Will, Sue, The Beast and all the kids are back to complete the third season and finally go to nationals with a hope to win just before many graduate from high school and go their separate ways.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 3/5
Total 4/5 Stars
Glee really made a splash in the first season as a totally different television series and really made audiences fall in love with geeks all over again. The second season took a few odd twists and turns, especially with Sue Sylvester, but the show has really hit a stride in the third season.
Season three has the show choir group trying to redeem themselves after their twelfth place at nationals and only have one direction to go from there. With both graduation and a national competition at the end of the season it is easy to see where the season is heading but what a ride to get there.
Glee season two really took a turn with mostly Sue Sylvester trying her best to the point of insanity to derail the Glee group from getting anywhere. Season three has her on the groups’ side and even helping out but the season contains more surprises than Sue’s attitude changes.
Season 3 has two main facets with the silly sayings that run rampant for much of the season and numerous episodes of real life drama and events. The season has everyone from the kids to the teachers spouting sayings which kind of got annoying until it almost just quit.
The second and probably more influential part of the season was the events that are so typical for today’s headlines that they have incorporated into the season. Spousal abuse, texting while driving accidents and teen marriage are the topics of the season but others slip in from here to here that are a bit less controversial.
The season is mostly about seniors leaving but trying to leave with a bang instead of the usual whimper of students graduating and saying goodbye to what they think are their best times. High school is full of the trials and tribulations of young adulthood but Glee really brings this out and with style as the lower social status of the group really shows.
The Glee kids have it rough with constant ridicule and the ever changing colors of slushies’ being thrown in their face but in the end the school does turn around and cheer when they do win finals. Yes, I am giving away that they win but what the heck, they have to win as many of the actors are not going to be returning full time next season so the show has to go out with a bang.
Glee Season 4 promises to be an interesting change to the show but in the lead up to the first final season for some the show really has gotten back to its roots and some great music. Glee is mostly about the music and with hits from both classic times and from current popular chart toppers you get a great mix of songs that are well done by the cast.
Glee is one of those shows that rarely has a dark or stormy day and video highlights this fact with perfect clarity and fantasticly vivid color. Season three’s Blu-ray transfer is great but with the show being one of the last to be shot in film it does have a bit of grain from time to time which is more noticeable in dark scenes.
Most of the time you will not be bothered with anything as the films clear color, bright scenery and well done transfer to Blu-ray is all very good. Audio is also very good but with the same general odd studio quality for songs that I noted in previous season reviews of Glee.
When listening to the season fromm one episode to the next it becomes evident that the songs are recorded and handled separately from the other audio as they have a studio quiet to them. The songs are great and you do get to enjoy them but when the show goes from people talking in a scene right to a song you will notice a definite hush suddenly hit for background noise.
I only mention this as the one thing I could find at fault with the Blu-ray sound from the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound track that you are sure to enjoy. Surround sound is well used for songs and you get a great feeling of being in a show when using the full capabilities of a 5.1 channel system.
The four disc season 3 Blu-ray edition has 155 songs sung by the Glee cast and a few guest appearances so music and audio are major parts of the show. Glee is a fun show and getting the show on disc is the only way to really enjoy it when you get so much for your money including the jukebox feature.
There are some great bonus features and the best is the jukebox where you can pop one disc in and watch the whole Blu-ray discs worth of songs or skip to your favorites. Other bonus features are not as great with less than an hour of shorter clips and two about 15 minute features about new cast and looking back at the last three years by the old cast.
The features are pretty decent but other than the jukebox the others are a onetime look at behind the scenes stuff and not much else. Glee is a fantastic show and a definite must have for anyone that enjoys a wide range of music sung by people who put their hearts into their work.
While we anxiously await the premiere of season four I could think of nothing better to do with the time than to while away the days recapping Glee: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray edition.