DVD Review: Pawn Stars Collection Four
Pawn Stars Collection Four continues on in the exact same way as the previous collections, following the appraising and haggling of rare or odd and interesting items at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in seedy Las Vegas. The Shop is owned by Rick Harrison, a self assured colourful father and his father Richard “the Old Man.” Between them they are raising Rick’s son Corey to eventually run the store with his dim witted best mate Chumlee. Just how dim witted Chumlee actually is, or how nasty the Old Man is is certainly up for debate, because by the time you’ve made it through the first disc, you’ll probably have a feeling that the family dynamics are all scripted.
And that’s essentially it. People bring in their family treasures and one of the guys will take a look, and if they know enough about the item, make and offer, or more likely call in an expert for a second opinion. It;s here that the show gets interesting, seeing the history behind the pieces.
Colourful characters and history lessons aside, soon enough you’ll have the basic knowledge of what you need to do if you have what might be a valuable item you wish to sell, and as far as the TV show goes, you’ll soon be playing the guess how much they’ll get for it game. It won’t be long before you find out just how easy it is to estimate the offers.
The sad thing about Pawn Stars is of course tied to it’s location, and the desperation on some peoples faces when they get the bad news that their treasure just isn’t, can be heart breaking, and whilst entertaining in some ways, witnessing complete idiots thinking they can get full retail price on an item just leaves you shaking your head after a while.
If you’re into this kind of reality TV, influence greatly by that venerable British institution, Antiques Roadshow, then Pawn Stars is certainly worth a look.
Rating: PG Low level offensive language.