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'Half Pint Brawlers: Season 1'
(Various / DVD / NR / 2011 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: 'Half Pint Brawlers' chronicles the often-absurd yet astonishing and wild adventures of one of the most extraordinary performance groups in the country. These self-proclaimed hardcore little person wrestlers, led by their gregarious owner, Puppet "The Psycho Dwarf," entertain crowds in venues all across the U.S. with their unique brand of wrestling prowess.

DVD Verdict: OK, to get this straight from the start, YES, it is OK to call these guys "hardcore little person wrestlers" - because, as we hear throughout, they themselves kinda coined the phrase to go alongside what they do! Not ashamed or weighed down by public or media conceptions, these Half Pint Brawlers - led, and at times overly-controlled by by the flamboyant owner, Puppet "The Psycho Dwarf" - are a happy (for the most part bunch of merry men.

That said, it really isn't until the sixth episode of this inventive first season that we are introduced to these self-proclaimed hardcore midget wrestlers. And then come the names that make us second guess what their mothers must have been smoking when it came to naming their children: Puppet, Kato, Mad Mex, Bobby, Turtle and (every now and again) Teo!

Basically, 'Half Pint Wrestlers' is essentially a behind-the-scenes reality program that follows the wrestlers on the road, doing stunts and performing at everywhere from Kansas City to a maximum security prison! One of the best stunts they perform is one in which they perform a motorcycle jump over alligators ... I kid you not!

Thrown into the mix, for added plot depth, Puppet must deal with issues surrounding little person wrestling events while at the same time keeping his rambunctious wrestlers in line. But, as "The Brawlers" travel the underground wrestling circuit, you defintely get the feeling you've jaked a ride with them; hunkering down on their shoulders, viewing it all as if you were invisble to them and their at-times crazy-loud antics - which is very cool!

In closing, people have said that 'Half Pint Brawlers' is controversial and degrading to little people. Hmmmm, well, sure, there are moments where you wonder if they haven't aimed strictly for that nerve, but it is, after all, THEY that set up the jokes, the stunts, the innuendos! At times a cross between Jackass and a little people's WWE, 'Half Pint Brawlers' is low-brow TV that is as feel-good as it gets in their business.

I mean, come on now, how can you not fall in love with a TV show that gets away with hazing the rookie Turtle by putting a shock collar on him and shaving him by force?! It's one long Spirit Week after another! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.