'Entourage - Season 3, Part 2'
(Kevin Connelly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillion, Jeremy Piven, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2004) 2007 / HBO)
Overview: Sure it would be great to have it all, but at what price? For Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle, life in Hollywood's fast lane isn't without its road bumps, as we learned when a botched deal cost Ari, Vince's longtime agent, his job. Will change at the top make the difference in getting Vince his dream picture - or will the boys regret giving Ari the ax?
DVD Verdict: For the record, 'Entourage' is a great show and the only reason they are spliting the DVD's up is because the season was split up. It's so worth it because its the conclusion to the best season of the show thus far. Season 3 Part two is a fantastic conclusion to a cliffhanger midpoint. But, what I am hoping is that the next season will pull this show out of last seasons funk!
Anyhoo, at the end of Season 3 Part I, we are meant to swallow that Vince actually fired Ari - a lame cliffhanger since it's not very believable that they would stay "broken up" for more than eight episodes. After seeing Vince sleep with his agent (a so-so development) it's just a matter of time before that little diversion is done and we can get back to business. It is kind of funny to see the tension between Ari and Vince.
All of these episodes are entertaining. I want to make that clear so that I am not mistaken when I complain that certain shows are too gimmicky and unrealistic ("Gotcha!") or too heavy on buffoonery ("Adios, Amigos"). Still, this season does feature two of the great episodes from the series as a whole. The first "Return of the King" finds Ari trying to close a deal on Yom Kippur. Complete with various trips to temple and an auxiliary cell phone in case of wife-takes-phone emergency, this episode shines amongst others in season three.
The other notable episode if "The Prince's Bride" which features a hilarious guest appearance by Brett Ratner and Kevin Dillon in an Emmy worthy storyline as Johnny Drama tries to get a role in Rush Hour 3.
The show is bouncing back in this set of episodes the next season is even better. 'Entourage' is a show that any entertainment fan should be watching. A fun, fast and easy-going look at the business of Hollywood and the stars that populate it, this is one show certainly worthy of its Emmy Nominated distinction. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Season One Recap (1:31)
Season Two Recap (2:16)
Season Three, Part I Recap (1:36)
Museum of Television and Radio Panel
Anatomy of Entourage
Four Audio Commentaries on Three Episodes