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Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Season Two (2011)/Dog The Bounty Hunter: Taking It To The Streets (2010)/Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Season 6, Volume 1 + Volume 2 (2010 - 2011/A&E DVDs)


Picture: C+/C/C+/C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C/D/C+/C     Episodes: C+/C/C+/C+



Now for further coverage of four reality TV hits for A&E, including one that is a speculative show, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Season Two (2011).  If you are unfamiliar with the series, here is our coverage Season One:




Not as impressed as our friend with the show, some of the ideas seems accurate, a few are and others are speculative and/or seem too easily confirmed.  Meltzer and his team do well to explore some interesting issues, thing and ideas, but looking at the likes of Fort Knox, Mount Rushmore, The Declaration Of Independence, Patton, UFOs, The Vatican and even gangsters is still subtle sensationalism and sensationalism is still sensationalism.  Older viewers will be reminded of Sun Schick Classics from the 1970s, a howler of a bad movie series (In Search Of Noah’s Ark, etc. and not to be confused with anything Leonard Nimoy did on TV).


This is amusing filler TV at best, but nothing great.  The only extra includes additional footage, as if these episodes were not run-on enough.



Dog The Bounty Hunter: Taking It To The Streets (2010) is the latest single DVD offering of the hit show that we have covered a good bit of before as well, as these links will show:


Wild Ride MegaSet



This Family Means Business set



They even have other links, so there is plenty of Dog out there.  Unfortunately, a little goes a long way and this single DVD only has four shows: The Ice Man, Trouble In Paradise, Mano-a-Mano and The Comeback Kid.  It makes for a good sampler and there are several of those out there, so try this if you missed it on TV, but if you are a fan, go for a larger set or wait and see if a Blu-ray is on the way.  There are no extras.



Last but not least is Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Season 6, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (2010 – 2011) sets in which the KISS member and longtime love Shannon Tweed may or may not tie the knot.  Getting married has ruined several narrative shows, but I doubt it would affect a semi-cynical show as this one, which has its interesting moments.  However, this is a long time for this show to be on and no matter what, I wonder how much longer this family will tolerate having their privacy (to the extent they are opening up, which is not all the way due to the phony “reality TV” formula here) they will tolerate.  Maybe part of it will be about how long the children live at home.

If you are unfamiliar with the show, you can see our coverage of the previous two seasons we covered on DVD at this link:


Seasons Four & Five DVD Sets




KISS fans are likely to keep watching, but a little goes a long way here.  If you must watch, you might want to start at the very beginning when the show was actually better.   Volume 1 has seven Season Five episodes not on that set for some reason and Volume 2 has Additional Footage as their respective extras.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on in all four cases are soft, HD shot and despite having some good color, are not great, but Dog is even poorer with more motion blur and more difficult to view.  The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the sets are evenly matched with their share of loud music and location audio issues, but are audible at best in the least.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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