The Osbournes: The First Season
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Collect the entire first season of "The Osbournes," the most outrageously fun reality television show ever, with THE OSBOURNES THE FIRST SEASON, a 2-disc DVD. Starring legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his amazing wife Sharon and their kids Kelly and Jack, THE OSBOURNES THE FIRST SEASON includes never-before-seen bonus footage, and many terrific DVD programs including set top features and DVD ROM features, with new cast interviews, commentary tracks, "Too Oz For TV" blooper reel, an Osbournes bingo game and lots more. "The Osbournes" has become a top-rated "reality show" phenomenon. Last Fall Ozzy Osbourne, the original Madman of Rock, opened up his family life to the cameras, and the resulting television series has earned a huge fan following. Whether familiar with Ozzys musical career or not, audiences everywhere have grown to know and love each Osbourne family member. THE OSBOURNES THE FIRST SEASON collects all the unforgettable personalities and day-to-day problems and pleasures that come from being a part of Americas most fun-to-watch first family.
As the second season aired, the decline in TV ratings and the tepid sales of Kelly Osbourne's album indicated that the Osbourne family's 15 minutes were just about up. But this two-disc set is an indispensable time-capsule keepsake of that brief and shining moment when Ozzy and his family put their indelible stamp on pop culture as the stars of the first reality sitcom. For addled heavy-metal pioneer Ozzy, his fiercely devoted wife and manager Sharon, and two (of three) of their children--petulant misfit Jack and the more flamboyant pink-haired Kelly--it was a very good year. They were MTV's top-rated series ever. They graced magazine covers. They were championed by no less a moral arbiter than Dan Quayle. Even President George W. Bush got into the act, toasting Ozzy at the annual Washington Press Club soiree: "Ozzy, mom loves your stuff." The Osbournes is the kind of series for which the phrase "instantly addictive" was coined. The idea seemed positively batty: Chronicle the lives of the Osbournes as they settle in to their new Beverly Hills home. They ain't the Clampetts, as the crates marked "Dead Things" indicates. Persistent use of the F word and other obscenities (not bleeped on the uncensored DVD) aside, the Osbournes at heart are a close-knit, loving family. Or, as Ozzy so tenderly puts it, "I love you more than life itself, but you're all f------ mad." Episode 4 bears him out, as Sharon and Jack declare war on their noisy next-door neighbors with airborne foodstuffs. These 10 endlessly repeatable episodes are enhanced by this features-heavy DVD; among its most inspired extras is an "Ozzy translator." The Osbournes' first season was a lightning-in-a-bottle phenomenon whose success has yet to be duplicated, not by the shameless Anna Nicole, not by clueless Liza, not even by the Osbournes themselves. --Donald Liebenson
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I had no interest in this show and never watched it.
A rainy Saturday afternoon while flipping pages in the Amazon DVD section I saw a couldn't pass it up price, said what the heck, and bought The 1st season of The Osbournes. I fully expected to watch it once, dislike it then give it to my nephew.
I am totally addicted. The nephew is not getting this DVD.
Do yourself a favor and get past the semantics. This is a fun, loving family who have created a show that is a joy to watch.
I am old enough to remember the Loud Family on PBS in the early '70's. This, is nothing like that! The Louds were about lack of communication and unhappiness. The Osbournes all speak their minds and are a happy and devoted family.
I have already put in my advance order for the 2nd season.
Dad is Ozzy Osbourne, Rock Legend, party animal jumbo deluxe, singer of Heavy Metal anthems, co-founder of Black Sabbath, one of the most influential heavy rock bands ever! Here we see a kinder, gentler Ozzy, more vulnerable, more mellow, more geriatric as if the excess of partying and drug consumption has left him half alive. He's quaint. He's funny. He's a regular Joe surrounded by the excesses of having a huge career. The mansions, the jewelry, the crazy spending sprees his wife and daughter seem to love.
Then we have Mom, Sharon Osbourne, the woman behind the legend. Shrewd businesswoman, manager, hard-ass,shopaholic and dog lover.
Kelly, the daughter, the whiner. Spoiled to the max with her Mercedes SUV and her credit card snatching self. I am Ozzy's daughter, let me ride that fame for as long as possible. Still, she has her moments. You want to spank her with a newspaper like one of their little rat dogs from time to time.
Jack, the son, the complete wuss. A little on the overweight side. Glasses. Hair, sort of a semi-afro freaknest, that will never, ever, ever look good. Jack is running around most of the time trying to juggle too many things: Being Ozzy & Sharon's son, trying to live a normal life, partying, trying to be some sort of promoter or band manager (although we see this happens only because of who his parents are), and fighting with his spoiled sister. Jack is the sincer one, the one we kinda feel sorry for. He's a dork. He's a loser. The underdog of the show.
Out of them all, the strange thing is, Ozzy seems to be the most grounded one of them all. Rock God Ozzy? Okay.
Anyway. The first season is thoroughly entertaining, watching Ozzy fight with his neighbors and seeing the whole way in which the house runs is hilarious and warm and charming. The Osbournes curse to their hearts content and that in itself is funny. Get the uncensored version, however, because you get the choice to bleep or not to bleep. Hysterical. Priceless. And though the later season start to wane in charm, the first season will always remain a ground-breaker and an entertaining enterprise.
Years and years later, after all that's been said and done, is Ozzy still my hero? Hmmmmmm.
You bet your ass!
HOWEVER: I had to write this particular review to let people know something about the episodes...they are NOT EXACTLY THE SAME as you've seen on MTV!--For some reason, MIRAMAX doesn't seem to have the same "clearance rights" as MTV, since I have spotted 6(!) alterations made to at least 5 of the 10 episodes!! For the nit-pickers out there (like me), I'll list the ones I've found:
1) When Sharon orders Jack to clean up Lola's alien "mess," he NO LONGER sings, "Who Let the Dogs Out."
2) When Kelly nearly sets fire to the kitchen, Ozzy NO LONGER sings the Talking Heads' song title, "Burning Down the House."
3) On the tour bus during the Christmas holidays, when Jack serves Ozzy spare ribs, Ozzy NO LONGER mimics the slogan/jingle: "I want my baby-back, baby-back, baby-back--" (you know the rest).
4) When the ...bubbles appear onstage, Sharon NO LONGER sings, "Tiny Bubbles"...
5) The noisy next-door neighbors sing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"--TWICE--replacing the (heavily?) copyrighted, "My Girl."
6) During the making of Ozzy's "Moulin Rouge" spoof-video, he NO LONGER tries the line: "Molcha-Choca-lotta (whatever)," or doesn't even mention "STAR WARS"...that scene is COMPLETELY missing.
Don't get me wrong...these anti-infringement "modifications" DO NOT take away from the sheer enjoyment of these 20-minute episodes, but to someone (like myself) who has obsessively watched them countless times on MTV, the changes are obvious...and even sometimes painful to watch.