- Actors: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat
- Directors: Anthony Russo, Greg Mottola, Jay Chandrasekhar, Joe Russo, Lee Shallat Chemel
- Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Barbie Adler
- Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 3
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Release Date: Oct. 19 2004
- Run Time: 491 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0002PYS7Y
Compare Offers on Amazon
Arrested Development: Season One [Import]
|Price:||CDN$ 20.69 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35. Details|
Arrested Development ~ Season 1
Winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy its first year out, Arrested Development is the kind of sitcom that gives you hope for television. A mockumentary-style exploration of the beleaguered Bluth family, it's one of those idiosyncratic shows that doesn't rely on a laugh track or a studio audience; it's shot more like a TV drama, albeit with an omniscient narrator (executive producer Ron Howard) overseeing the proceedings. Holding the Bluths together just barely is son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the only normal guy in a family that's chock full of nuts. Hardworking and sensible, Michael's certain he's going to be given control of his family's Enron-style corporation upon the retirement of his father (Jeffrey Tambor). The fact that he's passed over instead for his mother (Jessica Walter) is only a blip when compared to his father's immediate arrest for dubious accounting practices, and the resulting freeze on the family's previously limitless wealth.
Bereft of money, and even less family love, the Bluths have to band together in their moment of need--not easy when everyone's looking out for number 1. In addition to his scabrous parents, Michael has to contend with his lothario older brother (Will Arnett), his basically useless younger brother (Tony Hale), his greedy twin sister (Portia DeRossi), and her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross). Michael's only comrade in sanity is his son George Michael (Michael Cera), but then again, the teenage boy harbors a secret crush on his cousin (Alia Shawkat). A peerless ensemble led by the brilliant Bateman (who ever knew he could be this good?), all the actors are pitch-perfect in their roles, delivering the dryly funny, sometimes absurdist dialogue with the speed and flair of classic farce. The unusual tone of Arrested Development takes a bit of getting used to--it's far different from anything you'll see on TV, even HBO--but once you buy in to the Bluths' innumerable dysfunctions, you'll be laughing your head off for hours.--Mark Englehart
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I am a fan of the single-camera comedy productions but Arrested leans more to the witty and circumstantial comedy that was seen on the innnovator of single-camera comedy, The Larry Sanders Show. Curb Your Enthusiasm is getting a good run for its money as the events unfolding for the Bluth Family saga provide some of the most original and comedic writing this year -- on any show.
The key...characterization. There is no single character that demands the spotlight as they all possess foibles that avail them ample recognition. GOB, the entertainer; always aware that the camera is on him and so he feels obligated to become his own dramatic sequence, culling inspiration from dated and hackneyed dramatic devices. He may easily be the funniest of the "normal" characters on the show. Then there's Buster; sheer commitment to timidity is all I can say about this actor. Buster's panic attacks and faux bravados serve as great physical comedy to GOB's verbal comedy. George Sr., the source of the disfunction is well-played by Emmy-nominated Geoffrey Tambor as his vices and complacency know no bounds. And Michael, the straight-man to everyone else is underrated as it is through his eyes do we see the absurdity that is the Bluth family.
Now the stories, great episodes include Pilot, Bringing Up Buster, Let 'Em Eat Cake, and well the other 19 episodes that I won't mention here because this series is just that a series. It does not rely on stand-alone episodes and one-off humour. This is an intelligent show for the educated viewer and this DVD is definitely worth a purchase as we may be looking at the heir the Gary Schandling throne.
Arrested Development is exactly the boost that television (and the genre of sitcoms in particular) needed. How good is it? Well, I've watched the entire season about 4 times over since I bought it 5 months ago. It's original, it's unpredictable, and best of all, it's funny!
As opposed to most shows on TV, where you can start watching at any point and you probably haven't missed much, Arrested Development has a story that is constantly evolving. If you miss one episode, you could possibly be lost in the next one. Even minor events can have repercussions that last the length of the season.
The characters are lovable and hilarious. Tobias and GOB are my favorite and everyone seems perfectly cast.
Just like any show, it has the occasional episode that isn't quite as good as the others, but I can't hold that against it. It raises the bar on what television should be in so many ways, that a couple of dragging episodes that help further the story can't hold it back. The second season is released in October and I have no doubt that I will pick it up the moment I have the cash.
Watch a couple episodes on TV, and although you may have no idea what's going on in the story, you should be able to get a general feel for if this is a show you want to get into. If you find yourself laughing, then pick up the first season and fill yourself in on what's going on. You shouldn't be disappointed.
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews