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CPO Sharkey: The Best Of Season 2 (1977/Time Life DVD)

Picture: C- Picture: C Extras: D Episodes: B

Don Rickles was a holds-no-barred tour de force of comedy. Captured beautifully in the NBC-produced mid-1970s sitcom, CPO Sharkey stars Rickles as U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey, an abrasive, sharp-tongued veteran in charge of a company of new recruits on a San Diego naval base. The show also starred Peter Isacksen, Elizabeth Allen, Harrison Page, and Richard X. Slattery.

Specializing at being a hard ass and keeping his men on their toes, Sharkey is still a good guy underneath who ends up helping out his comrades as a true friend. Though a little dated, the show still has a lot of charm and Rickles is always fun to watch. (The first season was elsewhere on this site.)

This disc from Time Life captures six highlight episodes of the second season including The New Captain, Sharkey Flies Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Close Encounters of the Worst Kind, Captain's Right Hand Man, Fear of Flying, and The Used-Car Caper. Total run time is 144 minutes.

The DVD standard definition transfer is below average with this release. Most every shot looks in soft focus, flesh tones are pale, and there's no detail to behold at all as the NTSC analog video is only is so-so shape. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame as originally broadcast and captured here in a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track. No extras on the release either.

Though the show is charming and fun to watch, I was expecting more out of the transfer here. Even for DVD and standard definition, that's pretty low.

- James Lockhart



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