We’re in the thick of the TV season as the fall seasons for all of our favorite shows are returning for another year at every single stop on the television dial that we used to have on our TV’s. Some are new, some are returning favorites and some simply win every single award in sight and are critically beloved and adored by the masses. As they’ve just started up their 4th season, it feels only fitting that we get the chance to catch up and relive any of last year’s moments. Available now, courtesy of our friends at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings us the comedic adventures of two families co-exist as one. Get ready because on DVD & Blu-Ray it’s time for “Modern Family: The Complete Third Season”.
Starring Ed O’Neil, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen
Created Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd
In the third season of “Modern Family” as the extended Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces an uproariously unpredictable array of family vacations, holiday hassles, troublesome in-laws and surprising secrets yet they still all manage to survive as one big happy and thriving loving family and even if they drive each other absolutely mad they will make their audiences laugh out loud.
In the modern TV landscape it’s much more common for writers to be setting up for a 10-13 episode run, so when there is a show that manages to work it so effectively for 24 episodes it is not only a rarity but it is a miracle from the comedy gods. This glimpse inside the 21st century family life as they break the 3rd wall brings the deadpan hilarity to brand new levels. With yet another slew of Emmy wins this year, it’s just more proof that there isn’t a single show that delivers the heartfelt tender moments in concert with those moments that make roll on the floor in laughter. Creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan are running out of shelf space for all the awards because this brand of dead humor is familiar and relatable for anyone who’s ever been and been a part of a family. For deadpan comedy like this to work as well as it does, the ensemble has to be ready to step up to the plate, and with another Emmy hall this year, they are doing that in spades.
Now starting its fourth year, that in their first three seasons that “Modern Family” has won as many 12 awards for acting with countless more nominations and it is a real testament to quality of the material and what each individual performer brings to the table. Both Julie Bowen & Eric Stonestreet brought home Emmy’s this year and when every member of the primary cast is nominated for awards each and every year it speaks volumes not only to the quality of the writing but the stellar timing and dead pan chemistry that this entire ensemble has with one another. Quite simply they are the best comedic ensemble working on a sitcom today, as this show is universally relatable for everyone watching as well as being more than a little warped, just like a real family.
Picture and sound quality on this 3 disc Blu-Ray was excellent as always and the special features on this set include deleted and alternate scenes, various behind the scenes featurettes including a “Modern Family Christmas” and a look their trip to the Disneyworld resort along with a gag reel.
If you haven’t already discovered the hilarity that is “Modern Family” in its deadpan glory and in spite of all the awards that it keeps winning every year, then it is time to get on board with some of the funniest sitcoms in recent memory; period.
5 out of 5 stars.
“Modern Family: The Complete Third Season” is now available at video stores all across the country for rent; you can also find it for purchase on DVD & Blu-Ray at all major retailers like HMV or amazon.ca.
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