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Smurfs: The Lost Village (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

July 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who enjoy the Smurfs and videophile/audiophile parents looking for an animated film that looks great in 4K Ultra HD, who also want to entertain their children or the entire family, you can’t go wrong with “Smurfs: The Lost Village”. Recommended for the entire family!

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TITLE: Smurfs: Lost Village

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p Ultra High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio), English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), English – Audio Description Track, Catalan, Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese 5.1 Dolby Digital, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

COMPANY: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (Some Mild Action and Rude Humor)

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2017


Based on the Characters by Peyo

Directed by Kelly Asbury

Written by Stacey Harman, Pamela Ribbon

Producer: Mary Ellen Bauder, Jordan Kerner

Co-Producer: Veronique Culliford, Mandy Tankenson

Executive Producer: Raja Gosnell, Ben Waisbren

Co-Executive Producer: Ben Haber

Music by Christopher Lennertz

Edited by Bret Marnell

Casting by Mary Hidalgo

Production Design by Noelle Triaureau

Art Direction by Dean Gordon, Marcel Vignali


Starring:

Demi Lovato as Smurfette

Rainn Wilson as Gargamel

Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf

Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf

Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf

Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf

Dee Bradley Baker as Monty

Frank Welker as Azrael

Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm

Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom

Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow

Ariel Winter as SmurfLily

Meghan Trainor as SmurfMelody

Bret Marnell as Snappy Bug

Brandon Jeffords as Cauldron

Kelly Asbury as Nosey Smurf

Jake Johnson as Grouchy Smurf

Gabrielle Iglesias as Jokey Smurf

Tituss Burgess as Vanity Smurf


In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of THE biggest secret in Smurf history!


Back in the late ’50s, Belgian cartoonist Peyo created the comic strips featuring small blue fictional characters known as the Smurfs. A big success in France, the Smurfs would receive various adaptations.

The first were in Belgium via TV animated shorts that were created in 1961-1967, a few of the shorts would be featured in the 1965 in the black-and-white animation “Les Adventures des Schtroumpfs” and then followed by a 1976 animation titled “La Flûte à six schtroumpfs” (The Smurfs and the Magic Flute) which would receive an English version that would inspire more full-length Smurf animated films.

But in America, where the Smurfs gained its popularity is through the 1981 animated TV series which was nominated many times for a Daytime Emmy Award and won the “Outstanding Children’s Entertainment Series” for 1982-1983. The animated series would broadcast on television through 1989.

In 1997, producer Jordan Kerner has been trying to get a “Smurfs” film created but it wasn’t until 2002 when Peyo’s heirs accepted Kerner’s offer and people were able to get their first look at the film via leaked footage on the Internet in 2008.

And in 2011, the first live-action/CG Smurf film of a planned trilogy was released in theaters in 2011. The film which was budgeted for $110 million received lackadaisical reviews from film critics but the film was popular among the younger viewers and earned over $559 million in the box office ensuring the film as a success for Columbia Pictures which would ensure a sequel.

In 2013, “Smurfs 2” would go on to earn over $374 million in the box office, making it another success.

But wanting to create a full 3D CG animated film, the film series was rebooted (now no longer featuring the live action portion), this film (unrelated to the previous two films) is directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”, “Gnomeo & Juliet”) and co-written by Stacey Harman (“The Goldbergs”) and Pamela Ribon (“Moana”, “Samantha Who?”, “Bears”) and the film would go on to make $194.7 million in the box office.

And now “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD in July 2017.  The version I am reviewing is the 4K Ultra HD version which comes with the Blu-ray and an UltraViolet Digital Code.

In this latest film, we are introduced to the story of Smurfette, the only girl in the Smurf Village and how she was created by the wicked wizard Gargamel from a lump of clay.  Despite being created for the purpose of evil (as he in search of the Smurf village to steal all of their essences to become the most powerful wizard in the world), she was given a chance by Papa Smurf and became part of the village.

One day, Brainy Smurf is creating an invention that can determine one’s energy.  As Hefty Smurf was tested, the invention showed that his energy was strength and Brainy was able to extract that into a liquid.  But when tested on Smurfette, because she isn’t a true Smurf, she drew in energy and so the invention didn’t work on her.

As Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy Smurf go out for some playtime, while flying out with a leaf, a gust of wind carries her to the Forbidden Forest where she crashes.  Smurfette sees a smurf watching her and it runs off past the wall leading to the Forbidden Forest.

But when Smurfette tells the three of what she saw, she is grabbed by Gargamel’s vulture, Monty back to his lair.

This leads Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy to go on a rescue mission to save Smurfette and when they get her out to go to the village, they want to tell Papa Smurf about her discovery.  But when Papa Smurf forbids them and punishes them for going out there, the four sneak out to search if there is a “LostVillage”of Smurfs aside from theirs.


VIDEO:

“Smurfs: Lost Village” receives its first 4K Ultra HD release and this latest animation is fantastic.  Presented in 2160p (1:85:1 aspect ratio), it’s a different style compared to the previous two films which tries to add skin texturing but for the most part, the animation is done very well with great hair physics and for the most part, it’s an animation style that is respectful to Peyo’s original work and also for those who remember the animated series.   Meanwhile, environments are well-rendered with amazing detail.  The picture quality of this film is fantastic!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI 2.0A Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), English – Audio Description Track, Catalan, Cantonese, Mandarin, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), Finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese 5.1 Dolby Digital.

Considering that this animated film has a good number of action sequences, the lossless audio utilizes the surround channels.  Dialogue and music are crystal clear, while action sequences sound magnificent through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Smurfs: The Lost village” on 4K Ultra HD comes with the following special features:

  • Emoji Sneak Peak – (2:04) A sneak peek for the upcoming “Emoji” film.
  • Filmmaker Commentary– Featuring audio commentary by director Kelly Asbury and Allan Hawkins (Animation Supervisor) and Brandon Jeffords (Head of Story).
  • Deleted Scenes – (7:35) Featuring four deleted scenes.
  • Kids at Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village – (9:09) The making of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and behind-the-scenes at Sony Pictures Animation.
  • The Lost Auditions – (4:07) Voice talents auditioning for other Smurf roles.
  • Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette – (:58) Smurfette interviews Demi Lovato.
  • Lost Village Dance Song  – (3:10) Featuring children dancing to the “Lost Village Dance Song”.
  • Smurfify Your Nails – (2:18) A featurette on how to smurfify nails.
  • Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen – (4:05)  A featurette featuring Baker Smurf narrating one preparing a baked dish.
  • Meghan Trainor “I’m a Lady Music Video”
  • Making the Song “You Will Always find Me In Your Heart” – (3:00) Christopher Lennertz discuss making the music for a certain scene.
  • The Sound of The Smurfs – (3:42) Kelly Asbury and Christopher Lennertz discuss the music for Smurfs: The Lost Village”.
  • Draw Your Favorite Smurfs – (7:40) How to draw various Smurf characters.
  • See More Smurfs! – (5:48) “Smurf” film trailers

EXTRAS:

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


Having grown up with watching “Smurfs” on television and reading the comics, and since 2011, it was cool to watch the films alongside my young son who pretty much grew up not with the animated films but the two previous films.

And he were are now in 2017, we have an animated film which will no doubt entertain families but I feel it’s a film that is much easier for me, as an adult to watch, versus watching Smurf and human collaborations onscreen.

Part of the entertaining factor of the original series is the adventures that the Smurfs are involved in and the various characters to work with.  While “Smurfs: The Lost Village” features primarily Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf and Clumsy Smurf, the film does a great job of incorporating other Smurfs but most importantly answers a question of what if there is a village of other Smurfs out there?

What if Smurfette wasn’t the only female Smurf around?

And sure enough, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is quite fun to watch because we see another village but instead of all male, it’s all female.  And similar to Papa Smurf and his village of male smurfs, we see Mama Smurf and her village of female smurfs.  And needless to say, it makes for a fun, entertaining story.

As always, Gargamel is the primary antagonist.  Still trying to search for Smurfs to capture their essence in order to make him a powerful wizard.  Sure there is quite a bit of peril and rude humor (thanks to Gargamel) that raises the rating to PG but parents watching alongside their children need not worry at all.  It’s a great animated film that the entire family can enjoy!

As for the 4K Ultra HD presentation, animation is fantastic.  While much different compared to the previous two films, this time around, the animated film is much truer to Peyo’s work.  Especially for those who grew up watching the animated series.  Movements and hair physics to the way the characters move were well-animated and the detail of environments are full of detail.  In fact, this film looks absolutely vibrant in HD.

The lossless soundtrack is just as impressive.  Featuring crystal clear dialogue and music but also great use of the surround channels during the action sequences.  And last, there are a good number of special features included as well.

Overall, for those who enjoy the Smurfs and videophile/audiophile parents looking for an animated film that looks great in 4K Ultra HD, who also want to entertain their children or the entire family, you can’t go wrong with “Smurfs: The Lost Village”.  Recommended for the entire family!

 

Community – The Complete Fifth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you love comedy, “Community” has always been an entertaining series and continues to be entertaining for season five. There were quite a number of changes for the fifth season but if you followed the series for this long and enjoy the crazy hijinks of the characters, I’m sure you are in for the long haul and were entertained with what Harmon and crew were able to deliver. “Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is definitely worth checking out!

© 2014 Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Open 4 Business Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Community – The Complete Fifth Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2014

DURATION: 13 Episodes (278 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: August 5, 2014

Directed by Joe Russo, Tristram Shapeero, Jay Chandraskehar, Rob Schrab

Written by Jordan Blum, Andy Bobrow, Parker Deay, Donald Diego, Dan Harmon, Carol Kolb, Chris McKenna, Tim Saccardo, Erik Sommers, Dino Stamatopoulos

Produced by Timothy Silver, Douglas Rowell, Tony Salama, Trever Stewart

Co-Producer: Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld, Timothy Silver

Executive Producer: Tristram Shapeero, Jaes Fino, Joe Russo

Co-Executive Producer: Erik Sommers

Associate Producer: Andres Anglade

Consulting Producer: Adam Countee

Music by Ludwig Goransson

Cinematography by Gary Hatfield

Edited by Christian Kinnard, Luke Guidici

Casting by Josh Einsohn

Production Design by Denise Pizzini

Set Decoration by Denise Pizzini

Art Diretion by John B. Vertrees

Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen

Starring:

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry

Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie as Annie Edison

Donald Glober as Troy Barnes

Ken Jeong as Senor Chang

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton

Richard Erdman as Leonard

Dino Stamatoupoulos as Star Burns

Erik Charles Nielsen as Garrett Lambert

John Oliver as Professor Ian Duncan

Danielle Kaplowitz as Vicki

Luke Youngblood as Magnitude

Charley Koontz as Neil

Jonathan Banks as Professor Hickey

Dominik Musiol as Pavel

Jeremy Scott Johnson as Carl

America’s smartest, edgiest comedy goes back to school with a vengeance! Just when you thought you’d seen and laughed at everything, along comes Season 5 to reinvent all the rules. “Bear Down” for the most jaw-dropping, polygraph-taking, hot lava-walking, ass-crack-bandit-pursuing, fantasy-roleplay-gaming, animated “G.I. Jeff”-hallucinating, hidden treasure-hunting, college campus-saving season that gets a rating of five MeowMeowBeenz! The fifth season of Community proves to be the most innovative and hilarious season yet – with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver.

For the fifth season of the hit comedy series “Community”, the study group of Greendale Community College must face a closure, Jeff returns after graduating to teach, one member of the study group says goodbye, while another passes away.

Featuring a new chapter of the characters of “Community”, including a “G.I. Joe” inspired animated episode, find out what happens in “Community – The Fifth Season” which will be released on DVD in August 2014.

What is “Community”?

In 2009, writer and producer Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Monster House”) and Rob Schrab (founder of the website/channel “101”) created a TV sitcom for NBC known as “Community”. For three seasons, “Community” has done well for NBC but for half of season three and for season four there was a major shakeup with Sony Pictures Television not renewing the contract of producer Dan Harmon.  But after public outcry and falling ratings, Dan Harmon returned for season 5.

Unfortunately, the troubles of season four with Chevy Chase walking off the set in the final two episodes, would lead to his character being killed off the show for season five.  And as for Donald Glover, who has played the popular character Troy, his busy schedule with his rap career and his planned TV show with FX, prompted the actor to have his character leave in season 5.

And with an announcement that NBC had canceled “Community” in May 2014, fortunately Yahoo! Screen picked up the series in June 2014 and a sixth season will be shown via their online streaming service.

With a another new direction for the fifth season, the season is 13 episodes long.

The series focuses on a troubled lawyer named Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) having to attend Greendale Community College after falsifying his law degree credentials. In order for him to not get disbarred, he must graduate from Greendale. So, he attends a study group which he forms with troublemaker student Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), an arrogant towlet millionaire and student Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase), a straight-laced student named Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie), a former high school quarterback named Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover), a single Christian mother named Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) and a film student named Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).

For season five, the season picks up a year after Jeff has graduated from Greendale Community College.  While being a lawyer was not as success, he decides to teach at Greendale and adjust to being part of staff.

Meanwhile, the group is shaken by a death of one of their own students and one of their own decides to leave community college for a major adventure.

Season five will also feature the “Community” animated episode as the group receives an ’80s “G.I. Joe” style conversion as Jeff doesn’t not want to leave his childhood and feels better living in the past.  Meanwhile, for Greendale Community College, will the community college be sold?

The main characters of “Community” are:

  • Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”, “Spider-Man 2”, “The Soup”) – A lawyer who worked at the Colorado Bar Association but when it was revealed that he didn’t get his BA from Columbia University, he is offered to attend Greendale Community College as a deal with the firm, so he doesn’t get disbarred.
  • Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs, “The Box”, “Gardens of the Night”) – The bad girl of the group and the least fun member of the group. She and Jeff tend to have one night stands with each other but now she is dating Troy.
  • Abed Nabir (Danny Pudi, “Road Trip: Beer Pong”, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”) – Loves American pop culture and wants to become a filmmaker. He is taking film directing classes at Greendale Community College.
  • Troy Barnes (Donald Glover, “The Daily Show”, “Mystery Team”) – A former high school football star who now attends Greendale Community College. His best friend is Abed and is now dating Britta.
  • Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Tropic Thunder”) – A divorced mother of three who attends Greendale Community College. She is very religious.
  • Annie Edison (Alison Brie, “Mad Men”, “Scream 4”) – A straight-laced Jewish girl. She is the most serious and most studious of the study group but also had a prescription drug addiction.
  • Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase, “Caddyshack”, “Vacation”) – The moist towelette tycoon attending Greendale Community College. He is trying to embrace today’s youth culture and is often offensive to everyone.
  • Ben “Senor” Chang (Ken Jeong, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”, “Role Models”) – Once the group’s Spanish teacher and was found out to not have any teaching qualifications, so now he must attend Greendale Community College and get his degree. In season four, he has amnesia dubbed “Changnesia”. He is disliked by the study group.
  • Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) – The flamboyant Dean of Greendale Community College and strives to make Greendale Community College into a real university.

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on “Community – The Complete Fourth Season” (a total of 13 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

 

  • EPISODE 85 – Repilot – Jeff returns to Greendale after graduating.
  • EPISODE 86 – Introduction to Teaching – Jeff begins teaching at Greendale and tries to adjust.
  • EPISODE 87 – Basic Intergluteal Numismatics – Jeff and Annie is trying to solve the mystery of the Ass Crack Bandit.  Meanwhile, the group receives bad news.
  • EPISODE 88 – Cooperative Polygraphy – As part of the conditions of Pierce’s will, the study group undergoes a polygraph test.
  • EPISODE 89 – Geothermal Escapism – The group honors Troys last day at Greendale.
  • EPISODE 90 – Analysis of Cork-Based Networking – Annie and Hickey wants to improve Greendale and organize a dance.
  • EPISODE 91 – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality – Jeff helps Professor Duncan try to win Britta’s affection.
  • EPISODE 92 -App Development and Condiments – Greendale Community College tests out a social media app.
  • EPISODE 93 – VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing – Jeff, Shirley and Hickey discover unused textbooks and try to figure out what to do with them.
  • EPISODE 94 – Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – The gang organizes a game of Dungeons & Dragons, so Professor Hickey can become closer to his son, Hank.
  • EPISODE 95 – G.I. Jeff – The entire gang becomes animated in “G.I. Joe” style.
  • EPISODE 96 – Basic Story – Greendale is appraised on whether it is an asset or liability.
  • EPISODE 97 – Basic Sandwich – Greendale is about to be sold, meanwhile the gang tries to look for hidden treasure.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is very good, well-lit and pretty much a vibrant series. I didn’t notice too many compression artifacts on DVD but for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall picture quality on DVD!

The series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue (and music) are crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Community – The Complete Fif1th Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Commentaries – “Repilot” commentary with Joel McHale, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Tristram Shapeero, “Introduction to Teaching” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Andy Bobrow, “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” commentary with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Dino Stamatopoulos, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Tristram Shapeero, “Cooperative Polygraphy” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Tristram Shapeero and Alex Rubens, “Geothermal Escapism” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Joe Russo and Tim Saccardo, “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” commentary with Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Tristram Shapeero and Monica Padrick, “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Tristram Shapeero and Dan Guterman.
  • Re-Animating the ’80s – (17:35) Creating the animated “G.I. Jeff” episode and doing a G.I. Joe animated style episode.
  • Outtakes – (5:58) Featuring the outtakes of the season five of “Community”.

DISC 2:

  • Commentaries – “App Development and Condiments” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Mitchell Hurwitz, Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Jordan Blum and Parkr Deay. “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Spencer Crittenden, Chris McKenna, Tristram Shapeero and Donald Diego, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Joe Russo and Matt Roller, “G.I. Jeff” commentary withYvette Nicole Brown, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Rob Schrab, Joe Russo II and James Fino, “Basic Story” commentary with Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dino Stamatopoulos, Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, “Basic Sandwich” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Rob Schrab and Ryan Ridley.
  • Advanced Television Production: 5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep – (42:24) Behind-the-scenes on the making of a “Community” episode.

EXTRAS:

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” comes with a slip case.

As a fan of “Community”, the fifth season was a mixed bag.

In one instance, I love the fact that the creativity of the series continued, especially with the hilarious and fantastic “G.I. Jeff” episode based on the original “G.I. Joe” series.

But there is no doubt that with Chevy Chase and Donald Glover gone, the series feels incomplete.

The series would add the often serious and often playing the antagonist, Jonathan Banks as Professor Hickey) and we have John Oliver back as Professor Ian Duncan trying to fill in the extra screentime.

While Jonathan Banks is a fascinating addition to the cast, considering his character roles for other series and films lean more to darker/serious roles, suffice to say, he manages to carry some of this bad boy bravado to “Community” and one that is not so tolerable to Abed.

So, suffice to say, this was a different type of “Community” that manages to have the humor with the original cast but trying to do something different with Joel McHale’s character now abandoning the lawyer route and trying to become a teacher at Greendale Community College, while the other cast remain the same.

In many ways, Dan Harmon’s return is ability to maintain the series’ consistency but also having to deal with two departures, trying to see how Jonathan Banks, John Oliver and even Ken Jeong have more screen time.  While it works, once again, it just doesn’t feel the same, but that’s all part of change and I hope they can make things better for season 6.  For me, part of the enjoyment of “Community” was to see the Troy and Abed hijinks and now, with Troy gone…seeing an Abed and Annie or Abed and Professor Hickey feels out of place.

With the completion of “Community” on television, because the series is going to be streaming on Yahoo!, it makes you wonder if this gives creators and writers a bit more leeway but also wondering if the group has to operate on a more tighter budget.  As a fan of the series, I’m glad the series is continuing but at the same time, I hope the quality is consistent with past seasons.

But if season six is the group’s swansong, I hope Dan Harmon gives the characters a proper sendoff.  But as for the fifth season, you still have the crazy hijinks but no doubt, the series didn’t feel the same without Donald Glover and Chevy Chase, but I do believe this was a transitional season with all the changes and staff working on a tight schedule.

Like the previous DVD releases, this DVD release goes way beyond what most TV sitcoms on DVD have done. Not only does every episode have audio commentary, but you also get a few featurettes and outtakes! So, fans of the series are definitely getting their money’s worth as usual with each season of “Community” on DVD.

If you love comedy, “Community” has always been an entertaining series and continues to be entertaining for season five.  There were quite a number of changes for the fifth season but if you followed the series for this long and enjoy the crazy hijinks of the characters, I’m sure you are in for the long haul and were entertained with what Harmon and crew were able to deliver.

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is definitely worth checking out!

Community – The Complete Fourth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

July 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Hilarious! Crazy! And still a lot of fun! With season four of “Community”, it’s the final stretch for the study group as they get closer to graduating from community college.  Although a shortened season (13 episodes), like previous seasons of “Community” on DVD, with “Community – The Complete Fourth Season”, there  is an abundant amount of special features which include audio commentary for every episode, outtakes, deleted scenes and more! If you love comedy and love “Community”, “Community – The Complete Fourth Season” is recommended!

© 2013 Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Open 4 Business Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Community – The Complete Fourth Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2013

DURATION: 12 Episodes (278 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: August 6, 2013

Directed by Joe Russo, Tristram Shapeero, Adam Davidson, Jay Chandrasekhar, Sten K. Tsuchida, Kyle Newachek

Written by Dan Harmon,Andy Bobrow, Chris McKenna, Megan Ganz, Adam Countee, Stephen Basilone, Annie Mebane, Maggie Bandur, Matt Murray, Tim Saccardo

Produced by Jake Aust, Emily Cutler, Andy Bobrow, Heather Petrigala, Matt Murray, Vera Santamaria, Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld, Matt Warburton

Co-Producer: Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld, Timothy Silver

Executive Producer: Dan Harmon, Russ Krasnoff, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Garret Donovan, Neil Goldman

Co-Executive Producer: Chris McKenna

Associate Producer: Sean Veder

Consulting Producer: Matt Warburton

Music by Ludwig Goransson

Cinematography by Gary Hatfield

Edited by Peter B. Ellis, Christian Kinnard, Ruthie Asian, Jeff Hall

Casting by David Waite, Juei Bestrop

Production Design by Denise Pizzini

Set Decoration by Denise Pizzini

Art Diretion by John B. Vertrees

Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen

Starring:

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry

Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie as Annie Edison

Donald Glober as Troy Barnes

Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne

Ken Jeong as Senor Chang

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton

Richard Erdman as Leonard

Dino Stamatoupoulos as Star Burns

Erik Charles Nielsen as Garrett Lambert

Danielle Kaplowitz as Vicki

Luke Youngblood as Magnitude

Charley Koontz as Fat Neil

Craig Cackowski as Officer Cackowski

Entering their epic senior year at Greendale Community College, these people aren’t just a study group, they’re family! They’ll have to be, if they hope to survive a comedy-crammed year with everything from an alienating sci-fi convention, a German re-invasion and a Thanksgiving dinner from hell, to a hostage taking Christmas, a life-changing father/son reunion and even an epic transformation into puppets! In its wildly inventive fourth season, this phenomenal comedy hits an incredibly hilarious, new level! Prepare to “Pop! Pop!” with laughter. The Players: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Emmy® winner Chevy Chase and a Community of All-Star Guests.

For the fourth season of the hit comedy series “Community”, the study group of Greendale Community College are in their senior year and for the character Jeff, will he be graduating?  Meanwhile, what happens when the group prepares for a sci-fi convention, deal with German students invading the school, taking a professor hostage and more!

Find out in “Community – The Fourth Season” which will be released on DVD in August 2013.

What is “Community”?

In 2009, writer and producer Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Monster House”) and Rob Schrab (founder of the website/channel “101”) created a TV sitcom for NBC known as “Community”.  For three seasons, “Community” has done well for NBC but for half of season three and for season four there was a major shakeup with Sony Pictures Television not renewing the contract of producer Dan Harmon  (note: Harmon was brought back recently for season five).

With a new direction for the fourth season, the season is only 13 episodes long (previous seasons had over 20 episodes).

The series focuses on a troubled lawyer named Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) having to attend Greendale Community College after falsifying his law degree credentials. In order for him to not get disbarred, he must graduate from Greendale. So, he attends a study group which he forms with troublemaker student Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), an arrogant towlet millionaire and student Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase), a straight-laced student named Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie), a former high school quarterback named Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover), a single Christian mother named Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) and a film student named Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).

For season four, Jeff is hoping he can get the good grades he needs to graduate from college.  Meanwhile, Britta tries to get used to a relationship with Troy and getting used to the things he enjoys but also his friendship with Abed.  And as for Abed, with Troy being busy with Britta, he focuses on working on a TV series.  Shirley tries to host a party for everyone but also become more competitive with Annie.  And as for Annie, she tries to get used to whatever relationship she has with Jeff, but also the thought that Jeff may be leaving Greendale Community College.  And as for Pierce, he is as sour as ever!

Meanwhile, Change returns but with “Changnesia”, not remembering how he used to be.  But Jeff and the others are not convinced.

The main characters of “Community” are:

  • Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”, “Spider-Man 2”, “The Soup”) – A lawyer who worked at the Colorado Bar Association but when it was revealed that he didn’t get his BA from Columbia University, he is offered to attend Greendale Community College as a deal with the firm, so he doesn’t get disbarred.
  • Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs, “The Box”, “Gardens of the Night”) – The bad girl of the group and the least fun member of the group. She and Jeff tend to have one night stands with each other but now she is dating Troy.
  • Abed Nabir (Danny Pudi, “Road Trip: Beer Pong”, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”) – Loves American pop culture and wants to become a filmmaker. He is taking film directing classes at Greendale Community College.
  • Troy Barnes (Donald Glover, “The Daily Show”, “Mystery Team”) – A former high school football star who now attends Greendale Community College. His best friend is Abed and is now dating Britta.
  • Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Tropic Thunder”) – A divorced mother of three who attends Greendale Community College. She is very religious.
  • Annie Edison (Alison Brie, “Mad Men”, “Scream 4”) – A straight-laced Jewish girl. She is the most serious and most studious of the study group but also had a prescription drug addiction.
  • Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase, “Caddyshack”, “Vacation”) – The moist towelette tycoon attending Greendale Community College. He is trying to embrace today’s youth culture and is often offensive to everyone.
  • Ben “Senor” Chang (Ken Jeong, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”, “Role Models”) – Once the group’s Spanish teacher and was found out to not have any teaching qualifications, so now he must attend Greendale Community College and get his degree.  In season four, he has amnesia dubbed “Changnesia”.  He is disliked by the study group.
  • Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) – The flamboyant Dean of Greendale Community College and strives to make Greendale Community College into a real university.

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on “Community – The Complete Fourth Season” (a total of 13 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

 

  • EPISODE 72 – Biology 101 – Abed thinks about an alternate timeline of Greendale.
  • EPISODE 73 – Paranormal Parentage – Pierce locks himself in a panic room and the study group must find a way to unlock him.
  • EPISODE 74 – Conventions of Space and Time – The study group attends InSpecTiCon and Troy worries that Abed may have found a new best friend.
  • EPISODE 75 – Alternative History of the German Invasion – When the study group attends their European History Class, they find out they must share it with the obnoxious German students.
  • EPISODE 76 – Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations – Shirley hosts a Thanksgiving gathering at her hosue.
  • EPISODE 77 – Advanced Documentary Filmmaking – Abed films a documentary on Ben Chang’s “Changnesia”.
  • EPISODE 78 – Economics of Marine Biology – Dean Pelton has Jeff, Britta and Annie recruit the “Whale”, a lazy guy who has wealthy parents.
  • EPISODE 79 – Herstory of Dance – Dean Pelton plans a “Sadie Hawkins” dance, but because Britta feels its not right, she holds another competing dance titled the “Sophie B. Hawkins” dance.
  • EPISODE 80 – Intro to Felt Surrogacy – When the Study Group takes part in a traumatic balloon ride, each are giving each other the silent treatment and Dean Pelton tries to get the group talking to each other.
  • EPISODE 81 – Intro to Knots – The study group holds a Chrismas party at Jeff’s apartment and take their professor hostage.
  • EPISODE 82 – Basic Human Anatomy – When Troy and Abed re-enact a scene from “Freaky Friday”, they actually switch bodies and it affects the Study Group.  Also, Jeff and Dean Pelton switch bodies.
  • EPISODE 83 – Heroic Origins  – Chang tries to destroy Greendale Community College.
  • EPISODE 84 – Advanced Introduction to Finality  – Jeff now has enough credits to graduate from Greendale Community College.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Community – The Complete Fourth Season” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is very good, well-lit and pretty much a vibrant series. I didn’t notice too many compression artifacts on DVD but for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall picture quality on DVD!

The series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue (and music) are crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Community – The Complete Fourth Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Commentaries – “History 101” commentary with Danny Pudi, Moses Port, Andy Bobrow and Tristram Shapeero, “Paranormal Parentage” commentary with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Megan Ganz and Tristram Shapeero, “Conventions of Space and Time” commentary with David Guarascio, Maggie Bandur, Steve Basilone, Hunter Covington and Michael Patrick Jann, “Alternative History of the German Invasion” commentary with Maggie Bandur, Steve Basilone, Hunter Covington, Adam F. Goldberg, Gene Hong, Tim Saccardo and Ben Wexler, “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Steve Basilone, Adam DeVine and Tristram Shapeero, “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” commentary with Joel McHale, David Guarascio, Steve Basilone and Tim Saccardo, “Economic of Marine Biology” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Zack Pearlman and Tim Saccardo.
  • Outtakes – (6:28) Featuring the outtakes of the season four of “Community”.
  • Inspector Spacetime: Inspecticon – (9:43) Creating the set of an “Inspecticon” and the crew talks about their experience at Comic-Con and working on the episode.
  • Deleted Scenes – (3:03) A total of six deleted scenes: “Annie’s Appletini”, “Why So Sour Kraut?”, “Dinner Roll Therapy”, “I Really Blasted Him”, “I Haven’t Slept in Three Days”, “Boy, You’re Good At That”.
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes – (4:36) Featuring “Reading My Pun Book”, “Sleep Like a Baby” and “This is Your Legacy”.

DISC 2:

  • Commentaries – “Herstory of Dance” commentary with Danny Pudi, Moses Port, Jack Kukoda and Tristram Shapeero.  “Intro to Felt Surrogacy” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, David Guarscio, Gene Hong and Andy Bobrow, “Intro to Knots” commentary with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Andy Bobrow and Tristram Shapeero, “Basic Human Anatomy” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash and Beth McCarthy Miller, “Heroic Origins” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Maggie Bandur, Steve Basilone, Hunter Covington and Tim Saccardo, “Advanced Introduction to Finality” commentary with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Megan Ganz and Tristram Shapeero.
  • Adventures in Advanced Puppetry – (15:36) A behind-the-scenes of the puppet episode, “Intro to Felt Surrogacy”.
  • Deleted Scenes – (2:11) Featuring three deleted scenes: “There’s Another Cloud”, “Little Annie Adderall” and “Bring On Summer/Winter!”.
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes – (:51) Featuring “Fake a Heart Attack”.

EXTRAS:

“Community – The Complete Fourth Season” comes with a slip case.

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With executive producer and series creator Dan Harmon out for season four,  this was the series that would feature Moses Port and David Gurascio taking the helm and possibly seeing if the show’s direction would improve or remain consistent without Dan Harmon involved.

It was well-documented on entertainment news sites between Sony Pictures Television and Dan Harmon having issues, while prior to the filming of season four, behind the scenes entertainment news surrounding Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon not getting along and saying bad things about the show.

But if there is one thing about “Community”, it has been an NBC series similar to “30 Rock” that has fought for its spot and has a loyal fanbase.  If season three was going to be the last season, Dan Harmon gave the series a finale that would be good enough as a season finale.  But season four was greenlit for 13 episodes (and a fifth season also being greenlit recently marking Harmon’s return) and each time there are rumors of the show’s potential demise, its loyal fanbase continue to be vocal of how they want the show to continue.

And as a fan of “Community”, It’s great to see more seasons as we can finally see the graduation of the characters because there is only so long one can keep them in community college, especially for the character of Jeff, unless they resort to flunking everyone.

With season four with out Dan Harmon, I look at the series as the first half of possibly the potential final year of the Study Group at Greendale Community College and with the upcoming fifth season, I look at it as a second half that perhaps its the season to close things out (unless they find a way to keep the Study Group in college for another season).

With that being said, the new direction without Dan Harmon may not seem off for those not familiar with the behind-the-scenes production issues.  The crazy humor of the show was no doubt evident with each episode.  But it was an interesting season of alternate realities thanks to Abed, switching of bodies between Troy and Abed and Jeff and Dean Pelton, a more competitive season between mother Shirley and the straight-A student Annie, while focusing on a relationship between Troy and Britta and also an episode of Chang having “Changnesia”.  And as for Pierce, while Chevy Chase did film few episodes, the character is put into “sensitivity” training and literally not featured anymore.

What I enjoyed about season four is its crazy episodes and wackiness.  While going for a more alternate reality of Greendale Community College and the bodyswitching episode may or may not turn off viewers, the series did remain some sort of wacky consistency.  This season featured a musical with puppet versions of the characters.  So, the writers did attempt to take things out of the box and do something different.  But I have a feeling that these changes are quite subjective for the viewer, it may not be for everyone.

But while season four did entertain me and I suppose the direction of this season was a bit wackier and escaped realism quite a bit, I know that the series did go down in the ratings.  Could it be that people stopped watching after Dan Harmon left the show?  Or perhaps the storyline of the same study group in community college for several years is starting to grow old?  Who knows.

But the fact is that season four sets the pace for the character of Jeff and others to graduate from Greendale Community College.  Producers and writers could have integrated new characters like they have done with other shows such as “Beverly Hills 90210” or even “Glee” that revolve around a school setting, but I’m glad they remained with the core study group.

For the fourth season, I enjoyed the episodes but now I feel that it was a transition to possibly end the study group for season five and have each of them graduate from Greendale Community College.  We have seen the characters grow with each other for four seasons but everyone doesn’t want to see these individuals at a 2-year college for many more years, unless they move into a university setting and this is not what the series is all about.

So, with news of Dan Harmon being brought back to “Community”, I hope the cast and crew are able to have fun with season five and end the series the way they want but also giving proper closure to the longtime fans of the show.

With season four, I look at it as a first half of a season with its shortened 13 episodes.  A wacky first half with sci-fi elements and unusual situations that were funny in its own way but wondering how the writers will close out the series.

Like the previous DVD releases, this DVD release goes way beyond what most TV sitcoms on DVD have done. Not only does every episode have audio commentary, but there are many outtakes, deleted scenes and more! So, fans of the series are definitely getting their money’s worth as usual with each season of “Community” on DVD.

If you love comedy, “Community” is an entertaining series but with these episodes, it’s clearly becoming the final stretch for the study group as they come closer to graduating from community college.  As always jam-packed DVD box set with an abundant amount of special features, “Community – The Complete Fourth Season” is highly recommended!

Community – The Complete Third Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to comedy sitcoms on television, “Community” is one of the craziest and most clever shows on television! And once again, another fantastic DVD release with an abundant amount of special features which include audio commentary for every episode, outtakes, deleted scenes and more!  If you love comedy, “Community – The Complete Third Season” is highly recommended!

© 2011, 2012 Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Open 4 Business Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Community – The Complete Third Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2011-2012

DURATION: 22 Episodes (467 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: August 14, 2012

Directed by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Tristram Shapeero, Hay Chandrasekhar

Written by Dan Harmon, Hilary Winston, Andrew Guest, Emily Cutler, Karey Dornetto, Chris McKenna, Andy Bobrow, Adam Countee, Megan Ganz

Produced by Jake Aust, Emily Cutler, Andy Bobrow

Co-Producer: Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld

Executive Producer: Dan Harmon, Russ Krasnoff, Anthony Russo, Sean Veder, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman

Co-Executive Producer: Chris McKenna

Associate Producer: O’Shea Read

Supervising Producer: Hilary Winston

Consulting Producer: Dino Stamatopoulos

Music by Ludwig Goransson

Cinematography by Gary Hatfield

Edited by Steven Sprung, Peter B. Ellis, Ruthie Aslan, Christian Kinnard, Jeff Hall and Lisa Lassek

Casting by Juel Bestrop

Production Design by Derek R. Hill, Denise Pizzini

Set Decoration by Denise Pizzini, Dorit Hurst

Art Diretion by John B. Vertrees

Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen

Starring:

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry

Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie as Annie Edison

Donald Glober as Troy Barnes

Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne

Ken Jeong as Senor Chang

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton

Dino Stamatopoulos as Star-Burns

Erik Charles Nielsen as Garrett Lambert

John Oliver as Professor Ian Duncan

Danielle Kaplowitz as Vicki

Luke Youngblood as Magnitude

Craig Cackowski as Officer Cackowski

Charley Koontz as Fat Neil

John Goodman as Vice Dean Laybourne

Max Barakat as Ted

Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Andre Bennett

Jerry Minor as Jerry the Janitor

Dan Bakkedahl as Murray

Jordan Black as Dean Spreck

D.C. Pierson as Mark Millot

America’s most incorrigible study group of misfits returns for a hilariously ingenious new year at Greendale Community College. From homicidal Halloween pizza parties, holiday Glee Club smackdowns, foosball showdowns, epic pillow fight wars and an underage campus security force to a shocking remarriage, a riotous funeral service, submarine sandwich throwdowns, a new Vice Dean (Emmy® winner John Goodman) with a strange air-conditioning fixation and a crime show homage for the ages — the Third Season of television’s boldest, brashest comedy is the most brilliant yet. Get ready to cram it all in. Starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, with Ken Jeong and Emmy® winner Chevy Chase. INTERNATIONAL: Everyone’s favorite, most incorrigible study group of misfits returns for a hilariously ingenious new year at Greendale Community College. From homicidal Halloween pizza parties, holiday Glee Club smackdowns, foosball showdowns, epic pillow fight wars and an underage campus security force to a shocking remarriage, a riotous funeral service, submarine sandwich throwdowns, a new Vice Dean (Emmy® winner John Goodman) with a strange air-conditioning fixation and a crime show homage for the ages — the Third Season of television’s boldest, brashest comedy is the most brilliant yet. Get ready to cram it all in. Starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, with Ken Jeong and Emmy® winner Chevy Chase.

The third season of “Community” is here and the study group of Greendale Community College must experience multiple timelines, find out which person in the group may be a homicidal killer, enaging in a pillow fight, fill in for a Glee Club, hold a memorial for a dead classmate and more!

In 2009, writer and producer Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Monster House”) and Rob Schrab (founder of the website/channel “101”) created a TV sitcom for NBC known as “Community”.

The series focuses on a troubled lawyer named Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) having to attend Greendale Community College after falsifying his law degree credentials. In order for him to not get disbarred, he must graduate from Greendale. So, he attends a study group which he forms with troublemaker student Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), an arrogant towlet millionaire and student Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase), a straight-laced student named Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie), a former high school quarterback named Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover), a single Christian mother named Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) and a film student named Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).

In the first season of “Community”, the study group join together for Spanish 101 which is taught by their ego-maniacal teacher named Ben “Senor” Chang (as portrayed by Ken Jeong). The group become very good friends and hang out with each other.

In the second season of “Community”, the study group once again join together to study for an anthropology class taught by the weird June Bauer (as portrayed by Betty White). But this time around, what happens when Britta and Annie start to fall for Jeff, Shirley gives birth during anthropology class and Abed has developed an addiction to the sitcom series “Cougar Town”. From zombies to paint ball competitions, the second season of “Community” featured a lot of crazy college life and events that center around the study group at Greendale Community College!

And here we are with the third season, and more crazy college experiences continue at Greendale Community College!

How will life be between Troy and Abed when they become roommates, what will happen when Jeff and Annie grow even closer to each other or will Annie be able to be friends with Troy and Abed after she moves in with them?  Meanwhile, Britta suspects one of the study group members as homicidal maniac, Shirley and Pierce want to form a business venture together.  Meanwhile, Dean Pelton finds a new rival with Vice Dean Laybourne (as portrayed by John Goodman) and Senor Chang gets a job at the college as a security guard.

The main characters of “Community” are:

  • Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”, “Spider-Man 2”, “The Soup”) – A lawyer who worked at the Colorado Bar Association but when it was revealed that he didn’t get his BA from Columbia University, he is offered to attend Greendale Community College as a deal with the firm, so he doesn’t get disbarred.
  • Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs, “The Box”, “Gardens of the Night”) – The bad girl of the group and the least fun member of the group. She and Jeff tend to have one night stands with each other.
  • Abed Nabir (Danny Pudi, “Road Trip: Beer Pong”, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”) – Loves American pop culture and wants to become a filmmaker. He is taking film directing classes at Greendale Community College.
  • Troy Barnes (Donald Glover, “The Daily Show”, “Mystery Team”) – A former high school football star who now attends Greendale Community College. He is best friend’s with Abed.
  • Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Tropic Thunder”) – A divorced mother of three who attends Greendale Community College. She is very religious.
  • Annie Edison (Alison Brie, “Mad Men”, “Scream 4”) – A straight-laced Jewish girl. She is the most serious and most studious of the study group but also had a prescription drug addiction.
  • Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase, “Caddyshack”, “Vacation”) – The moist towelette tycoon attending Greendale Community College. He is trying to embrace today’s youth culture and is often offensive to everyone.
  • Ben “Senor” Chang (Ken Jeong, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”, “Role Models”) – Once the group’s Spanish teacher and was found out to not have any teaching qualifications, so now he must attend Greendale Community College and get his degree.
  • Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) – The Dean of Greendale Community College and strives to make Greendale Community College into a real university. He also tends to take part in dressing like a female pop culture icon.

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on “Community – The Complete Third Season” (a total of 22 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 50 – Biology 101 – The study group take a biology class together, meanwhile Dean Pelton meets his rival, Vice Dean Laybourne (as portrayed by John Goodman).
  • EPISODE 51 – Geography of Global Conflict – Annie meets her rival… Asian Annie.
  • EPISODE 52 – Remedial  Chaos Theory – Troy and Abed throw a housewarming party and Abed discusses the various timelines that can play out.
  • EPISODE 53 – Competitive Ecology – When the study group tries to bring in a new classmate, it becomes problematic to the group.
  • EPISODE 54 – Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky – Is one of the group a psychopath?
  • EPISODE 55 – Advanced Gay – Pierce supports a drag queen’s song for Hawthorne Wipes, but his homophobic father interferes.
  • EPISODE 56 – Studies in Modern Movement – Annie starts to have second thoughts about moving in with Troy and Abed.
  • EPISODE 57 – Documentary Filmmaking: Redux – Dean Pelton works on a commercial for Greendale.

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 58- Foosball and Nocturnal Vigalantism – Shirley coaches Jeff is foosball but he finds out that she bullied him when they were kids.
  • EPISODE 59 – Regional Holiday Music – The study group wants to fill in for the Glee Club at Greendale’s Christmas pageant.
  • EPISODE 60 – Contemporary Impressionists – The study group work as celebrity impersonators at a bar mitzvah to pay off Abed’s debt.
  • EPISODE 61 – Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts – Shirley’s remarriage to Andre threatens her plans on starting a business with Pierce.
  • EPISODE 62 – Digital Exploration of Interior Design – Britta falls for the human embodiment of the Subway sandwich chain.
  • EPISODE 63 – Pillows and Blankets – The students of Greendale are drawn into a pillow fight and it tests Troy and Abed’s friendship.
  • EPISODE 64 – Origins of Vampire Mythology – When a carnival comes to Greendale, Annie tries to make sure Britta doesn’t have any contact with her ex-boyfriend who works as a carnival worker.
  • EPISODE 65 – Virtual Systems Analysis – Troy and Britta go out on a date and Annie affects Abed’s personality.

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 66 – Basic Lupine Urology– Someone has killed the study group’s yam.
  • EPISODE 67 – Course Listing Unavailable – The study group holds a memorial for a classmate who has died.
  • EPISODE 68 – Curriculum Unavailable – Aved is caught trespassing in Greendale and he and the group must visit a psychiatrist.
  • EPISODE 69 – Digital Estate Planning – Pierce must play a video game to determine who will inherit his father’s fortune.
  • EPISODE 70 – The First Chang Dynasty – The study group comes up with a plan to save and free Dean Pelton from Chang.
  • EPISODE 71 – Introduction to Finality – Abed struggles to stay sane without Troy and Jeff represents Shirley in a case against Pierce to see who is the true owner of the new sandwich.

VIDEO:

“Community – The Complete Third Season” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is very good, well-lit and pretty much a vibrant series. I didn’t notice too many compression artifacts on DVD but for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall picture quality on DVD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Community – The Complete Third Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue (and music) are crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Community – The Complete Third Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Commentaries – Featuring the following audio commentaries: “Biology 101” commentary with Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Brown; “Geography of Global Conflict” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Martin Starr and Andy Bobrow; “Remedial Chaos Theory” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Chris McKenna; “Competitive Ecology” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Maggie Bandeur; “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash; “Advanced Gay” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Matt Murray; “Studies in Modern Movement” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Jim Rash; “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash.
  • Outtakes – (6:41) The first set of outtakes from “Community” Season Three.
  • Deleted Scenes – (6:11) A total of six deleted scenes: “Biology 101”, “Geography of Global Conflict”, “Remedial Chaos Theory”, “Competitive Ecology”, “Advanced Gay” and “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”.

DISC 2:

  • Commentaries – “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism” commentary with Joel McHAle, Yvette Nicole Brown and Chris Kula; “Regional Holiday Music Commentary” with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yevette Nicole Brown, Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane; “Contemporary Impressionists” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alex Cooley and Kyle Newachek; “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” commentary with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Malcolm-Jamal Warner; “Digital Exploraion of Interior Design” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dan Eckman and Chris McKenna, “Pillows and Blankets” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Andy Bobrow, “Origins of Vampire Mythology” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Jim Rash and “Virtual Systems Analysis” commentary with Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Matt Murray.
  • A Glee-ful Community Christmas – (6:22) The cast talks about working on a musical episode.
  • This is War: Pillows vs. Blankets – (13:26) A humorous documentary style featurette about the Civil War style episode, “Pillows and Blankets”.
  • Outtakes – (7:13) The second set of outtakes from “Community” Season Three.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring three deleted scenes for “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts”, “Digital Exploration of Interior Design” and “Pillows and Blankets”.

DISC 3:

  • Commentaries – “Basic Lupine Urology” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Rob Schrab; “Course Listing Unavailable” commentary with Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dino Stamatopoulos and Tim Saccardo, “Curriculum Unavailable” with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Andy Bobrow and Adam Countee, “Digital Estate Planning” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown, “The First Chang Dynasty” commentary with Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jay Chandrasekhar, Alex Cuthbertson and Matt Fusfeld, “Introduction to Finality” commentary with Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane.
  • Outtakes – (5:33) The third set of outtakes from “Community” Season Three.
  • Deleted Scenes – (3:50) Featuring three deleted scenes for “Basic Lupine Urology”, “Course Listing Unavailable”, “Introduction to Finality”.

EXTRAS:

“Community – The Complete Third Season” comes with a slip case.

I don’t watch too much television but it when it comes to crazy comedies, I love the farcical, deprecating humor of shows such as “Scrubs”, “Cougar Town” and “Community”.   Unfortunately, here we are in 2012 and the first two series are now off the air and fortunately, “Community” has been given a fourth season albeit 13-episodes.

Suffice to say that comedies on television have gotten a bit shaky to say the least.  Even well-known dominant comedies have made people wonder if they will be coming back or not.

But as a “Community” fan, I can only hope that this season continues because there really is nothing like it on television.  Crazy humor, creative storylines and just fun characters that I look forward to watching every week.

This past third season in my opinion was raising a notch of what can be accomplished by the writers of the series.  From a musical to a “Groundhog Day” storyline and just constant ways to have fun and go crazy with the characters, I’m really enjoying “Community” right now!

So, there is so much to rave about of this series. I love the awkwardness and especially the character dynamics, you can tell the actors are comfortable with each other and it shows, especially in the outtakes.

In the third season, favorite episodes include “Geography of Global Conflict” in which Annie takes on an Asian Annie who is intelligent and an overachiever, but what is crazy is how their competition is affected by a malodorous flatulence.  And proves the fact that fart jokes can still be funny.

Another fantastic episode is “Remedial Chaos Theory” in which Abed discusses alternate storylines regarding the characters.  So, in a “Groundhog Day” style of storyline, we get to see similar sequences that end with a different result.  Amazing episode and absolutely hilarious!

Possibly the funnest episode of the season is the musical episode “Regional Holiday Music” in which the Study Group must fill in for the Glee Club.  Another hilarious episode is “Course Listing Unavailable” where the group must decide to host a memorial for the death of a student or even the crazy “Competitive Ecology” when the group discuss bringing in a new classmate into the group.

Needless to say, the third season of “Community” is fun, wild and fantastic and the writers continue to raise the bar of its all out weirdness and crazy storyline for each episode.  And once again, like the previous DVD releases, this DVD release goes way beyond what most TV sitcoms on DVD have done.  Not only does every episode have audio commentary, but there are many outtakes, deleted scenes and more!  So, fans of the series are definitely getting their money’s worth with this latest release.

Overall, “Community – The Complete Third Season” and the previous box set releases are probably one of the best TV sitcom box sets that I have come across when it comes to content. Not many series includes commentary for each episode nor do they go so far into adding so many special features and outtakes.  But the “Community” DVD box sets does just that.

If you love comedy, “Community” is a wonderful series and as always a fantastic DVD box set with an abundant amount of special features, “Community – The Complete Third Season” is highly recommended!

Community – The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to comedy sitcoms on television, “Community” is no doubt one of the craziest and most clever shows on television!  And when it comes to TV sitcoms on DVD, “Community – The Complete Second Season” is one of the best DVD box set releases out there!  Jam packed with audio commentary for each episode and many special features, this DVD release is highly recommended!

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TITLE: Community – The Complete Second Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2010-2011

DURATION: 505 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: September 6, 2011

Directed by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Tristram Shapeero, Hay Chandrasekhar

Written by Dan Harmon, Hilary Winston, Andrew Guest, Emily Cutler, Karey Dornetto, Chris McKenna, Andy Bobrow, Adam Countee, Megan Ganz

Produced by Jake Aust, Emily Cutler, Andy Bobrow

Co-Executive Producer: Chris McKenna

Associate Producer: O’Shea Read

Supervising Producer: Hilary Winston

Consulting Producer: Dino Stamatopoulos

Music by Ludwig Goransson

Cinematography by Gary Hatfield

Edited by Steven Sprung, Peter B. Ellis and Lisa Lassek

Production Design by Derek R. Hill

Set Decoration by Denise Pizzini

Starring:

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry

Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie as Annie Edison

Donald Glober as Troy Barnes

Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne

Ken Jeong as Senor Chang

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton

Dino Stamatopoulos as Star-Burns

Richard Erdman as Leonard

Charley Koontz as Fat Neil

Danielle Kaplowitz as Vicki

Bill Parks as Bill

Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Andre

Welcome back for a wild new year at Greendale Community College, as the study group faces their toughest tests yet… Why would bachelor-for-life Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) pop the big question to Britta (Gillian Jacobs)? What incites innocent Annie (Alison Brie) to chloroform a janitor? Hey, Pierce (Chevy Chase)! Is your mom really still alive in a lava lamp? Will Abed (Danny Pudi) miss his Pulp Fiction birthday for a chance to give Jeff his own version of My Dinner With Andre? What makes Troy (Donald Glover) boldly go for LeVar Burton? Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is expecting – but who’s the daddy? Is it her ex-hubby (guest star Malcolm-Jamal Warner)? Or ex-Spanish teacher, Senior Chang (Ken Jeong)? Finally, is that really Betty White rapping with Troy and Abed? All these answers (and much more) are found in the hilarious, guest star-filled sophomore season of the breakthrough comedy hit.

In 2009, writer and producer Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Monster House”) and Rob Schrab (founder of the website/channel “101”) created a TV sitcom for NBC known as “Community”.

The series focuses on a troubled lawyer named Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) having to attend Greendale Community College after falsifying his law degree credentials.  In order for him to not get disbarred, he must graduate from Greendale.  So, he attends a study group which he forms with troublemaker student Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), an arrogant towlet millionaire and student Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase), a straight-laced student named Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie), a former high school quarterback named Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover), a single Christian mother named Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) and a film student named Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).

In the first season of “Community”, the study group join together for Spanish 101 which is taught by their ego-maniacal teacher named Ben “Senor” Chang (played by Ken Jeong).  The group become very good friends and hang out with each other.

In the second season of “Community”, the study group once again join together to study for an anthropology class taught by the weird June Bauer (played by Betty White).  But this time around, what happens when Britt and Annie start to fall for Jeff, Shirley gives birth during anthropology class and Abed has developed an addiction to the sitcom series “Cougar Town”.  From zombies to paint ball competitions, the second season of “Community” features a lot of crazy college life and events that center around the study group at Greendale Community College!

The main characters of “Community” are:

  • Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”, “Spider-Man 2”, “The Soup”) – A lawyer who worked at the Colorado Bar Association but when it was revealed that he didn’t get his BA from Columbia University, he is offered to attend Greendale Community College as a deal with the firm, so he doesn’t get disbarred. 
  • Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs, “The Box”, “Gardens of the Night”) – The bad girl of the group and the least fun member of the group.  She and Jeff tend to have one night stands with each other.
  • Abed Nabir (Danny Pudi, “Road Trip: Beer Pong”, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”) – Loves American pop culture and wants to become a filmmaker.  He is taking film directing classes at Greendale Community College.
  • Troy Barnes (Donald Glover, “The Daily Show”, “Mystery Team”) – A former high school football star who now attends Greendale Community College.  He is best friend’s with Abed.
  • Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Tropic Thunder”) – A divorced mother of three who attends Greendale Community College.  She is very religious.
  • Annie Edison (Alison Brie, “Mad Men”, “Scream 4”) – A straight-laced Jewish girl.  She is the most serious and most studious of the study group but also had a prescription drug addiction.
  • Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase, “Caddyshack”, “Vacation”) – The moist towelette tycoon attending Greendale Community College.  He is trying to embrace today’s youth culture and is often offensive to everyone.
  • Ben “Senor” Chang (Ken Jeong, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”, “Role Models”) – Once the group’s Spanish teacher and was found out to not have any teaching qualifications, so now he must attend Greendale Community College and get his degree.
  • Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) – The Dean of Greendale Community College and strives to make Greendale Community College into a real university.  He also tends to take part in dressing like a female pop culture icon.

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on “Community – The Complete Second Season” (a total of 24 episodes presented on four DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 26 – Anthropology 101 – It’s a new semester at Greendale Community College and the group enrolls in Anthropology 101 taught by the quirky professor June Bauer (played by Betty White).  Senor Chang enrolls at Greendale and Britta tells Jeff that she loves him but at the same time, but she doesn’t know about the secret kiss that he shared with Annie.
  • EPISODE 27 – Accounting for Lawyers – Jeff’s old law firm colleague Alan Connor comes for his help but the group believes that he is responsible for Alan’s problems.
  • EPISODE 28 – The Psychology of Letting Go – Pierce’s mother had died and the group tries to comfort him.
  • EPISODE 29 – Basic Rocket Science – What happens when Dean Pelton brings a spaceflight simulator to Greendale Community College.
  • EPISODE 30 – Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples – Shirley and Abed compete in making a religious film.
  • EPISODE 31 – Epedemiology – What happens when a bio-hazard substance makes students at Greendale Community College into zombies.

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 32 – Aerodynamics of Gender – A battle of the ultimate “mean girls” and Abed is turned into one. (Special guest star: Hilary Duff)
  • EPISODE 33 – Cooperative Calligraphy – Annie’s pen is missing and she thinks someone in the group stole it.
  • EPISODE 34 – Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design – Dean Pelton notices that Jeff is taking a class that doesn’t exist.  Abed and Troy are building a blanket fort.
  • EPISODE 35 – Mixology Certification – It’s Troy’s 21st birthday and the group takes him to a bar.
  • EPISODE 36 – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – What happens when Abed wakes up in stop-motion animation?
  • EPISODE 37 – Asian Population Studies – Who should be the new addition to the group…Annie’s new interest or Senor Chang?

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 38 – Celebrity Pharmacology – Annie makes the group be part of an anti-drug production but Pierce wants a better world.
  • EPISODE 39 – Advanced Dungeon & Dragons – What happens with the group when they take part in a game of “Dungeons & Dragons”.
  • EPISODE 40 – Early 21st Century Romanticism – It’s Valentine’s Day and Abed and Troy compete over a college librarian.
  • EPISODE 41 – Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking – Pierce is in the hospital and everyone worries that he is dying.
  • EPISODE 42 – Intro to Political Science – Dean Pelton organizes a student boddy election and Annie must take on Leonard, Jeff and Star Burns.
  • EPISODE 43 – Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy – The group organizes a baby shower for Shirley.

DVD 4:

  • EPISODE 44 – Critical Film Studies – It’s Abed’s birthday and Jeff is planning a “Pulp Fiction” surprise party but Abed has a surprise unknown to the group.
  • EPISODE 45 – Competitive Wine Tasting – It’s time for the group to choose their Spring classes, meanwhile a woman named Wu Mei (played by Michelle Krusiec) begins a romance with Pierce.
  • EPISODE 46 – Paradigms of Human Memory – The study group assembles a diorama for their anthropology class.
  • EPISODE 47 – Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts – The study group prepare for their anthropology exam but Shirley goes into labor.
  • EPISODE 48 – A Fistfull of Paintballs (Part 1) – Greendale Community College celebrates the last day of school with a BBQ picnic.  But what happens when a mysterious man shows up to the paintball game. (Special guest: Josh Holloway).
  • EPISODE 49 – For a Few Paintballs (Part 2) – The paintball game continues and the study group must work as a team to beat their enemy.

VIDEO:

“Community – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is very good, well-lit and pretty much a vibrant series.  I didn’t notice too many compression artifacts on DVD but for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall picture quality on DVD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Community – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue is crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Community – The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Commentaries – Featuring three audio commentaries: “Anthropology 101” commentary with Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Joe Russo and Chris McKenna; “Accounting for Lawyers” commentary with Joel McHale, Rob Corddry, Joe Russo and Emily Cutler; “The Psychology of Letting Go” commentary with Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Anthony Russo and Hilary Winston; “Basic Rocket Science” commentary with Dan Harmon, Donald Glover, Anthony Russo and Andy Bobrow; “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Richard Erdman and Garret Donovan; “Epidemiology” commentary with Dan Harmon, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong and Anthony Hemingway.
  • Outtakes – (5:19) The first set of outtakes from “Community” Season Two.
  • Deleted Scenes – (1:21) A total of two deleted scenes: What’s Worse that Can Happen with Chang?, I’m a Vegetarian Anarchist

DISC 2:

  • Commentaries – “Aerodynamics of Gender” commentary by Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Countee and Jake Aust; “Cooperative Calligraphy” commentary with Dan HArmon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joe Russo and Megan Ganz; “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Jim Rash and Chris McKenna; “Mixology Certification” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Neil Goldman and Andy Bobrow; “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” commentary with Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Dino Stamatopoulos, Ludwig Goransson and Duke Johnson; “Asian Population Studies” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi and Anthony Russo.
  • Creating Wonderland – (17:34) The creation of the stop-motion Christmas episode of “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”.
  • Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (Original Storyboard Animatic) – (21:44) The storyboard animatics of “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”.
  • Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (In-Process Animatic) – (21:44) The in-process animatics of “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”.
  • Outtakes – (6:38) The second set of outtakes from “Community” Season Two.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring one deleted scene: Where’s the Party?

DISC 3:

  • Commentaries – “Celebrity Pharmacology 212” commentary with Chevy Chase, Jim Rash and Hilary Winston; “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Joe Russo and Andrew Guest; “Early 21st Century Romanticism” commentary with Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Steven Sprung; “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking” commentary with Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Joe Russo and Megan Ganz; “Intro to Political Science” commentary with Joel McHale, Dino Stamatopoulos, Joe Russo and Adam Countee with appearances by Robert Smigel and Andy Dick; “Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Russo and Andy Bobrow.
  • Season Two Cast Evaluations – (10:32) Series creator Dan Harmon asks the cast how they felt about their acting in season two.
  • DJ Steve Porter Remixes Season One – (1:50) A “Community” season 1 video remix by DJ Steve Porter.
  • Outtakes – (6:38) The third set of outtakes from “Community” Season Two.
  • Deleted Scenes –  Featuring three deleted scenes: This Won’t Be Very Effective, He’s a Real Giver, The Excrement of Strangers

DISC 4:

  • Commentary – “Critical Film Studies” commentary with Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Neil Goldman and Sona Panos; “Competitive Wine Tasting” commentary with Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Joe Russo and Jake Aust, “Paradigms of Human Memory” commentary with Dan Harmon, Jim Rash, Tristram Shapeero and Chris McKenna; “Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash; “A Fistful of Paintballs” commentary with Jim Rash, Joe Russo, Andrew Guest and Garrett Donovan; “For a Few Paintballs More” commentary with Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Joe Russo and Hilary Winston.
  • The Paintball Finale: From Script to Screen – (20:03) The making of the paintball episodes.
  • Outtakes – (5:57) The fourth set of outtakes from “Community” Season Two.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring two deleted scenes: Spirits of the Elders, Are You Trying to Shoot Yourself?

EXTRAS:

“Community – The Complete Second Season” comes with a slip cover case.

When it comes to comedy sitcoms on television, “Community” is no doubt one of the craziest and most clever shows on television!

Each time I watch this series, I’m just amazed of how far this series takes things in terms of storyline and overall concept.  Who would ever expect to see a show where students are infected by bio-hazardous material and become zombies (ala “Resident Evil”), what kind of show would you expect to see the characters featured ala stop-animation?  Where would you expect to watch a series in which everyone competes in paint ball and who would ever expect to see an episode based on “My Dinner with Andre”?

These are the crazy episodes that you would find in “Community”.  The characters the acting and of course, the writing is absolutely wonderful.

There are not too many shows that are able to take risks or a network giving a series so much leeway to go outside of the box and do something different, but “Community” is a rare series to see the craziest things happen in a sitcom on television.  And interesting enough, the series also ties in with another crazy series on another network.  As with the “Cougar Town” second season, Abed doing a cameo role on the final episode of the series, two characters of “Cougar Town” also do a cameo in the final episode of “Community”.

So, there is so much to rave about of this series.  I love the awkwardness and especially the character dynamics, you can tell the actors are comfortable with each other and it shows, especially in the outtakes.

Needless to say, the second season of “Community” is fun, wild and fantastic and as for this DVD release… It goes way beyond what most TV sitcoms on DVD have done.

Not only does every episode have audio commentary, but there are many outtakes, making of, a remix featurette and more!  With each of the four DVD’s in this box set, there are many special features.  So, fans of the series, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this latest release.

Overall, “Community – The Complete Second Season” is probably one of the best TV sitcom box sets that I have come across.  Not many series includes commentary for each episode nor do they go so far into adding so many special features.

A wonderful series and a wonderful DVD box set, “Community – The Complete Second Season” is highly recommended!

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