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The IT Crowd – The Complete Third Season (2008/MPI DVD)


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



Despite losing (we hope temporarily) Noel Fielding as Richmond, The IT Crowd is back for a Third Season and though Matt Berry’s character Douglas the crazy boss has been upped, the show continues to be very funny and the show as strong as before.  For more on the show, you can read my reaction to The Complete Second Season at this link:






Roy (Chris O’Dowd), Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson) are back and the chemistry is as strong as ever, along with the comic timing, but credit should also go to series creator Graham Linehan, who has taken further creative control over the show by directing more episodes.  The episodes on this set include:


1)     From Hell

2)     Are We Not Men?

3)     Tramps Like Us

4)     The Speech

5)     Friendface

6)     Calendar Geeks



Though the last season ended on a cliffhanger, that storyline is not picked up until the third episode here for whatever reason.  In addition, the first show has an awkward beginning and only recovers later.  Once again, the show especially shines in its moments of physical and silent comedy, but the jokes and ideas behind them are top rate as usual.  We recommend you start at the beginning to get the most out of the jokes, but if you start with a later season, you’ll still find some big laughs.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can again be soft in places and have some motion blur, but are clean, color rich and consistently good throughout otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo continues to be just fine, right down to the great instrumental theme song by Neil Hannon and dialogue is just fine.  Extras include commentary with Linehan on all episodes once again, interview with Linehan on camera, Original Title Sequence Animatics, tour of the set, deleted scenes and more very funny outtakes to be watched after you see the shows.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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