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Dog The Bounty Hunter – The Wild Ride MegaSet (A&E DVD Set) + Marcus Welby, M.D. – Season Two (1970 - 1971/Shout! Factory DVD Set)


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



One of the most common premises of some TV shows it that the lead is out to “help” you or help society, which is fine in the case of a drama and highly problematic in the case of a reality TV show.  In this, it seemed worth it to look at two such shows that otherwise could not be so different or shows that had already aged and in odd ways.  They are also series we have covered before.


First is Dog The Bounty Hunter, the tough bounty hunter who supposedly has a heart of gold and is a good guy, which we covered before in a best of release specifically choosing episodes from its Second Season:





The show continued, but the twist is that its lead landed up in jail for crossing certain standards in his bounty hunter business.  The new Wild Ride MegaSet actually addresses that instead of ignoring it to its credit, but with that event aside, more Dog is not necessarily any better.  You are going to need to be a very big fan to really want an 8-DVD set, but several titles have been issued from the show by A&E already.  Extras include seven featurettes, Additional Footage, related Take This Job… episode “Catch ‘Em If You Can”, Photo Gallery, Pop Quiz, text cast bios and On-Air Promos.  Excessive and intended as such.


Then comes Season Two of Marcus Welby, M.D., the hit Robert Young series Universal has only recently licensed to Shout! Factory for DVD release.  We covered Season One a while ago:





The show continues to be interesting, though some of the storylines are dated (especially when involving sex), but it is still a well made show with good casting, good scripts and is done very intelligently.  Welby (Robert Young) makes house calls, battles crisis and in an interesting turn, deals with issues hardly any shows deal with today (save the smarter episodes of the few good medical shows left).  24 hour-long shows are here over 6 DVDs and once again, a booklet with a brief episode guide is included.



The 1.33 X 1 image in both cases are not perfect with Dog being an analog NTSC video/low der digital production, but the copies used here for Welby are not as good as what was used not he first set.  Despite being shot in 35mm film, these copies are softer transfers with inconsistent color that is sometimes faded and rarely as good as it should look.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 in both cases are about evenly matched, with the Welby monophonic sound being smoother than the simple stereo on Dog, with its location audio and the flaws that come with it, which includes harsh sounding digital recording.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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