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SON OF THE BEACH: VOLUME 2

One of my pet peeves with the FX Network is in their effort to go legit- they cancelled SON OF THE BEACH. Sure, SON OF THE BEACH wasnít great television, but it sure made me laugh a whole heck of a lot. In addition to the laughter, there was plenty of sexual innuendo, not to mention scantily clad actress doing the whole jiggly thing, and doing it exceedingly well- just what one should have expected from a Howard Stern produced BAY WATCH parody. Set in the fictitious California community of Malibu Adjacent, SON OF THE BEACH follows the adventures of Shore Patrol Force 30 (SPF 30). Lead by the clueless, aging balding and potbellied head lifeguard Notch Johnson (Timothy Stack), the members of SPF 30 protect and serve both on the beach and off. Following Notchís lead are B.J. Cummings (Jaime Bergman), the teamís busty, but virginal, blond airhead lifeguard; Jamaica St. Croix (Leila Arcieri), the teamís busty, luscious African American airhead lifeguard (who plays the racial card for laughs); Chip Rommel (Roland Kickinger) the teamís muscle-bound, but naÔve lifeguard, whose German heritage always seems to be getting him into trouble. Finally, there is Kimberlee Clark (Kim Oja), the flat-chested, but smart female lifeguard, who is oddly attracted to Notch. And even more finally, the cast of SON OF THE BEACH also features Lisa Banes as Mayor Anita Massengil.

SON OF THE BEACH: VOLUME 2 ($40) comes to DVD in a three-disc set and surfs up (pun intended) the series remaining twenty one episodes, which are as follows: It's A Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World, It's Showtime At The Apollo 13!, The Island Of Dr. Merlot, The Sexorcist, Grand Prix, Area 69, Booger Nights, Penetration Island, Saturday Night Queefer, In The Line Of Booty, Three Days Of The Condom, Witness For The Prostitution, The Gay Team, You Only Come Once, Hamm Stroker's Suck My Blood, Godfather Knows Best, Empty The Dragon, The Long Hot Johnson, Taco Lips Now, Jailhouse Notch and Bad News, Mr. Johnson.

Shout! Factory (in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) has made all the episodes that comprise SON OF THE BEACH: VOLUME 2 available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The episodes look pretty nice, but donít really stand out in any way; giving one the impression that the episode were taken directly from the series broadcast masters, without any type of re-tooling. Everything appears relatively solid and produces a decent level of detail; the episode only look slightly better than a cable re-broadcast. Colors are rendered at a fairly natural level of saturation. Black are pretty accurate, whites are clean and sitcom lighting renders the contrast somewhat flat. The picture is never drowning in digital compression artifacts.

All the episodes featured on SON OF THE BEACH: VOLUME 2 come with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel stereo surround soundtracks. This being a sitcom, the sound is very much front-loaded, but some sound does bleed into the rear channels. Dialogue is accurately rendered and remains totally understandable. No other language tracks have been included on the DVDs, nor have subtitles been provided.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as a few nice extra features. Series creators David Morgasen, Timothy Stack and James R. Stein provide running Audio Commentaries on the following eight episodes: It's A Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World, It's Showtime At The Apollo 13!, Saturday Night Queefer, In The Line Of Booty, The Gay Team, You Only Come Once, The Long Hot Johnson and Bad News, Mr. Johnson. Two Behind-The-Scenes programs are provided for Island Of Dr. Merlot and Grand Prix. Sexy Montage Highlights, Cast Auditions, Pilot Episode Table Read Highlights and Original Son Of The Beach Promos close out the extras.

I was a fan of SON OF THE BEACH and was highly disappointed when the FX Network tossed it overboard. Fortunately for fans, Shout! Factory has brought the remaining episodes to DVD. If you enjoyed SON OF THE BEACH, youíll want to pick up this collection. Recommended to fans.

 

SON OF THE BEACH: VOLUME 2 


Son of the Beach: Volume Two

 

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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