Thanks to Focus Features and Universal Pictures, we had a chance to review the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” Blu-Ray combo pack with our very own copy! Below is our description and analysis of the product:
Be sure to pick up your copy on 10/31/2023!
About My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 – “The Portokalos family is back for another serving of ouzo and opa” (Tori Brazier, METRO) in MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3, available on Digital, Blu-rayTM and DVD October 31, 2023, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins, Connie and Carla), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 follows the Portokalos family to Greece for their grandest adventure yet that Collider calls “a family reunion worth flying out for.” Featuring commentary from Nia Vardalos and a behind-the-scenes look at making the film with interviews from the cast and crew, sneak peeks, and inside stories.
When Toula (Vardalos) plans a trip to Greece to honor her late father Gus’ (Michael Constantine, The Juror) final wish, the family’s reunion becomes complicated with the reveal of a deep family secret. With non-stop laughter at every twist and turn, the highly anticipated third installment of the franchise brings a heartwarming reunion that honors the essence of what makes the original so unique.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 stars Nia Vardalos along with John Corbett (“Sex and the City,” “And Just Like That…), Louis Mandylor (“NCIS,” “Desperate Housewives,”), Elena Kampouris (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2), Gia Carides (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Joey Fatone (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Maria Vacratsis (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Elias Kacavas (“Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”), Lainie Kazan (Beaches, Tango Shalom), and Andrea Martin (“Only Murders in the Building,” “Evil”).
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 features an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with music by Grammy® Award-winning composer Stephanie Economou. The soundtrack also features the original song “OLI MAZI (We Are All Together)” co-written & performed by film producer & celebrated singer/songwriter Rita Wilson p.g.a. and Academy Award®-winning songwriter Diane Warren, featuring guest vocalist Christos Mastoras. The Remix version of the song is also out, remixed by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – a Belgian-Greek DJ duo composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios who have remixed artists including Lady Gaga and The Chainsmokers.
Rita Wilson p.g.a., Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman return as producers, with Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Steven Shareshian, and Nia Vardalos serving as executive producers.
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL FOR YOUR COLLECTION:
- GAG REEL
- DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
- ON SET WITH NIA VARDALOS – The MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING franchise comes full circle as writer and star Nia Vardalos adds a new role, and takes Toula’s ongoing adventure to another level, by taking a seat in the director’s chair.
- OPA! THE MAKING OF MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 – Enjoy even more fabulous fun with the Portokalos family as the cast and crew takes you to Greece for revealing behind-the-scenes interviews, sneak peeks of beautiful locations and inside stories on the film’s creation.
- WEDDING DRUM SONG – EXTENDED TAKE
- FEATURE COMMENTARY – with Writer/Director Nia Vardalos
HNS Review: The third outing from the Portokalos family proves to be the weakest. Even so, it’s nice to see the returning characters visit the homeland! There are some new elements introduced that make the family dynamic come full circle. The parent’s absence in the film was noticeable, but there were some nice tributes to them along the way. Fans of the series will have lots to chew on here, but I wish the film were able to accomplish more.
About the Product: This package comes with a disc set and a digital code to download. With this feature, the buyer will have access to the film anywhere. Popping in the disc at home and downloading the digital code are both easy to do. The paper sleeve around the case highlights the special features and personal approach from actor/director Nia Vardalos.
About the Special Features:
Gag Reel – Goofs and missteps are a fun part to see of any production. It’s clear that the cast is having fun with one another being in the Greek family setting again. The section is pretty short but has some fun moments.
Deleted and Extended Scenes – Another short section here. There were three deleted scenes, all of which made sense to cut from the film. But the flight scene where Voula starts teasing the flight attendant about her neck moles made me chuckle. I wouldn’t have minded if they kept that one.
On Set with Nia Vardalos – Seeing Nia Vardalos take over the director duties was my favorite section of the special features. Toula has been a big part of her journey in the film industry, so seeing her heart and soul pour out for this story was nice to experience. The cast was very comfortable with her guidance in the filmmaking process. After all these years, it’s clear these people feel like family to one another. Don’t miss this section!
Opa! The Making of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 – Another good section of bonus features here. Each member of the cast and crew felt like a third installment would be a nice way to cap off the series. Adding an authentic Greek setting helped freshen up the story while adding to the Portokalos legacy. Shooting this film in Greece helped the cast connect to their characters and provided a nice tribute to Michael Constantine’s Gus (who was not in the film). Nia Vardalos explains how she wasn’t ready to direct a film in the series when the studio asked her to do the 2nd, but felt ready with the 3rd.
Wedding Drum Song – Extended Take – Very short sequence. The big dance scene at the end of the film is shown from a different angle and plays for a bit longer. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the construction of the sequence and how Vardalos wanted it choreographed rather than just extending it.
Feature Commentary – We see director Nia Vardalos elaborate on her thoughts about making the 3rd film. She explains how personal this project was for her and why it was important to tell another story about this family. Hearing the cast explain why they came back really emphasizes how excited they were to have Nia directing them. Actor John Corbett also explains how his journey has changed throughout each film.
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