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Osbournes, The: 2 1/2 Season Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 May 2004

The Osbournes 2 1/2

Miramax Home Entertainment
MPAA rating: NR
starring: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne
release year: 2004
film rating: Three Stars
sound/picture: Two Stars
reviewed by: Paul Lingas

Well this is something I never thought I’d see, a second half of a season on DVD. They really know how to package these things nowadays, don’t they? Having left off the first half of “The Osbournes” Season Two with Ozzy and Sharon renewing their wedding vows, we now get to see the family doing a bit more relaxing than previously. No one’s on tour or doing photo shoots or anything of the sort. In fact, what marks these episodes are birthdays, as both Jack and Ozzy have birthdays within two episodes of each other. It’s time for a little bit of rest and relaxation (more than usual) with the Osbournes.

With the lack of work we are left with play, which includes anything from Ozzy taking Jack fishing to Ozzy eating pounds of carrot cake while the kids are off doing their own thing. There are some great moments when everyone is gone and Ozzy gets to spend a few precious days alone at the house. Of course, alone with the maids and camera crews and everyone else, but it’s enjoyable for some odd reason watching Ozzy sit in the back yard listening to classical music and painting. After all, just because he’s Ozzy doesn’t mean he can’t have hobbies. While Sharon, Jack and Kelly are fun to watch in their own rights, the show is so great because everything begins and ends with Ozzy. Everyone remember when Ozzy was yelling and cursing at the sea in the first part of Season 2? Well it actually gets better when Ozzy starts in with his new BMW that comes equipped with voice recognition systems. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard, my stomach still hurts. One of the great and truly Osbourne moments occurs when Jack goes over to Courtney Love’s house, an event which really does nothing but confirm that the woman is frighteningly odd, even when placed in the context of the Osbournes.

Overall, this is much of the same craziness that has marked the first season and a half of The Osbournes. What really stands out is that the editing has seemed to improve over time, as the wizards behind the show at MTV have really settled into a major groove of not only picking out great moments but also heightening the tension and humor of each situation. Knowing that they have to wade through thousands upon thousands of hours of footage, the show maintains its appeal and edge. It has actually grown more entertaining in the sense that those who have watched all along have really gotten to know the Osbournes at a certain level and now we know a little bit of what to expect. It does maintain its instant appeal for newcomers as well. Young or old, a seasoned veteran or a star-eyed rookie, The Osbournes is worth watching.

There is a greater amount of bonus footage this time around, some of it mind-numbing, like the overly long and random conversation between Kelly and her friend and drummer Sarah, and some of it gut-bustingly hilarious, like the conversation about circumcisions. The presentation of each episode is clean and standard for TV, while the Ozzy translator is back in all of its glory. If you think you don’t need it, make sure you turn the volume up, because Ozzy tends to mumble a lot. One of the semi-hidden special features that is a true bonus are the two promotional clips that MTV shot with Tenacious D. It’s always good to see Jack and Kyle do their thing and it makes for an unexpected treat. On a disappointing note, the “Choose your Ozz Adventure Game” is pretty lame. It consists of a game where you maneuver your way through different clips of Ozziness. The main problem is that all of the clips are featured in the episodes, so there is nothing new to see, simply an alternate way to view it. Also lessened from the Season 2 DVD is the audio commentary which only features Sharon and Jack this time; needless to say, they don’t seem to be saying much. I think it’s safe to say that when they do the commentary, it is the first time they’ve seen the completely cut episodes, so they spend most of their time sitting back and watching along. Finally, there is a photo gallery taken from Ozzy and Sharon’s second wedding from the previous half-season. This is truly one of those bonus features that would only really appeal to you if you had watched a lot of the show, because it makes you feel like a part of the family.

For anyone who has liked “The Osbournes,” this is a must-have DVD, because it continues the fine reality television that has marked the program since its inception. You can’t beat the comedy, the characters or, frankly, the technical prowess of the production team. Taken together, they continue to make not only one of the finest and funniest reality shows, but one of the finest television programs, period.

more details
sound format:
Dolby Digital Surround Stereo
aspect ratio(s):
1.33:1 Standard TV
special features: Optional Censored and Uncensored Soundtrack; Episode-Specific Audio Commentaries With Sharon and Jack; Ozzy Translator; Never-Before-Seen Footage; Choose Your Ozz Adventure Set-Top Game; Photo Gallery: An Osbourne Wedding; Tenacious D Television Spots
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DVD player: Panasonic DVD-XP50
receiver: Denon AVR-3802
main speakers: Polk RT 600i
center speaker: Polk CS 400i
rear speakers: Polk S4
monitor: 43” Sony KP-43HT20

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