Arrested Development - Season 3 [DVD]
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All 13 episodes from the third season of the award-winning US comedy series starring Jason Bateman as widower Michael Bluth, who, along with the rest of his offbeat - and formerly wealthy - family, must come to terms with losing the family fortune. Episodes comprise: 'The Cabin Show', 'For British Eyes Only', 'Forget Me Now', 'Notapusy', 'Mr. F', 'The Ocean Walker', 'Prison Break-In', 'Making a Stand', 'S.O.B.s', 'Fakin' It', 'Family Ties', 'Exit Strategy' and 'Development Arrested'.
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 humour 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
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sane one trying to hold things together.
Sort of what you might have gotten if George Bernard Shaw, Kaufman and Hart and Monty Python had teamed up to do
a spin on a traditional sitcom.
The acting is terrific, from top to bottom. Even producer Ron Howard's narration is great.
Not every joke works, but as it gets weirder and weirder (and funnier and funnier), all I could think is "how the hell did
they ever get this on network TV? And thank god they did!"
The third season is truly insane (occasionally over-the-top,
but usually successfully), with the addition of elements like
Scott Baio's Bob Lawbla character, and self-referential episodes
like `Save Our Bluths' slyly commenting on the series' coming
cancellation - one of the worst mistakes in the history
There are appearances from a host of popular recurring characters (Barry, Kitty, Oscar, Franklin etc) and famous faces, the stand out being Charlize Theron, who appears in 5 episodes as the mysterious (and hilarious) British babe Rita. The story-arch involving Rita gives the producers several opportunities to spoof the James Bond films, and the surprise culmination, in which we learn the truth about Rita, has to be seen to be believed! Another standout episode is S.O.B.s, which was filmed after the news that the show had been cancelled. S.O.B.s has thinly-veiled attacks on Fox, not to mention those TV programmes that go to extremes to increase viewers (such as killing a character, a live episode or celebrity cameos). It is a brilliant example of why 'Arrested' became a standout critical hit in its first season.
This DVD package contains 13 episodes over 2 discs, with standout extras including several commentaries (featuring cast and crew); 19 deleted and extended scenes; and a featurette which deals with the last day of location filming for the show.
The episodes in this final season are:
1. The Cabin Show
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It is crazy to think that a show that is as as funny as frasier or friends didn't get to continue but Fox did try measures to get people to watch-i'm sure they started a site where people pledged they would watch ect,but ultimately they didn't get the viewing figures they needed.
Anyway ignore that sad fact and concentrate on enjoying the most enjoyable comedy that is arrested development(prob best to start with season 1 though to get the nuances of each character).5 stars.
There are a smaller amount of episodes here- only thirteen- but a lot is packed into them. There is a plot that runs over five episodes; the family patriarch George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) insists that he was set up by the Brits, so good son Michael (Jason Bateman) goes to investigate. He falls in love with an eccentric British woman called Rita (Charlize Theron), oblivious to the fact that there may be much more- or less- to her. I found this arc hilarious- it is worth watching the five episodes as a marathon, as it makes most sense as a `long' episode. Other gems include Scott Baio in a cameo as lawyer Bob Loblaw and the search for `N. Bluth'.
I disagree that Season 3 is disappointing. For some, it may be that they feel that the in-jokes and allusions to previous seasons feel tired third time around, and perhaps as I finish Seasons 1 and 2 I might feel that also. However to me, it feels as if they have distilled the characters and plots. George Michael's (Michael Cera) crush on his cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat) becomes more and more obsessive; Tobias' (David Cross) obliviousness to his latent homosexuality becomes more comic as he betrays his desire for men in increasingly obvious ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Arrested Development and I still very much watch it nowadays but returning to Season 3 made me remember why I disliked it, and well, here's my reasons. Read morePublished 17 months ago by F.x.M
Fantastic and hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional family. The cast is brilliant and the writing is superb. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2014 by JB
Classic comedy, another great series if not quite as good as the second.Published on 26 Dec. 2014 by E Helps