well-plotted, and the ensemble cast does a credible job in making these characters seem like very real people facing life problems - only thing is, the problems are not always the conventional sort which is to be expected given the premise of the series which deals with the issues of plural marriage. The ending of Season 3 was quite satisfactory for me - there's enough left unresolved that I look forward to Season 4 (which is premiering soon on HBO), but there's also enough resolution for some story arcs that one is not left completely hanging.

DVD features - well, the aspect ratio is 16:9, there is the option of Spanish, French, English subtitles (and also English closed captioning). There is a total of 10 episodes on 4 discs (each in its own plastic case, the slim version). The picture and audio quality are above average in my opinion, very clear audio and crisp and well-defined picture. The extras are found on Disc 1 - the usual trailer for HBO programming, "Their Stories So Far" where Bill and the three sister wives speak to the camera, addressing who they are etc, "Three Past Midnight" which consist of 3 enactments involving the main characters. Final verdict - a highly entertaining, original, and engrossing show - a must-have for fans!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Other TV Series Like It 18 May 2009
By Green - Published on
As some of the other reviewers mentioned, it was a long time coming for Season 3 to come out, but definitely worth the wait. I've been a loyal viewer of Big Love (it's one of my favorite HBO shows) since the beginning. The first one or two episodes of Season 3 may seem a bit trite (and boring) but that's because the writers are building up the story line. Hold on to your seats because after the first couple of episodes, you're going for a thrilling ride. As always, character development is superb as is the drama between the characters (inside and outside of the Hendrickson family). I won't go into the storyline, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but this is a definite must see.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still watching ... BUT 21 Jun 2014
By Angelique973 - Published on
Binge watching may be inadvisable. I found myself wanting the Greene's to choke egomaniac, sex fiend, greedy, manipulative, not nearly as good looking as I thought he was in season 1, sanctimonious without accompanying religiosity Bill for at least another full minute, for Barb to wake up out of whatever fogs she's been in and finally inform her husband that she'll no longer tolerate his philandering ... regardless of his supposed testimony to go back to his fundamentalist roots, for Nicki to "shut the H up" with her whining, smirking, manipulative, destructive, falsely pious blather (actually, now that I think about it, she's Bill's female reflection) ... and for Margene to admit that she's bisexual, sexually attracted to Ben, and too naive to actually survive without at least three other people to care for her. I was very glad that Ana ran off.
On the other hand, I've obviously become so invested in the show that I'm writing a full length review.
Harry Dean Stanton is absolutely superb in his role as The Prophet; not only does he absolutely have that raw-boned appearance ... defines the concept, actually ... but voice inflection, facial expression, and entirety of presentation is award worthy (Hello, again, Kiser Pease. You ain't changed not one little bit in 40 long years. Where the Lilies Bloom made an indelible impression on me; this actor was a large part of that).
I'll be watching for other movies/shows that feature Matt Ross, who portrays Alby Grant; he has that charisma that makes him very interesting to watch
The other actors in Big Love play their roles to the hilt as well, as has been discussed by many other viewers.
While I know that there are many discrepancies between the actual lives of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members and this show, from my research ... inspired by the show, it seems that there are clear depictions of rituals, rites and attitudes of both the Fundamentalists and LDS. The show depicts an interesting glimpse behind the veil of the religions, while being entertaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Viewing! 11 Feb 2010
By Gary Peterson - Published on
My wife and I watched the complete Seasons One and Two of "Big Love." It was my wife's idea, and we enjoyed it very much. When Season 3 became available, we picked it up and we're now through with the last episode.

The first two seasons sort of acted as an introduction. It took a while to get used to plural marriage and all the interactions between the characters and the cultural setting involved. But the episodes seemed positive, almost bubbly, and it was interesting and amusing visiting the antics of this strangely constructed family and all the interacting people about them.

Season 3 took a turn toward the darker side. Everything seemed to start to fall apart and unravel in one way or another. The church, the family, the relatives, friends, the legal system and the business dealings all started to go wrong, sometimes very wrong. Everyone seemed to be unhappy for one reason or another. The teenage children started to have teenage problems. The wives started to have doubts, and one even started dating. A failed attempt was made to add another wife to the group. The relatives went through endless bickering. The church and the legal system became ominous. Now, don't think I'm complaining! I'd say, and my wife agrees, the third season was much more interesting than the first two. This plural marriage and strangely mixed family actually became much more real. The acting was excellent. The Utah setting was wonderful. The problems were heartfelt. Many of the problems seemed much like those of conventional families, but magnified in scope because of the complexity of the mixture. One episode had the entire family going on a journey to their religious roots in a several-thousand-miles auto trip in three cars, no less. It was hilariously funny, but quite touching.

We would judge Season 3 to be much better than the previous 2, and we hope this series keeps going. My wife and I enjoyed it as a type of story at first, and a peek at a strange other world, but it gradually turned into a dark comedy and there was not a night when we didn't get some good laughs. Does everyone react that way? We doubt it. I suppose everyone interprets it in their own way. However, "Big Love" presents compelling viewing.

Gary Peterson
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