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Redneck Rampage: Another Formula Show About Wacky Eccentrics Gets An ACTUAL DVD Release
on October 31, 2012
This November, A&E's popular "Duck Dynasty" is getting an actual DVD release. While the show has been available to purchase for quite some time, it was previously being sold as a DVD-R on demand product. That means that it was pressed onto discs when you purchased it as opposed to it being packaged for sale at a store near you. Well, I guess they sold enough units to make it a viable DVD release because, for those that haven't experienced the show, it's coming out in a three disc set.
WARNING: BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHICH VERSION YOU ARE BUYING! They are both still for sale on this site and all of these reviews are lumped together under both. So read the description carefully if you want the new version with a Bonus disc of extra footage.
Other than the extra disc, the Season One release still retains the fifteen episodes of the show's premiere year for a total running time of approximately 5 1/2 hours. The DVD also has a Spanish subtitle option.
In short, "Duck Dynasty" is one of the new brand of reality programs that adheres to a pretty expected format. Shows that employ a similar formula can be found all over the cable airwaves on channels such as Lifetime, A&E, and even History. I mention this up front because, like many of its cousins, this is a show that you will absolutely love or violently despise. It introduces the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou clan that has built a sporting goods business empire called Duck Commander. They are living the dream as an unlikely success story. As you might anticipate, though, this family is populated by wacky eccentrics espousing down home wisdom. Are you laughing with the Robertsons or at the Robertsons? And does it really matter?
As with the other shows in this genre, many of the escapades seemed designed for TV (as opposed to being natural). Once again, though, I'm not sure that it matters. The hook is that you want to see this clan (that you might describe as hillbilly or redneck) thrive in humorous ways. Although everyone in the family is quite different, there is an underlying respect and love that makes this warmer and more affectionate than you might think possible. Either the show is for you or not. If you've never seen an episode, I might suggest catching one on TV where they rerun frequently or watching one on-demand here to see if it is to your liking. And if you love the show, nothing else matters. But remember, be careful which version of this product you are buying! KGHarris, 10/12.