TITLE: TWO AND A HALF MEN - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007 (Warner Home Video)
Color / 2003-04
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 501 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English & Portuguese; English, French, Espanol, Portuguese and Korean Subtitles; Closed Captioning
Special Features: Behind the scenes featurette; backstage tour and a gag reel.
The #1 comedy currently on television finally comes to DVD! The popular CBS situation comedy, which is entering its fifth season this fall, finally finds it way to DVD in the form of the first season. Join Charlie, Alan and Jake in this four-disc DVD set.
For those not familiar with the show, Charlie Sheen plays Charlie Harper, a single, swinging, wealthy bachelor, who likes his life. He does not have a single care in the world. That is, until his hapless brother Alan (played by Jon Cryer) moves in with his son Jake (played by Angus T. Jones). Tension quickly emerges, but they both can agree that they want the best for Jake. Charlie also finds himself bonding with his nephew, although his motive is the hope of picking up single mothers. In addition, complicating matters is Charlie and Alan's emotionally needy mother (played by Holland Taylor), Alan's icy ex-wife (played by Marin Hinkle) and Rose (played by Melanie Lynskey), who thinks that one date with Charlie means a lifelong commitment. Also starring is Conchata Ferrell (Hearts Afire) as Berta.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Some memorable episodes include: "Pilot" in which it all begins. "Merry Thanksgiving" is the one in which Denise Richards guest stars. "Camel Filters + Pheromones" in which Berta is forced to bring her granddaughter Prudence to work with her, the boys find themselves a little preoccupied with her. "Round One to the Hot Crazy Chick, Part 1" and "That Was Saliva, Alan, Part 2" in which Jenna Elfman guest stars as a seemingly crazy woman named Frankie who Charlie falls for. "Ate the Hamburgers, Wearing the Hats" in which Alan offends Charlie by choosing harebrained cousins as Jake's guardians in the event of his death. "An Old Flame with a New Wick" in which Charlie is stunned to learn an ex-girlfriend is now a man. "I Remember the Coatroom, I Just Don't Remember You" in which Teri Hatcher guest stars as Judith's sister, Liz, who hits on Alan. "Hey, I Can Pee Outside in the Dark" in which Alan reluctantly agrees to send Jake to a therapist. "No Sniffing, No Wowing" in which Charlie jeopardizes Alan's divorce settlement by sleeping with his attorney, Laura. Finally, "Can You Feel My Finger?" is the one in which a 'pregnancy scare’ has Charlie heading to the doctor for a vasectomy.
Memorable guest stars this season include Liz Vassey, Krista Allen (What About Brian), Rhyon Nicole Brown, Denise Richards, Lucky Vanous, Megan Fox (Hope & Faith, Transformers), Richard Lewis (Anything but Love), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Vernee Watson-Johnson, Chris O'Donnell, Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Heather Locklear (Spin City), Alana De La Garza, and Jane Lynch.
The box itself is the typical Warner Brothers set. A flip-fold cardboard case holds all of the discs. To sum it up, you pull out the inside of the box and it folds open to reveal all of the discs inside. Inside the case itself is a small pamphlet that features a cast list, a great cast photo from season 1 and an episode list plus descriptions as well as which disc they are found on.
The main cover art is a nice maroon color, with the three men on the cover and the logo in a mustard style color. It is very warm and a great cover shot of the three stars. The back of the box features four different photos taken from episodes found on the set, plus another smaller photo of a the three men. There is also a nice description of the series.
All four discs have the same maroon style background as on the main art. Disc 1 features Sheen/Cryer/Jones all together and contains episodes 1-7. Disc 2 features Sheen and contains episodes 8-14. Disc 3 features Cryer and contains episodes 15-21. Disc 4 features Jones and contains episodes 22-24 plus the special features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu is very simple, but classy. It features the same maroon background style as well as the same photo found on the cover art. The theme song loops in the background. There is a "Play" option, which is the ever-popular Play All feature. "Episodes" is where you are taken to a sub-menu that lists the episodes. "Languages" is the section in which you can choose the spoken languages as well as the subtitles. Moreover, on Disc 4 is "Special Features" in which you go to a sub-menu that lists the bonus features found on the set.
Video and Audio Quality:
The audio is fine, so nothing at all to be worried about there. The video itself is awesome...very good color, clean and almost film-like. It is a widescreen version...very good video. I cannot say enough about it. Each episode runs uncut at a good 21 minutes in length ... although #5 runs 18:41 (with some running 19 minutes or 20 minutes). I doubt anything is edited. I hope there is nothing edited. Chapter skips are available.
1- Pilot (22:54)
2- Big Flappy Bastards (21:33)
3- Go East on Sunset Until You Reach the Gates of Hell (21:28)
4- If I Can't Write My Chocolate Song I'm Going to take a Nap (21:33)
5- The Last Thing You Want is to Wind up with a Hump (18:41)
6- Did You Check with the Captain of the Flying Monkeys? (20:56)
7- If They Do Go Either Way, They're Usually Fake (21:30)
8- Twenty-five Little Pre-Pubers without a Snootful (19:04)
9- Phase One, Complete (21:10)
10- Merry Thanksgiving (21:03)
11- Alan Harper, Frontier Chiropractor (20:24)
12- Camel Filters + Pheromones (20:55)
13- Sara Like Puny Alan (20:49)
14- I Can't Afford Hyenas (20:46)
15- Round One to the Hot Crazy Chick (21:24)
16- That Was Saliva, Alan (21:32)
17- Ate the Hamburgers, Wearing the Hats (20:00)
18- An Old Flame with a New Wick (21:13)
19- I Remember the Coatroom, I Just Don't Remember You (19:10)
20- Hey, I Can Pee Outside in the Dark (21:16)
21- No Sniffing, No Wowing (21:20)
22- My Doctor Has a Cow Puppet (20:52)
23- Just Like Buffalo (21:02)
24- Can You Feel My Finger? (21:33)
* Two Adults, One Kid, No Grown-Ups (27:52)
Features new interviews with the cast and producers and discusses the origins and history of the show.
* Backstage Tour with Angus T. Jones (8:27)
The young actor takes us behind the scenes for a backstage tour of the show!
* Gag Reel / Outtakes (5:56)
This is a mixture of a gag reel and outtakes from Season 1.
Overall, this is a very good release by Warner Brothers. For the most part, they usually release a solid set for a television show. The box art is sleek and classy, the menu follows that pattern and the episodes are in great condition. It was also nice to get some bonus features, especially for myself! I have to admit I rarely watch this show and it was awesome having the cast and producers discussing the origin of the show as well as the history. I also found myself quickly becoming a fan of this show and I will definitely make a date on Monday nights this fall to watch "Two and a Half Men" but before YOU do, I suggest you go out and pick this set up!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 08/28/07
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