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With these monster machines, size really does matter! You're in for some BIG surprises as host Matt Rogers takes you around the country and around the globe in search of colossal contraptions that really get the job done. Each gargantuan episode features a close-up look at several of these mechanized heavyweights and the people who make them work. Including the world's biggest dump truck, an entire football field that moves and huge mining gear that blasts holes deep underground, these massive machines will blow your mind.

Episodes:

Paper Maker

Matt introduces us to the mammoth Concrete Mat Sinking Unit that lines the bed of the Mississippi River to help to stop erosion, and then he's off to Sweden to an enormous copper mine to witness the earth-shaking Rammer Hammer break down huge pieces of ore.

Wind Mill Factory: When it's game time at the Arizona Cardinals' stadium, the 12-million-pound football field is rolled on a gigantic tray from outside to inside the arena. And in Alberta Canada Matt goes for a ride in the world's biggest dump truck, weighing more than a million pounds and with tires over 14 feet tall!

Largest Telescope: Living a childhood dream, Matt takes a test flight on NASA's hulking Vertical Motion Simulator in Silicon Valley, California, simulating the flight of the Space Shuttle. Then, deep underground in a mine near the Arctic Circle, Matt lends a hand in drilling explosive blast holes using the powerful Blast Hole Drill.

Giant Tree Spade: In a small North Carolina town, a family-owned business performs a really big job - retreading the giant tires from enormous machines all over the world. Then Matt travels to Washington state where he visits the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure and the largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States.

Swing Bridge: In Erie, Pennsylvania, Matt joins the crew building the latest technological marvel in transportation - the huge Evolution Locomotive, the cleanest diesel-powered train ever built. Then Matt goes aboard the massive Dredge Jadwin to see how the Army Corps of Engineers keeps the Mississippi River clear for boat traffic.

Really, Really Big Show: Matt joins the crew of the "Spirit of America" Goodyear Blimp in Carson, California where he helps to get this jumbo airship aloft. Then he travels to Bakersfield, California, where a truly monstrous machine can found working at one of the smelliest and dirtiest jobs - compacting 2000 tons of garbage a day. And finally, it's back into the air with the high-flying acrobats and performers of the spectacular Las Vegas stage show KA.


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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 251 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6LS2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Unger on July 25, 2007
I have been a huge fan of Matt Rogers ever since he was a contestant on season 3 of "American Idol". I think he has such a great personality. He's funny, quick witted, not full of himself, a real down to earth likable kind of guy. So when I read that he would be hosting a show called "Really Big Things" on Discovery Channel, I made a point to tune in. And, let me say, I love it. This show is really informative without ever being boring. Matt is the perfect host for this kind of program. His sense of humor and willingness to learn and participate keeps the show light and fun yet it is still educational and entertaining. I watch it every week and am very glad it was renewed for a second season. I cannot wait until September 4th to get the first season on DVD. Thanks Discovery for bringing us Matt Rogers & Really Big Things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian E. Hall on October 28, 2007
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A very interesting collection of programs which give you an insight to how some of the world's largest machines operate. Expertly presented by Matt Rogers who makes it both interesting and amusing.
Recommended to all those who like to know how big things work.
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By Ron Gibson on June 16, 2015
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An entertaining show with a non-traditional host. Matt has a good comedic take to hosting. Not everyone enjoys these types of shows learning about equipment, big tools, how things work, etc - but Matt's energy and humor makes it interesting for people that might be bored with the typical educational show.
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