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Winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy its first year out, Arrested Development is the kind of sitcom that gives you hope for television. A mockumentary-style exploration of the beleaguered Bluth family, it's one of those idiosyncratic shows that doesn't rely on a laugh track or a studio audience; it's shot more like a TV drama, albeit with an omniscient narrator (executive producer Ron Howard) overseeing the proceedings. Holding the Bluths together just barely is son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the only normal guy in a family that's chock full of nuts. Hardworking and sensible, Michael's certain he's going to be given control of his family's Enron-style corporation upon the retirement of his father (Jeffrey Tambor). The fact that he's passed over instead for his mother (Jessica Walter) is only a blip when compared to his father's immediate arrest for dubious accounting practices, and the resulting freeze on the family's previously limitless wealth.

Bereft of money, and even less family love, the Bluths have to band together in their moment of need--not easy when everyone's looking out for number 1. In addition to his scabrous parents, Michael has to contend with his lothario older brother (Will Arnett), his basically useless younger brother (Tony Hale), his greedy twin sister (Portia DeRossi), and her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross). Michael's only comrade in sanity is his son George Michael (Michael Cera), but then again, the teenage boy harbors a secret crush on his cousin (Alia Shawkat). A peerless ensemble led by the brilliant Bateman (who ever knew he could be this good?), all the actors are pitch-perfect in their roles, delivering the dryly funny, sometimes absurdist dialogue with the speed and flair of classic farce. The unusual tone of Arrested Development takes a bit of getting used to--it's far different from anything you'll see on TV, even HBO--but once you buy in to the Bluths' innumerable dysfunctions, you'll be laughing your head off for hours.

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by: series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and actor Jason Bateman on 'Extended Pilot',series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and actors Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Wil Arnett, Tony Hale, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Cross on 'Beef Consomme',series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and actors Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Wil Arnett, Tony Hale, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Cross on 'Let Them Eat Cake'
  • 22 season 1 episodes, plus the never-aired extended pilot
  • "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 Schwarz
  • "Arrested Development: The Making of a Future Classic" TV Land featurette
  • "TV Land Awards: The Future Classic Award" featurette
  • Promo spot

Cast

Jason BatemanMichael Bluth
Portia de RossiLindsay Bluth Fünke
Will ArnettGob Bluth
Michael CeraGeorge Michael Bluth
Alia ShawkatMaeby Fünke
Tony HaleBuster Bluth
David CrossTobias Fünke
Jeffrey TamborGeorge Bluth
Jessica WalterLucille Bluth
Ron HowardNarrator
Leonor VarelaMarta Estrella
Justin Grant WadeSteve Holt
Liza MinnelliLucille Austero
Clint HowardJohnny Bark
Judy GreerKitty Sanchez
Bob OdenkirkDr. Phil Gunty
John Michael HigginsWayne Jarvis
Henry WinklerBarry Zuckerkorn
Patricia VelasquezMarta Estrella
Steve RyanJ. Walter Weatherman
B.W. GonzalezLupe
Carl WeathersCarl Weathers
Jane LynchCindi Lightballoon
Iqbal ThebaNazhgalia
Justin LeeAnyong Bluth
David ReynoldsWhite Power Bill
Amy PoehlerBride of Gob
James LiptonWarden Stefan Gentles
Ian RobertsThe Literal Doctor
Matt WalshThe D.A.

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