I just finished watching The Bounty Hunter, and the film aside, the Hollywood portrayal of real-life occupations just seems a little exaggerated. When it comes to bounty hunters, I like them with ample quantities of muscles and mullets. I like them to be family businesses where big-bosomed spouses work, along with the sons and daughters in the family who engage in hunting fugitives and ensuring they go to jail quickly. Consequently, that's one of the reasons why I'll find myself watching Dog the Bounty Hunter on A&E every so often.
For those unfamiliar with the show, Duane "Dog" Chapman, his wife Beth, sons Leland and Duane Lee and daughter Lyssa are the main on-camera individuals working at Da Kine Bail Bonds in Hawaii, and they hunt bail jumpers. Chapman's criminal past gives him a unique perspective into the chase, and during transport to a jail, he often explains to the fugitive that jail isn't necessarily the end of anything; they can (and should) take look at it as an opportunity for improvement if not for themselves than for the families they live with and/or support.
Along with their time in Hawaii, they also have a second residence in Colorado and occasionally assist a local bail bondsman whose name is (I'm not kidding) Bobby Brown. Together the gang helps locate and secure the wanted in the mountains in their spare time. With this disc (titled Crime is on the Run), they split time between Colorado and Hawaii, including one episode on the Big Island of Hawaii to assist Leland in apprehending a fugitive. On this disc, there are eight episodes from the show's sixth season.
While the team does have it's share of honey to attract flies in a hunt, they have no qualms about being no-nonsense and to the point in hunts as well, particularly if there stands to be a financial impact to their business (or Bobby's, for that matter). This isn't more evident than in "Kid Stuff," where Beth puts the screws of interrogation on a fugitive's girlfriend. After the news comes out that the man has turned himself in, she switches on the maternal instinct for the woman almost immediately, comforting her and letting her know that there will be better days than the one that she's just experienced. It's being able to react and respond quickly to a situation that is one of the reasons why Dog, Beth and the family Chapman are so effective at what they do.
There are moments during the season that make you wince a bit. In "Easy Does It," we see how Bobby Brown handles merchandising and advertising his business, and seeing him hold a thong up and saying that it's now "World famous" is a little bit disconcerting (especially when you see him in the picture above). That said, the show remains about Dog and his family, and they still capture fugitives and show us a glimpse of their family in between the hunts, like Lyssa's impending pregnancy at the time of the season, or when other family member Wesley re-emerges as part of the fugitive hunts. Dog still brings in the bad guys, and Crime is on the Run.
Full-frame video. Hey A&E, high-definition handheld cameras are getting affordable these days. Moreover, there are Best Buys and Walmarts in Hawaii. Throw a few bucks into the production and come into the 21st century, mmmkay?
Two-channel Dolby stereo. Having everything shot on handheld cameras for a reality television show doesn't allow for the sonic smorgasbord that one would expect, nay, demand, but everything sounds clear in the front channels without much hissing or mosquito noise to distract.
Crime is on the Run continues to show America that Dog the Bounty Hunter is still viable and entertaining television, even in the reality genre. While the technical qualities are lackluster and supplements are non-existent, it's still entertaining to me, dammit! It's also short enough that if you're not familiar with Dog, it's worth checking out. Regardless, you can catch the A&E episodes that pop up every so often.