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INKED: SEASON ONE

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Carey Hart, Thomas Pendelton, Quinn, Clark North, Eric ďBig EĒ Pele, Monica, Dizzle
Directors: Gregg Backer, Jeff Bowler, Lewis Fenton
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Video:  1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Studio: A&E
Features: See Review
Length: 176 Minutes           
Release Date:  January 31, 2006

Film ***

I donít have a tattoo.  Iíve always wanted one, but have never had the nerve to sit down in the chair and just go for it.

Watching Inked: The Best of Season 1 on DVD started me to thinking.  Alas, thinking is all I will probably ever do, but having a show like this to watch, might some day help me get past my fears and take the Nike slogan to heart, ĎJust Do It!í

Inked is one of A&Eís entries in the already long line of reality television series.  What makes this series different from other reality shows?  To sum it up, I would have to say great production quality, attention to detail, and some really good storytelling. Also, it doesnít hurt that the people are all pretty nice to look at and the artwork is phenomenal!

Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company can be found in the luxurious and glamorous Palms Casino Resort.  Owned by motocross legend Carey Hart, and operated by his partner Thomas Pendelton, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company can satisfy just about any type of customer.

This show is equal parts comedy, and drama.  Like all good reality shows, itís the drama that keeps us coming back for more, but with Inked you get the drama rolled up in a laugh.  Someoneís always laughing on that show, and I think thatís what helps make it work.

I think my favorite episode on this DVD is the Dizzle episode.  Poor Diz is a bit in over his head.  Not only does he get suspended for a few days, he gets scared half to death, when the friend heís set up to do a tattoo on is replaced by a surprise guest that will set Diz on the straight and narrow of tattooing!

Tattooing is most definitely an art, and the minute you press play on this DVD you will be immersed in some of the finest artwork Iíve ever seen. Each person at the shop has a specialty, and you get a front row seat as their interaction with the public, as well as their interactions with each other mold this show into time well spent in front of the TV.

Reality TV is best when viewed first hand so I wonít give any more story points away.  However, Inked: The Best of Season 1 on DVD will open your eyes, and definitely get you hooked on this amazing A&E production.

Video ***

The 1.33:1 standard fullscreen fits this DVD like a glove.  When a television show is focused on artwork of any kind you definitely need the visual presentation to be pleasing and appealing.  This DVD delivers crisp and clean visuals high quality color levels. 

Audio ***

Audio levels are a pet peeve of mine, and audio levels that remain constant make very happy.  This DVD made me very happy, in an audible kind of way!

The Dolby Digital Stereo was a nice mix for this DVD.  The audio was clean, and all levels remained the same, episode to episode. The music was modern, and well mixed, and the dialogue was always audible which is a plus!

Features ***

They must have run out of ink before putting the extras together, because this DVD is a bit on the light side!

Aside from the eight great episodes of the show, you get biographies on all the crew, interactive menus, and the ability to select specific scenes from each episode.

The thing I found most fun was Shop Talk.  The language of tattooing!   This featurette gives you a tattoo masters dictionary of words and phrases used in the shop, and their meaning.  Itís fun, and I learned more than I thought I would from it.

Summary:

Good audio, great video, as well as fun and exciting episodes are all you can really ask for in a DVD.  This bad boy came out flexed and ready to party!  Get Inked on DVD today and like a great tattoo it can be with you forever! 

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