If you need a synopsis, why are you reading this review? The Bundys, for the uninitiated,are long-suffering boorish dad Al (Ed O’Neill), sex-deprived wife Peg (Katey Sagal), slut airheaddaughter Kelly (Christina Applegate) and cynical loser son Bud (David Faustino). Married withChildren definitely falls into the category into the category of acquired taste, and I’ll confess, Inever acquired the taste (I’ve always thought The Simpsons hit the same satiric targets — andthen …ome — with a lot more verve and nasty wit).
The audio is 2.0 surround, and deeply unexciting surround it is. Not that the soundreproduction is lousy. The clarity is just fine, with no distortion (good thing, since the actors areprojecting to the back of the hall all the way through). But this is a sitcom, which means thereare virtually no sound effects. In essence, there are two sounds: dialogue and laugh track. Thelaugh track is what gets the surround treatment.
A very solid TV transfer, with none of the grain or other problems I seem to encounterfrequently in these cases. The colours are exactly as garish as they should be. The image is verysharp, and the flesh tones are bang-on. This is as good a picture as you could possibly hope toget given the source.
If you’re a fan of the series, the features are bound to disappoint: the trailer for The SweetestThing, and ads for the TV Comedy Favourites collection and a Sinatra tribute. The menu isbasic.
The extras are so slight that, other than durability, this is no different from a collection oftaped episodes.
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