Posted in: Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on March 14th, 2008
I’m not sure what we will consider the fall of man. Perhaps it will be dangerous emissions into the air; perhaps it will be what happens when we don’t recycle enough. It could just be when I don’t win a freaking Nobel Peace Prize for my work in the field of gaming and dvd collecting. But perhaps the true fall of man will actually be rested upon the shoulders of one man and that man is Jerry Springer. For years, his brash trailer trash tv show has done more to destroy mankind than the rubber chicken (trust me, you just don’t know). Within the last few years, Jerry has had to take his shtick elsewhere. In college campuses, in shopping malls, on PPV. Yes Pay Per View. This first volume of Jerry explores the first three Pay Per View specials and wow. That is simply all I can say.
If you never seen Jerry Springer, let me sum it up in a couple of sentences. There are people that belong (or are in) a trailer park who sleep with their spouse’s best friend, mother, daughter, dog, cow, it really doesn’t matter. Then they get on Jerry, talk about it, and have fights that are broken up by security over it. This theme will continue for most of the show until Jerry has his little moment at the end where he will speak about what we have learned today (Yeah, don’t live in a trailer park and don’t date strippers, we got it!). In other episodes, he’ll have some hot women get on and do things that our momma never told us about nor will our girlfriend ever think about doing to us or with us. So it continues.
Pay per view is more of the same. Except for a few things. First, all the cusswords getting beeped is out the window. Every other word is motherf’er this and motherf’er that (I still have to censor for all of the children out there who read Jerry Springer reviews). The other thing is nudity. A whole lot of it, in fact I probably could not watch this with anybody except my girlfriend. Sometimes, it’s good nudity like for example, a certain very lesbian centered sponge bath. More often than not unfortunately, it seems to be really bad nudity where you get some skeezebag who looks like she ate a couple of women on the way to the show or a trailer trash momma messed up on meth and ho-hos.
Since this a former tv show and just re-done to include nudity and vulgar language for ppv reasons, there isn’t much here. It’s full screen and Jerry looks like Jerry. The hos look like hos and the men who sleep with the hos look like the most god awful pieces of flesh walking this great green earth. But I digress. The color is alright and it’s about what you expect. Nothing special.
As expected, the audio isn’t any great shakes either. Sporting Dolby Digital 2.0 in English is all you get for these performances. Sure the bubbles of a bath or a profanity laced tirade could have been mixed to a 5.1 DTS mix but it isn’t in this collection. It’s again average and what you expect. No subtitles are provided either, you know why? Because trailer park hos can’t read, that’s why.
There aren’t any special features. No commentary with Jerry, no photo gallery, no alternate angle shots with the lesbians in the sponge bath. NOTHING. You know why there are no special features? That’s right folks, because them hos can’t use a dvd remote either.
Today on the Jerry Springer show, we learned a couple of things. One, nudity can be bad or good, but trailer trash is just all sort of wrong. Two, if you catch your man sleeping with your goat; you might want to skip the next veterinarian visit and check into the nearest Charter Pines. However, if you are looking for Jerry Springer completely uncensored, you will get it here. In fact, it will probably make you blush. Or reach for a hankie. The dvd isn’t anything special, it’s 3 – 55 minute episodes with a cover and a case. No extras or anything special in the audio or visual department (unless you like dem crack whores). You’ll either love this or completely hate this. I’m not sure there is a real middle ground. That’s why I’m giving the score of complete openness. You decide, but what you see is what you get.