Glee: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

August 20, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Will (Matthew Morrison) is a high school Spanish teacher, but he dreams of a life as a stage performer. Inspired by his desire to perform, he pushes for his school to offer a glee club program to its students. While he is sincere about wanting the students to embrace their talents, the club would offer him both an avenue to perform and an escape from his high pressure, often problematic marriage. As various students begin to take an interest in the glee club, cheerleading coach Sue (Jane Lynch) also takes an interest, though not a positive one. She wants to keep her cheer squad well funded and whatever the glee club is given, is funding her squad won’t receive. So she watches closely and even plots on how to see the glee club dismantled. In the glee club, some students join to have a place to fit in, others are driven to perform, and others join with insincere intentions. The road to Nationals has been brutal, but can the group win on the biggest stage?

A smash success with legions of fans, Glee hit television like an atomic bomb. But does the show live up to the hype? Glee is a fun show, that much cannot be denied. The cast is colorful and talented, the musical routines are dynamic, and Jane Lynch is flat out awesome. When the show keeps things light and brisk, Glee is shimmering entertainment. But when the series tries to deal with more serious issues, it falls flat on its face. The writers simply won’t let subtlety take hold, instead they’re forceful and melodramatic, which lessens the experience. That said, Glee is still offers much more good than bad. Lynch is fantastic here and like I said, the musical numbers are fun, quirky, and even addictive. I just wish the writers would give the audience some credit and let the dramatic elements play out naturally. Glee has gotten a little more refined in this third season, with more emphasis on the music, which helps the show a lot. So if you’re a Glee fan and loved the first two seasons, Glee: The Complete Third Season is going to give you more of the same with some fresh twists.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. The show looks great in this release, with bright and crisp visuals throughout the season. The show uses a bold visual approach, so colors are vivid and they really pop off the screen here. I found contrast to be excellent as well, so black levels are consistent. The depth is good, but isn’t always the kind of eye popping presence HD can deliver. Some scenes have that spark of brilliance, but most of the episodes just look good, not great in terms of fine detail. Even so, the episodes look great overall and fans should be quite pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

The show’s sound design has improved a lot, as the DTS HD 5.1 soundtracks are terrific. The music is of course the main focus, with vocals and musical elements that make the most of the surrounds. The musical numbers are loud and well mixed, so they really shine in this presentation. I found dialogue to be clear and easy to understand as well, while the non musical sound effects are well handled, just not as memorable. So a nice step up over previous seasons, to be sure. This release also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to a Glee jukebox and a deleted scenes, this release includes a handful of promotional featurettes.

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