Arrested Development Season Two—20th Century Fox
When writers Mitchell Hurwitz and Jim Vallely accepted the 2005 Emmy for Arrested Development's season-two finale, "The Righteous Brothers," they kindly reminded everyone that they were receiving an award for a show that no one watches. In fact, three of the five nominees in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category were from Arrested Development. Does that give you an idea just how good this show is?
You can enjoy all three of those Emmy-nominated episodes, plus 15 others that are equally good, in this three-disc set. Each Season Two disc contains six episodes, in addition to deleted/extended scenes and commentary for one episode. The commentary tracks feature writer/creator Hurwitz and much of the cast—too much, in truth. There are just way too many people talking to come away with anything substantial. The 1.78:1 video looks clean, colorful, and detailed, and the Dolby Surround soundtrack is generally full, with clear dialogue.
Disc one includes a three-minute overview of season one, in which we first meet the delightfully dysfunctional, self-absorbed Bluth family. This isn't Everybody Loves Raymond dysfunction—the kind we're supposed to relate to. No, this is absurd dysfunction, played with perfect timing and sincerity by the ensemble cast.
I'm a huge fan of blooper reels—I take solace in watching rich, talented people screw up—but the short blooper reel on disc three is surprisingly unfunny. That's all right. There's funny to spare in each and every episode.