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5.0 out of 5 stars MITM Series 3 - Episodes 5 stars, DVD set 4 to 5 stars
'This stuff used to sound fine to me but now it's just stupid. You guys are stupid. I don't mean that in an insulting way, I mean that in a factual way.'

The adventures of a boy genius growing up in a crazy family and unfair world. This is the show's premise, but it offers so much more. For example, it is fascinating watching the interaction of the characters...
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3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series
I love this series, but just very dissapionted that its taking 7 years to put onto dvd format, when is season 7 on dvd coming. they made the episodes in 2006 come on!!
Published 8 months ago by laurence budd


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5.0 out of 5 stars MITM Series 3 - Episodes 5 stars, DVD set 4 to 5 stars, 27 Mar 2013
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'This stuff used to sound fine to me but now it's just stupid. You guys are stupid. I don't mean that in an insulting way, I mean that in a factual way.'

The adventures of a boy genius growing up in a crazy family and unfair world. This is the show's premise, but it offers so much more. For example, it is fascinating watching the interaction of the characters and seeing why they are as they are. The characters and situations are quirky and amusing, it's just like an exaggerated version of real life. Kindly dad Hal abdicates control, and escapes work mundanities and family chaos by retreating into a world of his own where he is still, or wants to be, a boy. These scenarios provide much of the show's lighter comedy. Mom Lois is loud-mouthed, opinionated and a control freak, making her unpopular, yet she keeps the household running despite the chaos. Eldest brother Francis has 'mother issues' - he's a rebel and seeks his fortune at a logging camp in Alaska but finds a hell hole. Reese is an underachiever, the school bully, and good at inventing non-academic schemes. Dewey, the traumatised youngest, also escapes into his fantasy world, where he is treated better. The show is also populated by eccentric larger than life supporting characters for example Lois's workmate Craig Feldspar, Ida the grandma from hell, Lavernia, Francis's employer from hell, Malcolm's gifted class 'friends' and their tough teacher Lionel Herkabe, with whom Malcolm has to battle.

Stuck at the centre of all this is cynical Malcolm, IQ 165 but easily outwitted by his mother. He's a genius and in the Krelboyne advanced class at school, where he is surrounded by geeks, but just wants to be a 'normal' popular teen. He's put upon, not listened to, his needs not met. He craves popularity but can be tactless, critical and complaining. He has a low opinion of others, yet is genuinely hurt when people don't like him. Malcolm worries about everything, and a lot of the show's comedy stems from his reactions to the situations he finds himself in. He can also be charming, loyal and fight against the odds for what he believes is right. His tirades against unfairness can make him unpopular and some of the show's darker comedy stems from watching him set himself up for inevitable disappointment.

The show is insightful, amusing, well written and incredibly well acted. Frankie Muniz is perfect as feisty, loquacious Malcolm, his performance has passion, colour and contrasts (for example the contrast between the genius Malcolm is and the normal teen he tries to be) and plenty of subtle details, and he is excellent at conveying Malcolm's nervousness and embarrassment. His natural enthusiasm, warmth and charm offset some of Malcolm's less likeable characteristics, which are understandable in context. I love the way Malcolm engages the viewer with his commentaries to camera embellished by various apposite facial expressions. Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston (Lois and Hal) are outstanding, really plausible and convincing as the parents. Their acting is so good they could easily pass off as a real married couple with four lively boys! As Malcolm's brothers, Christopher Masterson (Francis) Justin Berfield (Reese) and Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey) are also outstanding in their own unique ways and also bring plenty of talent and commitment to their roles, which they get into with assured confidence and gusto . The cast work and blend together really well, which is so important. The show benefits from repeated viewings because there is so much to appreciate and enjoy.

Episodes are all widescreen 16/9 and NTSC (not PAL). Picture quality varies between episodes and is very good in most cases, however the picture could be brighter in all cases. Overall I found the quality more satisfactory than the Series 1 and 2 releases. Unfortunately there are no optional subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Jan 2014
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I loved this on TV & recorded all on VHS tape (long since lost). Finally, it came out on DVD last year - apparently some of the artists/record moguls of the music featured throughout the series would not sign a release so the sale of the dvd series was stuck in limbo.
Great sitcom - so funny & well written it doesn't require a 'canned laughter' track, the way good sitcoms should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 12 Aug 2013
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Perfect! The DVDs all arrived together and intact, just as the seller described. As long as you have a region 2 player, this is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, 9 Jun 2013
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Thank you very much for Season 3 of Malcolm in the Middle. It was exactly as it was described. Thanks
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I might never see the day, 30 Dec 2012
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When 2 Broke girls is on DVD you can't help but feel 'life is unfair' but at long last seasons are coming out. What I like so much is the characters aren't card board cut outs and you really believe in them which is strange as to how off the wall they are. The comedy is a huge poke at how rotten life can be but at the same time it maintains a strange weirdness to it with the stories especially with 'Chaity' where they sort of meant well but still end up getting in trouble. The stories are good and not based on a mundane subject(ask yourself how many american sitcoms have GOOD stories) and they are believable but pushed to the extreme. The soundtrack is also very good, Malcolm is one of the few sitcoms to use a theatrical score as opposed to canned laughter and this adds to the fun atmosphere, especially during the ice hockey scene on 'Company Picnic'.I haven't got enough good things to say about this series, particular highlights are 'Houseboat','Emancipatition' and 'Monkey', Craig is so funny.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 months since Series 2 was released. STOP TEASING US!, 2 Jan 2013
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But, at long last, Series 3 and 4 are been released at similar time.

Cannot wait to buy these!

The best episodes of the show are on series 3 and 4.

Definitly worth a buy...In a months time :P
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series, 27 July 2013
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laurence budd (england, hampshire) - See all my reviews
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I love this series, but just very dissapionted that its taking 7 years to put onto dvd format, when is season 7 on dvd coming. they made the episodes in 2006 come on!!
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars they sell to canada, but sell you format that doesnt work, 9 Aug 2013
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Bought it, didnt work....I assumed that if it is sold to canada that somebody could have said that it is in a format not common to north america.
Nothing said, just sold it anyway...

Thanks guys......pretty slick rip off racket you have going...

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