TITLE: TWO AND A HALF MEN - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009 (Warner Home Video)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 513 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 37 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital English, Portuguese!
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese; Closed Captioned
*Two and a Half Men: Growing Up Harper
*The Women of Two and a Half Men
Is Charlie too old to grow up? In the sixth season of Two and a Half Men, a smart brunette named Chelsea may finally have turned party-boy Charlie into a man. The kind of man who brings you tea when you’re sick, sleeps over at your place, even if he can’t watch ESPN in bed -- or makes the ultimate sacrifice -- nuking the nude photos off his cell phone. And there is a lot more funny that keeps the show the most watched comedy on television -- Jake locks lips with the cute girl next door, the one whose football-star dad is named Mad Dog. Judith prepares for a mid-life baby -- who may end up looking a lot like Alan. And Alan dates his receptionist, and then winds up in bed with...her mother. Life’s a beach in season 6!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
I’ll be honest: I think the show may be starting to slow down. The folks running the show may want to find a way to wrap up the show in the next year or two lest they develop the syndrome so typical of sitcoms -- staying on too long. The first real high spot for the season, to me, is the two-part episode “It’s Always Nazi Week” and “Best H.O. Money Can Buy.” Judith kicks Herb (Ryan Stiles) out of the house, and Alan seizes the opportunity to reconcile with her -- while Charlie winds up getting both Herb and Jake in the deal. This temporary reconciliation would have consequences later in the season -- with a pregnant Judith unsure whether the baby is Herb’s or a result of this brief get-together. The episode “The ‘Ocu’ or the ‘Pado’?” shows the psychology of the reform of Charlie’s character in action as Charlie actually admits that he loves Chelsea, only to hear his *own* default response of “Thank you” in response. In “Above Exalted Cyclops,” Alan lets Chelsea set him up on a blind date...with Rose. In “Good Morning, Mrs. Butterworth,” Alan takes up ventriloquism. There are better episodes in the season, but something about Alan’s descent into the deranged via the dummy is just amazingly memorable. The season finale sees Judith give birth, while Mia returns to town and puts Charlie and Chelsea’s relationship to the true test.
Other guest stars include James Earl Jones, Emilio Estevez and Martin Mull.
...Three cheers for those transparent plastic cases all the studios love because the per-set packaging costs are 10 cents lower than any other type! Hooray for cost-effective measures! Yay!!
You can see the box art at the top, and if you’ve read any review written by me on this site in the last 12 months you know what I’m going to say about the packaging type itself. It’s clear I’m just spitting into the wind when I complain about these things so I’m not going to bother typing it again. I’ve said my piece already.
Each disc takes the main box art and breaks it down to a character-by-character level. The first disc features all three main characters, just like the main art. Each of the first three discs contains 7 episodes each, while the last disc contains the final three shows and the bonus features. When you have an episode count that’s evenly divisible by the number episodes, it just makes sense to split the episodes across the discs evenly, barring an excessive number of bonus features (something this set doesn’t have). There is a plethora of wasted space on the final disc that could easily have been remedied either by better episode arrangement OR more bonus content.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are fairly simple -- just a rehash of the main box art in widescreen, with the main theme playing in the background. The episode selection menus feature the usual episode list in alternating white and yellow fonts, with a strip of episode stills to the left. Play All is available. The menus won’t win any particular awards, but at least the main menu has music.
Video and Audio Quality:
The nice thing about a modern TV show is that you just can’t screw up the VQ/AQ except through deliberate incompetence. When you have a show that sits in a vault for 25 years, the VQ deteriorates and the audio gets hissy. But when you go straight from on-air broadcast to DVD there’s no time for any of those effects to destroy the prints. Video is good, audio is good, and as you might expect there’s nothing to bring complaints against. The video is as nice as a standard-def DVD allows. Due to a malfunction in my DVD player I cannot comment as to the existence or placement of chapter stops.
Taterhead is Our Love Child: 21:16
Pie Hole, Herb: 22:01
Damn You, Eggs Benedict: 21:11
The Flavin’ and the Mavin’: 21:01
A Jock Strap in Hell: 21:23
It’s Always Nazi Week: 21:18
Best H.O. Money Can Buy: 21:52
Pinocchio’s Mouth: 21:51
The Mooch at the Boo: 21:16
He Smelled the Ham, He Got Excited: 21:14
The Devil’s Lube: 22:03
Thank God for Scoliosis: 20:43
I Think You Offended Don: 22:03
David Copperfield Slipped Me a Roofie: 21:35
I’d Like to Start with the Cat: 21:49
She’ll Still be Dead at Halftime: 20:44
The ‘Ocu’ or the ‘Pado’?: 20:15
My Son’s Enormous Head: 21:48
The Two Finger Rule: 20:59
Hello, I Am Alan Cousteau: 22:03
Above Exalted Cyclops: 21:53
Sir Lancelot’s Litter Box: 20:30
Good Morning, Mrs. Butterworth: 20:39
Baseball was Better with Steroids: 21:46
Two and a Half Men: Growing Up Harper (13:36): A Feature talking about the growing up of Angus T. Jones and the Jake character with interviews from the whole cast and crew.
The Women of Two and a Half Men (15:46): Berta. And Judith. And Evelyn. And Rose. The guys may be the main characters but there would be virtually no plots without the women of the show, and this feature is 15:46 talking about how drive the show.
Gag Reel (7:22): You know what this is. And you know it’s funny.
Run time of special features: Approx. 37 Minutes
This show and its Monday night compatriots represent the last gasp of the traditional multiple-camera sitcom. And three of the four are tremendous. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory are all wonderfully excellent shows and I encourage you to watch all three as their new seasons start up.
You can also catch all six of the show’s currently existing seasons on DVD, and this sixth season should soon enter syndication. If you love the show, hopefully you already own the set. If not, the set will make a fine addition to your DVD collection and I strongly recommend it.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3.5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Final Score: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 09/13/09
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