Heidi and Lauren maintain their distance, while Whitney contemplates leaving Teen Vogue in this season of the MTV series. Bonuses: deleted scenes, interviews, commentary, featurettes. The third season of The Hills is alive with the sound of arguing, crying, and making up (sort of) by the telegenic quartet known as Lauren, Heidi, Whitney and Audrina. Glitzy, fabulous and completely unrealistic, this top-rated MTV reality series thrives on the conceit that pretty girls are jealous of each other when one of them has a boyfriend. But if that boyfriend is Spencer (Heidi's big-toothed Svengali-in-training), it's not necessarily jealousy the girls are feeling so much as revulsion. With her enhanced bosom on display, Heidi makes a weak attempt at independence this season, calling Spencer out for trying to control her. But watching the two--derisively known as Speidi--talk wanly, the vignettes come off as rehearsed as they've alluded to in interviews. Never mind that she flies off to Las Vegas to get some perspective. Are we really to believe that without receiving a call from her, Spencer figures out all by himself where she's staying in time to arrive for a heartfelt confrontation where both appear to have on their share of stage makeup? Reality isn't the drawing card of The Hills. It's watching a group of young, gorgeous twentysomethings living high on the hog in glamorous careers that appear to be incredibly lucrative. In reality, the core group work in fields where the paycheck could barely afford them to rent a small apartment together. Audrina is an intern at a record label, Lauren is an intern at a magazine, and Heidi is employed by a PR firm that apparently doesn't mind that she really doesn't seem to do all that much. And yet we're led to believe that these gals can live a Paris Hilton lifestyle, without Hilton's trust fund. But part of the guilty pleasure in watching The Hills is that mixed in with all the make-believe lifestyle is a lot of true confessions and drama. As pretty as she is, Lauren seems to have issues when her friends get boyfriends. Granted, she is usually right on the money about their lack of character. But she doesn't know when to stop interfering in her friends' lives and lectures and whines to the point where no one wants to hear about it anymore--not even her loyal viewers. The liberal use of "I love you" that is thrown around to friends they've just made also is telling. When the girls figure out that the phrase should be used sparingly and to people who've actually earned their love and trust, they may stand a shot at finding men who will truly return their affection. And those guys probably won't want their relationship filmed on subsequent seasons of the show. --Jae-Ha Kim
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This three-disc set includes all 15 episodes about the stars wacky lives in the Hollywood Hills. Bonuses: deleted scenes, commentaries. The third season of the reality series Rob and Big kicks off with an episode called "Poop in the Pool." Obviously, this show doesn't pretend to be highbrow. Rather, it's a little gross, pretty funny and highly watchable. The program pairs pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his ginormous best friend and bodyguard Christopher "Big Black" Boykin. Showing more genuine affection for each other than any of the frenemies on The Hills, the duo find themselves in a bit of a conundrum. How do best friends remain BFF when they work together and agree to have their humiliating moments--no matter how minor--preserved forever on film? And how do they keep coming with up wacky antics without looking contrived? The answer to the latter question is that they make a compromise. Even Kathy Griffin has taken to creating some drama on her excellent series My Life on the D-List. Rob and Big happily follow suit. In one scene, they're helping a stranger who not only doesn't want their aid, but also appears to even be a little afraid of them. In another, they're in Mexico recording a really bad song. Their pets Meaty (a dog) and Mini (a mini horse) are back and if you have any question that some scenes are staged, check out the birthday party they throw for Meaty. Seriously--most guys would rather be caught dead than at a dog's B-Day bash. What drives the show are the l...
The star chef saves failing restaurants from culinary hell Go behind the scenes at struggling restaurants with Gordon Ramsay, Britainâ€™s most celebrated gourmet. One of the worldâ€™s top chefs (with 12 Michelin stars to his name) and three-time winner of a Catey award (the British hospitality industryâ€™s highest honor), Ramsay knows restaurants top to bottom. And he needs every bit of his expertise to rescue these real-life culinary and commercial disasters in just one week. Foul-tasting food, chaotic kitchens, misguided menus -- Ramsay confronts them all, along with incompetent cooks, boneheaded servers, and painfully obstinate owners. He handles staffers with his profanity-filled, in-your-face style that suffers no fools and spares no egos. Also includes four episodes of Kitchen Nightmares Revisited, in which Ramsay returns to these restaurants on the brink to see whether his shock treatment worked. After just a few episodes of this International Emmy®-winning reality series, youâ€™ll never dine out quite the same again. DVD FEATURES INCLUDE production notes and biography of Gordon Ramsay. Ramsayâ€™s Kitchen Nightmares shares the same sense of tension as cooking contest shows, Iron Chef or Top Chef, but somehow this series beats them all, if youâ€™re looking for something more than a straight view of the chopping block. Whereas the aforementioned programs portray a chefâ€™s extreme duress from the chefâ€™s point of view, Gor...
When the Gosselins dreamed of having a family, nonstop chaos wasn't exactly what they envisioned. But the arrival of a set of twins and a set of sextuplets within five years has added up to Jon & Kate plus 8. And their dream family has turned into a mind-boggling juggling act. Season 3 continues to take you into the lives of this unusual and amazing family as they experience the havoc, the challenges and the joys of raising multiples. Sometimes it's a comedy, sometimes it's a drama, but it's always an adventure!Stills from Jon and Kate Plus Ei8ht (Click for larger image)
Manufacturer: Big Vision
Brand: Image Entertainment
"Ghost Hunters" has become one of TV's most popular shows, and in Season Four: Part 2, Jason, Grant, and the rest of the TAPS team are back investigating claims of the paranormal from coast to coast! Join them as they travel from a sanitarium which has placed 911 calls to the police -- but there is no phone in the building! -- to the most haunted ship in the U.S. Navy. Then go to a tavern in a TAPS member's own hometown where customers are heard enjoying a game of pool but the hall is closed and empty, and a home where a small child hears voices and has unexplainable scratches on his body. TAPS even goes to the plantation seen in "Interview with a Vampire" where 35 tourists all witnessed the same paranormal activity at the same instant! These are just the tip of the apparition in the most thrilling installment of the "Ghost Hunters" series to date!
Cartoon Network: Total Drama Island Complete SeasonTwenty-two teens have just been sent to the oldest, mouldiest, most beat up, run-down, bug infested summer camp in Northern Ontario where they'll be forced to endure a summer of leaky cabins, crappy food and increasingly insane challenges. Only one can win - the rest will walk the dreaded Dock of Shame. Tensions will run high, the hook-ups are SO on, and the cameras will be there to catch it all.]]> Reality TV meets animation in this Cartoon Network Survivor parody about 22 teenagers who are dumped together at a rundown summer camp in Ontario for eight full weeks (and 27 full episodes) of crazy physical challenges, psychological games, lousy food, and plenty of drama. Object of the game: avoid taking a walk on the dock of shame to the boat of losers and be the one remaining teen who will receive a $100,000 cash prize. Extreme personalities are the norm at Camp Wawanakwa and range from Goth to jock, empty-headed beauty, juvenile delinquent, inseparable best friends, nice guy, and nerd. Survivor fans will notice some overtly obvious parallels between Total Drama Island characters and past Survivor participants. Peaceful co-habitation would be a challenge in the best of circumstances, but when the contestants are pushed to their absolute limits in challenges like cliff-diving into shark infested waters, killer dodge ball, a Fear Factor type challenge, and trapping wild animals, tempers flare and drama reigns. Add in host Chris,...
Manufacturer: Shout! Factory
Brand: VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT
The 80s cult classic American Gladiators was a forerunner of the reality show: a physical competition series in which two male and two female contestants pitted their strength, speed and skill against highly trained pro athletes Gemini, Zap, Nitro, Lace, Malibuand Sunny, aka the American Gladiators. American Gladiators first premiered in January of 1989 and was hosted by Mike Adamle and Joe Theismann. In Season One, events included The Joust, The Assault, Powerball, The Human Cannonball, Breakthrough and Conquer, and the Eliminator. This 3 DVD set covers Season One, including the mid-season wrap-up episode and the subsequent 13 episodes leading up to the finals.Bonus Features: * Brand-new interviews.* Original show promos.
Manufacturer: Discovery - Gaiam
Brand: MAN VS WILD
Bear Grylls has served with the British Special forces, climbed Everest and explored the Arctic. In this exciting series he shows us how to survive the toughes and most visited environments on the planet by putting himself in the position of a stranded tourist. He parachutes into rain forests, abseils into deserts and lakes, and onto the highest, most inhospitable peaks in America. Using his specialist survival techniques to find his way out of these wildernesses he climbs sheer cliffs, navigates white water and icy crevasses, encounters snakes, spiders and predators and forages for food, from maggots and raw fish, to roots and berries. Stills from Man vs. Wild: Season Three (Click for larger image)
Jackass producers Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Trip Taylor team up with Travis Pastrana, Gregg Godfrey, and Jeremy Rawle to deliver the first televised season of Nitro Circus on MTV. Travis Pastrana, legendary freestyle motocross pro and nine-time X Games gold medalist, has built an empire (not to mention his own private playland) doing the previously thought to be impossible and almost always unadvisable. Whether it is jumping out of an airplane without a parachute or being the first rider to ever double back-flip a motorbike, Pastrana knows no bounds. Joining him on this latest stunt-fueled fest of bad ideas and good times are childhood friend and pro mountain biker Jim DeChamp, washed up pro motocross rider and loud-mouth Andy Bell, pro motocross racer Jolene Van Vugt, professional skier/base jumper Erik Roner, and husky construction worker/stunt dummy Streetbike Tommy. Together, the tightknit crewâ€™s hilariously intense and irrational rivalries make Nitro Circus the most entertaining trainwreck of a show to slam onto the television airwaves in years. -All 12 Season One Episodes plus over two and a half hours of Special Features including: -The "Cutting Room Floor Special" and "Nitro Circus: Hits and Misses" -Over 25 minutes of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Stunts -Tons of bonus footage from Jackassworld.com, Interviews, Bonus Outtakes and more!
Many things have gone missing in this world: Amelia Earhart, D.B. Cooper, the Olmec civilization, Jeff Tremaine's waistline, even the whole continent of Atlantis. Most important and culturally relevant, though, is a big mess of Jackass segments that had apparently slipped through a crack in Mianus and never found a home on any of the DVD releases for the classic MTV television series. The â€œSelf Defense Test,â€ â€œStun Collar,â€ â€œUnicycle Poo Barf,â€ â€œFast Food Football,â€ â€œRoller Jump,â€ and â€œSatan vs. Godâ€ (in its original long ass-kicking form!) are just some of the absurd gold that what was once lost but now is found, not to mention all the original show opens, credit montages, and a bunch of other bonus footage that was never shown on televisionâ€”or wasnâ€™t allowed to be shownâ€”featuring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy, Wee-Man, Danger Ehren, and Dave England in their earliest years of basic cable fame and notoriety.