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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Dare To Repair: Do-It-Herself Guide to Home Improvement
Dare To Repair: Do-It-Herself Guide to Home Improvement
Paramount // Unrated // December 14, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 8, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The staging of it is cheesy and rather amateurish, but this PBS program is extremely worthwhile viewing, and it's a great concept. The program stars Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, two women who were inspired by the repair stories that they were hearing from other women when they were going across the country. These days, home repair is getting more and more costly. Women are working, they aren't able to afford contractors for work or maybe they are unsure about letting people in their home. This program allows women to be more independent, teaching them about common household issues, such as power outages/overloaded circuits.

The performances by the two hosts are a bit corny - I was expecting one of them to abruptly shout, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" The stage set is also pretty sparse, aside from the necessary props. The problems that the duo look at are pretty common - cleaning out a stopped-up garbage disposal, turning off the water, keeping pipes from freezing, basic plumbing issues and washer balancing.

A lot of people may know the solutions to these fairly common problems (and maybe I'm totally wrong about that), but it's always nice to have a refresher course and a guide handy. The show may also be an especially helpful program for teenagers who need to know what to do if they're home alone and something happens with the water or power, for example. Tenet talks about a woman whose pipes froze and the water was overflowing out the windows and into the street, then icing over. It might also be a nice stocking stuffer for a new homeowner.


The DVD

VIDEO: Paramount presents "Do-It-Herself" in 1.33:1 full-frame. The picture quality is generally very good, with nice sharpness and detail. Although a couple of shots looked a tad softer, the picture offered largely consistent image quality, with no concerns. The picture showed some shimmering, but no pixelation or other faults. Colors remained bright and vivid, with no smearing.

SOUND: The stereo soundtrack remained crisp and clear.

EXTRAS: The program includes additional footage not seen in the PBS broadcast.

Final Thoughts: "Do-It-Herself" seems like a "Saturday Night Live" skit at times, but it's a very useful guide to common home repair that may save some folks a costly and unnecessary visit from the local repairman. Paramount's DVD doesn't (as expected) include a lot of supplements, but audio/video quality is as expected. Recommended.
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