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Two & A Half Men – The Complete First Season


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



Charlie Sheen has been a survivor in feature films for years and an off-screen media star for his politics and reputation for womanizing.  That aside, he is a survivor and managed to turn his bad boy persona into a selling point for Two & A Half Men – The Complete First Season, a surprise TV Situation comedy hit of sorts and Jon Cryer as his brother who needs to move in immediately when he has a falling out with his wife.  The Odd Couple this is not, but throw in a smart aleck kid (Angus T. Jones) and you get a three joke comedy that is shallow, but consistently so, explaining its somehow-success.


All 24 highly repetitious half-hours also wastes Holland Taylor, but not like the whole show manages to waste its audience.  At best, this is a show you keep on in the background when you are too tired to change the channel, change the battery in your remote or are talking on the phone so you don’t fell like you are missing anything. 


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is obviously shot in high definition and looks it too much and too often.  Color is flat and composition is boring to the point that they ought to shoot a show in kinescope.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has weak Pro Logic surrounds with dialogue recorded just well enough to hear well.  Extras include gag reel/outtakes, making of featurette and backstage tour with Jones.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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