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  • Actors: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • Release Date: June 25 2013
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  • ASIN: B00C2U6I3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,105 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Portlandia Season 3

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1bf6c60) out of 5 stars 113 reviews
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18b6f0c) out of 5 stars A Season Three Release Boasts Ten More Episodes, The Winter Special, And More Great Guest Stars July 8 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
As we're already into Season Three of the IFC hit series "Portlandia," I'll just let you know what comes with the DVD release before I speak about the show itself. Most likely, you are already familiar with the idea behind the Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen sketch show, so this will save you some time if you are only interested in whether or not the DVD/Blu-ray are worth the investment.

The two disc set features the ten regular episodes of Season Three plus the Winter Special that aired a few weeks before the season began properly on IFC. In essence, therefore, there are eleven self-contained shows for approximately 4 hours of programming in total.

Included on DVD/Blu-ray:

Winter Special: Winter in Portlandia

Regular episodes: (1) Take Back MTV, (2) Missionaries, (3) Nina's Birthday, (4) Squiggleman, (5) Off the Grid, (6) The Temp, (7) Soft Opening, (8) Alexandra, (9) No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge and (10) Blackout

Bonus Features: 2 Deleted Scenes and tours of Portland with recurring guest star and comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

"Portlandia," first and foremost, starts with a fantastic idea. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have created a comedy that speaks to a very specific portion of the population. In a perfect recreation of indie hipster angst, the show skewers a world in which people are consumed by political correctness. The beauty of "Portlandia" is that it both embraces the self-importance, superiority, and silliness of this extreme sect while poking gentle fun with it. It really is spot-on in showcasing this dichotomy and Portland stands as an ideal muse for illustrating this too cool for school mentality. The self-aware characters (Armisen and Browstein play a stable of recurring bits) are so proper, in fact, they are often undone by trying to be idealized models of this elevated consciousness. It's an inspired idea! And when it works, it hits very real highs. People relate to the show because they are or know people exactly like the ones represented. After three seasons, I've found much of "Portlandia" hilarious. Truthfully, though, not every bit works and/or some carry on a beat too long for my personal taste.

The show, itself, has always attracted a fair share of interesting guest stars. Among those with recurring roles, Kyle MacLachlan still slays me as the mayor while Jeff Goldblum and Kumail Nanjiani reprise their earlier appearances. A big addition for Season Three, Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny pops up as a new roommate for Fred and Carrie. Just what they needed! In addition, the season boasts cameos by Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, No Doubt, Martina Navratilova, George Wendt, Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas, Jim Gaffigan, and Roseanne Barr among other familiar faces. Part of the appeal, for me, is to see who might pop up and you know everyone is just having a grand old time hanging out. Just like the spirit of Portland. Here's the deal, though. If you liked the earlier seasons, this is more to enjoy. If the show doesn't speak to you, nothing here will change your mind. I was more than happy to spend another season with the eccentrics of "Portlandia." KGHarris, 7/13.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18b6f60) out of 5 stars Being 'More like Game of Thrones' made it less like 'Portlandia.' Aug. 21 2013
By Troy Blackford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
In an interview, Fred Armisen (one of the two stars and creators of this show) said that they were inspired by shows like 'Game of Thrones' to have an overarching narrative to the season that would keep people 'tuning in next week.' I feel like this really worked against the vibe of the show. A few narrative threads run throughout the season, like Fred & Carrie's roommate, the Bed & Breakfast, and the situation with the mayor. Not bad in and of itself, but it really undermined the past feel of the show without making up for it in some other way.

The season starts off strong. I really enjoyed the first two episodes. I didn't start thinking something was 'off' in the show until later on, but it definitely crept in there. I feel like a good batch of two or three episodes could be made from the best material of the remainder of Season 3 after the first two episodes. This isn't a great batting average for a show that was easily the funniest new show on television for the first two seasons.

I know this will be downvoted by hardcore fans of the show and hurt my reviewer rating, but the fact remains that hardcore fans of the show aren't on the fence about this - indeed they have already purchased it. I am writing this review for people who do not already own a copy and who's opinion isn't already made up.

If you want to see the cute idea of stop motion rats taken to a point where they are featured not once in a charming aside but six or seven times, this is the season for you. If you are willing to sacrifice fresh, interesting premises for the sake of filling out a bland, over-arching 'narrative,' you'll love watching Fred & Carrie deal with their new roommate.

If that doesn't sound like you, but you're willing to pick through these episodes for the comedy gems that are buried within, you'll still enjoy yourself. There's a lot of great stuff in here. Unfortunately, it's packed inside a much higher degree of narrative and conceptual 'filler' than you would have had to deal with in Seasons 1 & 2.

The spirit of the show definitely changed when they decided to get inspiration from 'Game of Thrones.' I imagine if 'Game of Thrones' changed the nature of it's show completely to be more like 'Portlandia,' it's fans would feel the same way.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18be63c) out of 5 stars The Funniest Show on TV Jan. 23 2013
By Arzani Burman - Published on Amazon.com
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Portlandia is brilliant fun. Fred Armisen is a comedic genius. Don't miss a single episode from the beginning, especially the one about going to the farm to see where the organic chicken at the restaurant was raised.
35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18be798) out of 5 stars Still funny but the commercials are NOT welcome Feb. 18 2013
By JR - Published on Amazon.com
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The reason I am giving this season 1 star is not related to the shows content. As usual, Portlandia delivers non-stop laughs poking fun at the NW. I am giving this 1 star because there are COMMERCIALS in this content! Granted, they are annoying 30 second IFC ad spots for upcoming new shows, but they are still commercials. It started the same way with my old cable provider and their on-demand content. First it was these ad spots for upcoming shows, then full blown commercials. Dear Amazon.com, I am NOT paying a premium for you to stream episodes with commercials! I find this very disappointing and will likely not purchase this content in the future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18beae0) out of 5 stars Their characters and sketches keep getting better as the series evolves July 18 2014
By Dustin K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As always, Armisen and Brownstein are hilarious and flawless. Their characters and sketches keep getting better as the series evolves. And Brownstein, as a PNW native, has an uncanny knack for getting inside the heads of real Portland. As absurd as this series is at times, truth is always stranger than fiction.

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