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The Best of Trading Spaces (2002)

Paige Davis , Frank Bielec  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paige Davis, Frank Bielec, Faber Dewar, Hildi Santo Tomas, Alex McLeod
  • Producers: Aimee Kramer, Alyssa Kaufman, Amy Van Vessem, Denise Cramsey, Jan Dickler
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089763
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Trading Spaces" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Features "best moments" from seasons 2 and 3
  • Never-before-seen footage
  • Exclusive interviews
  • Fun bloopers
  • "How to" design tips

Editorial Reviews

This phenomenally popular reality TV series that put the Learning Channel on the map obviously hopes to further build its fan base with this nearly two-hour collection of memorable moments, behind-the-scenes segments, and crew profiles. The premise: Two sets of neighbors have 48 hours to redo a room in each other's home. At their disposal are a designer, a carpenter, and a $1,000 budget. Most entertaining are the "reveals," presented in too-brief "Love it" and "Hate it" segments. These are all subjective, of course. One couple loved their new safari-inspired bedroom. I thought it made Graceland look like Monticello. Those new to the series might want to get a few episodes under their (tool) belt to really appreciate this. Fans of the series will make it a valuable addition to their DVD library. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

THE BEST OF THE BEST. Take the coolest show on daytime TV, select the best moments plus never-before-seen outrageous footage, and you have The Best of Trading Spaces. This unique DVD captures the fun, creative side of the crew and homeowners and places them in an interactive format. Meet each crew member in specially edited vignettes. Witness extreme reveals (when the homeowners see their redesigned rooms for the first time) complete with awkward moments of truth. And go behind the scenes for never-before-seen bloopers and outtakes. It's the best of the best! DO UNTO YOUR NEIGHBORS... In this one-of-a-kind decorating show, two sets of neighbors swap keys to transform one room in each other's home. They have two days, a set budget, and they're not allowed back into their own homes until the moment of truth. This is the "how-to" with a neighborly twist.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Best of Trading Spaces... March 21, 2003
By A Customer
Okay, I've seen just about every episode, so I guess it goes without saying that I like this series. But I was ready to be disappointed with the dvd, I mean, just "best of" clips? ...
But it is really well done! I laughed so much, they did an excellent job. The editing is great, the individual 'bios' of the cast are great, I admit I love the 'hated it' reactions ;) , well, it's all just great...
I recommend this dvd, even for those only luke-warm on the series (gets right to the good parts and no commercials!).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the feature? May 6, 2003
It's a menu of extras, fine in and of itself, but lacking in the meat of the show. I paid twenty bucks to see something different and I feel let down. I would like to see actual interviews with the designers and carpenters. I would like to know more about the departure of Alex (and Des). I want to know how to put together some of the more beautiful armoirs and shelves that Ty and Amy Wynn built. I want to see shopping lists so when I try to recreate some of the rooms in my own home, I know what to get at the store and which store to look through.
I don't get any of that on this DVD. Even the reveal montages are available on the other Trading Spaces DVDs. Save your bucks unless you're a completist.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! Don't waste your money. April 10, 2003
By A Customer
What a let down! This DVD is a major disappointment if you are a Trading Spaces fan. They showcased the worst of the room re-dos, and barely highlighted some of the best work, especially that of Laurie and Vern. Very few of their rooms were showcased. Anyone watching this DVD would most likely never want to participate in the show, much less spend their time watching an hour of it on television. Short segments with little entertainment value. Even the bloopers were horribly boring. I wish I could get my money back. For a better investment, buy the book. Unlike the DVD, it's worth every penny.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It December 31, 2003
By A Customer
I'll admit I didn't read closely enough. We live overseas on a military base and I thought I could have a few hours with one of my favorite shows, but it wasn't to be with this DVD. I expected an episode -- shoot, I expected 3 or 4 episodes -- you know, the BEST of Trading Spaces. When I realized what I had, I revised my expectations but I'm not sure they could ever be low enough to be satisfied by this collection of short blips from the series.
You may enjoy the bios of the cast. I wanted episodes. It's not truly fair to judge a product based on what you want rather than on what it IS. So I'll say this, there are precious few "reveals" that would be of interest to the average viewer. The "hated it" reveals are the great ones from the series, but you have seen them before. Some extra footage on the reveals would have been very tantalizing. The "loved it" reveals are good -- I'd like to see the rooms more up close and personal. The bloopers are goofy. These aren't funny bloopers.
This is just an attempt to gain a bit more profit from an unsuspecting built-in fan base. With this product, I feel underappreciated as a fan, however, just knowing what you're getting going in can make all the difference. I hope they come out with something much more substantial to offer their following.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extras without a main feature April 21, 2003
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This DVD plays like the "special features" portion of any DVD-- there just isn't any main feature to go with it. The 121 minutes playing time is the result of adding the umpteen little clip-shows together, plus, I would guess, the running time of the menu.
The clip selections are not bad, but they are certainly brief. Each current cast member gets a short featurette, and those do aa good job of capturing the flavor of that individual. And even though they include a "history of..." feature, Alex is completely ignored (Des, too, but I can almost understand that...)
So if you sit down with this, you'll work the remote a lot and be done in a couple of hours. Mixed feelings here-- if someone gave it to you as aa gift, you'd probably be delighted and enjoy it. But if you shell out your own money for it, you may end up feeling a bit cheated...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! April 20, 2003
By A Customer
This DVD was such a disappointment. There wasn't that much "never-before-seen footage", and the bloopers were very disappointing. The Meet the Crew section was just outtakes from the show. And some sections were just text. We didn't even finish watching all the parts because it was so boring. If you watch the show a lot then this DVD doesn't show you anything you haven't already seen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the Show! April 23, 2003
By A Customer
I don't have cable, so I can't watch this show on a regular basis. I'd seen it a few times at other people's houses, and found it really interesting, but in conversations I couldn't remember which designer was which or keep up with references to particular rooms or episodes. This DVD was great as an introduction to the show. It doesn't show you full episodes, so if you're looking for specific moments, you probably won't find it here. However, the profiles of the designers and carpenters and the showcase of the homeowners was worth the price of admission. I now know which designers are funny, which ones don't seem to care if you don't want your fireplace painted, and who can be critical and sweet as pie at the same time. One of the perks of the show is the "reveals", where the homeowners check out their new digs. The disc contains both "Love It" and "Hated It" sections, with pretty extreme reactions on both sides of the fence. The Bloopers weren't really bloopers, mostly just goofiness and swearing that didn't make it into the show, but amusing to watch, nonetheless. It's obvious why Ty is such a big deal to fans of the show - he's a complete ham.
I really appreciated the bonus footage of some of the harder projects. On the downside, the disc wasn't very long, but I guess it whetted my appetite for more. I look forward to checking out the next Trading Spaces DVDs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I thought it was
I actually wanted full episodes but this DVD contains only parts and pieces of various episodes. I'll be more careful next time.
Published 16 months ago by Tia M
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Full Length Episodes!
For some reason, I was under the impression that this DVD had full length episodes of Trading Spaces, but it is really only snippets of different episodes. Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by J. Benbow
3.0 out of 5 stars A must see for anyone considering trading their space
I watched this DVD because I thought I'd learn something about decorating (can you tell I've seldom seen this TV series?). Read more
Published on March 21, 2007 by R. Laurent
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Designers
This DVD is almost as bad as the show has become. 99% of the designers should all be castigated for being selfish, self-centered emotional "artists" who DO NOT take into... Read more
Published on February 3, 2007 by F.Faulkner
2.0 out of 5 stars Super short footage!
This footage was sooo short and only showed highlights. The biggest disappointment was Ty Pennington was not shirtless in this DVD!
Published on July 6, 2005 by Jeannie P. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I don't have this DVD but I want it because I love remodeling shows such as Trading Spaces, Monster House, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and a lot more. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show Ever
I don't have this DVD, yet. I want it for my birthday. I think since Trading Spaces is such a great show, I think it will be a useful DVD. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have been a nice "bonus disc"
This disc has all the things you'd expect from a "special features" disc, but its missing the actual episodes. Read more
Published on January 7, 2004 by Steven W. Roark
5.0 out of 5 stars TrAdInG PLaCeS RuLeZ!!!
I love trading places and all those other decorating shows ( debbie travis, candice olsen, designer guys, decorating challenge, changing rooms, while you were out, etccc) I havent... Read more
Published on October 26, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST (OF WHAT)?
First of all, I have to agree with previous viewers that this DVD (in addition to the accompanying book) lacks in any effort to show the home improvement projects which their show... Read more
Published on June 23, 2003 by S. Calhoun
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