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Drawn Together
Season Three

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 308 minutes

Starring the voices of: Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey McBride, Jack Plotnick, Tara Strong, Cree Summer, James Arnold Taylor

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Karaoke Sing-Along, Network Promos, Audio Commentaries,

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (5 per episode), Two-Disc Set

Released: May 13th, 2008

 

 

Just like the other seasons, the third season of "Drawn Together" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The transfers are pretty strong, with good detail and very vibrant colors that definitely pop off the screen. The image quality is pretty sharp too, and the episodes look clean as well. The only flaws I noticed are mosquito noise, which can be a bit much at times. Nonetheless, these look nice.

 

All the episodes feature English Dolby Digital Stereo tracks, just like on television. Clearly, these tracks have their limits but for what they are they sound decent: fidelity is high, all the sound elements blend together well, dialogue is clear and there are some decent stereo effects that jump out at you a little (namely when it comes to some more violent moments in the series). For what these tracks are, they are pretty good. 

Also included are English closed captions through your TV.

 

There are a few extras on the set, but nothing too interesting. First up on the first disc is the Karaoke Sing-Along, where you can sing-along to some choice cuts from "Drawn Together" with or without vocals. 

On the second disc there are Promos from all three seasons - it's more or less an archive for all the television spots. For you marketing-obsessives, these are nice to have.

That leaves the three Audio Commentaries. The first commentary is with executive Dave Jesser, composer Eban Scheltter, writer/producer Jordan Young, writer/producer Matt Silverstein, writer Elijah Aron and writer Reed Agnew on "Greeks and Freaks." There's a good discussion on Scheltter and how he joined the show, plot dynamics, inspirations for this episode and joke writing. It's a lively commentary, and as expected, jokey too. Pretty enjoyable for casual fans of the series and those who are obsessed with it.

The second commentary is with executive producer Dave Jesser, his wife Lisa Jesser, line producer Mike Mendel, writer/producer Jordan Young, and writer/producer Matt Silverstein on the episode "Lost In Parking Space Part 1." It's a light-hearted commentary, with a lot of joking around and ribbing. However, I only think die-hard fans of the series will enjoy a sliver of this, where the participants answer fan mail concerning the series. Otherwise, it's really just an excuse for these friends to get together and talk about their lives, and how they frame those within the context of the series' run. With that noted too, things are bittersweet since "Drawn Together" was axed my Comedy Central (but there might be a direct-to-DVD movie). Those expecting a screen-specific discussion concerning dynamics of this episode will be disappointed.

Best is the commentary on the second disc, for "Drawn Together Babies."  Silverstein is joined by voice actor James Arnold Taylor and supervising director Peter Avanzino, and also a phone-in from Dave Jesser. This is the better of the two commentaries to check out as there are some interesting production anecdotes, discussion of jokes featured and a bit on the script development. The participants are certainly enjoying themselves, and there's a decent amount of information spread over the 21 minutes or so. Well done.

 

Fans of "Drawn Together" will definitely want to pick up this final set, which is in line with the featues and quality of the previous two seasons. Save for the second commentary, the extras aren't much but the episodes look and sound decent. Casual fans of Comedy Central programming or this show might want to consider a rental.