HTF REVIEW: "The Osbournes" Season One (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    The Osbournes
    The First Season: UNCENSORED

    Studio: Miramax
    Year: 2002
    Film Length: 230 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
    Subtitles: English and French

    Ozzy's fatherly advice: "Please don't
    get drunk or stoned tonight cause I'm f*cking
    pissed I can't"

    Ozzy on cleaning up after the dog: "I'm
    not picking up another turd -- I'm a rockstar!"

    Ozzy on body cleanliness: "I love the
    smell of armpits in the morning - it's like victory"

    You know, I never liked Ozzy Osbourne's music with
    or without Black Sabbath. Though I agree that Black
    Sabbath is one of the most influential hard rock bands
    of all time, those of us that never embraced their
    music sort of pawned Ozzy Osbourne off as being one
    of Rock and Roll's biggest freaks.


    I'll admit that when I heard last year that MTV was
    doing a reality show on the Osbourne family, I sort
    of rolled my eyes and cursed the downfall of American
    television. Even when the show became a national
    phenomenon (MTV's highest rated show ever), I just
    couldn't lower myself to watching a single episode.

    It became a very difficult task to completely ignore
    The Osbournes over the past year. They were
    showing up everywhere -- from entertainment news shows
    to magazine covers to the latest Austin Powers
    movie. The more I saw their faces plastered across
    the media, the more curious I became about the show
    I was refusing to watch.


    When Miramax offered to send me a screener copy of
    The Osbournes: Season One on DVD, I had to
    actually sit and ponder my choice for a few minutes.
    Just for the heck of it, I decided to have the studio
    send me a copy. It couldn't have arrived at a better
    time as I found myself holed up in my home thanks to
    the worst snowstorm this decade. With hesitation, I
    put the DVD in my player and began to view the one
    program I swore I'd never watch.

    What happened next is nothing unlike finding some
    sort of treasure you never knew existed. I can't
    believe I am about to say this, but The Osbournes
    are the best thing that has happened to television
    since The Sopranos. From the very first
    episode I found myself strangely addicted to this
    living situation comedy -- so much so that by the
    time I went to bed last night, I had watched nearly
    every episode of this set.


    So what is it about The Osbournes that is
    so damn appealing? You need to watch this crazed
    dysfunctional family in action in order to answer
    that question for yourself. It's basically MTV's
    Real World where the Osbourne family has
    allowed TV cameras to capture their every move in
    and outside their stunningly beautiful mansion
    in Beverly Hills. Ozzy is the king of the Osbourne
    castle that is adorned with crucifixes. Shirtless
    and tattoo-strewn, he lurks around his home
    muttering all sorts of unintelligible comments
    filled with every expletive known to man. Regarded
    as one of the earliest and most notorious managers
    of the rock & roll eras, his wife Sharon is
    obviously the master of this household as her
    fierce maternal instincts keep Ozzy in line. Then
    there's their two teenage kids -- Kelly, a teen
    punk princess who has a pouty, anti-everything
    demeanor and Jack, a mouthy brat who walks around
    the house in full combat uniform. The house is
    overrun with a total of 9 cats and dogs who seem
    to uncontrollably urinate and crap all over the
    furniture from one episode to another.


    Despite this cast of zanies, the appeal of this
    series lies in how much it exaggerates the normal
    conflicts of everyday families. Take away the fame
    and money and you have a family that is somewhat very
    much like our own. Sharon is trying to manage the
    household, constantly breaking up the sibling rivalry
    while Dad finds himself at odds with the TV's remote
    control. Every episode introduces a new family
    dilemma -- from their need to bring in an animal
    therapist to help housebreak the pets to dealing
    with noisy neighbors by throwing food in their
    backyard -- you can't help but be instantly hooked
    on this keyhole view of a family who is very
    unordinary but love each other very much. As their
    father puts it, ""I love you all more than life
    itself, but you're all (bleep) mad!"

    How is the transfer?

    The entire show is shot on video and presented in
    4:3 full-frame. The result is a picture that looks
    rather raw, but still displays an abundant amount
    of detail and color. I expect that the show looks
    as good here as it did on cable TV.


    The 2.0 surround mix can best be described as
    adequate for the material. Audio comes across very
    clear with dialogue that is well detailed. We are
    only occasionally treated to music that fills the
    rear channels. Other than that, this is mostly a
    front-heavy audio presentation.

    Special Features

    The Osbournes: The First Season arrives in
    a dual version 2-disc set. Be aware that there
    are separate censored and uncensored
    versions. Most of you will want to purchase the
    uncensored version which allows the option
    of having the "bleeps" put back into the show if
    you wish. Frankly, I found it much funnier to
    watch the show in its censored version. It's just
    not as funny hearing curse words thrown at you
    every second.


    Let's talk about the packaging for a moment. The
    season set arrives in sturdy cardboard slipcover
    packaging. The innards slide out and open up to
    a 3-pane gatefold that house two purple-swirled
    DVDs in plastic hub housing.


    In the far left pane pocket sits an 8-page Family
    that contains a few random photos of the
    family and their various dogs, as well as review by
    Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker and of
    course, chapter stops.


    Pop the DVD in and you are greeted with a really
    cool menu sequence featuring the Osbourne clan in
    front of the television as menu choices appear in
    a transparent bar below. Every menu selection you
    make from hereon in brings you to another live
    action sequence in another part of the house.


    Episodes 1-9 are laid across Disc One, while
    oddly, Episode 10 is located on Disc Two. You
    have several options in front of you when playing
    each episode. An Ozzy Translator helps you
    sort out some of Ozzy's mumblings via fancy
    captions. Language Censoring enables you to
    watch the episodes with or without the covered
    "bleeps." There is commentary available
    on all the episodes which I just listened to briefly
    for the fact that it contains the family sitting
    around laughing and gawking at themselves (as if
    we don't see that enough in each episode). I do
    credit this disc for breaking down individual
    episodes into chapters. Very nice!


    Let's go on to Disc Two where you'll find
    a rather abundant amount of extras. I'll give you
    very brief descriptions as to what is here as there
    is about 5 hours of material I cannot possibly
    view in this review sitting...

    There is a vast amount of unaired footage
    that is broken down by episode. There's some
    really funny stuff amongst this footage that
    includes Sharon rescuing her cat from a balcony
    ledge; Ozzie making comments about his oriental
    light fixture; Sharon contemplating going after
    the neighbors and referring to singer Celine Dione
    as "that piece of sh*t;" and extended radio station
    footage that is just incredible to watch.

    Conversations with the Osbournes is a
    collection of interviews with family members,
    security guard and "newborn" Robert. Topics
    range from life on the road to family values to
    various stories about the first season of the show.


    There's almost 6 minutes worth of bloopers
    that range from various falls to food and pillow
    fights. Perhaps the most disturbing of all is
    Sharon telling her kids about a particular time
    she gave their daddy a blow job. Suffice to say
    this is a pretty wild collection of stuff that
    will put a smile on your face.

    If you really want to see the moments that defined
    this entire first season, you need only to watch
    Season Highlights. These quick cuts are
    broken down into specific categories such as
    Ozzy's fatherly advice and Sharon's
    motherly advice
    as well as top moments with
    Jack, Kelly and Lola.


    Want a really good laugh? Try watching the Rock
    superstar come up with Ozzy's Ten Commandments,
    which may or may not change your view of good
    family values.


    A Photo Gallery contains dozens of photos
    of the Osbournes. While I stopped counting after
    picture #150, I found this gallery to be a bit of
    a letdown as it features the family mostly posing
    with their middle fingers held high, all wearing
    the same wardrobe throughout. It would have been
    better to include candid moments from the series,
    but at least we get to see the family pets hamming
    it up as much as the family is.

    If you want to see how low DVD desktop games
    have gone, one needs to look no further than
    Name that Dookie!, a game that asks you
    to match the pet dookie to the pet that made it.
    Edit a Scene allows you to pick from a
    choice of segments and put together your own
    Osbourne's episode. One thing the makers of this
    game forgot to do -- making it fun!

    DVD-ROM content includes a guide to the
    Osbourne family, an arcade game and some weblinks
    that you can visit. Maybe I shouldn't be too
    surprised that my web visit included a pop-up ad
    for Trojan condoms.

    Final Thoughts


    Is there something really wrong with me for
    placing The Osbournes Season One on my
    coveted HIGHLY RECOMMENDED list of DVD titles?
    Not really, when you consider the fact that I went
    into this review expecting to hate the show but
    came out raving about it. I also can't help but
    admire the fact that as screwed up a family this
    is, there seems to be more love in it than most
    normal families I know. It's almost as if the
    show has a hidden message about family values for
    amongst all of the infighting and cursing, the
    Osbournes truly do love each other.

    For a price of under $21 from on-line retailers,
    perhaps this set may prove to be a worthwhile gamble
    for those that have not yet met America's most
    lovable family.

    Release Date: March 4, 2003

    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
  2. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    Thanks for the review, Ron. I will definitely be picking this up!
  3. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Oct 31, 1997
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    I'm all over this one! Thanks for cementing my purchase though with the great review!
  4. Gregory E

    Gregory E Second Unit

    Feb 19, 2002
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    Cool review, Ron. I can't wait to pick this up!
  5. Derek U

    Derek U Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 2, 2001
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    Thanks, Ron! I was hoping you would review this. I am a rabid Osbournes fan and cannot wait for what looks like a great set.

  6. Gregory E

    Gregory E Second Unit

    Feb 19, 2002
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    ...and I'm so glad the uncensored version allows you to put the bleeps back in. Sometimes I think that's funnier than hearing them curse. Way to go Miramax!
  7. Ed St. Clair

    Ed St. Clair Producer

    May 7, 2001
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    Ugh, wooont duh moooom heh!
  8. Beast

    Beast Second Unit

    Oct 12, 2001
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    Hmm, I didn't catch this when it aired on TV because I felt the same way that Ron did. Now I'm considering picking it up. I wish I knew if I would really like it though, since I hate making blind buys. But if Ron liked it, I probably would also. Hell, he did Highly Recommend it. [​IMG]
  9. Brenton

    Brenton Screenwriter

    Jun 25, 2002
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    I've never seen this show, but I will definitely put it at the top of my "to rent" list when it comes out.
  10. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

    Mar 8, 2000
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    I never really was a big Ozzy fan. But, after seeing what a "normal" guy he is and hearing his sense of humor. I can't help but like the guy.
  11. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

    Aug 3, 2001
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    My wife could care less for this release, but I may have to give it a go. Especially after the "We're the Osmonds" commercial. [​IMG]

    (A cute note about that commercial: my five-year-old son always "screams" on cue when he sees that ad! :wink: )
  12. LaMarcus

    LaMarcus Screenwriter

    Mar 7, 2002
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    Me being the hip-hop and reggae man that I am, it's without saying that I have never heard any of Ozzy's music. But I knew who he was and some of the stuff he did.

    When I heard the show was out I was so against it and thought, geez they are going crazy with this reality $#!T. But from the first episode I saw (out of curiosity), I was stupefied with laughter, it is a very funny and addictive show. I love it. Will surely get this one for me and my girl.[​IMG]
  13. Dave_P.

    Dave_P. Supporting Actor

    May 20, 1999
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    Wasn't sure about this one, but the review has pushed me over. I'll be picking this one up blind.
  14. Ken Stuart

    Ken Stuart Second Unit

    Jan 31, 2000
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  15. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

    Aug 3, 2001
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  16. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein
    Ever eat at one of those all-you-can-eat Chinese
    buffets and get really sick afterwards? Well,
    please have pity for me -- that is exactly what
    happened to me today.

    So I laid across my couch this afternoon and
    treated myself to the last 4 episodes of The
    Osbournes Season One
    . Even though I had an
    awful tummy-ache, I was laughing my ass off!

    It really frightens me that I love this show so
    much. In fact, the first thing I did after watching
    Episode 10: dinner With Ozzy was to crank
    up my Replay TV (which I rarely use) and have it
    record every episode of the show that airs on MTV
    from now on.

    I can't get enough of this show. This damn DVD set
    has turned me into some sort of Ozzy family groupie.
    I am just overwhelmed by this family that seems so
    utterly weird on the outside but yet have more love
    amongst them than most families I know.

    I think the final episode of the series really
    clinched the whole essence of the series for me.
    It was Ozzy giving a one-on-one interview of just
    what it means to be HIM. It was very moving to
    listen to this man talk about his childhood and
    what it means to be a father. The man is so
    brutally honest with himself, and you really have
    respect that.

    I was rolling on the floor with laughter when
    in the final moments of that last episode Ozzy
    muttered, "There are worse things than being
    Ozzy Osbourne --- you could be Sting."

    You go Ozzy!

    Yeah, I am a bonafide fan. Imagine that!
  17. LaMarcus

    LaMarcus Screenwriter

    Mar 7, 2002
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  18. Trevor H

    Trevor H Second Unit

    Oct 18, 2000
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    I have always been a huge fan of Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne, his music has stood the test of time as the best hard rock/metal ever made especially his solo work which includes some of the best guitar work ever recorded, by guitar masters Randy Rhoads, Jake E Lee, and the best guitarist to ever pick up a Les Paul, Zakk Wylde. That being said, I absolutely hate the TV show "The Osbournes" why? well basically because it takes advantage of and makes fun of a great man who deserves more respect than that.
    This is not directed at Ron or anyone else who enjoys the Osbournes but what pisses me off the most about the show is the fact that people who have never liked or listened to Ozzy's music and probably never will are the target audience. The way that Ozzy is portrayed is cruel and painful to watch, yes he is not the same man as he was years ago but you could follow just about anyone around 24 hours a day with a camera and show only footage that makes them look stupid.
    Ozzy's musical legacy has been tarnished, he will no longer be remembered as a metal pioneer and rock rebel but as a doddering old fool from a funny sitcom. The main person to blame for all of this is Sharon, she controls every aspect of Ozzy's life and has sold him out for money and fame, yes without her he would probably not be alive today but that is no excuse.

    Sorry about the rant but this is how I and many other true Ozzy fans feel.
  19. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    I understand and respect your opinion.

    You are probably 100% correct. I never liked Ozzy
    nor Black Sabbath for the fact that all of it was
    just an over-the-top metallic circus of sorts. I
    respect his fans (a few of my friends are fans), but
    it just wasn't the kind of thing I was into.

    Yeah, I suppose the fact that they have shown
    Ozzy in such an entirely different light is
    the reason I came to respect him. It's almost like
    watching Satan himself cuddling up with little
    puppies. I can only imagine how much it hurts his
  20. Jenna

    Jenna Second Unit

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