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Mad Families (2017/Sony DVD)/Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season (2016/HBO Blu-ray Set)

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

Now for two comedies, one that fails, the other that does not...

Mad Families

Charlie Sheen leads a cast with some familiar faces (Leah Remini, Naya Rivera, Charlotte McKinney, Efren Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite), (Ron Howard's brother) Clint Howard and others in Mad Families (2017), a film on par with something you would see as a TV movie but with R-rated humor and a script so corny that at times the dialogue is almost unbearable. The film was on Crackle streaming service and is by the Director of Joe Dirt and The House Bunny Fred Wolf, so you can get an idea of what the humor is like.

Aiming to be some sort of National Lampoon's Vacation-type family comedy, the film centers around several families from drastically different backgrounds who end up at the same camping site at the same time on the Fourth of July.

All of them were somehow booked the same camping spot and are all too selfish and stubborn to retreat the area and but a nix on their Holiday plans. ( The Kids would be disappointed.) In an effort to settle their differences, the unlikely cast of characters split up into teams in competition for who gets to keep the camping space. Along the way, relentless man bashing, more race jokes then you thought conceivable, unfunny curse word combinations and Charlie Sheen struggles to be funny. This is one camping trip that I wouldn't suggest you go on.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the presentation is fine for the format but nothing impressive. The night scenes in the film lose a bit of definition and denial notable and overall the detail on characters is lacking. Obviously shot on the digital format, the film looks about on par with a digital television broadcast.

No Extras.

Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season

From legendary filmmaker Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butthead) and HBO comes the Third Season of the hit new show Silicon Valley. The show continues its focus on a group of computer super geniuses, led by Richard (Thomas Middleditch) who strikes it rich with an amazing computer algorithm, the motley crew dig and claw their way to the top at Silicon Valley, where internet's most notable websites dwell. The show is cleverly written, strongly performed, and better than most TV comedies I've seen in recent years.

The show stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, Jimmy O. Yang, and many others.

The ten episode season spans two Blu-ray discs and includes Founder Friendly, Two in the Box, Meinertzhagen's Haversack, Maleant Data System Solutions, The Empty Chair, Bachmanity Insanity, To Build A Better Data, Bachman's Earning Over-Ride, Daily Active Users, and The Uptick.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossless English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, the show looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc besting its original television broadcast and any streaming service. For fans that like extra detail and nice preservation of their favorite shows, this will get the most out of your home HD setup. The look of the show is very clean and detailed and is filmed and executed impressively.

Special Features...

Deleted Scenes

Digital UV copy

If you don't have HBO, then I would suggest picking up this series if you're a fan of Mike Judge's offbeat humor.

- James Lockhart



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