Family Business: Season 2
Showtime // Unrated // $39.99 // February 22, 2005
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted March 8, 2005
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"Family Business: Season 2"

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"Family Business" is the Showtime series that concentrates on Adam Glasser, who is one of the most widely known producers of the adult film business, going under the name Seymour Butts. His mother works for his business and his cousin Stevie also helps out. However, he's also a single father who takes care of his kid.

"Family Business" is a reality series that follows these folks around in their day-to-day life, having to deal with problems that come up, just like in any other business. Adam also starts this season off looking for a relationship, as he tries to find a girl who's not in "the business" (one girl doesn't start things off too well by saying he looks like Howie Mandel.) There's also some amusing family moments - his Aunt is staying at the same place where Adam is doing an adult film actress party, but he forgets. She comes over while he's chatting up starlets with some pictures of Adam when he was younger.

The show seems rather staged at times (and sometimes, it reminded me of "Viva La Bam", only in tone and with the cursing relative), but it's funny. The people on the show make for great "characters" and some of the situations (in one episode, we find out the sound on one of the movies is totally screwed up and random people from the office are recruited to make the sounds. Meanwhile, Adam takes his journalist cousin throughout an adult-rated trip through Chicago.) Overall, it's an amusing, entertaining series.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Family Business" is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The picture quality is generally okay - there's nothing particularly noteworthy about it, but it's not bad, either. Sharpness and detail are satisfactory, but rather inconsistent, as some scenes can look slightly soft, while others appear more well-defined. Overall, given the fact that this is a cable series shot on video, the picture quality is about what I'd expect.

The picture is somewhat grainy at times and some shimmering appears, but no pixelation or edge enhancement was noticed. Colors looked natural, with only a tiny bit of smearing here-and-there.

SOUND: The show is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. There's really not much to the sound mix for the series, as the audio mainly keeps to the front speakers. Audio quality is fine, as dialogue and music remained clear.

EXTRAS: A series of Showtime "short interviews" are included.

Final Thoughts: "Family Business" is an amusing and entertaining series about a guy trying to stay successful in his business, which happens to be in adult film. Showtime's DVD set offers little in the way of supplements, but audio/video quality is fine.



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