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4.0 out of 5 stars Redneck Rampage: Another Formula Show About Wacky Eccentrics Gets An ACTUAL DVD Release, October 30, 2012
This review is from: Duck Dynasty: Season 1 (DVD)
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.
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2013 3:41:46 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 3, 2014 5:47:23 PM PST
Brian says:
There's not enough entertainment that promotes family values while being funny.
We should support those that do.
Have you seen Assisted Fishing?
It's both heart warming and hilarious - and family friendly...
Funniest movie I saw last year.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 8:54:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2014 9:04:29 PM PST
T. BOND says:
You said a person will either love it or hate it, but I'm not sure that's on target. I think it's an acquired taste. When you watch an older movie like Citizen Kane or It's a Wonderful Life you'll notice the characters have layers and dimension. Modern TV is too preachy to have layers. The special effects replace acting and the music and PC story lines tell you how to feel. And nowadays network TV just has too much sadism, violence and soft porn. It's not safe for children anymore, and not that interesting for adults. And for my taste all the gay shows just get tiring after awhile.

So when I first tried Duck Dynasty it was a good alternative to the Hollywood stuff but it seemed a little flat. Folksy maybe. Rednecks in beards showing up with hot wives at the beginning of the show. A clash of culture maybe. That was all I saw at first. I think I had become unconsciously acclimated to where I needed a hot actress and a car crash to believe I had been entertained. I watched a few shows, quit, and then after the Phil Robertson GQ kurfluffell I came back to watch a few more.

I came to see there's more to this. Yes some of the wisdom is a little folksy, but they're right and the way they deliver it has layers. The simple episode where they dare to confront the plague of video-gaming with their kids had the right feel. Talk about selling hope to parents. This not a show like "Community" where they're trying to reinvent some apologetic neutered kind of gender role for men. These guys are comfortable in their skin. It took me a couple of shows to stop seeing the wives as "hot" and hear what Phil tells the grandkids about looking past whether she's "ugly or not" and finding a woman who's good on the inside (and willing to cook you a little squirrel). When you see this you start to understand why Hollywood could only turn Green Acres into a parody. There are certain things people in Los Angeles/Hollywood just aren't going to understand.

Some of the things I get out of Duck Dynasty are things that you might also find in Tyler Perry's shows featuring black families, but you never seem to find them in Hollywood products: that elusive ancient sense of family ties. If you watch a few episodes of DD you'll start to sense it. You start to pick up the undercurrents. It's been a long, long time since I've seen anything out of Hollywood that was able to reproduce that. Maybe never. You can see them trying in shows like "Suburgatory" but it falls flat. There's something elusive in the Duck Dynasty stories that Hollywood folks can't taste and can't see.

It's an acquired taste and it took me a while to get it, but it's something that I found to be worth the wait.
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