Cast: Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith, Noureen DeWulf
Release Date: Available on Blu-Ray & DVD April 15, 2014
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Charlie is a former baseball player. In his final game, he gave himself a career-ending injury when he tried to snap a bat over his leg in anger. He becomes an anger management therapist and runs a successful private practice. His life is complicated by an ex-wife and a teenage daughter who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
First off I’d like to start by saying that I’m a huge fan of this series and have been watching it since day one. While some may be hesitant or questionable on it, if you give it a shot it’s actually quite a hilarious series filled with a number of strong cast members. Fans of the series will definitely want to pick up a copy of Volume Three to add to their collection. Not only does it include 24 hilarious episodes that can easily keep fans laughing time and time again, it also includes some pretty major moments for the show and the series does an impressively capable job of properly handling those changes while also bringing in some new continuing elements that are a lot of fun.
While some may not be aware, Volume Three contains the set of episodes that involve some huge changes in the series. These changes include crucial characters being written out due to issues behind the scenes such as Selma Blair who portrays Kate, who some may recall was removed from the show after some issues between Charlie Sheen and herself. Following that casting change, a new female character named Jordan is introduced to partner with Charlie on his sex study and of course add a degree of that sexual edge. One more huge change in the show is that we start seeing a lot less of the character Michael, and start seeing a lot more of Sean who moves into the house next door. Being a big fan of Brian Austin Green for a number of years now, I was quite thrilled to see him added to the cast as a regular and I really think the way him and Sheen work off of each other is phenomenal and really contributes to the show in a very positive way. Most surprising of all is the fact that I don’t think any of these huge changes hurt the show in any way and I continue to find myself loving it to this day and still tuning in every week with enthusiasm.
The video on the Blu-Ray release of ‘Anger Management: Volume Three’ is a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all 24 included episodes. The video presentation looks pretty fantastic on all of the episodes and is certainly a huge improvement over the initial high definition broadcast, which wasn’t half bad itself. All of the fast moving sequences maintain their clarity and everything looks pretty sharp, clear and great as a whole, right down to the edges of each frame.
The Blu-Ray release features an uncompressed English 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 24 Volume Three episodes. The lossless multichannel soundtrack is a huge improvement over the original lossy 5.1 broadcast audio. The show’s theme song, along with all of the dialogue and background elements are all noticeably clearer and sharper, the show certainly never sounded this clear and discrete on television and I think fans will be quite pleased to have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite episodes in this manner time and time again as I know I most certainly will.
The one area lacking on the Blu-Ray release of ‘Anger Management: Volume Three’ is the bonus content. The only extra included on the release is a Gag Reel, though fortunately the 24 hilarious episodes included on the set should keep fans quite busy for a good while nonetheless.
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Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Anger Management: Volume Three’ arrives on Blu-Ray & DVD April 15, 2014 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment & FX.