Michael L. Emery | Las Vegas, NV United States | 07/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When this show first aired, I was HOOKED! And now that I own the first season on DVD, I'm reminded of why I got hooked. As for my review of the DVD, I have few gripes, and plenty of praise!The luxury of seeing the show in DVD quality is of course a plus. And I like that they included the "Coming up next" sections that came right before a commercial break (No, no commercials during the episodes here, thankfully)The audio commentary on disk 3 (the finale) is hilarious, as are most of the uncensored deleted scenes. And not that *I* personally needed to see how they created the *ahem* "food" that Matt was challenged to eat during the "The Meal" challenge, it was still funny to see the behind-the-scenes of that stunt.There's also some additional "eviction" footage, but it's more of like "now-I'm-out-of-character-and-commenting-about-Matt" footage. Which isn't a bad thing really, since you DO get to see how different the actors are from their characters.The "chocolate sauce on models" extended sequence is not as hot as it might sound. The models are already covered in chocolate when the sequence begins, so no bare bodies are to be found. But if you like low level bi fun, or just want to see what three chocolate covered models look like in DVD quality, check it out.One gripe, which is actually more of clarification really, is that the show is not actually shown "uncensored." Unbleeped, definitely! I know that some of the guys (and maybe some girls) want to get this DVD set because they want to see Molly's pool "fall out" and see some model nippage (I know this, because it's one of the first questions I've been asked when fellow fans hear I have the DVD set) Well, if that's your main reason for getting this DVD set, let me save you $40 and let you know it ain't gonna be in this set. Yes, the wet t-shirt challenge IS unblurred, so if you want to spend the bucks for THAT, then go have at it.
(Personally, if THAT'S your bag, it would seem to be a better investment to use that same $40 and get a full on, triple X, stroke-til-you-choke, porno!)And my only other gripe, is that for 3 disks and just a handful of extras, buyers may feel they didn't get their $40 worth. Personally, I would have walked away happy if it had been around $10 cheaper. That's My Opinion, But You're Welcome To It"
Not So Uncensored After All
George Buttner | 06/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Once again (see my previous review for Best of Insomniac Vol.2) a DVD touted as "uncensored" turns out to be partially censored. During the wet t-shirt competition, the actress portraying Molly climbs out of the pool. Her bikini top slips and reveals her nipple. It's blurred out!! Now, call me crazy, but that would seem to be an instance of censoring. I'm sure that they simply could not get clearance from the actress to show her assets, but then they shouldn't claim that the program is uncensored when it clearly is not.
The show itself is very entertaining and worth viewing, but, c'mon people, let's be a little more truthful about the contents."
"Uncensored Version... What Did Rhett Just Say to Me?"
George Buttner | Dayton, Ohio United States | 07/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That's from Matt when he saw Tawny Roberts when doing the commentary for the uncensored finale. Just one of many funny things on a very funny DVD.First, you'll get to watch all the episodes without logos, commercials, promos over the closing credits or other such nonsense. This is great in itself and even if you've been a regular watcher of the show (maybe more than once), I think you'll still laugh. For more fun, try using your DVD's pause / slow motion feature during the director's meetings to pick up things you might not have noticed before.The special features are pretty sweet. One of the best ones is what I mentioned above - a commentary on the finale by Matt Kennedy Gould and executive producer Rhett Reese. Since the finale also includes a look-back at the entire season, you'll get to hear their thoughts on that as well. You'll also catch up on how Matt's doing now and some of his deepest thoughts on what during the show.As for the actual bonus features section, you get Deleted Scenes, Chocolate-Covered Models featurette, the Making of a Meal and additional Eviction footage. Of these, I'd have to say that the most interesting and revealing is definitely the Eviction footage. You get the complete commentary of what the cast had to say to Matt after they were "evicted," plus Matt's full commentary afterwards. You'll recognize the bits and pieces that were shown during the program, but this is the chance to see the entire thing and pick up a lot of stuff that got cut before. Of the Deleted Scenes, the two funniest are Matt's Breakdown and a Fish Story from Kip. The breakdown is very funny and almost alone makes the DVD worth it.Finally, to those who are complaining about the censorship, I just have to say that I don't think it's any big deal. For one thing, when they censored Brian's nipples, that was a joke. And, come on, do you really want to see Brian's naughty bits anyway? Or Kip's? If that's the only thing you're tuning in for, then it seems you're not appreciating everything the show/DVD has to offer. Oh, and by way of explanation, the main cast of the show probably had contracts that said they couldn't show that --- at least for the stuff that wasn't just a joke."
The reality show for people who hate reality shows
matchbox20_rocks | Jasper, Alberta Canada | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is so tongue and cheek, cleaver, halarious, daring, racy and exciting! It's the Joe Schmo show, and it's now on DVD - uncensored!
I would never have tuned into this show if I hadn't read about it, and I'm so glad I did! It is the funniest show that has ever been on television! I think it's fantastic and it gives such an insight on these reality shows and how they work.
I myself am a big fan of reality shows, so I was able to see all the jokes and parodies of other reality shows, and I just died laughing at all of the little in-jokes.
For all of you who are wary of the reality band wagon and don't appreciate this new genre, I highly recommend the Joe Schmo, for its interesting take and gentle satire! What a classic!"
B. COLEY JR | NORFOLK, VA United States | 07/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I started watching season 2 and missed out on season one. I think that the show is very clever and keeps me laughing. Season one is by far better. I love the characters,especially Matt, who is not even a character. Now I just want to be his friend. This is a great buy but it is a little pricey. Forty dollars is a little too expensive. I think the premise of the show is good and well thought up. Kip the gay guy is by far the funniest and does the best acting job. Ashleigh the rich Snob is hot as all and does a great job as well. I would recommend you buy this right now because it is hours of entertainment joking the reality shows we love"