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Dog Whisperer – Season 4, Volume 1 (Screen Media DVD)


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



Though Cesar Miller seems like a good guy and anything or anyone that helps dogs and people get along is a plus, but I am amazed Dog Whisperer is as famous and successful as it is.  No fan of “reality TV”, it at least is not as exploitive as most such shows are, though its editing style can be ridiculously melodramatic and I was reminded of this again as I poured through Season 4, Volume 1.  That half a season takes 5 DVDs says something about how drawn out this gets.


But here it is on DVD and at least you can skip segments where the dogs and/or their owners become obnoxious, boring or in a few cases, you wish the dogs would maul their owners so we can get on with the next segment!


With that said, the odd side of this show is that it has to make all dogs bad to work and that is simply not true, so I would suggest that the show inadvertently demonizes them and may even have led to cases of abuse that some might find justified.  “Reality TV” has that kind of uber-negativity built into it in almost every case.  If you are a fan, here’s a set for you, but the rest should just skip it.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on High Definition video and is a little weak here throughout, including more motion blur than expected throughout and detail limits.  It is cleaner than low-def broadcasts, but also has weak Video Black.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is passable, but has its location audio issues as all such shows do and the music can seem harsh, while some of the sound editing is bad.  Extras include Bloopers, some unaired segments and the series’ 100th Episode.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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