The Hills: The Complete Third Season (2007)

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount, MTV || NR - 570 minutes - $39.98 || July 29, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-07-30


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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): NA
Cast: Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interviews
  • Select Scene Commentary
  • The Virtual Hills
  • Fashion: The Life


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

The girls from “The Hills” are back, and cattier than ever. This season finds Lauren (LC) trying to prove herself to her boss at Teen Vogue while also still sniping at Heidi for a reason other than being with Spencer (apparently a rumor had been started that there was a sex tape of Lauren and her ex, Jason); last season’s finale, Audrina became Lauren’s new roommate after Heidi moved out to live with Spencer but this year her and Lauren’s friendship are put to the test; without Lauren in her life, Heidi gets some of her own storylines as she gets a major promotion at her work and a proposal from Spencer (though she and Lauren to just so happen to run into each other...); and Lauren’s co-worker turned boss, Whitney, gets some more airtime outside of work as well, going on a date with a personal training and being sent to Paris again to work on a major gala ball.

“The Hills” is reality drama at its most awkward heights. First you’ve got the tension between Lauren and Heidi then when Spencer’s sister, Stephanie, comes into the picture, things get interesting. The continuation of Lauren and Brody’s off and on relationship is also focused as well as the bigger entrance of Lauren’s best friend, Lo, who creates a sort of riff between LC and Audrina. And with Brody, Spencer’s best friend, things get complicated as Brody starts hanging out with LC more and more (I should note, Spencer considers Lauren his “enemy”... what is he, Lex Luthor or something???).

In any case, there are plenty of squabbles, fights, skirmishes and drama to satisfy the reality TV junkies. Personally, while I still enjoy watching the exploits of Lauren and the rest of the gang, it all becomes familiar after a while. But for a reality television program (reality TV is one of my least favorite TV genres), “The Hills” is still dramatic enough to keep my interest throughout it all.

“The Hills” season three is actually contains over twice the number of episodes over season two. This season, there are 28 episodes (vs. 12). I remember watching the show as it aired on MTV and there was a break after episode 18 (where Lauren/Whitney go to Paris and Spencer/Heidi split). Don’t know how long of a break it was, but that was followed by another 10 episodes (including a double-length episode).

I can’t say I liked this season less than the previous, but it does get rather repetitive after a few episodes with Lauren crying over her lost friendship with Heidi or Heidi and Spencer constantly fighting. That said, a new friendship with an unlikely woman did peak my interest some. As I said in my review of the second season, I don’t know what is real and what’s staged by the producers (for all I know one of them might’ve set that rumor up or something), but I still enjoyed the show enough to give it a passive recommendation. Is it cheap entertainment? Absolutely. Do I really care? Not at all.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Interviews (38:27) – Lauren, Heidi, Audrina and Whitney once again sit down to answer questions about what happened this season. It’s pretty straight forward stuff, but it is interesting to see what they have to say about the situations and how things stand now.

Deleted Scenes (40:52) – I still find it kind of funny that a reality series has deleted scenes, don’t know why really, but it makes me chuckle. Anyway, the scenes contained here are fairly innocuous, for the most part, just showing the “cast” talking about various things (like Spencer picking out an arcade machine). There are a couple scenes between Spencer and Brody talking about Lauren’s feud with Spencer and the fact she won’t come to the housewarming party. There is one funny scene in which Audrina, well, has Lauren’s cat get shaved.

Select Scene Commentary (39:25) – Like in season two, there are some select scene commentaries split into two tracks. First up are Lauren, Audrina and Whitney chatting it up about several scenes, though a majority is about Lauren and/or Audrina and not much with Whitney. The other has Heidi flying solo, and talking about fewer scenes (and 15-minutes shorter). The group commentary was fun and there was little to no quiet time versus Heidi who doesn’t do much talking.

The set rounds out with The Virtual Hills (2:04), a dumb virtual scene made by (I guess) a fan who plays the game; and Fashion: The Life (46:16) which is a web-based reality series following several fashion designers as they try to sell their clothes to top outlets. In all honesty, I only watched a few minutes before turning it off. Maybe some interested in the clothing business will be entertained... but I wasn’t.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The series is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 OAR. It looks good enough but I did notice some graininess at times. I don’t know if it’s cheap cameras or what, but sometimes when the camera is on brighter parts, I noticed the grains.

When it comes to TV audio, and audio for a reality TV series, I don’t mind that there is only a Dolby Digital Stereo track. The music cues actually sound pretty good and although sometimes muffled, the dialog was also fine.



.::OVERALL::.

If you’re a fan of “Laguna Beach” and other MTV “reality” programs, you will probably also enjoy “The Hills”. The back and forth sniping gets a little old but it still remains fresh with a few surprises and some actual real emotions... key word: some.