We may have just wrapped up with the holidays, but apparently everyone’s favorite non-denominational winter holiday has put on its best vintage suit with matching fedora, poured itself a late-morning Scotch, lit up a Lucky Strike, and come ridiculously early! No no, hipsters have not overtaken the nation’s IHOPs for hangover-fueled yet nonetheless ironic feasts of All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes (though you’d better believe they knew All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes before All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes were big). Rather, AMC’s Mad Men blog has already announced that season three of Mad Men is out on DVD March 23rd! SQUEEE!
Of course, there’s really only one appropriate reaction to such glorious news:
Given how season two didn’t come out ’til the middle of last July, getting more Mad Men on DVD so soon certainly comes as a surprise, but that’s not a bad surprise. Just a surprise that’s going to have me breathing into a paper bag for the next several minutes.
Think I’m overreacting? Just check out this box art hotness, but make sure you’ve got your own paper bag handy. ‘Cos, you know, vapors:
Even at such a small image resolution, I can’t be overreacting. After all, a season’s worth of irresponsible recaps stand testament to Mad Men‘s increasingly peculiar pleasures and all around brilliance, and now it’s coming in packaging that’s almost as SQUEEE!-inducing as Betty Draper’s jaw-droppingly fabulous updo from the Italy episode?
Sure, I’m well aware that watching Mad Men is about so much more than simply its aesthetic pleasures, but box art this seductive makes it impossible to deny just how sublime those pleasures can be. Seriously, this box art isn’t just Sterling Cooper genius, y’all. It’s Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce genius.
Art direction by Salvatore Romano, natch.