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Two & A Half Men: The Complete Third Season (Warner Home Video DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episode: C-



About five minutes into watching the first disc of this four-disc collection of twenty-four episodes, a woman that I work with, who happens to be well into her seventies, walked up behind me and said, “Oh I love this show.  Those two (referring to Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer) have great chemistry together.”  They don't.


Now I have recently been informed that there is a large bulk of television viewers that like sitcoms for sitcoms and will watch a show for no other reason than the fact that it is a sitcom.  My only problem with that is, at the risk of making a sweeping generalization, with very few exceptions, a sitcom is a sitcom, and will more than likely be just like every other sitcom that's out there right now.  And Two and a Half Men is by no means one of those very few exceptions.  Each of the three main characters has a joke about him that gets repeated over and over again in various forms.  Charlie Sheen's character is irresponsible, Jon Cryer’s character is bad with women, and the kid, played by Angus T. Jones is dumb but knows about sex from his uncle.  Occasionally this formula will coax a laugh, but you could get that on YouTube for free.


The box is one of the nicer ones I’ve seen for a season release.  It is designed to invoke one of those odd button-down shirts that Charlie Sheen wears in the series that look like they’re trying to bring back the fifties, and it includes a pamphlet with an episode guide, screenshots, and quotes from various people extolling the virtues of Two and a Half Men.


The picture on the discs is presented in anamorphic 1.78 X 1 widescreen, and is of good quality.  About what one would expect from a network show that spends over a million dollars on each episode.  The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 and is adequate at best.  Although the laugh track is louder than it needs to be, perhaps they’re just compensating.


Ultimately though, it all goes back to that first example I gave.  If you like the show, or if you like sitcoms in general, then you will like this season.  It delivers everything a sitcom usually does, no more, no less.  If that is the case, and you decide that you need to have access to sitcoms twenty-four hours a day rather than just the twelve offered by TBS, then I say go for it.  But if you’re not usually a fan of sitcoms, but that old lady that you work with was telling you how funny this show is, and you were thinking, “Well maybe I’ll give it a shot.”  Save yourself the forty-some dollars this would set you back new and don’t bother.



-   Matthew Carrick


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