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Life Of Ryan The Complete Series (MTV DVD)

 

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

 

 

Is it me or does reality TV trivialize even the most interesting stories? Ryan Sheckler became a major skateboard star at 17 years of age and in this time, three seasons of a reality TV show called Life Of Ryan (a pun on the sitcom classic Life Of Riley, and MTV should not deny it) were produced. The formula of slick editing, formula of formula approaches and restaging of actual conversations is more obvious than ever. It can get melodramatic, but in this case, the subjects seem authentic enough to survive that.

 

Young Mr. Sheckler has to survive the unfortunate divorce of his parents, continue to be a big brother to his siblings, have a life with friends and handle female relationships that become increasingly difficult as he becomes more successful and the motives of who wants to be with him becomes increasingly suspicious. Then there is his skating, which is impressive and he handles things like a gentlemen, which is a plus. However, when all was said and done, a serious documentary approach would have served all of this better and painted a better portrait of these events. Still, half a record is better than nothing and it will be interesting to see how this holds up when his career and life is five years later in.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is pretty consistent throughout with some aliasing errors at timers and is shot on low def digital video. Color is consistent and locations are a plus. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is location audio with the staged parts noticeably clearer. The later episodes are barely clearer than the early ones. Extras include 3 Music Videos, but sadly not much more.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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