TITLE: TYLER PERRY'S HOUSE OF PAYNE - VOLUME TWO - EPISODES 21-40
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008 (Lionsgate Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 429 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish subtitles
Special Features: Pops Character Profile, Firehouse Follies, Bloopers
It’s time for twenty more episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne! These 20 episodes, from 2007, bring new developments of the intergenerational family that is living together after a long series of bad luck in life. But together, they learn from their mistakes, and move on... all the while making more mistakes and moving on from those as well. Basically, it is just real life in the Payne house.
This three disc set brings you the final 17 episodes of the first season and the first three episodes of the second season of the TBS sitcom to DVD, beginning with the episode “I Got the Hook Up” and ending with the episode “The Wench Who Saved Christmas.”
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The series tackles the issue of HIV in “I Got the Hook Up” and “Absolutely Positive.” A storm hits Atlanta in the perfect storm, but the real storm occurs between C.J. and the kids’ assistant principal. Calvin starts his own dating service in “Weeping May Endure for a Night.”
C.J. has a date with the perfect woman in “The Big Test,” but gets an unexpected surprise when she says she is saving sex for marriage. C.J. has to choose between his daughter and new girlfriend in “Balancing Act.” In “Dog Day Afternoon,” Curtis assists a bank robber... unwittingly. C.J. is finally divorced from Janine for good in “New Beginnings,” so what is next for him? A speeding ticket means traffic school for Curtis in “The Fast and the Furious.”
Curtis wants a motorcycle and is trying to figure out how to afford it in “Gone in 60 Seconds,” which he gets, but the same motorcycle is involved in an accident in “I Rest My Case.” Ella and Curtis may finally have the house all to themselves in “Home Alone,” but is it for real? Curtis learns the true meaning of Christmas in “The Wench Who Saved Christmas.”
Unfortunately, my packaging somehow got crushed along the way to me, but that was just from mishandling during the shipping process. We have nothing but a basic picture of the family on the cover art and information about the show and the episodes on the back. The set is presented in one of the thick Amaray style cases, with a cardboard sleeve on the outside with the exact same artwork. Inside, you’ll find the three discs, which have nothing more than pictures of the family as artwork. Disc 1 contains episodes 21-27, Disc 2 contains episodes 28-34, and Disc 3 contains episodes 35-40, as well as the special features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are pretty basic, with the theme song playing in the background of the main menu and options of Play All Episodes, Episode Selections, and Set Up. Episode Selections will give you a menu with pictures of all of the episodes, where you select the episode, and it plays as soon as you select it. Set Up will allow you to change the audio and turn on subtitles. There are no scene selection menus, but chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality are pretty standard, neither disappointing nor impressive. The episodes are all presented in full screen, which is how TBS airs the episodes. It is almost surprising that this wasn’t done in widescreen for DVD, but then again, if it has never been shown that way on TV, there is no point in changing it for DVD. The audio is pretty basic, being presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. The audio isn’t all that special to require the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but it is nice to have anyway. There are English and Spanish subtitles, as well as closed-captioning, on each episode.
I don’t believe that the episodes are edited, as almost all of them had the EXACT same runtime (not varying by even one second). While the first episode ran at 21:07, all of the remaining episodes had a runtime of 21:31, precisely (not even a second of variation).
Disc 3 contains a few special features. “Pops Character Profile” (3:18) gives us a brief look at the character of Pops on the series, with interviews and clips from different episodes. Basically, it is short, and to the point... which means you don’t really learn much that you don’t already know. “Firehouse Follies” (4:43) takes you on a tour of the firehouse in the series, and is kind of interesting to watch. You get to take a look at a little bit of the behind the scenes stuff here. We have a blooper reel (3:37), which has a few bloopers, but not many. Of course, maybe there just weren’t that many bloopers. I’m surprised that they couldn’t come up with more substance for the special features. What they have is a good start, but more in-depth special features would have been nicer.
There is nothing to truly complain about when it comes to this DVD set. The show seems to have found a fan base on TBS, and those fans will definitely want to own this set. Others may very well want to check out the series as well, as it is generally just a family sitcom. It used to be that every show was a family sitcom, but these days, such shows are hard to come across. There are some elements of the show that simply scream “basic cable,” but just because it isn’t a big budget show doesn’t mean it is a bad show.
To be fair, this is the first time I’ve ever seen the episodes on this volume, as it isn’t exactly one that leaps out at me as a show I’d particularly enjoy. But it isn’t a horrible series and given the ratings that the series gets on TBS, it is obvious that there are plenty of fans of the series out there. It is also kind of interesting in how it is somewhat of a throwback to the ‘80s style sitcoms about families. These are hard to come by in these days where sitcoms such as The Office tend to be the hits on the air. Fans of family sitcoms may just want to try this series out, and of course, fans of the series will definitely want this set.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 06/24/08
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