Oh, “Glee”… The seemingly unstoppable TV show that took the world by storm with their ridiculously pointless story lines and and catchy covers. “Glee” burst onto the scene in May of 2009 and for a while looked like it would go on forever, but things change. I remember seeing that first sneak preview episode before the actual 1st season started, I think it was after a Super Bowl or something, and not understanding why anyone would think this show would work. I guess that’s why I’m not a big studio executive making the big bucks. And that’s actually why this review is going to be a little bit different than normal. Usually I would write the review based on my opinions, which is dumb because everyone has different opinions, and personally I don’t like “Glee” very much, but that’s not to say that the Blu-Ray isn’t worth picking up if you’re a fan of the show. That’s why I decided to write this review from the point of view of my wife, who’s a huge fan of the show. So let’s see how she feels about it.
Glee Season 3 brings the characters ever closer to graduation, and it’s time to figure out what they want to do with their lives. This season also introduces us to Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty Jr., the winners of the 1st season of “The Glee Project”. As the winners they were given roles to play on the show for the season, and they actually did a really good job. The bulk of the season revolves around the Glee Club getting ready for nationals, but of course there is other drama going on as well. Ultimately this season is about growing up and trying to figure out what the next step in life is, after high school. It also sets up a strange dynamic for season 4 as I’m not sure how the series will continue, using the same characters. But I have faith that there will still be random song and dance numbers that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot and that come completely out of nowhere. But that’s why people love Glee right? It’s not like the plot is that engaging… it’s the songs that really stand out. And if you’re a fan of the show, the Season 3 Blu-Ray is definitely one you’re going to want to pick up.
The video for Glee Season 3 is presented in 1080P 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks amazing. All of the colors are crystal clear, everything pops and I didn’t notice any artifacts or issues with the transfer. I’m pretty sure the show is shot in digital, so there’s no excuse for the Blu-Ray not looking just as good, if not better, than when it aired on TV. In fact, it will be better due to the fact that broadcast TV is only 720P, so there you go.
As far as the audio goes, this is where it counts. Don’t get me wrong, if a movie has terrible audio it’s pretty obvious and makes for a poor viewing experience, but with Glee, if you have poor audio you just ruin the whole show. Thankfully season 3 is pitch perfect in its 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. You’ll be able to enjoy all of the songs for hours on end without having to worry about them sounding off.
There are a lot of special features jammed onto this disc, most of which fall in line to what we’ve seen on the previous season releases. The Glee Music Jukebox is back, of course, and allows you to jump to just the musical numbers in the show, but unfortunately it’s not always the full song. Some of them are just clips of the songs.
“Glee Under the Stars” is a featurette that runs just shy of 8 minutes and shows a season 3 kick-off event that was held at a high school in Santa Monica. Some of the cast and crew are on hand to answer questions about the show . This was alright, but nothing too spectacular. If you jump to disc 3 there’s another featurette titled “Glee Give a Note” which also runs just shy of 8 minutes. It shows Mays and Jones presenting a high school with a check for $10,000 to help with their arts program. Apparently there was a competition that the students entered in order to win. I was not aware of that, but it’s nice to see the students so dedicated to the arts.
One of the longer featurettes of the set is called “Meet The Newbies” and runs about 13 minutes long. This was my favorite special feature as it gives you a look into the two new characters that won “The Glee Project”. It’s nice to have this on here because if you didn’t watch “The Glee Project” you would have no idea where these kids came from. It’s a nice introduction and definitely worth checking out if you didn’t watch the competition show. But don’t worry, the existing cast gets their own featurette in “Saying Goodbye” which is a look back at the behind-the-scenes filming the season finale.
There are a couple Jane Lynch specific featurettes as well as a bunch of deleted scenes on each disc as well. So overall there are a good number of features spread throughout the set, my only complaint is I wish they would have just jammed them all onto one disc instead of splitting them up throughout the set.
Bottom line is, if you’re a fan of the show and you enjoyed season 3 then you’ll want to pick this up. There are a good number of special features that will keep you occupied and the replay factor of the songs themselves has kept my wife busy for hours.