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DVD Review: Two And A Half Men – Season 3

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Now into its fifth season, Two And A Half Men remains one of the funniest shows on television. While the easily offended will scoff at the notion of such a sexually charged comedy on TV, Men continues to push boundaries while remaining as funny as possible. Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen are the perfect ingredients for this routinely hysterical show.

Season three doesn’t do much to break the formula. Charlie (Sheen) remains a womanizing bachelor, which consistently lands him in trouble. Alan (Cryer) is the lovable failure, divorced with a kid who lacks any level of basic intelligence. It’s a formula that works, and continues to do so. The series has yet to miss a step.

Season three does have a few missteps. “Hi, Mr. Horned One” definitely pushes the boundary of logic set up by the series. It’s still funny, though not in the same way previous episodes are. Recurring plot developments such as Alan’s relationship with 22-year old ditz Kandi goes on for a few too many episodes before becoming stale.

Still, every episode still contains a laugh out loud moment, sometimes in multiples. This is TV worth revisiting, and the speed at which these seasons are coming out on DVD are obvious signs of its increasing viewer base. It may not be highbrow entertainment, but it doesn’t have to be to be incredibly funny.

For a show produced in HD, the DVD looks rather miserable. Colors are bright and clear, but cause numerous compression issues. Every scene carries a muddy, processed look while the compression artifacts wreak havoc on each frame. Black levels are set too deep, blotting out detail.

Pro Logic surround is the audio mix of choice, and delivers as it should. The laugh track is nicely seated in all available speakers without drowning out the dialogue. Volume is consistent without any need for adjustment to hear lines spoken in whisper.

The sole extra is a 10-minute gag reel consisting of mostly flubbed lines.

Blythe Danner originally played the role of Charlie and Alan’s mother. Due to scheduling issues, she was forced to drop out, to be replaced by Holland Taylor who remains with the show to this day.

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  • Paul

    This show used to be a favorite, right up until the time one of the stars made a comment that the destruction of the twin towers looked a lot like an implosion to him. I quit watching on that day. I have done this to every show where the star puts his/her politics into their celebrity status. Remember Ed Asner, Cleveland Amory et al?
    When politics enter the scene I vote with my remote!