Mad Men - Series 3 details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, January Jones, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, John Slattery, Robert Morse|
|Directors:||Lesli Linka Glatter, Phil Abraham|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Mad Men - Series 3 - Disc 1
|15 Disc 1|
Mad Men - Series 3 - Disc 2
|15 Disc 2|
Mad Men - Series 3 - Disc 3
|15 Disc 3|
|Run time:||9 hours 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Apr 2010|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Shut the door. Have a seatBy Robinski (180 reviews) from Glasgow , 17 Jul 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]It is so rare these days to find a drama that is not hackneyed and dumbed-down, or characters that are not cardboard cut-outs, a pastiche of stereotypes or zanily quirky (c). At first glance I thought Mad Men was an unlikely prospect, and I dismissed it as a historical soap at the cost of a three year gap before discovering it. The loss was entirely mine, because Mad Men is a hidden gem. It does for Ad Execs what The West Wing did for public servants, etching fascinating characters that bleed, sweat and cry. They are so human, so individual, that they must be real, chock full or vices and virtues as they are. Drinking and womanising are tools of the trade, chauvinism and discrimination of every flavour are rife, men are men and a womans place is in the home or a seedy hotel room possibly. But MM is not a lecherous romp, it is very much what is advertised, a way of life in 60s America.
It is also an enthralling saunter through a seismic period of history, a crossroads in so many ways. It is just starting to be revealed that smoking is harmful. MLK speaks and America listens whether it likes the message are not. Kennedy defeats Nixon, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Dallas Texas. The issues of the period are woven into the fabric of the Sterling Cooper agency and its staff. They are shaken by these world-changing events in a way that we can only imagine.
But it is not the breadth of the canvas but the detail, the nuance the charming, hateful humanity of the characters and their workaday lives that give MM its true power. Roger Sterling is an arrogant bully who inherited his success, and yet he falls in love. Bert Cooper is a true eccentric and yet his judgement is incomparable. Pete Campbell is a grasping, jealous young executive but truly skilled at what he does. Peggy Olson is an anachronism, a talented, ambitious young woman who does not fit the new Barbie image, achieving success in a mans world.
And then there is Donald Draper. How can anyone have sympathy for Don? The serial infidelity to model wife Betty, lies upon lies and the near-callous disregard for his staff, the charmed, seemingly effortless career Don is fated to succeed, a genius in his field, the man with the golden tongue. And yet for me there is something fragile about him and a fascinating background, and there are secrets, oh boy are there secrets. You won't like Don Draper, but if you are a bloke you just might want to be him.
Not since The West Wing has there been a drama from the US that has been so keenly observed and utterly immersing. In my view its creation was seminal in the field of TV drama. Mad Men is unashamedly TV for grown-ups.
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Mad about Man MenBy whitterstitters (11 reviews) from Manchester , 25 Oct 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI came to Mad Men very late and so am currently ploughing through all seasons. I am absolutely hooked and this series just confirmed how good the series is with a series of interesting and very funny episodes, as well as a brilliant series finale which left me smiling and excited for the next series. The 1950s and 60s is a time period I find incredibly interesting and there is such a voyeuristic joy in watching the characters in the series, knowing that big changes are coming in the world. However, the way that these 'big events' are dealt with is so subtle, and presumably (I'm only 31) very accurate to the public reaction at the time. Certain issues are so brilliantly dealt with such as Salvatori's homosexuality which has been unfolding since series 1. However, it appears to me that the writers put a lot of trust and belief in the audience's commitment (and memory!) to the show as this character's story was infrequently dealt with that it brings such richness to the plot and characters when this storyline creeps in again. What is even more interesting is how again, it subtley brings to light the views of people at the time. I found it chilling when a seemingly liberal Don Draper sneers and refers to Salvatori as 'you people'. As ever, it is the women that are very interesting and multi-layered. Peggy particularly pulls at my heart strings and her craving for success, as well as the icey Betty who still gives so little away. As for Don Draper. Well his sexual escapades are positively exhausting, as is the drinking and smoking. However, it is exhausting in a very sexy and appealing way that makes me want to join in. ;o) So even though you all probably know what happens in the next series, I am very much looking forward to it.
Every season is an improvementBy ArgentoArmy (7 reviews) from Wokingham , 19 Dec 2011Another great season. We tore through the episodes at a frantic pace. I wish Season 5 wasn't so far away. Bravo!
Adult drama with real style!By JonathanR (40 reviews) from Peterborough, England , 27 Nov 2011It took me a long time to get into Mad Men but now I've just completed series 3, I'm completely hooked! This series goes against the grain of current television and gives you drama that is aimed at an intelligent adult audience. The characters feel fully rounded and reel - imperfect people in an imperfect world. I find the pace and 60's style refreshing in this fast paced modern world. The breakup of Don and Betty's marriage I found particularly moving as it felt very organic and realistic. The only negative point I have is that the story lines too often go off at tangents that go nowhere. About to start on series 4 now, hope it continues to maintain high standards.
Beats everything else on TV at the moment.By JG96 (1 review) , 19 Oct 2011The third series of Mad Men is the strongest yet, while the first two series were brilliant and the last episode of the first is probably the best episode yet, series 3 felt like it was what the last twos series had been building towards. The central characters are all fascinating and the performances are brilliant (particularly Pete Campbell and Joan, Jon Hamm has won plenty of awards and doesn't really need mentioning). For those who say that nothing happens or it is too slow, you are missing out on so much, and if you think that nothing happens watch the last two episodes. There are other great shows on at the moment (Peep Show, The Thick Of It, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire) but Mad Men is head and shoulders above the rest.
Amazing can't get betterBy a customer , 14 Jul 2011I just cannot get enough. Every character gets me feeling something good, bad but draper....he has it all. Every time we finish watching a disc I can't get to the post box fast enough. I can't believe the whole world still hasn't seen this show. If you havnt seen it....you lucky thing. Wish I could start all over again.
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