Reality series are so rampant on tv these days. You have everything from people who has been celebrities living together to the journey of people who want to lose a ton of pounds. Some of these are good and some defy explanation. However, I found a good little nugget of reality when I was sent a copy of Dog the Bounty Hunter – Best of Season 3 on DVD. To be honest, I was expecting the worst and what I got was actually pretty interesting and might be on the A…E channel to watch in the future.
Dog the Bounty Hunter is a series that primarily features Dog who bounty hunts fugitives for a living in Hawaii. Dog can be best described as a cross between wrestlers Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan; a huge man that even though has found his calling in this profession probably missed the boat in not becoming a professional wrestler. He is joined by his rather large family that helps which includes his brother(Tim), sons, wife (Beth), and even his daughter (Baby Lisa) at times. They basically go from bounty to bounty catching real criminals and making sure they make their bail and are put to justice. As with most reality shows, they mix in a little bit of real life; everything from the birth of a cast’s baby to leasing a couple of new cars. All of the characters are likable here and the show doesn’t seem to drag at all. They show a little bit of real life, jump to introducing the fugitive, track and catch him or her, and then close out the real life portion. Honestly a lot of good stuff here.
The video is the standard tv definition 1:33 to 1. The colors are good despite the fast action that usually takes place. Even though there are probably a lot of hand cams here; it doesn’t give you the impression that it’s so rough and moves well from scene to scene.
The audio takes a little bit of a hit. It’s standard Dolby Digital 2.0 in English (no subtitles except for unintelligible criminals). While it is clear and I don’t have trouble hearing any of the main characters; it’s nothing special. I do admit I like some of the music that is featured here (a nice feature is that they tell you at the very end which song was used for the show with album cover and artist name).
Photo Gallery: All we get on this disc is a photo gallery which is about 15 shots of the main characters on the show. Not much here.
The only other thing of note here is that the scene selection is expansive for a tv show (which in most dvds is limited to episode 1, episode 2, etc). They even have the wonderful feature of skipping the familiar show intro if need be. Every dvd should have this, seriously.
This best of season 3 features 8 of the best episodes from Season 3. I guess they figure that the show while very good isn’t strong enough to warrant full season sets. They are probably right, but it is a very interesting show. The characters really seem to enjoy doing their work and the episodes are fun to watch. A definite “Cops” vibe to the show and I can honestly recommend this one. However, I would suggest you start with season one first. Dog should have been a wrestler; but at least he gets a lot of exposure on tv. One final note, I like how they try to see the good in every bounty and honestly hope that each criminal can turn their life around.
Episode One: Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Baby Lisa comes of age (she is a Brooke Hogan in training for sure) as she goes out on her first bounty. Fugitive: Wayne Terlep $15,000 Bail – Second Degree Assault
Episode Two: The Thief Who Stole Christmas – Christmas Episode Fugitive: Raymond Medeiros $15,000 Bail – Second Degree Theft
Episode Three: Rock a Bye Bounty – The brother, Tim is having a little baby and moving out of his house. Fugitive: Melissa Green (former housekeeper of Dog) $50,000 Bail – Car Theft
Episode Four: Cupid in Cuffs – Valentine’s day as we show the bond between Dog and Beth. Fugitive: Tapi Koahou Third Degree Theft
Episode Five: Bustin with Justin – Former bounty hunter and nephew Justin gets a second chance with the family. Fugitive: Kimberly Tucker $11,000 Bail – Felony Traffic Violations
Episode Six: Run Fugitive Run – Beth is training for a 5k walk which is for the Race against Domestic Violence. Dog doesn’t think she can do it but gets a trophy for her anyway. Fugitive: Steven Yoshinaka – Assault Theft
Episode Seven: Ticket to Ride – Dog and Beth get a couple of brand new Chevy Suv’s to lease. Fugitive: Jasmine Kalani $25,000 Bail – Car Theft / 3rd Degree Assault / Bail Revocation
Episode Eight: Mother Knows Best – A couple of fugitive cases where the mothers are turning in their kids. Fugitive A: Ginger Narawa – Drug Promotion / Bail Revocation. Fugitive B: Brandon Perrera – Traffic Violations / Bail Revocation
Special Features List
- Photo Gallery