A&E // 2011 // 157 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // June 5th, 2012
He's cleaning up the streets -- one fugitive at a time.
Dog Chapman's days at A&E may have come to an end, but given the network's track record in its home entertainment department, fans will likely continue to see future releases of DVD sets highlighting the long-running show's most action-packed episodes. Dog the Bounty Hunter: Taking it to the Streets boasts four episodes from the popular TV series, following Chapman and his clan of bounty hunters as they take on aggressive fugitives trying to dodge jail. Let the hunt begin.
With the exception of one, all episodes on this disc run for 45 minutes. In "The Ice Man," Dog scours large trailer parks in Colorado in pursuit of a major ice distributor who's hiding with his pregnant girlfriend. Meanwhile, "Trouble In Paradise" brings the Chapmans back to Hawaii, where they're going after a guy who failed to appear in court, while "Mano-a-Mano" sees the bounty hunter tracking down a violent kidnapper protected by his family. Finally, "The Comeback Kid" follows Dog as he uses a fugitive's family to trick him into leaving his hideout.
Although none of these episodes really stand out from the typical Dog the Bounty Hunter episodes fans have come to enjoy over the years, some of these chases cause Dog and his tough family members to engage in heated verbal altercations. Beth, in particular, is pretty famous for her big mouth, but in "The Ice Man," she really gets into it with a protective dude who ends up calling the sheriff on her. Likewise, the Chapmans show no fear as they square off against an entire neighborhood keen on protecting its members with everything they've got.
In this sense, the episodes featured in this set are a tad bit rough, which obviously goes well with the release's title. Other than that, there's not much else to add. Fans of Dog's show won't have any troubles enjoying this set, and A&E made the right call to include three double episodes to make it worth the investment. Why they also decided to feature an episode that goes way back in the series' time is a bit of a mystery, but at least they picked an action-packed one.
Picture and sound do what they're supposed to do for this kind of reality TV programming, so no complaints here. You won't be able to track down any special features on this disc, but subtitles are now available in English and Spanish.
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Taking it to the Streets isn't surprising, but it provides roughly 160 minutes of solid bounty hunting entertainment loyal followers of the show will certainly appreciate now that Dog's TV days are numbered. It's been a fun ride.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 157 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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