In this world of pampered celebrities, where the exploits of Lindsay, Brittany and Paris point up the foibles of the spoiled elite, it's nice to have a show that celebrates workaday men and women, especially the types that have jobs that most of us prefer not to even think about. Dirty Jobs has carved a unique niche for itself on the Discovery Channel with its explorations of, well, dirty jobs like pig farmer, septic tank technician and even coffee grower. Aided immeasurably by host Mike Rowe's self-deprecating and quick-witted nature, the show is enjoyable, if formulaic (you just know Mike will have an encounter with "poo" or "crap," as he calls it, somewhere along the way). One is tempted to call Rowe's hosting style a breath of fresh air, but considering his surroundings on this show, that may not be an apt metaphor.
This compilation pulls together several complete episodes, which, after the premiere, which dealt with a monkey rehabilitation ranch (and a hilariously "evil" monkey named Paddy out to get Mike and his crew), settles into a three-job-a-show format that keeps the filth, bad smells and occasional mutant rodents moving along briskly.
This 2 DVD set also includes two special episodes, "Jobs that Bite," where Mike journeys undersea to play with sharks (well, kind of, anyway), and a 100th episode retrospective looking over the dirtiest of all the dirty jobs.
The show is a lot of fun and is highly entertaining for younger males especially who probably dream of being the next generation's Mike Rowe. Mike is not averse to emitting the occasional expletive when greeted with a killer ostrich or especially foul smell, so parents be warned.
The full frame 1.33:1 shot on video image is perfectly acceptable.
The standard stereo soundtrack is also fine for these proceedings.
No real extras aside from the two "special" episodes included.
If you don't get the Discovery Channel, this is a most worthwhile rental for an evening or two. Be prepared for a few gut-wrenching sights, but also have fun reacting along with Mike Rowe to the frequently absurd circumstances he finds himself in.
"G-d made stars galore" & "Hey, what kind of a crappy fortune is this?" ZMK, modern prophet