and The Union Pacific Refrigeration Train.
Extreme Trains: Season 1
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and The Union Pacific Refrigeration Train.
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We have a train crazed 5 year old who makes us watch them over and over on our DVR until the next new episode runs and he then fixates on that one... We like the host Matt - I describe him as an adorable train geek - and as a parent I dont find him annoying like some video narrator/hosts can be (after you have to listen to the same video 100 times with you child) and the sound bites my 5 year old are picking up from him are more funny than anything ("full speed and full throttle" is one...)
The series is a good blend of info on the featured train and tangents into related subjects (how do you clean out a steam engines boiler? where do old freezer car box cars go to die and be recycled?...) If this video set was out now we would immeadiatley have bought it for Christmas (and to free up the space on our DVR) or told our childs uncles and such to get it for him for a present!
I have to agree Matt is awesome...he is grown kid playing with real life trains....I learned so much about trains and the history about them that I can't wait til next season....Trains rule at our house! We are train hunters...no matter where trains are we will find them.
I have seen all of the shows to date and I can't wait to collect all of these on DVD . Well worth the wait .Coming is the Ringling Brothers Circus Train .Tonight is the Steam Train episode.
Also what about the blue CSX Passenger train that pulls through Atlanta ? It must have at least 17 coaches . Is it a passenger train or a moving university ? I don't know . It might be an idea for a future episode.
The camera work is well done, and captures the hard steel and movement of a train. Matt Bown is a great host who adds excitement and his love of trains with the audience, giving great descriptions of the technical aspects of railroading. You'll walk away from the show with a greater understanding of trains and a deeper love for them as well.
The extras are nice, as there are some scenes from nearly every episode that never aired. I would liked to have seen some audio commentary though.
In other words, these shows do their best to squeeze about 20-25 minutes of worthwhile content into a one hour show. The host is not a good narrator or storyteller, and the video gimmicks get old in a hurry.
The core information in each one is interesting to both railfans and casual viewers alike, but the script repeats nearly everything more than once in an effort to fill the time allotted, and the host often resorts to silly or stupid questions and weak humor to try to justify his existence. In one particular episode I wondered if the engineer and conductor were contemplating tossing him off the train to be rid of the annoyance.
If the producers had recognized these episodes don't need an hour, and that the host's style is more suited to a young children's show, they could have put out a much better product with 30 minute episodes and a host who knows how to talk to adults.
Given the price - $10.49 as of March 17, 2012 - go ahead and buy it if you're interested. As long as you can ignore the host's shortcomings and have a fast-forward on your DVD player you'll be able to enjoy the good parts. If I could find a way to edit them, I'd cut the episodes down to the enjoyable segments and actually watch them from time to time. Lacking that ability and/or the time to do it, I'm satsified enough having seen this on TV that I don't plan to buy this DVD set.
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