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ROB & BIG
The Complete Uncensored Third Season

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Rob Dyrdek, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Drama, Bam Bam, Meaty, Mini the Mini horse
Creators: Rob Dyrdek, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Ruben Fleischer, Jeff Tremaine
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Paramount/MTV Home Entertainment
Features: See Review
Length: 300 Minutes
Release Date: September 23, 2008

“Payback’s a motherf*cker, Spider-Man!”

Shows ***

I’ve come to realize a little something interesting about reality television. We all know to a certain extent that all these kinds of shows are scripted. However, the ones that KNOW they are scripted and are fully aware of the absurdity end up being the best, where as all the others end up being just flat out embarrassments.

A great example of such a show is MTV’s Rob & Big, which takes a real life scenario and plugs it into some awesomely funny stuff. It falls more into the vein of Jackass and Viva la Bam, which were also funny reality based shows. Each episode carries a scripted plotline, which the show seems fully aware of, and just has the most ridiculous fun it can possibly have with it.

The reality sitcom chronicles the everyday mishaps of skateboarding pro/mogul Rob Dyrdek and his longtime bodyguard, Big. You simply never know what these two are planning to get into next. Just sheer random thoughts or ideas provide the basis for an entire episode, and the results are often more than hilarious.

And this season, Rob and Big are getting their friends and pets mixed in with all the insanity. Rob’s cousin/slave, named simply Drama, becomes the victim of many a prank. And Rob makes sure that his two loyal pets, bulldog Meaty and Mini the mini-horse, get some much needed camera attention.

Included in this 3-Disc set are all 15 uncensored Season Three episodes, and some of these episode titles should indicate what kind of mischief Rob & Big get into:

DISC ONE:

Poop In the Pool

Racing Turtles

Mini-Horse Road Trip

Meaty Goes to Hollywood

Guinness

Big Bob

DISC TWO:

Charity

Harry the Healer

Dating Game

Vegas

Meaty’s Birthday

Parents

DISC THREE:

Cancun

Haunted House

Baby

Video **1/2

Just like the Season One and Two package, Season Three is presented in a non-anamorphic widescreen format. Not exactly the best sort of presentation for a DVD format, but it could be much worse. I think it’s safe to say at this point that we can expect the same kind of picture format on future seasons of the show, which isn’t a bad thing because it sort of works to the show’s advantage.

Audio ***

The 2.0 mix once again serves this series quite well. Mainly a dialogue driven show, it does occasionally turn up the physical comedy factor, which is captured nicely in the sound area. Music playback is also nice bonus.

Features **1/2

This 3-Disc package from MTV/Paramount includes Audio Commentary on several episodes from Rob, Big and series creators, as well as Deleted Scenes and another a collection of scenes titled “The Best, the Worst and Unused”.

Summary:

MTV’s “Odd Couple” of reality TV are back for another madcap season of insanely funny behavior. The Uncensored 3rd Season of Rob & Big is another fast and funny experience that will satisfy anyone who got immediately won over, as I did, by the first two seasons!

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