Case Number 21861: Small Claims Court

JERSEY SHORE: SEASON THREE

MTV // 2011 // 572 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Gordon Sullivan // July 25th, 2011

The Charge

"A summer at the Jersey Shore is truly unforgettable."

The Case

Apparently, you can take the guido (or guidette) from the Shore, but you can't take the Shore from the guido. Thus, Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three returns the group of GTL-obsessed guys, and bump-do loving gals to their native soil. Filmed over a summer in Seaside Heights, this season finds the cast (minus Angelina and plus new girl Deena) engaged in the usual breakups and makeups that go along with their lifestyle. Although the formula might otherwise be getting stale by this point, a couple of major events (including an arrest of Snooki) will keep the show's longtime fans entertained.

For those who've somehow missed the furor over Jersey Shore, it boils down to the typical reality TV show formula of putting a bunch of big personalities in a house together to see what happens. Except, this time they're all denizens of New Jersey's famous Jersey Shore. All thirteen episodes of this season are presented on four discs:

Disc One
* "Back to the Shore"
* "It's Gonna Be An Interesting Summer"
* "Where's the Beach?"
* "Free Snooki"

Disc Two
* "Drunk Punch Love"
* "Should We Just Break Up?"
* "Cabs Are Here!"
* "The Great Depression"

Disc Three
* "Kissing Cousins"
* "A Cheesy Situation"
* "Gym, Tan, Find Out Who Sammi Is Texting"
* "A House Divided"

Disc Four
* "At the End of the Day"

There are two big events that keep this season of Jersey Shore interesting. The first is Snooki's arrest. It had to happen eventually. Considering her outsized attitude and her memorable first-season brush with violence, it was only a matter of time before she found herself in legal hot water. It's not a huge event, but it feels like an important milestone in her development as a character on the Shore. The other major storyline is the relationship between Ronnie and Sammi. It was a major aspect of Season Two, with Ronnie and Sammi circling each other like cats in heat. They're ostensibly together at this season's opening, too much together for the rest of the house as the pair isolate themselves. Of course things can't stay static for long, and their simmering tension boils over, with predictable consequences for everyone in the house. Their continuing relationship is sure to be a large draw for fans.
The rest of the cast have the usual ups-and-downs associated with living in a house with this many crazy personalities. There's plenty of GTL, drinking, creepin', and general craziness to satisfy those looking for the kind of insanity only found near the beach.

Sadly, MTV still have not gotten their act together with these DVD releases. The box cover lists these episodes as "full screen," which is hardly accurate. The show is shot in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and that's what's reproduced here. However, the transfers are not anamorphic. That's excusable on older, budget releases, but Jersey Shore is a major staple of MTV these days. Providing a flagship show with such careless transfer is inexcusable. Largely because of the lack of anamorphic enhancement, these episodes look pretty blah. Colors are okay, but detail isn't very strong, with camera movements looking especially blurry. The stereo soundtrack keeps everyone audible, and there are forced subs during the quieter moments so we can catch every important insult shared between the cast.

Extras are similar to their counterparts from the previous season. We get a "reunion special," which is becoming more and more farcical as the seasons continue, since it's not like there's a whole lot of time for these people to part ways between each season, making the "reunion" a bit hollow. Then there are the After Dark specials featuring various cast members discussing the show and its upheavals. We also get a few extended scenes, and a two whole featurettes with footage of the season's various hookups and confessions. Finally, there's a behind-the-scenes photo shoot featuring the cast.

Again, Jersey Shore is all about extended adolescence, with a bunch of ostensible adults behaving like teenagers. If drinking, sex, and the occasional bit of physical violence aren't your cup of tea, this is not the show for you. Those offended by Italian-American stereotypes will also find plenty to be annoyed by with the guido/guidette lifestyle.

It's more of the same from the Shore with this third season. There are a few dustups to keep fans interested, but nothing really groundbreaking to draw in new viewers. The lack of anamorphic enhancement on the video is sad in a recent release, and make anything more than a rental recommendation difficult.

The Verdict

Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three is guilty of all the excesses of the previous seasons.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 79

Perp Profile
Studio: MTV
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 572 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurettes

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1563069/combined