Drunk History appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these single-sided, double-layered DVDs; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Given the restraints of SD-DVD, the shows looked fine.
This meant adequate sharpness, as the shows offered reasonable delineation. They never offered great clarity, but they delivered decent accuracy. No prominent signs of jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and I saw no issues with edge haloes or source flaws.
Colors varied dependent on the demands of the sketches, and the hues seemed acceptable. While the tones never stood out as impressive, they worked fine.
Blacks were suitably dark, and shadows became reasonably opaque. The shows brought us perfectly adequate visuals.
Not much about the series’ Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack impressed – and by “not much”, I mean “nothing”. The stereo audio showed reasonable breadth across the front channels, but the material failed to use the speakers in a lively manner.
Music demonstrated good stereo imaging and effects brought us decent spread, but the soundscape lacked a lot of pizzazz. Effects played a small role, so don’t expect much from the surrounds.
Audio quality was fine, with dialogue that appeared concise and natural. Music showed pretty good range, while effects became accurate enough, though they didn’t stand out with much dimensionality. The soundtrack appeared decent but unexceptional.
A mix of extras spread across the DVDs, and for Season One, we get two components. Drunk Outtakes: Chris Romano runs seven minutes, 12 seconds and gives us extra footage from S1’s fourth episode, “Boston”.
Unlike the “re-enacted” bits on the main show, here we just see Romano as he rambles drunkenly. It’s not interesting without the series’ context.
Also from the “Boston” episode, Sober Reveal: Jen Kirkman goes for 13 minutes, 26 seconds. It offers a form of commentary, as a sober Kirkman watches her segment and reflects on it alongside host Derek Waters.
Sort of. Kirkman tends to giggle a lot, so we don’t get a ton of info. It’s a good concept to see how the participants view their drunk selves, but this clip doesn’t really work.
For Season Two, Disc One comes with five bonus segments. These offer cut footage for each of the DVD’s episodes and span a total of one hour, three minutes, 23 seconds. Disc Two’s five sections go for a total of one hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds.
Across these, we get a mix of outtakes, deleted scenes, “sober reveals” and extended clips. That’s a lot of leftovers, and some can entertain. However, we find a lot of not-so-great material along the way, so it can turn into a chore to work through them.
Similar content appears on Season Three Disc Two, where we get 46 minutes, 23 seconds of bonus clips. Expect another mix of fun clips and not too interesting bits.
For Season Four, we get an Election Special. It goes for 21 minutes, 21 seconds and acts like a normal episode of Drunk History, but it covers US politics and ran on Election Day 2016. It provides some entertainment value.
S4 also brings 11 Extended and Deleted Scenes. These occupy a total of 22 minutes, 43 seconds. As usual, they vary in quality but they add some good clips.
No extras appear for Seasons Five or Six, though it should be noted that S5 included a Christmas special that simply shows up as a regular episode on S5 Disc One.
As comedy, Drunk History seems erratic. As education, the series works surprisingly well, so I approve of it overall. The DVDs offer decent picture and audio as well as a collection of bonus materials. When taken in small doses, the series entertains.