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American Chopper:S1

Paul Teutul Sr. , Paul Teutul Jr.    Unrated   DVD

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Let's just say Dr. Phil wouldn't last 10 minutes with the squabbling Teutels of Orange County Choppers in Rock Tavern, New York. American Choppers, the wildly entertaining reality series from cable's Discovery Channel, is a hybrid television show blending serious family dysfunction with gearhead razzmatazz and deadline tensions in a motor shop (as with that other Discovery series, Monster Garage, where nonconformist engineers work frantically to build unique vehicles). Choppers concerns generational feuding between two highly talented designers and builders of one-of-a-kind, sometimes beautiful choppers (no, no--don't call them motorcycles), a father-and-son team who happen to share the same name. Fiftysomething Paul Teutel Sr. is the walrus-mustachioed owner of OCC, a boulder of a man with a sharp tongue, ironic sense of humor (he's the first to laugh hysterically when he and his son, simultaneously backing out of OCC's icy driveway in a macho display of speed, collide their trucks) and passive-aggressive tendencies. Even to a casual viewer, Paul Jr., OCC's Chief Fabricator and Designer, is clearly the target of his dad's mid-life anxiety over creeping irrelevancy. But the younger Teutel has a nasty streak, too, especially a working knowledge of how to make his father feel isolated, marginalized, even unloved.

Most of the 13 episodes in this boxed set find Paul Jr. immersed in some kind of expensive project, building a spidery display chopper for a big trade show in New York City, a NASCAR-themed bike for a special event, or a Firebike to honor the fallen firefighters of 9/11. In each case, Paul Sr. hovers over his son's shoulder, observing skeptically, criticizing one or another detail, barking about the schedule. Junior fights back, attacking what he perceives as the old man's cluelessness, mocking his unwanted efforts to collaborate. It's ugly, but it's also compelling and somehow even fun--perhaps because both men are so transparent in their complementary issues. Not every episode is full of friction; there are lighter moments and times of emotional release and bonding. Late in the season, when Junior's brother Mikey gets involved in the family business, an added layer of sibling rivalry brings a whole new dimension to this unusual psychodrama. --Tom Keogh


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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the complete 1st season May 30 2005
By Rodney L. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As another reviewer pointed out, there are missing episodes & some footage. The episodes "Jet Bike" & "Biketober" are not included. If you want these, prepare to shell out more $$$ + s/h from discoverychannel. com to get them.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fast Forward Feature! May 30 2005
By Glenn Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought the first season DVD set and have been thoroughly enjoying the show. The final bikes look fantastic and really give you the urge to get a custom chopper of your own. When you watch the 9/11 Fire Fighters tribute bike being put together, and see how everyone gets so personally involved, you can't help but feel a bit moved by the unveiling.

Disc One:
Black Widow Bike
Black Widow Bike 2
Race Car
Race Car 2
Special features (commercial outakes, Paul Sr Interview, Photo Gallery)

Disc 2:
Fire Bike (my favourite)
Daytona Bike Week
Fire Bike 2
Old School Chopper
Old School Chopper 2
Comanche Bike

Disc 3:
Comanche Bike 2
Comanche Bike 3
Mikey's Bike
Mikey's Bike 2

Two minor gripes with the series.

The first is that all you really see of bike building is Paul Jr fabricating bits and pieces from sheet metal and bolting them to the bike. Don't get me wrong, the guy's vision is amazing, but they send out for most things including painting and custom framework. You get to see snapshots of an engine being lifted into the frame, or a wheel having the axle put through it, but if you are expecting pointers on how to really put a custom chopper together (installing engine, electricals, etc) then you will need to look elsewhere.

The other thing is the famous/infamous Paul Sr V's Paul Jr shouting matches that take up a good 1/4 of each episode. You have to real feel for the other guys in the shop as it must be embarrassing as hell. If you enjoy watching people screaming at each other in a dysfunctional fashion then you will enjoy it. For me when they start going at it I just hit fast forward on the remote, once the arms stop waving around I resume playback and enjoy see the bike taking shape.

All in all for a "reality show" it is a very enjoyable series and I will be buying Series 2 very soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice First Season to begin with April 20 2008
By edgar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well, the DVD is excellent to begin with the show. Although the season doesn't include the Pilot episodes (Jet Bike & Biketober) neither the Mickey special, it contains the first 13 episodes of Season One. It includes main menu, episode selection and special features. Unfortunately for people interesting in other languages, it does NOT include any subtitles(spanish,french,...), but it includes closed captions. Nice graphics, nice intros!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 9 2014
By Anthony Wiggington - Published on Amazon.com
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Action packed. Fun with the whole family. Love the drama between the father and the son. Really cool and out of this world bikes.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BUY Jan. 20 2014
By garrett parks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great show looking forward to collecting the next season i love this show amazing builds and amazing cast and drama

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