Arrested Development - Season 1

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Overview

This three-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the Emmy Award-winning first season of the situation comedy Arrested Development. Each is presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include three commentary tracks recorded by series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. He is joined by many of the cast members on one of ...
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Overview

This three-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the Emmy Award-winning first season of the situation comedy Arrested Development. Each is presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include three commentary tracks recorded by series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. He is joined by many of the cast members on one of those commentary tracks. Deleted scenes, original songs by David Schwartz, and footage from a panel discussion on the show held at the Museum of Television & Radio round out this excellent collection from 20th Century Fox.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All 22 Season One episodes - plus never-aired extended pilot; Audio commentaries on selected episodes; "Breaking Ground: Behind the Scenes of 'Arrested Development'" featurette; Ron Howard's inside look at "Arrested Development"; Deleted/extended scenes; The Museum of Television & Radio cast panel discussion; Original songs by David Schwartz; TV Land featurettes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
It's not easy being a struggling, half-hour sitcom, but an Emmy usually makes up for it. Arrested Development -- the comedy series produced and even narrated by erstwhile Opie Cunningham Ron Howard -- won five Emmys in 2004, including the Outstanding Comedy Series statue. The quirky series certainly deserved it. In the 21-episode Season 1 set we're introduced to the Bluths, an affluent family that has grown accustomed to a high-class lifestyle, thanks to father George Bluth Sr. Jeffrey Tambor and the family-owned business of frozen-banana stands and development properties. At his retirement party, George is arrested for shifty accounting practices and thrown in jail. The Bluth family account is frozen, leading to near panic from the rest of the family, who have never worked a day in their lives. The cast includes: Jessica Walter as the money-hungry matriarch Lucille; Will Arnett as the eldest son, Gob pronounced "Jobe", a happily blackballed magician and womanizer with a knack for failure; Tony Hale as youngest son Buster, who suffers from panic attacks and has an unused degree in cartography because "everything has already been mapped"; Portia de Rossi as sister Lindsay, a dilettante socialite with a penchant for throwing fundraisers; David Cross as her husband, Tobias Funke, a disgraced psychiatrist turned aspiring actor; and their daughter, Maeby Alia Shawkat. It is the middle son, Michael Jason Bateman, who is the only Bluth responsible enough to take on the task of trying to put the company back together. The season unfolds with Michael's effort to make the Bluth Company honest again, while the rest of the family tries to sabotage the process. The dialogue is witty, and without a laugh track the crackling writing really shines through, often requiring multiple viewings to catch every nuance. Recurring guest stars, including Liza Minnelli as Lucille and Henry Winkler as Bluth lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn, add to the comedy, as does Howard with his sly narration. Fans of typical sitcom fare may find Arrested Development odd at first, but the top-notch cast, scripts, and intertwining plots make it worthy of a closer look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • UPC: 024543146957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Language: English
  • Time: 8:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,406

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Howard Voice Only
Jason Bateman Michael Bluth
Jeffrey Tambor George Bluth Sr.
Will Arnett George 'Gob' Bluth II
David Cross Tobias Fünke
Portia de Rossi Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Tony Hale Byron 'Buster' Bluth
Jessica Walter Lucille Bluth
Michael Cera George Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat Mae 'Maeby' Funke
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Side #1 -- Episode 1-6 Plus Extended Pilot
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   Episode Selection
      Extended Pilot
      Pilot
      Top Banana
      Bringing Up Buster
      Key Decisions
      Visiting Ours
      Charity Drive
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio: English Dolby Surround
      Language & Audio: Commentary on "Extended Pilot"
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Extended Pilot
      Commentary by Creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo and Actor Jason Bateman on "Extended Pilot"
      Deleted & Extended Scenes
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         Top Banana
         Bringing Up Buster
         Key Decisions
         Visiting Ours
      Breaking Ground: Behind-the-Scenes of Arrested Development
      Original Songs by David Schwartz
         Play All Original Songs
         Arrested Development
         Valentines Day
         I Get Up, Vocals - Gabriel Mann
         No Batter
         A Mágica Do Mar, Vocals - Katia Moraes
         Big Yellow Joint, Vocals - Steven Sprung
         The Do Gooder
         Free at Last, Vocals - Gabriel Mann, Maxayn Lewis
         Stupid Chair
         Oscar & Lucille
         Plenty of Fun
         Buster & Lucille
         Lovely Day, Vocals - Clare Muldaur
         Tobias
         Ladies
         Burn It, Aunt Mommy
         Get Along, Little Sheep; Vocals - Clare Muldaur, Gabriel Mann, David Schwartz, Lucy Schwartz
         Attic or Main House
         Scrimped & Saved
         Honey to the Bear, Baby; Vocals - Antonio Sol
         The Setup
         You Here With Me; Vocals - Gabriel Mann
         Kiss, Later That Day
         Wild Wild Ride
         Fade to Nothing, Vocals - Kate Markowitz, Gabriel Mann
         I'm in Love
         All You Need Is Smiles, Vocals - Jeffrey Tambor
         The Hurwitz Co. Logo
Side #2 -- Episodes 7-14
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   Episode Selection
      My Mother, the Car
      In God We Trust
      Storming the Castle
      Pier Pressure
      Public Relations
      Marta Complex
      Beef Consomme
      Shock and Aww
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio: English Dolby Surround
      Language & Audio: Commentary on "Beef Consomme"
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Creator Mitchell Hurwitz and Actors Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross on "Beef Consomme"
      Deleted & Extended Scenes
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         My Mother, the Car
         In God We Trust
         Storming the Castle
         Marta Complex
         Beef Consomme
         Shock and Aww
      The Museum of Television & Radio: Q&A With the Cast and Creative Team of Arrested Development
Side #3 -- Episodes 15-22
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   Episode Selection
      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
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio: English Dolby Surround
      Language & Audio: Commentary on "Let Them Eat Cake"
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Creator Mitchell Hurwitz and Actors Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross on "Let Them Eat Cake"
      Deleted & Extended Scenes
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         Staff Infection
         Missing Kitty
         Altar Egos
         Best Man for the Gob
      TV Land - "Arrested Development: The Making of a Future Classic"
      "TV Land Awards" - The Future Classic Award
      Ron Howard Sneak Peek at Season 2
      Arrested Development Promo "Blind"
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Witty Series

    I love this show. I still cannot decide which character is my favorite, with each scene I found myself thinking "Oh, _____ is surely my favorite character." The show was well written and witty, though I have heard one person refer to the show as vulgar and on a "3rd grade level," so it's not for everyone. This is one of those series you can watch over and over again and never get tired of, and also pick up new little jokes you did not hear the first time. This series is lighthearted humor. And, many can relate to "having a crazy family." I can only hope the rumored movie will be made with haste and retain the humor of the series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Series I've Ever Seen

    This show is beyond hilarious like wow i could not stop laughing through the entire series

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Perhaps the Best Show to Ever Show on TV

    Yeah, that's a strong title and i stand by it. This show was incredibly clever and engaging. The wit is and has never been matched on television, which is probably why it didn't last. It certainly didn't stoop to the level most TV does these days for cheap laughs. Fantastic ensemble cast and great writing. I wouldn't recommend the show to just anyone because it's not everyone's sense of humor, but it is brilliant and witty. And it certainly left a void on TV when it left.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of A Kind Messed Up Show

    Once you start watching Arrested Development you can't look away. It's just that crazy! Which, of course, makes it one of the best TV shows ever created. Right now my favorite character is Gob, with his chicken imitation, but that could change at any time. All I can say is WATCH IT!!! No words can fully describe this roller coaster comedy so WATCH IT!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the few original shows

    Original is the best word to describe this show. And honest. And damn funny.<BR/><BR/>You get the point. Watch it. Now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant stuff not for the unsophisticated

    This is the kind of show my grandma wouldn't have understood...Which makes me love it all the more...it is slightly subversive, always outrageous and the satire is so biting it leaves marks. To other reviewers, they were never looking for lovable characters with 'heart'...that isn't what this is about. If you like comedy that makes a mockery of human foibles, this is for you....where else can you find Liza Minnelli playing a woman with vertigo?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique, Intelligent, and Irreverent -- no wonder it didn't last..

    Arrested Development was one of those rare television shows that truly broke the mold, and in doing so, created a genre unto itself. Similar to 'The Office', the cinematography led you to believe you were watching hidden cameras showing you people behaving as they normally do -- quite different from the staged look and laugh tracks that usually accompany sitcoms. The dialogue, while sometimes a bit contrived, rewards the intelligent viewer who is paying close attention "similar to 'Scrubs' in this regard". Furthermore, unlike the other programs that were accompanying this show on Fox's Sunday night lineup "Family Guy, Simpsons, etc.", you could not attain the full enjoyment from this show by just sitting down and catching any half-hour episode. I started watching toward the end of the first season, and since going back and catching up, it's amazing how much more of the dialogue takes on new "and hilarious" meaning.. While it's a shame this show didn't survive any longer, I highly recommend grabbing the DVD set, starting from the first episode, and enjoying this great show. Review by Robert H. Goretsky of Hoboken, NJ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You either love or hate the Bluths

    Although all seasons of this show are fabulous- Season 1 is definitely AD at it's finest. One of the greatest parts about this brilliant show is the continuity of the jokes- which is why it is best to start with season 1 if you are able to. It definitely enhances the laugh factor for the following season "although flashbacks are present" and you really appreciate the love and effort that went into this series. There are so many hilarious subtle details to this show that you are able to watch episodes over and over again and laugh just as hard as you did watching it the first time. As my headline stated- it's the kind of humor that you either get or don't, although I haven't found one person "after making them sit and watch an entire episode" who has not fallen in love with this show. The entire cast is amazing and Michael Cera is definitely a young actor to watch out for "although I feel his best work was done in Season 3". I couldn't even pick any stand outs in the cast because it's the best work I've seen from any of them- Jessica Walters, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Will Arnett, David Cross- not to mention the awesome guest stars. One of the greatest shows to grace the television and puts all the other content out there to shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tried It, Didn't Like It

    I never gave this show a shot while it was on TV so I figured I'd pick up the boxed-set to see what all the hype was about. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. There are some funny jokes, but the show is peopled with caricatures instead of characters. I really didn't care what happened to anybody. The scenes seem short since the show really just goes from joke to joke. I didn't really get to know anybody. It's all constructed very well, but there's really not much heart to it. It really is very well written, I just wish it was more than a collection of clever jokes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    funniest show on tv

    this is without a doubt the funniest show on tv. I don't understand why no one watches it. It's been nominated for so many awards in the past two years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch this!

    It boggles my mind that this show is struggling. The writing is genius and everyone on screen is a master of comic timing. It easily outshines every other sitcom going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    By far the best show on Television

    this is the best show on television currently. nothing can compare to Arrested's humor, wit, and intelligence. i am very saddened that more people watch garbage like 'According to Jim', and neglect this beautifully written, sophisticatedly-shot comedy. Buy it immediately, and you will enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best show on television!

    Reminiscent of Soap, but more intelligent. Miss a minute & you could completely miss the funniest bit of any episode. Sometimes you may even miss them while watching intently. You'll see what I mean...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why, oh why?

    What I don't get is how this genius show, probably the best I've EVER seen, wins the best comedy series Emmy in its first season yet has to fight to get picked up for a second season due to ratings.... watch it people. It's brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This show is the real deal!

    Yes, all the hype is TRUE. This really is the best comedy on TV right now. One of the best ever, in fact. Jason Bateman and the rest of the ensemble cast are outstanding. The writing is smart, original and consistenly funny. Everything about this show from its visual style to the way the cast delivers the hilarious dialogue is truly unique. It just really defies description, there is nothing else like it on television. The DVD set does justice to this great show. A definite no brainer as a purchase. Set back and enjoy Season 1 over and over (you will, this is one of the few shows that begs and rewards repeat viewings) and watch Season two on Fox this fall and support a brilliant show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderful series

    Arrested development is an excellent example of how a group of intelligent and creative people (actors, writers, creators, producers) can demostrate that television is a medium with great possibilities. This series is funny, original, smart and unlike anything that´s ever been done on television. After watching Arrested you find yourself wondering why there aren´t more series like this one on television.

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