For those who long for the heyday of the show, we bring you this review from justpushplay.net
The saga of Dog the Bounty Hunter is nothing if not interesting. Unlike arguably the vast majority of camera-ready, shrink-wrapped reality television personalities, Dog’s life actually has a fair amount of unscripted drama to it, and it’s really not a bad idea to have cameras following him 24 hours a day (provided he’s willing, which he always seems to be). Unfortunately, a lot of that drama seems to track him down precisely because he’s a reality television star, and the show that made his name so famous already has a well-established format that struggles to keep up with the capricious nature of his celebrity. While it’s nice to have so much of the series collected here to remind us why he’s famous in the first place, it feels like an incomplete portrait of a man we all know to be considerably more multi-faceted and volatile than this show is able to portray him as.
Duane “Dog” Chapman is a bounty hunter with Da Kine bail bonds in Honolulu, Hawaii. For any one who might be unfamiliar with the nature of the business, he (along with common law wife and business partner Beth) provides a loan at interest for those wishing to post bail, then either collects or chases them down if they try to run before trial. Since this would be a pretty lousy show (and industry) if people never ran, you can count on them running a lot. When this does happen, ‘Dog’ gathers up his team to go catch them, his team consisting entirely of his himself and his sons Leland Chapman and Duane Lee Chapman, II and his daughter “Baby” Lyssa Chapman-Galanti. Throughout it all, ‘Dog’ is portrayed as a reformed sinner motivated by his profound relationship with God, prefacing his hunts with group prayer and frequently looking to send his charges back on the straight and narrow.
The run (still ongoing) of Dog The Bounty Hunter has been largely marked by two off-camera events: Dog’s arrest by Mexican authorities for unlawfully detaining convicted serial rapist Andrew Luster, and the release of a taped conversation between Dog and his son Tucker in which he repeatedly used racial epithets to describe his son’s African-American girlfriend. One of these events is covered at length by a documentary featured in this set, and the other, unsurprisingly, is not. But to go back and watch Dog from the beginning, it’s hard to place him as the same man who said all those terrible things; for all the leads’s pontificating about how they’re not a normal family, they never do anything all that repellant, tasteless, or offensive. Sure, the juxtaposition of the family prayer circle and pursuits after fugitives is amusing, but it’s more innocuous than edgy
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