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Entourage: Season Three – Part Two (HBO DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: B



Some call this series mediocre at best where as others call it pure genius; as a reviewer I will fall in between and call it fun and enjoyable.  Entourage, a series that makes you wish you were part of the gang is full of life and constant happenings.  In a world that has begun to deliver to it’s seemingly A.D.D. stricken fans the show is just fast paced and driven enough to make the viewer fall in love with every word and ridiculous action.


The series stars Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Drama), Kevin Connolly (Eric), and Jerry Ferrare (Turtle) as a bunch of friends trying to find their way through the fast paced life of Hollywood.  Vince is an up and coming star and his friends are there to help them out as his entourage of buds.  Eric became his manager, Drama is Vince’s older brother who doubles as chef and trainer, and Turtle is the gopher assistant who winds up being the butt of many jokes.  The whole series is said to be based loosely on real time movie star Mark Wahlberg’s life and times as he made his way into Hollywood, but how much is true we may never know (probably most isn’t).  As we were left at the end of Season Three: Part One Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Vince’s manager, had just been fired by the boys for botching up a big deal and that was Part One’s big, yet, anticlimactic cliff hanger.  Part One of Season Three was probably, to date, the series low point but Part Two definitely makes up for Part One’s mistakes and Season Four (not yet on DVD) even goes further to help the series get back on track.


The technical features, as stated previously on this site about HBO series, are basically the same as many other HBO releases with the features not being bad, but not being anything special either.  The picture is presented in a nice 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that is pretty crisp and clear, with only the occasional moments where the color quality demonstrates dimmed colors with a certain blurry quality.  The sound is adequate in its Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounds, but nothing that truly ‘pops’ and is a tad lackluster.  The extras are also adequate for a ‘half-season’ 2 Disc release offering fans a chance to see an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at how the Season Finale was made, an in-depth interview with the cast, and select audio commentaries.  This reviewer was not quite thrilled with the ‘behind the scenes’ featurette or the commentaries, but found the cast interviews to be insightful and humorous.


In the end, this being the second part of the third season (with the series now moving into Season Five) this reviewer would not recommend just anyone picking up the series at this point.  Up to this point the series (like many HBO series) has had a great deal of character and plot development that someone just walking into the series would not be able to understand.  The series is surely great episode too episode, but it is the collective that makes this series wonderful.  The cast is funny and well rounded; if they keep this up the series could last a long time.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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