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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Osbournes - The Second Season
Osbournes - The Second Season
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // Unrated // September 30, 2003
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted September 26, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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Another season of dogs pooping, people yelling, Ozzy mumbling and Jack and Kelly threatening each other. So it goes on MTV's "The Osbournes", a crazed journey into the surreal life of a rock star and his dysfunctional - yet loving, underneath all the cursing - family. The first season was fun for a while; it was a good mix of drunken hilarity, Ozzy's mumbled wisdom and fights between Jack and Kelly.

The second season of the Osbournes, despite some scary events (Sharon's cancer scare, which is handled movingly, but gets less time then one might expect), is more focused upon the battles between Kelly and Jack - a little bit of which goes a long way. Kelly's musical debut was soon to happen (the first episode has Kelly getting ready to perform on MTV) and that seemed to have caused the sparring between the two to heighten. Kelly, who seemed like a voice of reason at times in the first season, seemed to be more of a terror in season two, going off into a temper tantrum late in the season during her Las Vegas birthday.

That's not to say that there's not entertaining moments scattered throughout these episodes - there are certainly laughs to be had and a few moving moments to be found. However, things in the second season started to get a little repetitive and the focus shift towards the kids took away from the show (Ozzy himself remains the most interesting, as his "Dinner With Ozzy" episode of season one remains one of the best in the series). The loads of merchandise also threatened to make the family seem overplayed, reminding me of the "Simpsons" episode where the animated family wished for fame and found that their audience eventually became tired of them once they released their fifth "theme" album.

All 10 episodes from season 2 are included.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Osbournes" is once again presented in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Once again, the quality's just fine. Sharpness and detail are perfectly fine, but inconsistent - there's stretches that have good fine detail and clarity and others that seem a tad softer. Slight instances of shimmer and compression artifacts appear, but this is largely a clean-and-clear effort. Colors are well-rendered, but looked a tiny bit smeary once or twice.

SOUND: The 2.0 soundtracks are satisfactory, clearing capturing the dialogue and what little ambient sound there is included. 5.1 soundtracks would be nice for the show, but they're clearly not necessary, given the material. As with season 1, you can hear uncensored or censored audio.

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Commentary: The first season had commentary from Jack and Sharon, this season set has commentary from Sharon and Kelly mainly, but Ozzy (and for those who have trouble understanding Ozzy on the show, his commentary comments are even harder to understand - even Sharon asks him what he just said at one point) and non-TV daughter Aimee appear later on. All of the tracks have their moments of silence (I think the problem is the surprising fact that the family members admit they haven't seen most of the episodes), but Sharon and Kelly make a rather talkative pairing, cursing up a storm while joking about the events taking place in and behind-the-scenes of each episode. I can't say that these tracks have loads of replay value, but they're fun once through.

Also: 32 minutes of additional footage, bonus games, Ozzy translator and DVD-ROM.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed "The Osbournes" and their show's best moments - fewer of which were found in season two - were enjoyable television and significant in the realm of reality TV, a genre that holds few other bright spots ("Amazing Race"). This second season DVD offers satisfactory audio/video quality and a few enjoyable extras. Recommended for the show's fans.

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