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Shameless: The Complete Third Season(TV) (2013)
Season Three of Shameless picks up 137 days since viewers last spent time with the Gallaghers. Fiona is scrounging for cash and finds herself in a succession of jobs, including club party promoter, grocery store cashier, and office worker. Lip is sentenced to community service after stealing a laser, while Ian struggles to prevent Mickey from marrying a woman his father is forcing him to wed. Jimmy contemplates returning to medical school; Veronica and Kevin are determined to have a baby; Carl becomes part of a scheme to cheat a children's foundation; and Frank, after partying harder than usual, wakes up in Mexico without the papers or cash to get back home. As if their daily struggles weren't enough, Fiona and her siblings have to deal with Child Protective Services threatening to take away the kids.
For more about Shameless: The Complete Third Season and the Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray release, see Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on January 4, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Shanola Hampton, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan
Directors: Peter Segal, Randall Einhorn
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Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review
The sinful saga rolls on...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, January 4, 2014
Sex, drugs and... not so much rock n' roll, but boozing, sexual harassment, forgery, assault with plenty of intent, border hopping, charity fraud, grand theft, public masturbation, body dismemberment, buried bodies, child neglect and transgressions heaped on more transgressions. Is there anything Shameless is ashamed to trot out? I'm guessing not. William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and the Gallagher clan return for yet another round of ludicrously deviant behavior in a show so funny you can't help but feeling like an awful human being for laughing. After peaking last go-round, though, the reprehensibly riotous series finally introduced me to the limits of my patience for revolting habits and delinquent decision-making midway through The Complete Third Season. While still quite strong and addicting in terms of writing and performances, the series veers into unfortunate one-upsmanship with itself, desperately working to outdo itself with each passing episode. The results drift a bit too far off course, with creator Paul Abbott and his writers expecting their audience to continue dredging up feelings and empathy for characters who are actively, all too eagerly becoming increasingly unlikable and, in my case, bordering on unbearable. The comedy is still sharp. The drama is folded in nicely, the actors committed, and the series' jagged edged bottle intact. But it's harder and harder to believe the Gallaghers exist in any reality at this point -- even a premium cable reality -- much less are able to live the lives they do, survive all they survive, and indulge in all they indulge in. I'm not checking out, mind you, but I am reigning in my expectations. I'm not so sure if the show can go anywhere but downhill from here. Time will tell...
The third season picks up 137 days after the last. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is scrounging for cash and finds herself in a succession of jobs, including club party promoter, grocery store cashier and office worker. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is sentenced to community service after stealing a laser, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) struggles to prevent Mickey (Noel Fisher) from marrying a woman his father is forcing him to wed. Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) contemplates returning to medical school; Veronica and Kevin (Shanola Hampton and Steve Howey) are determined to have a baby; Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) becomes part of a scheme to cheat a children's foundation; and Frank (William H. Macy), after partying harder than usual, wakes up in Mexico without the papers or cash to get back home. As if their daily struggles weren't enough, Fiona and her siblings have to deal with Child Protective Services threatening to take away the kids.
Reviews for the first two seasons of Shameless are already available:
The 2-disc Blu-ray release of Shameless: The Complete Third Season features twelve episodes:
Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Video Quality
Shameless: The Complete Third Season also slips back a step in terms of its 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation, which is more prone to issues like banding and artifacting than the series' previous Blu-ray releases. The real issue, though, involves boosted brightness, waning contrast and terribly muted black levels. Shadows are quite gray and muted, and the entire image is washed out. It's not immediately apparent per se, but it's impossible to miss after comparing the Season Three Blu-ray release to its predecessors, or, as one particularly helpful Blu-ray.com member brought to my attention, by comparing the Blu-ray to its VUDU digital copy counterpart, which features the darker, healthier blacks any release of the third season should exhibit. (Many thanks to "cuzzin".) Yes, the show's palette is still grungy, dingy and grimy, and intentionally so, with muted colors, pale skintones, dull primaries. And yes, detail is excellent, edges are crisp and precise (not to mention free of ringing and aliasing), textures are revealing, and delineation is decidedly decent, meaning the show's photography is much more refined than it might first appear. But the increased brightness and neutered black levels are a big problem; possibly even one deserving of a replacement program, were enough consumers to complain.
Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Shameless' DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is comparable to its previous season counterparts, which is a very, very good thing. While episodes generally don't extend beyond strings of conversations (peppered with debauchery and deviance of course), the soundfield delivers time and time again. LFE output is surprisingly robust, embracing every hit, spill, crash and round of unruliness typical of the Gallaghers' crazy lives. The rear speakers enhance every packed bar, crowded hospital waiting room, busy street and rowdy nightclub the series has to offer, creating a wholly immersive experience with pinpoint directionality and perfectly sober cross-channel pans. Dialogue is clear and smartly prioritized as well, without anything in the way of whiffed lines or mangled, muffled or diluted voices.
Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Shameless is showing signs of wearing thin in its third season, pawing at shock value and gratuitous wrong-doing. I get it; that's the series. But there's a difference between bad behavior and contrived bad behavior. The show is feeling more and more like a scribbled script, with plotlines that are too manufactured for their own good. Can it recover? Absolutely. Will it? I suspect not. Season Four will most likely try to top Season Three and, in doing so, lose sight of what made the first and second seasons so weirdly watchable. The upside is Warner's Blu-ray release, the only downside being its video presentation, which is more problematic than those of past seasons. It's still decent, though, I suppose, while its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is terrific and its supplemental package has a good bit to offer. (Although no commentaries, which is a shame.) Fans will be reasonably pleased, despite noticing the diminished capacity of the video presentation.
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• Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Detailed - September 24, 2013
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Shameless: The Complete Third Season, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. The 2-disc set features all 12 third season episodes as well as numerous extras, and arrives ...
• Shameless: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray - September 11, 2013
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Showtime are bringing Shameless: The Complete Third Season to Blu-ray in December. The dark comedy-drama series stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White, Emma Kenney, Noel Fisher, ...
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