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Arrested Development - Season 1; 3-Disc Set DVD Description
The Bluth clan lives a life of excess, funded by the family credit card and paid for by the fortune patriarch George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) made in the tract home development business. Oldest son George Oscar Bluth II, nicknamed Gob, is an "illusionist" of minor importance who has anger management issues, while the youngest son Buster whiles away his days taking obscure graduate school courses. Daughter Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) is a vain socialite who throws parties with her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross, MR. SHOW). The only sane member of the family is Linsay's twin brother Michael (Jason Bateman), a widower who stands to inherit the reins to the family corporation when his father retires. However, at the retirement party some unexpected obstacles are thrown into the mix: Michael, having informed the family that his first task as head of the company will be to confiscate everyone's credit cards, is passed over in favor of his snobby alcoholic mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter). Just when Michael decides to wash his hands of the family and move to Arizona with his 13-year-old son George Michael, George is arrested on fraud charges and the family's assets are frozen. Michael is forced to step up and aid his family in adjusting to their new lives.
Shot with a shaky camera and a documentary air that creates a feeling of intimacy with the characters, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is reminiscent of Wes Anderson's THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS and Christopher Guest's mockumentaries. Truly unique in the realm of TV sitcoms, it employs a cinematic humor that often exhibits a dark side. While targeting the filthy rich and the squeaky clean families of prime time, it also displays a certain tragedy in the characters' eccentricities and helplessness. During its two seasons on Fox Network it garnered massive critical acclaim, and was nominated for 7 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and won the TV Land "Future Classic" award.
3-Disc Set Region 1 NTSC THINpak Widescreen - 1.78 Audio: Dolby Digital Surround - English Subtitles - English, Spanish, French - Optional Disc 1: "Creator's Cut Pilot (unaired)," "Pilot," "Top Banana," "Bringing Up Buster," "Key Decisions," "Visiting Ours," "Charity Drive" Additional Release Material: Behind the Scenes: "Breaking Ground: Behind the Scenes of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT" Alternate Scenes: Deleted/Extended scenes (from "Top Banana," "Bringing Up Buster," "Key Decisions," "Visiting Ours") Audio Commentary: Mitchell Hurwitz - Creator; Joe Russo, Anthony Russo - Directors; Jason Bateman - Star ("Creator's Cut Pilot") Additional Audio Material: Original songs by David Schwartz (29) Introduction: Ron Howard - Narrator Disc 2: "My Mother the Car," "In God We Trust," "Storming the Castle," "Pier Pressure," "Public Relations," "Marta Complex," "Beef Consomme," "Shock and Aww" Additional Release Material: Alternate Scenes: Deleted/Extended scenes (from "My Mother the Car," "In God We Trust," "Storming the Castle," "Marta Complex," "Beef Consomme," "Shock and Aww") Interviews: Including Mitchell Hurwitz - Creator; Cast (The Museum of Television & Radio: Q&A) Audio Commentary: Including Mitchell Hurwitz - Creator; Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor - Stars ("Beef Consomme") Disc 3: "Staff Infection," "Missing Kitty," "Altar Egos," "Justice is Blind," "Best Man for the Gob," "Whistler's Mother," "Not Without My Daughter," "Let Them Eat Cake" Additional Release Material: Bonus Footage: "TV Land Awards: The Future Classic Award" Featurette: "TV Land Special - ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: The Making of a Future Classic" Alternate Scenes: Deleted/Extended scenes (from "Staff Infection," "Missing Kitty," "Altar Egos," "Best Man for the Gob" ) Audio Commentary: Mitchell Hurwitz - Creator; Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor - Stars ("Let Them Eat Cake") Trailers: 1. Product Trailers - "Ron Howard Sneak Peek at Season 2" 2. TV Promo ("Blind") Interactive Features: Hidden Features: Easter Egg