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Category:    Home > Reviews > Reality TV > TV Situation Comedy > Duck Dynasty: Duck Days Of Summer (2014/Lionsgate DVD)/Happy Days: The Fifth Season (1977 - 1978/CBS DVD Set)/Kendra To Top: The Complete Second Season (2013/MPI DVDs)/Mountain Men: Season 2 (2013/His

Duck Dynasty: Duck Days Of Summer (2014/Lionsgate DVD)/Happy Days: The Fifth Season (1977 - 1978/CBS DVD Set)/Kendra To Top: The Complete Second Season (2013/MPI DVDs)/Mountain Men: Season 2 (2013/History Channel/Lionsgate DVDs)

Picture: C/C+/C/C Sound: C/C+/C+/C+ Extras: C-/C-/C-/C Main Programs: C-/B-/C-/C

Here three weak reality TV shows and one TV situation comedy that played loose with its own reality.

The quacked-up homophobes are back in Duck Dynasty: Duck Days Of Summer (2014), a cynical cash-in single DVD release that has no real reasons to exist except to get fans to buy more of the same thing. It only has 3 episodes! Lame as the show is beyond played out, this is a slight sampler at best and everyone else should just skip it.

A bonus interview is the only extra.

Happy Days: The Fifth Season had the show insanely successful and in the grips of Fonzie-Mania during ABC's 1977 - 1978 Season. The show knew it was hot, so much so that they dared to launch the season with the three-part Hollywood storyline, where the gang goes to the title locale leading up to the infamous Fonzie Jumps The Shark moment which shows that Garry Marshall (et al) knew fans would watch anything. However, the really big pop culture moment was not that, the debut of Suzi Quattro as Leather Tuscadero (made to write out the Pinky Tuscadero character as the actress who played her became too difficult to have on the show) or Ritchie almost dying.

Instead, Ritchie thinks he sees a flying saucer and get visited by a real alien who wants to take him back to his home planet. This was the national debut of Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, an episode that went over so well, a spin-off eventually happened and Williams was a household name. My Favorite Orkan is as wild as the Shark fiasco and as well written as anything here. All in all, this was the peak season of the show and revisiting it was far more interesting than anticipated. Scott Baio's Chacchi was also here to stay.

The 4th Anniversary Episode Special is the only extra.

Kendra To Top: The Complete Second Season (2013) has the half-interesting football wife and even writer acting semi-wild for 17 more not-so-secretly scripted shows that are repetitive and eventually also wear thin. She can be interesting, but not enough for 344 minutes! Wonder how long this one will stay on the air?

Deleted Scenes, tearer for the new season and web series clips are the extras.

Mountain Men: Season 2 (2013) plays like Duck Dynasty with a brain as the men featured seem to really care about nature and their futures. More credible by default, it is still a show that you had better be real interested in the goings-on or you will be bored. We get 16 episodes over 4 DVDs and though this has some good moments, it is a very long program and not my kind of show. Still, is shows us rarely seen outbacks that we do not see enough, so that's a plus.

30 minutes of bonus footage never broadcast on TV is the only extra.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the newer reality TV shows are all softer than they should be, digital productions and all, while the 1.33 X 1 color, filmed image on Days tops them all as the 35mm prints are in great shape and would likely benefit from a Blu-ray release. The show was always playing up color of the era and by this time, had lightened up its look with even more color. This made it loose some of its 1950s authenticity, but was a hit with audiences.

The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on all the reality TV shows save Duck sound good as it simply sounds a bit too low in sound and fullness. So much so that even the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on Days is is superior and sounds fine for its age, even tying the better new entries.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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