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Osbournes 2 1/2
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // Unrated // May 4, 2004
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Review by Shannon Nutt | posted May 30, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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THE EPISODES

America's favorite dysfunctional family is back in action in the DVD release of The Osbournes 2 ½, which is actually the second half of Season Two – which was divided up by MTV by a few months when it aired…so guess what…they've decided to divide up the DVD as well! Although no longer at the height of popularity they were when Season One first aired, The Osbournes is still one of the more entertaining "reality" shows on the airwaves (and I put the word "reality" in quotes – since it's obvious that much of The Osbournes is pre-planned…or at the very least, slightly manipulated).

Here's a brief summary of the episodes you'll get to see on this 2-DVD set:

"What A Boy Wants" - Kelly is having a word of words with pop star Christina Aguilera in the press…so she becomes a little upset when she finds out that brother Jack has been hanging out with Miss "Genie In A Bottle".

"Flea's A Crowd" - The family pets have contracted a bad case of the itchy little critters…and all the household is suffering.

"Run Ozzy Run" - Its Ozzy's birthday, and he decides he will mark the occasion by running 5 miles around a track. He also gets a new car and has a little trouble with the voice-activated radio.

"Fists Of Fury" - When Mom and Dad are away, Jack is going to play…but not if Kelly has anything to say about it.

"Mama, I'm Staying Home" - Sharon heads off on a trip – leaving Ozzy behind to go on extravagant shopping sprees…spending over $1000 on kitchen cookware, and over $600 on candy!

"Tennis Racket" - Ozzy's neighbors are diving him crazy with all the tennis playing…so it's time to fight back – Osbourne style.

"A Little Ditty 'Bout Jack and Brieann" – Jack starts dating Kurt Cobain's sister, Brieann – leading to a visit to the home of Courtney Love, and proving that there may be someone out there even crazier than the Osbournes!

"Angler Management" – Ozzy decides to finally take Jack on a fishing trip. The escapades include throwing firecrackers off the side of the boat and…of course…Ozzy not catching a darn thing.

"Bye Bye Babies" - Jack takes a trip back to the Osbournes' home in England. Meanwhile, his pet pooch Lola must find new ways to entertain herself with Jack gone.

"Ozz Well That Ends Well" – Jack is concerned about his violent sleepwalking tendencies, while Kelly must deal with her boyfriend breaking up with her in this, the final episode of Season Two.

THE DVD

Video:
The Osbournes is a series shot on video, and the transfer to DVD get a nice, sharp look here. Colors and skin tones seem properly balanced, and there is no obvious evidence of pixilation or other problems. Each episode is presented in its original full-frame 1.33:1 format.

Audio
The audio is presented in 2.0 Dolby, and sounds very good for a 2.0 track. Viewers will have the option of watching each episode with or without the profanity bleeped out. There's also an option to turn on an Ozzy Translator which will give you subtitles of (mostly!) everything that Ozzy is saying…which proved to be very helpful! Viewers are also given the option of French subtitles.

Extras
In addition to the "Ozzy Translator" and the ability to watch with or without the profanity bleeped out, each episode contains a Commentary Track from Sharon and Jack Osbourne in which they talk about the show.

The only other bonus on Disc One is a pair of Trailers for the first season of the program and the first half of Season Two.

Disc Two contains a number of nice bonus features, the coolest of which is something called Choose Your Ozz Adventure, which plays kind of like those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, where you are given a scenario and then asked what you'd like to do next.

Also on Disc Two are 16 Deleted Scenes; a pair of MTV Clips that feature Tenacious D; plus a Photo Gallery of the ceremony and party where Ozzy and Sharon renewed their vows.

THE BOTTOM LINE

While die-hard Ozzy fans are sure to enjoy this set, even the casual fan will have a lot to like here. Sure, this may be one of the most out-of-touch and downright loony families in the world, but they can be quite entertaining to watch and they even show a touch of genuine tenderness from time to time. Recommended.
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