Explanation For Lower Rating:
Once upon a time, when you bought a TV show on DVD--it tended to be an entire season. People who bought complete seasons of some of History's reality hits were surprised by later offerings such as "Pawn Stars: Volume Three" and "American Pickers: Volume Two." Both of those shows had released Complete Seasons previously, but suddenly switched to these "Volumes." I know people that preordered sight unseen, or just weren't paying attention, felt a little shortchanged by these smaller portions as opposed to what they had assumed were full season DVD releases. Personally, I didn't agree with the decision--but, at least, the DVD packaging was very clear about what was included. Anyone who read the box knew what to expect--how many episodes and which ones, so it wasn't a blind investment!
Not so for A&E's "Storage Wars, Volume Two!" People who bought "Storage Wars Season One" should NOT expect a full Season Two set this time around. That's their choice, but what is unforgivable is that the packaging does not tell the consumer what they are buying. I am sitting here with the DVD in hand and nowhere does it say how many episodes are inside. Never mind that it doesn't list them (which in my opinion it should if it is not a Complete Season package)--it doesn't even tell you how many episodes you are getting. I suppose I'm supposed to look at the running time and do some estimated mathematics? I know this may seem trivial to some or that I'm overreacting, but I think the company owes potential buyers this information. My lower rating, therefore, reflects A&E Networks Distributing apparent disregard for its own fan base. I don't like to make purchases without knowing exactly what I'm paying for!
I, however, will tell you what is inside. The 2 DVD set has fourteen episodes, the first of Season Two. Really, how hard would it have been to include the fact that there were fourteen episodes on the DVD box? FOR THE RECORD: I DON'T MIND VOLUME SET DVDs FOR A LOWER PRICE, I MIND HAVING NO IDEA AS A SHOPPER WHAT THAT SET INCLUDES (EVEN WHEN LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE DVD).
Episodes: (1) Hang Em High Desert, (2) Buyers on the Storm, (3) Pay the Lady, (4) Santa Ana Street Fight, (5) Unclaimed Baggage, (6) Enemy of the Enemy, (7) Fire in the Hole, (8) San Burrito, (9) Tanks for the Memories, (10) Land of the Loss, (11) Almost the Greatest Show on Earth, (12) Bowling for Dollars, (13) Get Him To The Mayan, and (14) FU Dog Day Afternoon.
I will be brief in my actual review since I already went on a tirade. A&E's reality hit "Storage Wars" has the irresistible allure of a modern day treasure hunt. It is dumpster diving for the age of economic default. As with most reality programming, there is a bit of contrivance to the set-up. A crew of easily definable characters is established that will be your guides. These entrepreneurs go to auctions to purchase unclaimed and unpaid storage facilities. With only a few minutes to peruse the contents of a unit from afar (they aren't allowed into a space or to touch anything), they must decide whether or not to bid on the property. Using savvy or instinct, it's pay and play for our heroes--who sometimes score big rewards or major disappointment. While, to my mind, the concept alone doesn't necessarily scream entertainment--there is no denying the fascination in this culture of uncovering something for nothing. Of course, the idea is to claim a space for the lowest price possible, but bidders oftentimes drive the auction up on one another simply to deplete their cash supply. Every transaction is done with folding money only, so any apparent treasures tend to go to the party with the largest stack. It's a terrifically fun and entertaining show as long as you don't think too much about the sad underbelly of what is actually happening and why there is so much unclaimed merchandise! KGHarris 1/12.