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The Osbournes was the first reason in years that I found to actually tune into MTV.  The abrasive group of misfits complement each other so well, I found consistent entertainment each and every week.  Now, fans of this show have been given a DVD package fit for a king.  I have never given out a 10 and I don’t intend to for a long while (10 is perfect, remember!).  This, my friends, comes about as close as possible.

Osbournes, The: The First Season
There’s been much written about the appeal of The Osbournes.  We have all been aware of the seemingly unending barrage of reality shows.  Each one tries to be different from the one before it.  The reality of the reality shows is, I think, that they are all really the same thing.  We are shown handpicked people in supernormal situations.  This is a reality I tire of because, indeed, I shall never know these situations.

The Osbournes gives us something a little bit different.  With only The Anna Nicole Show coming close to being in the same vein, The Osbournes gave us a healthy dose of what we’ve been looking for: reality.  We are welcomed into the home of a legend, a rock-star whose name is famous (or infamous depending on what you think of the Ozzmeister).  Through a series of 10 episodes, the audience is allowed to live in the lavish LA home of this idol and his dysfunctional (and I use this term only in its most generic way) family.

Whether or not you like Ozzy is a moot point and one that should not keep you from giving this show a try.  We watch this show because, after pealing back all the layers and aside from the fact that this family is filthy rich, they remind us of ourselves.  They say and do the things that many of wish we could.  Behind the façade Ozzy has crafted in his movies and concerts, he is a deeply loving person.  Years of drugs and alcohol have drained him of much of his coherence, but still, the loving father and husband is obvious.

Ozzy’s wife Sharon (who is also his manager) at first appears to be a complete mismatch.  The further we delve into the show, however, we find that she is just like Ozzy, a being of infinite love and, in an Osbourne sort of way, wisdom.  Two of Ozzy and Sharon’s three kids are present in this series.  Kelly is a brat with dreams of being a music star.  We can’t help but love her through her screaming and whining.  Jack is the younger of the two and has already had a deal of success with his own company finding new music talent.  Jack is an assured young man with a strong head on his shoulders yet, at times, is in need of the nurturing care that his parents so willingly lay upon him.

The Osbournes never seem to get old and many situations are perfect comedy fodder.  I laugh every time I watch these episodes and while, at times, I’m dreaming of a similar life enjoying all the luxuries money can afford, other times have me wondering if they wouldn’t fit in just as well on my side of the social curve.  If I had to reveal my favorite episodes they would be (in no particular order) the episodes containing: the cat scene, the neighbors and the dinner with Ozzy.

Osbournes, The: The First Season
The video source needs no real polishing.  This is a TV show presented in typical full screen (1.33:1).  As a reality TV show, there is some softness and there are times when the camera goes out of focus.  Night scenes are presented well and none of the "action" is missed.  Overall, this is a respectable transfer.

What comes through is the dialogue and that is all that is needed.   The Dolby Digital Surround is more than sufficient in delivering all the hilarious bantering.  During the many chaotic scenes during this season, the Dolby Surround is put to good use with the sounds of shouting and barking coming from the rear.  Still, this is not DTS, but one is not really expected for a TV show of this nature.

Osbournes, The: The First Season
First up, we have commentary on every episode.  These commentaries, with the Osbourne family, offer absolutely nothing groundbreaking.  There’s nothing “behind the scenes” to really speak of, and with that in mind, they carry on in comical fashion.  I can’t really say that these were must-listen-to tracks, but for the Ozzy purest, these are a good listen if done a little bit at a time.

Next up, we have unaired footage.  These are just deleted segments that would have fit in to the show and must have only been cut for time purposes.  These scenes are all very funny and almost made me wish for even more.

We are served up a few minute long series of “bloopers”.  This feature ranges from scenes of people falling down to camera men and boom mikes being visible.  Not all of this would be considered typical bloopers per se.  Whatever you want to call this, it’s even more good Osbourne fun.

Ozzy’s Ten Commandments is a series of clips from a day when Ozzy decided to write his own ten commandments.  This is a short, hilarious sequence with “cleaned up” subtitles that give even more insight into the meanings of each commandment.

Osbournes, The: The First Season
We are served up about 40 minutes of interviews in 4 separate parts that can be viewed individually or all together.  Topics in these interviews cover the broadest of spectrums and provide some information about touring and the origins of the show.  There are candid comments on what it’s like to be an Osbourne.

The Ozzy Translator can be turned on to allow subtitled translations of Ozzy even less coherent-than-usual moments.  This is fun stuff, really.

There’s a simple extra, Season Highlights, that gives us the best moments of each of the characters.  Select a name and see clips that really show what makes that person unique.  Again, this is just a fun extra, but clever in its simplicity.

There are two set-top games.  Name That Dookie allows you to pair up images of an animal’s dirty business with the culprit.  This game, complete with a theme song and an announcer, was surprisingly fun (if not just a once or twice kind of game).  There’s also an Edit a Scene feature which allows you to pick several clips and then play them in sequence.  I did not have the patience to try this over and over again until I made a sequence I was happy with, but it should provide anyone with just enough entertainment to pass a few minutes.

Overall, this is a fantastic package that, for what it’s worth, really shows off what the DVD experience is all about.  This is, by far, the best TV show set I have scene and is put together very well.  I’d be a complete moron if I didn’t mention the great (even amazing) menus.  They are fast yet clever and involve the Osbournes, their pets and a few odd items around the house.  Great, great stuff!!  

You probably already know whether or not you would really enjoy the show on these DVDs.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the idea of a TV show spread across several discs.  There are very few shows that I could watch over and over.  Fortunately for those of us that adore this show, the DVD package and its features alone are well worth the money.  Enjoy your time with this family and enjoy the DVD!  I know I have and will continue to do so!