Brace Yourselves – It’s “The Complete Third Season of Ugly Betty” DVD Review
To read this review in Swedish, click here.
The third season picks up right where the second ends. Betty Suarez, who since she was a kid has dreamed about working at the New Yorker is still an assistant at fashion magazine Mode. She is faced with big choices and new challenges. She has to decide between her two love interests Henry and Gio and she also has to help Daniel Meade that was demoted to Player magazine after Wilhelmina Slater took over as editor in chief at Mode Magazine.
The 6 DVD box contain 24 action-packed episodes, with everything from a child custody battle, an attempted murder, a company crisis, sickness and a wedding. The DVD’s contain no fancy menus, but the packaging is great and there are a lot of bonus features.
The genre of the series is dramatic comedy, however I would like to toss in an additional genre. Soap Opera. But Soap Opera with self-distance. Because just like with similar shows, Ally McBeal for instance, I totally buy everything that’s happening in Ugly Betty, no matter how absurd. I totally allow its overdramatic, somewhat overacted weirdness. I’m watching it anyway. Because it is colorful, funny and moving. It’s great entertainment.
The lead actress America Ferrera has won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her portrayal of Betty Suarez. But nevertheless, and with risk of being lynched by all the Betty fans out there, I sometimes see her as the weakest link in an otherwise strong cast. Where Marc St. James and Amanda Tanen, wonderfully played by Michael Urie and Beckie Newton, completely steals all the scenes they are in.
The questions are many as the third season begins and some of them are answered. Will Amanda find out who her real father is? Will Betty ever get her own apartment? Will Wilhelmina ever show empathy? Will Betty ever become an editor? And how many years do you really need to have dental braces in the U.S? Is it three years? Or is it four?
Read more for a complete list of the bonus features.
Season 1 & 2 Recap.
Mode After Hours. Six funny shorts with Marc St. James and Amanda Tanen.
Mode After Hours. Six more shorts with Marc St. James and Amanda Tanen.
Audio Commentaries. Commentary on episode Crush’d with Executive Producers/Writers Tracy Proust and Jon Kinnally and Producer/Director Victor Nelli Jr.
Look Who Keeps Popping Up. Commentary on episode The Sex Issue with Michael Urie, Becki Newton and several surprising guests.
Coming Home To New York City. A short documentary about the productions move from Hollywood to New York City.
Betty Bloops. Bloopers.
Mode After Hours. Two more shorts with Marc St. James and Amanda Tanen.
Duration: Sixteen hours and twenty-two minutes.
Textning: Engelsk/ Svensk/ Dansk/ Norsk/ Finsk/ Italiensk/ Spansk/ Isländsk/ Portugisisk/ Holländsk
Ljud: Dolby 5.1. Engelska/Italienska/Spanska
Format: 1.78:1, 16×9