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Jersey Shore – Season One: Uncensored (2009 – 2010/MTV DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



A few years ago, an idea to do a reality TV show based on The Beverly Hillbillies by flying in real people from actual hillbilly regions to Los Angeles and surrounding areas was killed before such a disaster could take place.  Reality TV is always a disaster, but as 1980s legacy to make money no matter what, it is a monster that lives.  Jersey Shore is almost the same idea we started with, but we get Italian people as new stereotypes and as expected, it is a big hit and one of the worst shows of its kind to date.


Are these young adults this stupid, angry or naοve?  They are tested in advance to seem smart and come across as intriguing and dysfunctional as possible so people can hate themselves and like or hate who they see on screen, with too many living vicariously through the worst possible situations.  Is it worth this kind of exploitation for these unknowns to become stars?  Does it not send the worst possible message to desperate young viewers that hard work does not matter, just be commoditized and you can have fame and success with zero effort?  Worthlessness is the only thing a show like this ever equals except for those making money on it.


An off-screen controversy already inspired calls for MTV to cancel the show, but at a network no longer interested in music, they have renewed the nightmare and tempted fate, which is why this 3-DVD Season One set is being issued now.  In real life, some of these people might be nice to meet, but now the show has corrupted them and all in their way.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is blurry, soft and has motion blur often, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has its share of volume drops and this is sloppier (especially adding pseudo-fancy editing, effects and bad camerawork on purpose) so this is a mess technically all the way too.  Extras include cast commentary on select shows, Tips from two of the cast members, Deleted Scenes (how can you tell?), a dreadful Reunion Special and poor Michael Cera (proving to be more Italian than the rest of them) goes for a makeover to look like the guys.


Expect nothing but bad things from this set and this show, now and soon, because nothing good can possibly come out of this.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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