Community: The Complete Third Season DVD Review
Community has come across being one of the best critically acclaimed show of today’s TV generation and season three completely satisfies any fan of the show. After what is probably the best season yet (but unfortunately not for long), Community has completely changed the way sitcoms are structured and how standard story-telling isn’t enough.
Sweeping viewers with its most imaginative and crazy episodes such as “Remedial Chaos Theory” and “Pillows and Blankets”, the show just broke new ground on television and quickly became a mouth-to-ear phenomena.
Season three brings back the coolest group of misfits, Jeff (Joel McHale), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Abed (Danny Pudi), Troy (Donald Glover), Shirley (Yvette Nicole-Brown), Annie (Alison Brie) and Pierce (Chevy Chase), for a hilariously ingenious new year at Greendale Community College. From homicidal Halloween pizza parties, holiday Glee Club smack downs, foosball showdowns, epic pillow fight wars and an underage campus security force with Chang (Ken Jeong) in charge.
The complete third season has finally arrived for all you eager to watch it over and over again on a sleek DVD box set containing all 22 wonderful episodes and a few features.
It comes packaged in the standard carton slim-case with two slim plastic DVD holders encasing the three DVDs. The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and mixed in English 5.1 Dolby Digital sound (with subtitles available in English, English SDH). Each casing includes the list of the episodes on the disc it holds with a very helpful brief episode synopsis. Special features are clearly market on each casing and make it very easy to find what you’re looking for.
That being said, it is only DVD quality so, it could be better, but no Blu-ray set came out so we’ll have to settle. If you’re able to play it on a BD player, you might enhance the resolution just a tad. Audio is not bad either, but that also depends on what’s your setup, of course. Hooked on a 5.1 channel surround sound, it sounds just as good as a sitcom would, and should. Really.
The set comes with some neat bonus material essentials. Every episode has a cast and crew commentary track, and they’re all fun and a must to listen to. A bunch of deleted scenes are packed in each disc, even though they are deleted for a reason, but I feel a DVD set is never fully explored and enjoyed properly if those are not watched. The Gag Reel is now a must for every sitcom to have and Community didn’t go without it. One of the best outtakes I’ve seen in a while, definitely showcasing the comedic genius the cast has on, and off screen (you know what I mean).
This is War: Pillow vs. Blankets mockumentary featurette is the best treat the set offers, with a fun retrospective at the making of the “Pillows and Blankets” episode. It is a mockumentary inside a mockumentary. It is so ironic and smart that you’ll wanna watch it over and over until you’re sure you didn’t miss one single joke.
Another cool making of is A Glee-ful Community Christmas featurette. Not as artistically made as the previously mentioned feature, but still another chance to glance at what’s like behind the set of the show and listen to the cast ramble on whatever stupidities goes on. Fun stuff, trust me.
Everything else on the discs work just fine, from the navigation menu to the neatly-packaged box. A collector and lover of this show must get it to complete its collection. TV has never been this good until Community pushed the boundaries of what a sitcom can offer in variety and content. If you don’t believe me, just watch it.
Wishing there would’ve been a tiny-witty bit more of special features, you quickly realize they make up for it in quality and not quantity. Plus the season itself is magnificent since this is definitely the best season so far. The inclusion of Inspector Space-Time, Evil Abed and Law and Order spoof, makes it the best sitcom you’ll buy this year for sure.
Blu-ray Release Date: August 14, 2012
Run Time: 467 minutes
10 – The Show
8.5 – The Video
9 – The Audio
9 – The Extras