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Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season

Score: 77%
Rating: TV-MA
Publisher: HBO Home Entertainment
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 203 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Adult-Themed/TV Series
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1,
           French DTS Digital Surround 5.1,
           Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Features:

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Inside the Episodes

The musings of real-life writer Jonathan Ames once again come alive in Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season, which also happens to be its final season since the show was cancelled. This season, the boys are back with more antics, capers and drugs than you can shake a mystery novel at. For starters, Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman) is called upon to follow a stunning woman and ends up getting framed for murder. As always, he calls upon pals George Christopher (Ted Danson), former magazine editor turned swanky restaurateur and constant father figure, and his hapless comic artist and best buddy, "Super Ray" (Zach Galifianakis). Jonathan gets some shocking news when his father informs him that he is the product of a sperm bank, which sets Jonathan off on a season-long mission to discover the identity of his true father. Meanwhile, George has some "daddy issues" of his own when his estranged daughter, Emily, announces she is in love with a man a few years younger than George himself. Although they eventually become close, at first, George is highly resistant to the intrusion of Bernard (David Rasche) into his family. Ray finds himself straying with a condition he calls "elder love" as he embarks on a relationship with Belinda (Olympia Dukakis), which damages his relationship with Leah (Heather Burns).

As George recruits Jonathan to show Emily a "youthful" good time in an attempt to dissuade her from Bernard, she ends up with a broken nose and we all end up with disturbing images of furries engaged in raucous sexual behavior. This causes George and Jonathan to get angry at each other and have to seek the aid of a friendship counselor (Sarah Silverman). Ray connects with Spencer, his infant son, when the lesbian couple who birthed him break up, and Ray tries to join in with the other moms, but gets accused of kidnapping in a crazy stroller mix-up. When Jonathan and Rose (Isla Fisher), another child of the sperm bank, team up to locate their fathers, they fall for each other but get surprising news when they dig deeper into the sperm bank ownerís past. On the upside, Jonathan gets a taste of fame after wowing Dick Cavett on his show.

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season is a parade of guest stars including Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Mary Steenbergen, Stacy Keach, Casey Wilson, David Rasche, Olympia Dukakis, Chris Elliott, Isla Fisher and Dick Cavett. While the showís plotline is still quite focused on sex, drugs and alcohol, they do get into some amusing situations. There were two times when the sexual situations seemed to be thrown in just because the show was premium and therefore expected to have mature content, and to me, that doesnít add anything to a show. Itís sort of like a movie filled with f-bombs just for the sake of excessive cursing. I am of the opinion that if it doesnít make the show better, why throw it in?

Special features include Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Commentaries and Inside the Episode featurettes for each of the eight episodes and they are pretty funny. The outtakes are more like multiple takes of the same scene with the cast ad libbing and while these can be a bit redundant, I canít say they didnít make me laugh. Viewing Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season in high-def Blu-ray certainly looks crisp and sounds great, but itís not the type of show that demands Blu-ray and would look fine in standard def.

Overall, I enjoyed Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season and found it amusing, but I agree with HBO that it was time for the show to come to a close. Schwartzman, Galifianakis and Danson are a hysterical trio, but it just got to the point that the show was trying too hard. Despite that, Danson stole every scene he was in and I will miss his ridiculous role as George Christopher, but look forward to seeing his equally quirky character, D.B. Russell, on CSI. Farewell, Jonathan Ames. Your writer-turned-detective character did amuse me.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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