DVD Review: ‘Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three’ Continues Reality Phenomenon

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CHICAGO – When most people hear that I’m a TV critic, they usually make a snarky comment about the disaster of reality TV. While I agree that a vast majority of it is nearly unbearable, I don’t think it’s fair to lump the entire genre into one negative bundle. It’s not surprising that I love the critical darlings like “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Top Chef” but jaws drop when I try to defend MTV’s massive hit “Jersey Shore,” the third season of which was just released in an uncensored, 4-disc set.

HollywoodChicago.com DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

What I find interesting about “Jersey Shore” is probably not what interests most viewers — I’m fascinated by these boys and girls who are the first generation raised in a post-“Real World” society. Those initial reality stars had an innocence and lack of awareness about the new form that made them relatable and identifiable. The cast of “Jersey Shore” know exactly what it means to be a reality TV star and so they play up their personalities to become superstars. They have moments that feel surprisingly genuine but they also know how to turn it up to eleven when the cameras start rolling.

Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three was released on DVD on July 26th, 2011
Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three was released on DVD on July 26th, 2011
Photo credit: MTV/Paramount

The screaming, migraine-inducing residents of “Jersey Shore” are now uncensored meaning the endless bleeps have been replaced by endless f-bombs on DVD. This season features the return of the gang to Seaside, New Jersey, a new girl in Deena, and more relationship drama than usual (something the producers have said isn’t as big a part of the about-to-air season four on MTV). The formula by now is simple enough — booze, yelling, dramatic montages set to hit music, more booze, hooking up, passing out, etc. They’re not about to fix something that isn’t broken.

Special Features:
o Reunion Special
o After Hour Specials
o Extended Scenes
o Hook-Ups
o Confessionals

“Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Three” was released on DVD by MTV/Paramount on July 26th, 2011 and runs 572 minutes.

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