TV-verité as we travel about with police officers, witnessing various arrests, gunfights, carchases, and whatnot. The broadly themed discs have self-explanatory titles, and focus on (youguessed it) female misbehaviour, criminals being caught red-handed, and violent confrontations.A curious piece of pop-culture flotsam, which should push your cynical, voyeuristic anddepressed buttons. Not that this is a recommendation.
A 2.0 track, here, most n…ticeably surround in the opening titles, when the music plays. Therest of the time, the effect is pretty much mono, but bear in mind that the footage was hardlyfilmed under conditions permitting sound design.
Same deal as with the sound: this is footage shot on video, on the spot, under often adverseconditions. It would be surprising if the result was anything other than rather raw. The nightscenes tend to be rather grainy and murky, while the daylight sequences are a lot sharper. Nodifferent, finally, from what you would have seen on a TV broadcast.
Each disc comes with 15 minutes of “too hot for TV” footage. What this consists of is a fewminutes of nudity (mostly shot in New Orleans during Mardi Gras) and a fair bit of swearingsuspects (yawn). Some impressive car wrecks on Shots Fired, though, and Caught inthe Act has scenes of cops chasing down animals (the pig behaves just like the humans beingcaught). As a measure of economy, Shots Fired has, in its extra footage, the unfoggedversion of an arrest on Bad Girls. You have to admire such a lack of shame. The menuis basic.
Approach only if you’re already familiar with the show. Otherwise, don’t bother. The “toohot for TV” aspect is pretty sad and dull.
Special Features List
- “Too Hot for TV” Footage