DVD Revew: American Restoration Collection 3
Rick Dale opens every episode of American Restoration with the same line of narration, which finishes with “There’s no owner’s manual for what we do, but there’s no job we can’t handle.” In Collection Three however, Rick comes close to finding a job he and his crew couldn’t handle. A job that makes him ponder his inability to say no.
American Restoration is another reality TV show set in Las Vegas, but unlike the shop of broken dreams aka Pawn Stars, Rick and his crew of metal antique restorers are in the business of making dreams come true. If you’ve got a rusty old, bent out of shape lump of metal that has dear memories from your childhood, or you just found a beat up old coke machine in the desert, and you have the money, Rick and co. can bring it back to life. Back to it’s original, straight off the production line look.
One thing I’ll say for Rick and his team, is they do perform miracles. Costly miracles some times, but miracles all the same.
In Collection Three we see a variety of memories bought back to life, Rick sends his young son and brother out on picking trips with varied outcomes. The business has to move to bigger premises because business is getting too busy, and Rick takes on the biggest job of his career, and it almost breaks him.
I do love American Restoration. It’s a positive show with the usual banter and hi-jinks from a semi scripted reality show. Things really are bought back to life and it’s fascinating what come through the gates and what the process is to full restoration.
The only issue I have is in A&E’s insistence that the show isn’t interesting on it’s own that they have to blatantly lie to the viewer in each episodes intros to make the show seem more spectacular. The most noticeable is in an episode named “Tall Order” where a customer brings in a large and fragile fiberglass Pep Boys statue. On the shows intro, it’s seen being lifted off the truck, we hear a scraping, then a crash and the camera seemingly gets dropped because something terrible has happened. The implication is that they’ve just dropped and damaged the statue. The reality is that the statue in the show, gets lifted off cleanly with no drama.
It just leaves a bitter taste, which is stupid because the show is probably one of my favourite of A&E’s stable of reality TV shows.
Rating: PG Coarse language.