TITLE: UGLY BETTY - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009 (ABC Studios)
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1032 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 112 minutes (not counting audio commentary on disc two)
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish & Chinese; Closed Captioned
Special Features: “ABC Start Kit,” “8 Mode After Hours Webisodes,” “Look Who Keeps Popping Up Video Commentary,” “Audio Commentary,” “Coming Home to New York City,” “Betty Bloops,” and 21 Deleted Scenes
Start spreading the news...Ugly Betty is back on DVD with season three now on DVD from ABC Studios! Catch all 24 episodes from the third season of Ugly Betty on a fun six-disc set. It’s America Ferrera the Emmy and Golden Globe winner at her best and this time in New York, as the show moved production to New York. The series is set in New York, but they shot in L.A. Starting with season three, the series now shoots in New York!
Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, Becki Newton as Amanda, Michael Urie as Marc, Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez, Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez, Mark Indelicato as Justin Suarez, Christopher Gorham as Henry, Ashley Jensen as Christina McKinney, with Judith Light as Claire Meade, and Rebecca Romjin as Alexis Meade. Recurring are Daniel Eric Gold as Matt Hartley, Alec Mapa as Suzuki St. Pierre, Sarah Lafleur as Molly, Grant Bowler as Connor Owens, and Ralph Macchio as Archie Rodriguez and Julian De La Celle as DJ.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Season three has a lot of memorable episodes. The season premiere “Manhattan Project,” has Wilhelmina reestablishing herself at Mode and Daniel must make some changes due to her manipulations, meanwhile, Betty makes an important decision regarding her life, while Ignacio gets a job at a fast food restaurant. In “Crimes of Fashion,” everyone at Mode is stunned when Christina gets injured and Wilhelmina's baby is in danger and then later on, Betty tries to figure out what really happened along with Marc and Amanda when a detective comes by with the same purpose, while Ignacio is shocked when he learns the truth about Hilda and Coach Diaz, and Alexis makes a shocking revelation to Claire. In “Granny Pants,” Kimmie returns and asks for Betty's help in finding a job while Daniel tries a matchmaking service with surprising results in his "perfect" match, and Justin tries out for a Broadway musical. In “Crush’d,” wanting to grasp the attention of her neighbor, Jesse -- Betty decides to work overtim, while Amanda becomes Betty's roommate when the she finds herself in financial instability, and Cliff proposes that he and Marc move in together. In “When Betty Met YETI,” competition gets fierce when Betty and Marc both apply to YETI, the Young Editors Training Program that could be their ticket out of assistant-land...but there's only room for one of them, while Justin makes an unlikely friend, as Daniel finds himself attracted to Molly and Wilhelmina does her best to get Connor's attention. In “Sisters on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” after a family crisis, Betty is torn between work and home, putting her at odds with Hilda. Meanwhile, Daniel, Molly, Connor and Wilhelmina try to conceal their escalating love affairs. In “Things Fall Apart,” Betty makes a surprising discovery when an assignment from YETI finds her and Marc analyzing Mode's budget for the past year, while she has to deal with increased attention from Matt and the knowledge that old flame Henry has posted some unexpected news on Facebook. In “The Sex Issue,” Daniel and Wilhelmina hope that an issue of Mode devoted to sex will turn their fortunes around, while when Matt seems a little shy about taking his romance with Betty to the next level, Marc and Amanda team up to give Betty a sexy makeover, and Hilda is uncertain she wants to continue dating city councilman Archie. In “The Born Identity,” just as it looks like billionaire Calvin Hartley is going to give Mode the bailout it needs so the magazine won't go under, baby William is kidnapped - and Betty is dragged into the ensuing drama. In “Curveball,” just as Betty agrees to move in with Matt, Henry pays a visit to NYC, forcing Betty to admit she still has feelings for her former fiancé, while, Betty and Marc wait to see if their YETI editor interviews resulted in actual jobs. In the season finale, “The Fall Issue,” the sudden death of a Mode editor leaves Betty and Marc competing for the same job, while Wilhelmina demands that Claire tender her resignation at a big awards ceremony ... or she'll reveal Claire's dark secret to Cal Hartley and Matt lets his jealousy over Henry get the best of him, meanwhile Justin nervously waits to see if he got into performing arts school.
In addition to the recurring cast, guest starring (some for multiple episodes) are Eddie Cibrian as Coach Diaz, David Blue as Cliff, Lindsay Lohan as Kimmie Keegan, David Rasche as Calvin Hartley, Christine Baranski as Victoria Hartley, Derek Riddell as Stuart, Lauren Velez as Elena, Bernadette Peters as Jodie Papadakis, Christopher Gorham as Henry Grubstick, Freddy Rodriguez as Gio Rossi, Mark Consuelos, Kevin Kilner, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Barry Bostwick, Lenny Venito, Adriana Lima, Mo Rocca, Adele, Billie Jean King, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Robert Verdi, Antonio Sabato Jr., Rachel Maddow, Rachel Dratch, and Steve Schirripa.
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside just as previous sets. The box art has a nice photo of Betty in the middle in New York with the rest of the cast in images in the bright lights of New York City. The color scheme is purple. Above all that it says Ugly Betty - The Complete Third Season. And below Betty we have the phrase, “Start Spreading the News.” The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with two nice episodic photos. In addition, there is a blue box listing all the bonus features for this set along with technical specs. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has a nice cast photo of all 10 main stars (Daniel, Wilhelmina, Claire, Christina, Amanda, Marc, Ignacio, Hilda, and Justin) and Betty in the New York City night with Betty featured. The back of the case has a huge photo of Betty and on the top left we have an episodic photo of Ignacio, Betty and Hilda.
When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder pocket on the left side and nice promotional photos of Hilda & Justin and an episodic photo of Betty & Hilda on the right. The booklet holder pocket has just a Blue-ray disc catalog. So we don’t get an episode booklet, but the episodes and bonus featured are listed on the left side by disc. Opening the case a second time, we have discs one & two in the middle overlapping each other along with more nice photos on the right, this time promotional photo of Ignacio and episodic photos of Betty and of Justin. A final open has discs three & four then discs five & six on the far right. Disc one has artwork of belt or suspender thing that on Betty’s clothes and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has artwork of a mannequin and a pink background and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has artwork of another one of Betty’s belts or suspenders on another clothing item and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has artwork of a desk and chairs at Mode and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has artwork of another of Betty’s clothes and holds episodes 17-20. And on disc six we have portraits from Mode and holds episodes 21-24 and the extras. When removing each disc, you get a nice photo in a New York City skyline.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality like most ABC Studios sets. Video images are playing in the Mode circle and have background music playing in the background. I liked the menu better on season two when we had Betty’s glasses. The options for the main menu are: Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, and Set Up. There are auto sneak peeks on disc one before the main menu starts of DVDs for ABC on DVD, Samantha Who, Desperate Housewives, The Proposal and Blu-ray DVD. Set Up menu has where you can have subtitles on or off (in English, French, Spanish or Chinese) along with how to register your DVD. Before each disc’s main menu you have to choose a language (of the four). I mentioned this on the Brothers & Sisters review, so far these two ABC DVDs have this only. Episode Selection menu has a screenshot from the episode along with the number and title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Details on the Bonus Features will be in the extras section, as they are just listed in text on the menus. Each submenu has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! About 8 or 9 chapter stops are available for each episode and the show is in widescreen, of course.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season just finished this past May. The video is in widescreen as I mentioned. Audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I have no complaints whatsoever...new series from 2000 and on should have no video/audio defects at all, or it is a total failure by the company. It is perfect on here however, as it should be. There are 8-9 chapter stops, which I again mentioned in the last section. Moreover, the episodes are unedited at just about 43 minutes or so with a few a minute or two below that. Episode runtimes are as follows:
1. “The Manhattan Project” 42:38
2. “Filing for the Enemy” 42:59
3. “Crimes of Fashion” 42:57
4. “Betty Suarez Land” 42:36
5. “Granny Pants” 41:47
6. “Ugly Berry” 41:57
7. “Crush’d” 43:00
8. “Tornado Girl” 42:30
9. “When Betty Met YETI” 42:54
10. “Bad Amanda” 41:44
11. “Dress for Success” 42:59
12. “Sisters on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” 42:55
13. “Kissed Off” 42:33
14. “The Courtship of Betty’s Father” 42:54
15. “There’s No Place Like Mode” 42:51
16. “Things Fall Apart” 43:01
17. “Sugar Daddy” 42:47
18. “A Mother of a Problem” 41:14
19. “The Sex Issue” 43:02
20. “Rabbit Test” 42:54
21. “The Born Identity” 42:20
22. “In the Stars” 43:01
23. “Curveball” 43:03
24. “The Fall Issue” 42:50
We have many special features! This time they are spread out on all of the discs. We even have an audio commentary track, but just for one episode. We do have a video commentary track with Becki Newton and Michael Urie, though. First up on disc one, we have 6 webisodes of “Mode After Hours” that totals 20:14. On these, we have Marc and Amanda at Mode when everyone is gone. My they are funny and have great chemistry together! Then we have three deleted scenes that totals 3:10 from “Filing for the Enemy.” On disc two, we have an audio commentary track for the episode “Dress for Success” with executive producer/writer Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally and co-executive producer/director Victor Nelli, Jr. We get a lot of facts and details from them. We also have five deleted scenes. The first one runs 0:43 and is from “Granny Pants.” Then we have two from “Crush’d” running 0:45 and 0:36. And finally we have two from “Tornado Girl” running 0:42 and 1:37. Onto disc three, we have one deleted scene that runs 0:39, but it doesn’t say from what episode.
On disc four, we have two more deleted scenes, this time from “Kissed Off” running 0:42 and 1:11. Disc five has probably the beat extra. We get that “Look Who’s Popping Up” pop-up video commentary for the episode “The Sex Issue” with Becki Newton and Michael Urie. This dynamic duo watches this episode and gives facts, fun comments and is even joined by special guests. Special guests are Marc Indelicato, Vanessa Williams, America Ferrera, Cara DiPaulo (writer), Victor Nelli Jr., Ana Ortiz, and Eric Mabius. Moving on to the final disc--disc six, we have the only featurette “Coming Home to New York City” (12:42). This is very good and it details the set moving from Los Angeles to New York. It looks like everyone was happy for the change! Interviewed are America Ferrera, Lisa Schomas (associate producer), Silvio Horta (executive producer), Tony Plana, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Chris Black & Sheila Lawrence (co-executive producer/writers), Patricia Field (costume designer), Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, Joel Fields (executive producer), Jim Weis (producer), Laura Benson (unit production manager), Judith Light, Mark Worthington (production designer), Jim Wallis (set designer), Victor Nelli Jr. (co-executive producer/director), Mark Indelicato, Michael Urie, Ashley Jensen, Robert C. Lieber (Deputy Mayor of Economic Development), Cara DiPaulo (story editor), Henry Alonso Myers (co-executive producer/writer), and Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally. Then we have two more “Mode After Hours” webisodes that run 3:24 and 3:54. So we have eight in total on this set! We also have ten more deleted scenes, but we don’t know from what episodes. Runtimes for the ten are 1:28, 0:16, 1:05, 0:30, 0:41, 0:55, 0:54, 0:31, 0:20 and 0:39. Finally, we have some “Betty Bloops” that run 8:38, nearly twice as long than the last set. See all the flubs and outtakes!
This is indeed a great set. I think the move to New York paid off very well. It was a great season, with some hiccups, but all in all a great year of episodes. I really liked the Molly and Connor storylines. Some didn’t like the Lindsay Lohan storyline, but I thought it was decent. The addition of Matt was also refreshing. The extras are great once again. The pop-up video commentary with Newton and Urie was genius. They should do more next time! They were really fun. We only have one featurette this time, but it is a great one. It was also nice they added an audio commentary, as the last set had none at all. Be sure to pick up this set on Sept. 22 and if you have to catch up, watch it fast before the fourth season premieres Oct. 9 at 8/7 central on ABC, as Betty moves to Fridays. Join Betty as she gets her own apartment and is moving on up! Be Your Own Betty!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/19/09
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