Dog the Bounty Hunter: The Best of Season 1, 2 & 3

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Duane “Dog” Chapman is no stranger to a life of crime, but he got cleaned up and now, he finds himself on the other side of the law. He runs a bail bond office and when his clients run afoul, he doesn’t hesitate to track them down and turn them over to the police. He is Dog the Bounty Hunter, a larger than life persona that has given Chapman a dose of fame. His squad of helpers includes his wife, who runs the office and other family members who take to the streets with him to recover fleeing clients. The group is tight knit and tough as nails, but they also strive to help those they encounter. Dog wants to see these folks turn their lives around and he does what he can to assist in that. Dog will drop everything to ensure his clients are recaptured, as evidenced on his own wedding day, of all days. Now you can relive all the best moments from the show’s first three seasons, as chosen by Dog himself, plus the always popular The Wedding Special.

This four disc collection from A&E has a total of twenty-three episodes from the show’s first three seasons, hand chosen by the man himself. As I have stated before, I am a fan of complete seasons over “best of” releases, but Dog the Bounty Hunter is too much fun to pass up, especially in this kind of collection. The show itself is a blast, filled with humor, adventure, and wild chases, plus endless wisdom as only Dog can provide. The balance within the show is well handled, as we learn about the person being tracked, see the process that unfolds, join Chapman on the capture, then we’re there as Chapman tries to offer some help. Chapman has all sorts of one liners and memorable phrases, especially as he goes into bounty hunter mode, then calms down after the capture to go into preach mode. The transition is priceless and Chapman rarely fails to entertain on either side of the issue. In addition to the episodes, we have The Wedding Special, which has to be seen to be believed. I normally don’t recommend “best of” releases, but this show is just too much fun to miss out on.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. This looks about like it does when broadcast, solid, but this is reality television, so it isn’t as refined. But the visuals come across clean and sharp, so you won’t miss any of the action. Dog’s massive mullet is crystal clear too, which I know is important to some folks. The colors have a natural tone, while black levels remain consistent. This just looks like most reality shows do, good, but not as slick as normal shows. And since the transfers here represent the intended visuals well, I can’t imagine fans will be let down by these presentations.

Audio: How does it sound?

The same holds true here, as the audio is live, so it can be rough at times, but for the most part, the soundtrack is up to snuff. The office and interview segments sound clear and no issues arise, thanks to the more controlled environment. Out on the track downs however, the sound can be off a little, but that is part and parcel with this type of show. You might not pick up all the vocals, so a line could be missed here and there, but not that often. And if flaws do surface, it is due to the live and raw nature of the material, so the soundtrack is just the best this material can sound.

Supplements: What are the extras?

We’ll start off with the episode of A&E’s Take This Job…, which features Dog and his special brand of bounty hunter wit and wisdom. A very cool inclusion, one that I’m sure fans will watch and enjoy. I love when A&E includes these bonus theme episodes from their own shows, very cool indeed. You can also check out several featurettes, most of which revolve around Dog and Beth’s marriage ceremony. These are basically unused scenes, so its like bonus footage not shown in the episodes, with focus on the rings used in the wedding, shopping with Beth, dance lessons, and more. A total of six featurettes are here and while brief, they provide some welcome additional footage from the show. This release also includes a trivia game, some still photos, on air promos, and profiles on Dog and his crew.

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