THE WAR AT HOME
In some ways THE WAR AT HOME can be considered the successor to MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN, as it did air on Fox and had a certain lowbrow level of comedy associated with its dysfunctional family antics. Personally, I found the series to be consistently amusing, but never falling out of your seat funny- the way that MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN was. THE WAR AT HOME offers a far more upscale middleclass family, who are closer to reality than the cartoonish characters MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN, which may explain why the laughs were milder and the series found itself falling under the axe after only two seasons.
The cast of THE WAR AT HOME features Michael Rapaport as Dave Gold, the regular guy head of household, who proves once again, father doesn’t always know best, Anita Barone is his hot and savvy wife Vicky, Kaylee DeFer is the babe in the making daughter, Hillary, Kyle Sullivan is geeky son Larry, Dean Collins is horny smart-aleck youngest son Mike and Rami Malek is Larry’s best friend Kenny, who isn’t hiding a personal secret very well.
THE WAR AT HOME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($40) comes to DVD in a three disc set that features all twenty-two episodes that were aired in the show’s freshman year. The twenty-two featured episodes are as follows: Pilot, I.M. What I.M., High Crimes, Guess Who's Coming To The Barbecue, Like A Virgin, The Bigger They Come, Cheers, The Empire Spanks Back, Dave Get Your Gun, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, It's A Living, Gimme A Break, Three's Company, How Do You Spell Relief?, Looney Tunes, Oh Grow Up, The Seventeen-Year Itch, 13 Going On $30,000, Snow Job, The West Palm Beach Story, The Runaways and Drive Me Crazy.
Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise THE WAR AT HOME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The episodes look better on DVD than they did on a typical SD network broadcast. Image quality is very good, with everything appearing crisp and nicely defined. Colors are appealing and have a good level of saturation. Blacks and whites are accurate, while contrast is limited by flat sitcom lighting. Everything appears pristine and free from artifacting.
All the episodes featured in THE WAR AT HOME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON come with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel stereo soundtracks, which decode well enough to standard surround. Sound quality is solid, but the sitcom origins are evident. Separations to the outlying channels are fairly minimal; with the sound remaining localized pretty much front and center. Dialogue is crisp and is easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, nor have subtitles been provided.
The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features. Supplements include an interview piece called Living Room Confessions, along with Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.
THE WAR AT HOME is amusing sitcom that was probably axed before its time. Warner’s DVD collection looks and sounds good. If you liked the series, you’ll want to check it out on DVD.
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