Infinity Entertainment // 2006 // 856 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 9th, 2009
The ultimate pub crawl.
Host Zane Lamprey -- great name by the way -- probably has one of the best jobs ever devised. It falls to him to travel the world and sample the regional alcoholic beverages common to whatever geographical destination his producers have in store. Pretty awesome huh? He gets to see the world and imbibe massive quantities of brain-altering booze at the same time. The downside: he typically has to drink lots and lots of shockingly disgusting swill -- drinks spiked with snake genitals, scorpions, and odd Japanese pulp I don't want to know anything more about. This multi-disc package chronicles Lamprey's globe-trotting, liquor-laden journeys through three seasons and 32 episodes on six discs.
This is a fun show and one of the more entertaining reality TV excursions available for, er, consumption. Lamprey is a funny, energetic host who apparently possesses an iron liver and a willingness to take a shot of just about anything. Seriously, that snake genital drink he downs is just about the most disgusting thing you'll ever see. And as an added bonus, he offers $300 to a crew member to eat the actual organ. These impromptu, Jackass-like moments are frequent and lend a fun touch the series. You can even create your own drinking game (aside from the show's running Take-a-Drink-Every-Time-You-See-a-Monkey gag), by socking away a shot every time you see a crew member hunched over, ready to vomit.
While it's fun to see the host and his entourage subject themselves to exotic and often taste-bud-stabbing cocktails (not a lot of Bud Light in Belize, huh?), the "learning" aspect of Three Sheets is just as entertaining. The travel destinations are cool, plus intriguing backgrounds on the locales and the beverages themselves are presented with the show's comic touch.
There's a lot of content on this set -- and a lot of drinking -- but it's a show worth a look, if the subject matter is of any interest. Even if it isn't (I confess Booze-of-the-World doesn't rate particularly high on my TV-watching proclivities), the entertainment value is undeniable.
The discs: The first season is full frame, with subsequent episodes receiving widescreen treatments. Picture quality is fine. Extras include episodic bonus footage, outtakes, and a special New Year's pub crawl.
Not *(hic)* Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Infinity Entertainment
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 856 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Footage
* Bonus Episode
* Official Site