A&E // 2006 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // January 3rd, 2007
You are cordially invited to Dog and Beth's one-of-a-kind bounty hunter wedding.
I'm sure that with the furor surrounding the possible extradition of Duane "Dog" Chapman, his "brother" Tim and son Leland to Mexico for the alleged illegal detaining of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, there was this urge to put out this DVD to make sure the case remains in the public spotlight. I don't mean to be cynical by any stretch of the imagination, because at the end of the day, Dog and his crew at Da Kine Bail Bonds really try hard to work with the people whose bonds they put money down for, they are lost souls under the cloud of drugs, and because he's been in their position, he knows what to do for them. He also won't hesitate to detain the true scumbags (like Luster) to make sure they stay behind bars. He should be rewarded with these noble intentions.
And with the help of his big haired, big breasted and long fingernailed significant other Beth (whose real name is actually Alice), their dynamic has been one of love and affection over the last few years, so much so that their relationship has become a common-law marriage, and they live their lives on the outskirts of Honolulu and enjoy living life with their children from various combinations of Dog's seed and other women's loins, including Beth.
So finally, I guess something in the Dog-Beth dynamic occurred, and the question "well, ya wanna?" may have been uttered between arguments in a cigarette smoke filled business office, hence the wedding episode of two of the more colorful characters in reality television. More accurately, they decided to get married in May and the A&E Network decided to air it later in the year. So the family Chapman packed up and took the clan to the island of Hawaii where they legally sealed the deal in front of more family, friends (Rita Cosby?) and well-wishers, and have the wedding air on the channel as a special, with presumably part of the ceremony getting taken care of by said network. And what would a show about a bounty hunter be without a fugitive being picked up? So, even as the wedding gets closer and closer, Dog apprehends a criminal hours before going on his marital vacation. As the show becomes more and more popular, the show does address this aspect of Dog's fame every so often. Of course, those that aren't guilty of anything view Dog as another Hawaiian gem and eagerly welcome him. The show also looks at Dog's difficulty of apprehending a fugitive because of his now-high visibility and how difficult it is sometimes when everyone sees your truck coming into the neighborhood gets touched upon from time to time. But at the end of the day, Dog gets the bad guy and manages to get to the Big Island with Beth and everyone else. But hey, he's not done yet, as while he's on the Big Island, he manages to capture another fugitive before he walks down the aisle.
The rug is completely pulled out from Dog when he is given the news that one of his family members had been killed in a car accident the night before his wedding. The family is floored upon hearing the news, and there is some debate on whether or not to continue with the wedding. Before that though, there's a compelling scene when Dog tells another member of the family about the tragedy. Despite this, the wedding manages to occur, and in a postscript to the event, the couple informs the guests about the tragedy off camera, and still continues with the celebration.
Surprisingly, there are some exclusives from the special that are here on the disc. There's some additional footage, which starts with the ring that Beth designed for Dog, which, to her credit, is nothing like she says it was supposed to be like. It does beg the question though, how was it supposed to look?
All in all, the events before, during and after the nuptials of Duane and Beth Chapman provide another chapter in an already packed and eventful book that they have written. With the current issues in their lives not going away, the court hopes that things manage to settle down for the two and that they won't have to endure similar hardships in the future.
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* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* "The Drama of Dog's Wedding Ring" Featurette
* "Dance Lessons" Featurette
* "Shopping with Beth" Featurette
* "The Bow Wow Vow" Featurette
* "A Tribute to Dog and Beth" Featurette
* Official Site
* Season One Review
* Season Two Review
* Dog the Bounty Hunter Official Site