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Dirty Jobs: Collection 1

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If you think your job is tough, try wading through sewage, concocting a new dish from restaurant food scraps or cleaning up after thousands of New York City's pigeons! These are the kinds of dirty, smelly, disgusting jobs that host Mike Rowe tackles for your entertainment and enlightenment as he bravely joins the ranks of the unsung American laborers who make their livings in the most unthinkable ways. Experience 21 of Rowe's dirtiest, funniest and most adventurous jobs in these nine complete episodes. Plus, enjoy memorable series highlights, behind-the-scenes footage and bloopers in the "100th Dirty Job Special." Sewer Inspector: Mike Rowe braves San Francisco's sewers, teeming with millions of cockroaches, giant rats and human waste. Pig Farmer: Mike steps into the shoes of an Iowa pig farmer who must feed and clean up after hundreds of dirty pigs. But that's not all - he also has to artificially inseminate one!

Ostrich Farmer: Join Mike as he rolls up his sleeves on a Hawaiian coffee bean plantation, then learns how to nurse an injured sea lion pup back to health.

Casino Food Recycler: Ever wonder who cleans up after the hundreds of birds in the world-famous Lance Burton Magic Show? Today Mike does! Fuel Tank Cleaner: Mike's up to his elbows in chocolate, cleaning out the hot, sticky, gummed-up machines that churn out such pristine rows of candy.

Coal Miner: Mike is pushed to exhaustion as he helps a group of New Jersey salvage experts tear apart a dormitory at an abandoned college. Mike is shocked at how many antique items are salvaged and sold for big bucks.

Alpaca Shearer: Next time you're eating mussels, don't think about Mike and the crew harvesting these slimy, muddy creatures. Monkey Caretaker: Mike meets his match when he travels to South Africa to train tame monkeys how to survive in the wild. Dirty Jobs That Bite: Mike gets dirty with the men and women who risk their lives working with the deadly great white shark. 100th Dirty Job Special:Mike takes a look back at the 99 previous dirty jobs he's tackled and shares never-before-seen footage and bloopers.


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  • Actors: Mike Rowe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 494 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6LS6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Dirty Jobs" is perhaps the most entertaining show currently on television. Every week affable host Mike Rowe does a couple of utterly revolting jobs that make civilization possible, yet are mortifyingly unpleasant. "Collection 1" features some of the very best episodes from the series, and will make almost everyone grateful that they do what they do for a living.

While all the episodes are great, there are a few that are absolutely extraordinary.

"Monkey Caretaker" is one of the most famous episodes. It turns out that monkeys can be extremely difficult to deal with, and so can the caretaker. In the end several injuries ensue, including an especially nasty bite to the sound man's leg.

"Ostrich Rancher" is extraordinary, if for no other reason than seeing Mike trying to put a sock over an angry ostrich's head.

"Alpaca Shearer" is one of my favorite episodes. It is actually one of the cleaner jobs (if you can deal with the high-velocity alpaca spit), but the conclusion is one of the most priceless pieces of television genius I have ever seen. (I'm not going to spoil it for you!)

"Shark Patroller" is from the special "Jobs That Bite." While that episode is actually one of my least favorites overall, the concept of jumping in the ocean with a bunch of freshly-chummed sharks to test a new shark repellant is amazing. I wasn't wild about the shark autopsy: I had to dissect a shark in an upper level biology lab in college, and this brought back several unpleasant memories for me. It's also really the only thing I would say was not suitable for small children on the disc.

"Fuel Tank Cleaner" gives any viewer a new-found respect both for aircraft mechanics and the real meaning of claustrophobia.
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Like everyone else, I love Mike Rowe and his Dirty Jobs series and was very bummed the series ended. Now I don't have access to Dirty Jobs on TV or streaming, so I wanted to try to pick up the complete series on DVD. This task is harder than it sounds for the following reasons:

(1) A "collection" is different from a "season". There were presumably about 160 episodes made (according to IMDb and Wikipedia), but each "collection" is only about 10 episodes. So buying all 8 collections will get you only about half the total episodes made.

(2) There is lots of confusion amongst amazon, discovery, Wikipedia, and IMDb about which episodes actually constitute a season. And again, a collection is not the same thing as a season. However, the collections available for purchase on discovery are indeed identical to those on amazon (but they're cheaper on amazon by about one-third).

(3) For some reason, seven out of eight collections on amazon are titled by number (1,2,3, etc.) except for collection 5, which is titled by its spelled-out number instead ("five"). I have no idea what that's all about. Additionally, collection five is the only collection not currently available for purchase on discovery.

So, folks like me who just want to purchase all the episodes on DVD seem to be SOL. I could watch some episodes for free on Amazon Prime and buy more episodes, but neither of my internet-enabled video devices is supported by Amazon Prime. And who knows how long free episodes will be free, whether they might be removed, or whether they'd disappear altogether once our beloved "cloud" concept finally collapses under its own weight.
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Thank goodness there are people willing to do (and even enjoy) these jobs. Our society would descend into chaos without them. The host is outstanding. Mike Rowe clearly respects these workers, but he also is great at deadpan humor. Thoroughly entertaining and informative. This collection is certainly a better value than buying individual episodse on DVD, though I wish Dirty Jobs was available on iTunes like Mythbusters. I certainly hope that these Discovery Channel collections will eventually include all episodes. It's hard to be sure because they do not follow the standard seasonal organization of most other TV DVDs.
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By Lori on October 31, 2007
I've been fascinated with "Dirty Jobs" since the show came out on the Discovery Channel. Host, Mike Rowe's willingness to go spend a day doing the jobs of people we take for granted (charcoal makers, sewer inspectors, hot tar roofers and just all kinds of unheard of and thoughtless jobs that keep American's enjoying life) has absolutely both intrigued me and astonished me that there are so, so many -- well -- dirty jobs out there! Add in Mike's sense of humor, and you have a show you just have to watch.

I was and am thrilled to have this collection, and I do hope that it's just the first of many.

Thanks Mike. And, thanks to all of you who make our lives a little bit easier.
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This is a great collection of some of the Dirty Jobs programs as viewed on Discovery Channel. Gives an insight into some of the worst jobs that some of us do for a living. Expertly hosted by Mike Rowe who is not afraid to get stuck in, and trys his hand at a wide range of dirty jobs which most of us would avoid at all costs. Mike throws in a bit of humour which makes the programs even more interesting. At times we are thankful there is not 'smell-a-vision'!.
Can't wait for collection 2 to come out on DVD.
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