DVD gets ‘Arrested’

Fox to bow disc this fall before 2nd season

Fox Home Entertainment will use the first season DVD release of “Arrested Development” to hype the second season premiere of the Emmy-nominated laffer.

Studio is also planning fall releases for a pair of Fox skeins quickly pulled by the network. Complete series volumes for “Greg the Bunny” and “Cedric the Entertainer Presents” — featuring a total of eight never-aired episodes — will hit store shelves in October.

Big push, however, is for “Arrested,” which will bow on DVD Oct. 19 — about three weeks before the comedy is expected to return for a second season on Fox Broadcasting. Three-disc set will include several commentary tracks, a slew of deleted scenes and bloopers and a look at composer David Schwartz’s original songs.

Series creator Mitch Hurwitz has also worked to reassemble the show’s original 28-minute pilot, which features nearly seven minutes of unseen footage. FHE is calling the version a “creator’s cut,” though Hurwitz isn’t quite sure that’s the right term.

“Even I as a creator want to make some cuts,” Hurwitz quipped in an interview with Daily Variety. “But it’s one of the best features, because it shows you so many character details we cut for time. It’s nearly a third longer than (the aired pilot).”

“Arrested” is up for seven Emmy noms, having just won a pair of TV Critics Assn. awards.

As for FHE’s two other announced October TV releases:

  • Three-disc “Cedric” set will include all 21 episodes of the sketch comedy skein — six of which never aired on Fox.

Fox ordered six episodes after the skein’s original 15-seg run and announced that those episodes would be a part of its 2003-04 sked. Fox execs ultimately opted against airing the episodes, essentially giving sister company FHE the ability to hype an entire mini-season as completely new product.

Collection, to be released Oct. 26, is also expected to include commentaries and “uncensored” scenes.

  • Two-disc “Greg the Bunny” collection includes two unaired episodes of the adult puppet comedy in addition to the 11 Fox broadcast. It’s set to be released Oct. 19.

Set will also feature a healthy dose of extras, including two featurettes, several commentary tracks, the original IFC short that helped birth the series and so-called puppet porn.

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