Greek: Chapter Three (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 440 minutes - $39.99 || August 18, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-08-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Patrick Sean Smith (created by)
Cast: Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer, Clark Duke, Paul James


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • Featurette
  • Blooper Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

ABC Family has really made a name for itself in the past few years. What was typically a place for re-runs of "America's Funniest Home Videos" has become a small hit with Teens with such shows like "Kyle Xy", "Secret Life of an American Teenager" and now "Greek". I'm glad to see the Cable Networks step-up especially when Network Television has either been utter crap or they refuse to give shows a chance and cancel them after a few episodes.

[Chapter Three is the first half of Season Two; 10 Episodes]

Just when things were doing well... it starts to fall down. I enjoyed the previous season of "Greek" but it seems like the really tried to do too much with this 'Chapter' of episodes. Some plots include finding a way to raise money to pay of Ashleigh's debt, throwing a crush party and a horrific relationship between Casey and Max. Now, I really enjoy the shows relationship aspect, but these two just have zero chemistry. Why they thought fans would dig this is beyond me (maybe that's the point though?). Luckily, Cappie, Rusty and Dale continue to bring the laughs while Casey (minus Max) remains the steady rock on the show.

One thing I really dislike about the way Disney is handling the DVD releases of "Greek" is that they release a 'Chapter' a few days/week before the new 'Chapter' start to air on ABC Family. The problem with this is the previous 'Chapter' is not the one hitting DVD but the one before it. So if you were trying to play 'catch up' with the DVD so you could start watching the show live... it wouldn't be possible. They don't (or didn't) do this with their other shows like "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" or "Kyle XY" so I don't see why they continue with this practice. They had the perfect opportunity to release Chapter Three and make it 'The Complete Season Two' but did not. I really hope they fix this issue eventually.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a slip cover.

Like the previous Chapters, features are pretty slim here. Finally returning are Commentaries (on Episodes: “Brothers and Sisters,”, “Hell Week” & “The Popular Vote"), a short Blooper Reel and the one and only featurette; 20 Questions with the Cast of Greek which is littered with questions one might get asked if they were on the red carpet of the Teen Choice Awards.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Greek: Chapter Three” is presented in 1.78:1 with all 12 episodes on 3 DVDs. Like the other recent ABC Family DVD releases, the show looks stunning up-converted. Colors are incredibly vibrant and blacks very dark. I don't know what Disney did, but these releases look excellent.

Disney has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for this release. Dialog is very clean while rears are frequently empty. This is not a bad thing as the show is so dialog heavy.



.::OVERALL::.

If you’re a fan of the show (or just watching exclusively on DVD) then by all means grab 'Chapter Three' which has the first 10 episodes of Season Two. Not a whole lot goes on in this 'Chapter' but it sets up for the next which is incredibly good. Disney once again provided terrific Picture and Audio Quality with a few extras fans will enjoy.