Pros:Three discs, bonus features, cast commentary, a hell of a lot of GTL.
Cons:It's not really uncensored.
The Bottom Line: Hanging my head in shame, I openly admit I bought this and watch it on a regular basis.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
Recommend this product?
I blame my purchase of this three-disc set on drugs. Before being admitted to the hospital for twelve days I'd managed to escape most of the Jersey Shore happenings. Oh, I did see a couple minutes here and there when I was scanning channels but I missed so much of the show that anything I saw seemed like complete nonsense. Compound that with seeing the "It's A Jersey Thing" episode of South Park and you have a recipe for disaster. I didn't know what a "Snookie Monster" was or any of the catchy lines so when I saw the South Park episode I was still lost. When I was in the hospital there were only a limited number of cable channels, one of them was MTV and it just so happened that they were airing all of the Jersey Shore episodes. I laid there, comfortably numb, soaking in the wonders of Seaside Heights. Hey, that's the excuse I am using.
The Cast: Paul DelVecchio, Nicole Polizzi, Mike Sorrentino, Jenni Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick.
The Episodes: A New Family, Tanned Triangle, Good Riddance, Fade To Black, Another Day At The Shore, Boardwalk Blow-Ups, What Happens In A.C., One Shot, That's How The Shore Goes. Disc Three contains bonus footage and the last episode of the season. The bonus footage includes a few deleted scenes, clips from the reunion that aired on MTV, snippets of the cast before they came to the Jersey Shore. The entire run time is 487 minutes. That's over eight hours of the show. Get ready to get your tan on.
Disc One: Episodes 1 – 4
Disc Two: Episodes 5 – 8
Disc Three: Season Nine and Bonus Footage
It's like The Real World only "the world" is limited to the Jersey Shore. While most of the housemates are from the Jersey area, Pauly is from Rhode Island but fits in perfectly with the rest of the cast. What still shocks some people are the ages of the cast; DelVecchio will turn 31 this July along with Sorrentino who will celebrate his 30th on July 4th while they are in Italy filming the forth season of the show. That's a pretty big gap in an age range when you consider Polizzi is 23 and Giancola is one year older. Does that age gap mean a lot when it comes to how situations are handled on the show? In a way it does; fights and arguments happen of the most trivial of things and there are some instances where you feel like you watching teenagers deal with things instead of adults.
The discs are easy to navigate through but if you are playing them on a PS3 you might end up with some frozen screens between the episodes; I tried my set of DVD's and someone else's – the same identical uncensored set – and they both froze if you left them sit for more than three minutes if you were watching individual episodes and not playing it the whole way through. A minor annoyance but I really detest having to use a PS2 or PS3 for movie viewing. While it is an option I really feel that it cuts the overall life of the unit down.
Snooki Want Smoosh Smoosh: Poor Nicole. Misunderstood from the start of the show she wants to leave but ultimately decides to stay. Well, if you start crusing from guy to guy in the hot tub do you really expect to make a great first impression? Even though she has a rocky start she shows her dedication to people she just met when she takes one for the team when drinking in a bar – this is also where some people question Mike's backbone but that's not something that you catch until you see the replay of him just standing there as Snooki goes down [get your minds out of the gutter]. To me it sort of looks like he is stunned and doesn't know how to react but if you have seen him in action through all three seasons you are probably thinking what I am about to say – he doesn’t want to get his face jacked up for anyone. Each of the castmates have their five minutes of fame some way or another; I was hoping that the DVD bonus footage would be worth watching but the five or six minutes of extra footage wasn't all that impressive. Even so, it beats watching it on MTV because there are no commercials. There are beginning and ending credits along with annoying looped music if you watch a single episode but no commercials.
The Angelina Situation: She is grating, she is annoying, she is a complete pig. Even so, you have to admit, she's kind of like Howard Stern. You tune in to see what's going to happen next. One thing that didn't sit well was her "better than everyone else" attitude. I hate to break this to you but being a bartender isn't exactly top of the food chain when it comes to employment. Anyone can slap down $695.00 and go to bartending school and get a certificate in six weeks. She gets her exit early in the show when she doesn’t want to work at the Shore Store but even if she hadn't gotten her walking papers something tells me that she would have either been kicked out or asked to leave somewhere mid-season. She is like the female version of Mike in so many ways – a constant instigator.
The entire three DVD set can be summed up in one paragraph. The entire cast spends most of their time following the GTL Principal. That being "Gym, Tan, Laundry". Even the females engage in this but that isn’t something that's really shown until the second and third series. Sammi and Ron spend more time fighting than being a couple. Mike spends more time in the mirror telling himself that he looks good than Snooki does working on her hair poof. This is the season where Mike loses out on bedding Sammi when she does "the dip" on him and starts creeping on Ronnie as well as the season where Pauly and Jenni share some face time and you think, just for a minute, the panties are coming down when she makes a fast exit from the club to go home and "eat ham and drink water". And speaking of Jenni, you also get to see her work her pimp hand when in Atlantic City but it isn't until Season 3 that she looks her absolute finest in the leather dominatrix outfit – not to mention the actual jaw-drop from Roger when he sees her. You also get your first taste of Danielle but again, it isn't until the cast return to the Jersey Shore in Season 3 that you get the full reveal.
Is it really uncensored? Yes and no. There is no blatant nudity; some things are blurred so you aren't going to see any bare breasts or frank-and-beans. I really expected more from something that says "uncensored" so to me that is pretty misleading. It isn’t rated but I can't say that this is for anyone under the age of eighteen because of the swearing and hooking-up. I am far from being a prude but this definitely isn't for tweens and teens. The MTV episodes are tamer than what you get on the DVD but do not be fooled by the 'uncensored' tag on the case. There is a red box warning on the back that says it contains explicit content; I would like to know where that is because I must have missed it.
I got this used for $10.00 at The Exchange. I'd seen a couple of episodes on MTV and got hooked on it so spending the ten dollars on it wasn't a waste in the least but I'd be hard pressed to spend money on a new version that sells for a little over twice what I paid. It is nice to be able to watch it when ever I want but it wears thin quickly. If you are a fan of the show then you are going to want to get one of the three versions of the first season on DVD but go into it knowing that this version isn't completely uncensored. There is an "explicit" version but I have never seen it for sale locally or had the chance to view it so I can't say how far things go in regards to nudity or sexual situations.
You are getting all the episodes and some bonus footage but I have to stress that there are still some things that are censored. Certain words and phrases that could be construed as racial slurs are bleeped but you should be able to figure out what the deal is with them. If you are a fan of the show or just want to be able to watch the episodes without commercials then its worth getting but there are plenty of used copies floating around. The case is pretty cheap with a plastic flipper in the middle but unless you are tossing it around it should hold up over time.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age