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Ice Road Truckers: Season 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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It s one of the most perilous roads in the world, a strip of ice built on frozen lakes that connects remote billion-dollar mining outposts in northern Canada with civilization 350 miles away. In the brief two months a year that the road is passable, ten thousand loads, some weighing as much as twenty-two tons, will travel over the highway in an urgent race to provide critical supplies to the camps before the ice melts.

ICE ROAD TRUCKERS follows the competition and camaraderie of six truckers over a season on the ice road, as they brave white-outs, thin ice, and the deadly cold to perform one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. From the construction of this massive frozen highway and the preparation of the truck fleet, to the risky final days when the melting highway grows dangerously unreliable, THE HISTORY CHANNEL takes viewers on a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping ride.

DVD Features: Ice Road Truckers episode of Dangerous Missions; 5 Featurettes: Meet the Truckers , Overcoming the Challenges , Perils of the Ice Road , Behind-The-Scenes , The Countdown

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Wages of Fear has nothing on Ice Road Truckers. Transporting unstable nitroglycerine is Driving Miss Daisy compared to the sanity and death-defying challenges facing these drivers who face great rewards but even greater dangers. Where these guys are going, there are no roads, except for about two months when the lakes freeze solid enough to allow the transport of literally tons of essential supplies to Canada's remote diamond mines as far as 350 miles away near the Arctic Circle. The goal is to deliver 10,000 loads in 60 days. The truckers call it the "dash for the cash." Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Ice Road Truckers is one of the most harrowing of the "dirty jobs" sub-genre of reality TV. This History Channel series mines a little extra drama by playing up the competition between the drivers to see who can make the most runs. The series' most compelling personality is Hugh, a 21-season veteran known as "the Polar Bear," who suffers what another driver calls "a bad luck year." Hugh is the kind of guy who will blow poisonous methyl hydrate into his own suspect transmission. Among those trucking for him are Alex, the 25-year "marathon man" with 11 kids), 21-year-old TJ, and Drew, a 35-year-old "newbie." But the conditions under which these "titans of the ice" operate is all the drama this series needs. Suffice to say, there are up to 800 drivers when the season begins. By the spring thaw, there are only about 125 remaining. Consider: Truck breakdowns and equipment failures can leave truckers stranded in the middle of nowhere in 40-below temperatures. Blinding snowstorms can reduce visibility to zero. Speeding can cause waves that blow out the ice. A shout-out to the camera crew who faced these dangers with the truckers and captured nerve-wracking footage of the trucks making their treacherous way over heaving, cracking ice, and behemoth 18-wheel rigs plummeting through the broken ice to the lake's bottom. --Donald Liebenson


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  • Actors: Ice Road Truckers
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UP8822
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ice Road Truckers: Season 1" on IMDb

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For me, the greatest thing in science fiction is the positive portrayal of working class folks. Here they are in real life, in a very well-done series.

The truckers are really good guys, and their forays onto the ice roads are true adventures. The videographers share the danger, and the ups and downs of the 2-months when the lakes are frozen and the trucks try to get everything to the Canadian diamond mines before the ice melts again.

I think it's a nice touch that they put the most unassuming character on the cover!
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I really got into this show. I wanted to know how everyone turned out, and that they all were safe in the end. One thing that really bugs me, is the bleeping of the swear words. Just like Ramsey's Kitchen shows. This is the man and this is how he talks. These are plain, rough, hard working guys and this is how they talk to each other and probably around their homes, unless the "little Woman" puts a clamp on them. Let it go, or at least on the dvd's an uncut/ uncensored version should be offered. Just like Rap music, they would probably find the uncut/uncensored would sell tons more that the annoyingly bleeped version. If it is bleeped, I won't be buying it. sorry folks. Some of the guys say they are being reconized down here in the lower 48, but this show hasn't been shown yet in Canada, so they are not reconized yet in their own stomping grounds. A way better live show than bogus Survivor... This is Really for Real. A+++
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Ice Road Truckers is a daring delight. I watched this show with my son, who is also a trucker. Much to our surprise, this show was absolutely spell bounding.
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2/29/2008

This is one of the better little jewels to come along in a while. I liken it to the Deadliest Catch series, not in terms of danger and risk (nothing can top DC for that), but because it is one of those small little-known niche jobs that relatively few know about, has been going on for decades, and to a newcomer like this reviewer, is just jaw-dropping.

For a time there was a forum on the IRT website for fans to discuss this show. I was able to read it for roughly one week before history.com pulled it. It was surprising to see several individuals, each claiming they worked the Ice Roads or lived in the vicinity, venting their anger over this show. They complained about the "hyping" done by the show in order to garner viewers, making the truckers out to be something they are not, and leaving out some key individuals and companies who made Ice Roads a reality. None of their arguments seemed plausible to me. Nevertheless, it did raise a question about the season I had just watched.

As someone who has never driven BUT HAS rode in a semi while pulling a load, if anyone challenged me with the chance to earn some good bucks for two month's worth of hauling loads, BUT, "there's one thing: You will be hauling 25 to 50 ton loads across ice covered lakes, with sub-zero conditions.", I would tell them they were insane.

That is the real point, and that's what makes this an awesome series. If there was any hype or leaving something out, it was never peceivable to this reviewer. In fact, when you actually "see" a tanker truck sitting there, with its rear wheels sunk three feet into the ice, any arguments made about hype is made null and void.
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I actually purchased this DVD after viewing a couple of episodes of the second season. The first season was entertaining and gave an accurate portrayal of life in the artic circle. I can see this series only running for maybe two or three seasons before it is discontinued though due to the repeatative theme of the show (hauling loads of cargo across the ice). If I could offer one suggestion, that would be for an uncensored version of the DVD without the profanity bleeps.
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I bought this for my husband as a Christmas gift because he loves this kind of thing (and I don't) but I actually got drawn in and thought it was really good.
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I remember when this show first aired and I thought it was awesome. I've been a truck driver for 14yrs this July and there's no way I could do that. I have a lot of respect for all those drivers and their families. Be safe my brothers and sisters of the IRT family.
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I don't typically watch live television (TIVO) but I happened to catch one episode of Ice Road Truckers to see what the hype was all about and fell flat out in LOVE with these men. I really like big trucks anyway and am debating getting a CDL so I found it extremely interesting to see some of what goes on in the frozen world of cargo hauling. This is a must see for everyone. I also sell cable and tell many of my customers to watch this show and have had call backs from them raving....once again LOVE this show. I am ordering this first season now for my parents, if they can watch NASCAR I am sure they will enjoy this more than I did.
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