Monday, September 29, 2014

Revenge: The Complete Third Season DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Get ready for a sizzling-hot summer in the Hamptons. Emily Thorne’s brilliant plan for vengeance takes a wicked turn in ABC’s Revenge: The Complete Third Season. Relive the mystery, the fire and the intrigue of TV’s more delightfully devilish series. Emily pursues a new strategy to take down the Graysons once and for all – on her and Daniel’s wedding day – as turned allies, new enemies, and ghosts from the past threaten to expose her. With an ultimatum from Jack and her complicated history with Aiden resurfacing, Emily must take extreme measures to ensure her plan goes off without a hitch. But Victoria has new reasons to destroy the girl next door, and with her long-lost son by her side, everyone – including Nolan – may become collateral damage in Emily and Victoria’s vicious war. Experience the drama of all 22 smoldering episodes, complete with exclusive bonus features that reveal even more juicy secrets. Let the fireworks begin!
Show (4 out of 5 stars)
After a shaky season two, Revenge sucked me back in from the first minutes of season three! I was about ready to give up on the show, but gave it a shot and was once again hooked on the melodrama, the action and the storylines. As season three opens, we see Emily, in her wedding dress, falling overboard off the Grayson’s yacht. We then get a half-season long flashback of the events leading up to the opening scene. Old and new foes, flames, allies and friends make their way onto the picturesque scene – Victoria’s handsome son Patrick, Daniel’s ex-girlfriend, Sara; Margaux, the beautiful magazine editor; and Pascal, Margaux’s handsome father – all arrive to wreak havoc on the Hamptons, changing it for the better… or worse.

The Graysons, Emily, Nolan and all the other New Yorkers summering in the Hamptons are back together. Emily has stepped up to the plate and is planning the annual Memorial Day party and with it, the unveiling of Conrad’s official portrait as New York Governor. After devastating news, Conrad resigns from office due to this medical condition and begins recuperating at Grayson Manor, much to the chagrin of Victoria, who has been enjoying a summer out of the spotlight and getting to know her long-lost son, Patrick.

Meanwhile, Emily and Daniel have chosen a wedding date – partially pressured by Jack, who has returned from visiting his family with little Carl. Nolan is getting used to once again being a free man, having been exonerated and released from prison. Victoria is making up for years lost with Patrick – allowing him to live in the Manor, takes over an art gallery allowing him to work there, and plotting her over revenge against Emily.

As the wedding approaches, Charlotte, who has returned from Europe after finding out the Grayson property has been sold, accidentally-on-purpose runs into Daniel’s old flame, Sara, and brings her back into the fold. Emily tried keeping Daniel from Sara, but when Daniel spends more and more time with her, Emily turns to drastic measures in order to ensure Daniel marries her. When Emily’s plans goes wrong, she must re-evaluate her endgame and adjust the plan to ensure it gets back on track. Unfortunately for her, people are caught in the cross fire and Emily steps up her game to bring down Victoria and the rest of the Graysons.
Video (3 out of 5 stars)
The wide-screen 1.78:1 presentation of Revenge: The Complete Third Season is good. The colors are bright and the picture is sharp. What I didn’t like was some of the background shots. Some shots from the beach house’s porch looked like a fake background; the colors were overly bright and orange for a sunset. I didn’t notice it the first time I watched the season when it was on television, but the crispness of the DVD really made that more prominent.
Audio (4 out of 5 stars)
Revenge: The Complete Third Season is available in various languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and two Asian languages I couldn’t tell which ones, though. Thai and Chinese, maybe. The subtitles are also available in these languages. The dialogue was good and I could hear everything said, even in quiet parts of the episode. Volume was even and I didn’t need to adjust it at all.
Extras (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
  • Table for Five: At the Stowaway – The five main men in the show – Henry Czerny (Conrad) , Josh Bowman (Daniel), Gabriel Mann (Nolan), Barry Sloane (Aiden) and Nick Wechsler (Jack) sit around a table in the Stowaway talking about each other, working together, the show, on-set practical jokes and how everyone gets along. I really enjoyed watching this and hearing Josh Bowman’s British accent threw me for a loop – his American accent is so well done. Also, after seeing Henry Czerny in The Tudors, I always thought he was British and was pleasantly surprised to hear that he wasn’t.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary of the season finale, “Execution,” with Executive Producer/Writer Sunil Mayar, Executive Producers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, and Writer/Co-Producer Jo Fazzio.
  • Bloopers – About four and a half minutes of bloopers from the set. These were actually pretty funny. The show is so serious that you want to see them having fun and being light-hearted.
  • Deleted Scenes – A bunch of deleted scenes from the season. Available individually or in a play all option. These were interesting, but didn’t add to the episodes and were good choices to leave out.
Summary (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
Revenge is one of those shows that has its die-hard followers, people who hate it and people like me who like it but could take it or leave it. I was one of t die-hards after season one, but after season two, it lost some of its luster. However, with season three, I was excited again to watch every week. I tend to gauge shows on my DVR based on how quickly I watch them and how many episodes build up before I watch the show. Revenge is one of the ones I watched quickly and couldn’t wait until the next week’s episode. It’s a good prime time soap opera that I hope doesn’t lose its momentum as the season progresses.

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