Weeds: Season Three

Featured In Issue 133, July/August 2008

WSR Score4.5
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Craig Zisk, Lev L. Spiro, Martha Coolidge, Perry Lang, Paul Feig, Ernest Dickerson, Julie Anne Robinson & Randy Zisk
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Nancy Botwin (Parker) has a lot of skeletons in her upper-class suburban closet—a healthy pot-dealing operation and a murdered drug enforcement agent of a husband from a short-lived marriage of convenience. In Weeds: Season Three Agrestic's sewage system is under siege from Majestic—the newer, wealthier, faith-based community that has now surrounded the California suburb. The new community brings unwanted questions in the day-to-day financial dealings of Agrestic, which the City Accountant Doug (Nealon) may not be able to answer without exposing Nancy's involvement in growing and selling weed to the community.(Stacey Pendry)

Special features on Disc One of this two disc set include a commentary track for each episode by a different member of the cast and crew, a six-minute gag reel, trivia tracks for seven episodes, four Little Boxes Music Montages (four minutes), 11 30-second sampler tracks from the CD of Weeds soundtracks, and a trailer, a three-minute Mary-Kate Olsen Bio, a three-minute behind-the-music snippet Little Boxes—Randy Newman, and a seven-minute featurette Uncle AWOL, clips from six spoof public access cable spots for G.M.A.—Good Morning Agrestic!: Wake & Bake (six minutes), School Safety (six minutes), Too Soon To Be Gay (five minutes),Wake & Bake 2 (four minutes), Our Borders (six minutes), and Majestic: Gates To Hell (six minutes); and an interactive game: Kush Kush And Away.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD looks like a television show, with a somewhat soft appearance, with fine details poorly defined. Black levels are solid and deep, and a pleasing sense of dimensionality is created with the natural-looking shadow delineation. Contrast can be somewhat low, though, and fleshtones often appear pale and plugged up. Mosquito noise can be recognized at times, and the image can appear overly harsh and digitized. Noise is recognizable in occasional scenes, but edge enhancement is not a problem. Colors can really pop from the screen, though, and the picture can be enjoyable. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows solid resolution, although it isn't as pristine as the best high-definition releases. Black levels are adequate, as is shadow delineation, and colors are well saturated. (Dannty Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Surround EX™ 5.1-channel with matrix center surround soundtrack rarely uses the surround channels, creating a rather dimensionless experience. Fidelity is adequate, although not pristine, and bass is lacking. The front stage can be amply wide and fairly deep, and dynamic range is solid. Phantom imaging is realized across the front but is rare anywhere else in the room. ADR can be recognized on occasion, and a spurious high-pitched ringing can distract. The noise floor is low and dialogue is always intelligible, which are plusses. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ features good dynamic range and dialogue fidelity, but the audio can sound edgy at times. (Danny Richelieu)