Dirty Jobs: Collection 1

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A well known saying tells us that even if its a dirty, someone has to do it. We all sometimes think our jobs are miserable, but what about the folks who have jobs no one envies? In Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, we’re taken on a tour de force of the world’s dirtiest, smelliest, and most disgusting jobs. Our host is Mike Rowe and in order to help us understand these less than desirable jobs, he takes one for the team. Whatever the job entails, Rowe has to step up to the plate and deliver. He doesn’t just go through the motions either, he has a great sense of humor and ensures we’re entertained and enlightened. In this two disc collection, we have a total of twenty-four different job adventures, which equals out to about nine episodes. The show usually has three jobs per episode, but this set includes a couple of special episodes.

This show is awesome, hands down. If you ever start to think you have a bad job, just pop in these discs and you’ll feel better about yourself in minutes. A great blend of entertainment and education, Dirty Jobs is able to give us humor, insight, and more, not many shows can achieve that. The humor side of the coin is thanks to host Mike Rowe, who really makes the most of his role and adds so much to the show. I find a lot of hosts either dull or annoying, but Rowe is able to bring enthusiasm, humor, and presence, he is the perfect host for this program. The segments included here are some of the show’s best, with a nice mixture of stink, danger, and basic grossness. Rowe chops chum, inspects sewers, heads to the coal mine, shears alpaca, and yes folks, he even works as a monkey ranch, in one of the show’s best episodes. I had a blast watching these episodes again and without question, Dirty Jobs: Collection 1 is given a high recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The episodes look good, as good if not better than when broadcast. I saw no compression issues or what not, so the image is clean and sharp. I found colors to be bright and natural, while contrast is stark and never wavers. The image is sharp, so detail is more than solid, but don’t expect too much. If you’ve watched the show before, then you know about what to expect.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack here is a basic one, so the shows sound like they would when broadcast. Some scenes have more potential, but are restrained here, given the limits of the soundtrack. Even so, they don’t need power or presence within this kind of material. The rest of the footage is basically real life as it happens, which means subtle, natural sound. The dialogue is a touch soft at times, but that is due to the live nature of the show, not flaws with the soundtrack. The taped interviews also sound fine, no problems in the least. So while unremarkable, the episodes sound as good as possible.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes no bonus materials.

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