Case Number 07949: Small Claims Court

JEOPARDY!: AN INSIDE LOOK AT AMERICA'S FAVORITE QUIZ SHOW

Sony // 2005 // 101 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 2nd, 2005

The Charge

An inside look at America's favorite quiz show.

The Case

Jeopardy! What is the super-popular game show making its first appearance on DVD? A mixture of full-length episodes and some behind-the-scenes looks at the history of the show and how it was produced. What is on this DVD? Alex Trebek. Who is the host of the DVD? Duh. Who's he again?

Alex Trebek's first appearance as host, Ken Jennings' last episode, and three Ultimate Finals episodes. What episodes are featured on this disc? No, that's it. Is there anything else that makes up the main feature of the DVD? Well, you can memorize the answers and try to trick your grandmother into thinking the shows are live and impress the crap out of her. What is the point of rerunning episodes from a game show?

Pimpin'. What does Alex Trebek look like in 1984 for his first episode? Possibly. After thousands of episodes, is Alex Trebek the smartest man on the planet? I doubt it. Would you vote for Alex Trebek if he ran for president?

Yes. Is it time to change subjects and quit talking about Alex Trebek? Yes! Are you sure? Shut the #%$@ up! Because I could go on and on; game show hosts intrigue me.

A nice assortment of documentaries. Okay, you win -- what are the bonus features on this DVD? "21 Years of Answers and Questions," a documentary chronicling the evolution of the game show, from its early beginnings in the '60s to its resurrection in the '80s and then on to its massive popularity today. What is the highlight of the extra features?

Two other documentaries, including "Jeopardy!: Behind the Answers," which looks at how the show is put together, and "What Does it Take to Get a Clue?" focusing on the contestants and the process of making the cut. What else is kicking around in the extras bin?

Nope. Is that it? Relax!!! Get on with it! I don't have all day! A full episode chopped up into five different camera angles, including shots from behind the scenes and in the control room, and "Potpourri," a text-based section of show trivia. I'm waiting.

I agree. Hmmm, it seems to me that the content should be reversed, the bonus material used instead as the feature and the five episodes tossed into the extras pile. Do you agree? I believe they will. Still, do you think fans of the show will enjoy the DVD? Doubtful. What about non-fans or casual watchers?

Sorry, I'm not a loud-mouth like you. Gee, you don't say much do you? Back off, dude. Hey, who you calling loud-mouth? You don't want none of this. How about you back off...dude? That's it, it's go-time. Nice use of the double-negative! Moron. Yaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Hey, hey, put down that knife, what are you d -- ?

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Sony
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English

Running Time: 101 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* "21 Years of Answers and Questions"
* "Jeopardy!: Behind the Answers"
* "What Does it Take to Get a Clue?"
* Multi-Angled Episode
* Trivia

Accomplices
* Jeopardy! Official Site
http://www.jeopardy.com/indexflash.php