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A good, solid entry in the series. Contains three main episodes plus some bonus segments.
on January 3, 2014
My young son has loved the 'Lights and Ladders' edition of the MM DVDs, and since he always loves to see the snow plows around town, we thought this would be a good addition.
Overall, that has been the case. The snow-clearing episode is good and informative, though a little more repetitious than it needs to be - some parts of the snow-removal process are heavily emphasized (that is, shown repeatedly without any real change) while others are rushed through a bit. Still a good and interesting one.
The second episode, about ski hills/resorts, is a good one as well. Pretty interesting to see all that goes into maintaining those slopes and half-pipes. Also some time spent on the lifts, including the enclosed cars and open-air seats. Some of the voiceovers get pretty silly in this one, but the imagery is good.
The third segment is about logging. Not my preferred choice for my son's entertainment, but the MM makers seem to do everything well.
One thing I really like about this is how obviously Canadian it is - all of the MM episodes we've seen so far are clearly Canadian in setting and in delivery, which means free of the excessive, pandering goofiness of most American kids' shows, and edited at a gentle, patient pace - so no five-cuts-per-second with blaring hyperactive music and constantly-tilting camera angles. They allow you to take in what you're seeing, and they focus your interest on what's actually happening, instead of doing cartwheels to try to make it entertaining for you. In other words, they assume you're interested in the topic, and they present the topic as though it is inherently interesting. This is one quality that I love about these videos. So, American parents - think of these more as classic PBS shows than the junk you see on commercial TV.