Hoarders: The Complete Season One (2009)

Genre(s): Drama
New Video || NR - 329 minutes - $19.95 || May 25, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Additional Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Non-Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Whether they’re facing eviction, the loss of their children, jail time, or divorce, these hoarders are desperately need of help. In each 60-minute episode, A&E follows two people struggling to overcome their compulsive behavior while experts work to put them on the road to recovery. For some, throwing away even the tiniest possession is so painful that they won’t be able to complete the cleaning process...no matter the consequences. For others, professional help and an organizer’s guidance give them the strength to recover.

I got hooked into “Hoarders” one Sunday night when there was little else on of interest, so I clicked on A&E to give it a shot, and I haven’t missed an episode yet. My initial impression with the show isn’t that it’s real addictive but seeing the complexities of the human mind and how hoarding is just one disease of the mind that many must deal with and really only a few can overcome.

In this first season we get to see into the lives of 14 individuals as they come face to face with their hoarding, many of them face severe consequences if they can’t get their homes into some sort of order. You’ve got individuals – both men and women – who have their spouses threaten to leave, kids frustrated with how the home looks and the fact they can’t even have friends over thus affecting their social lives while others could be looking at losing their homes completely due to hazardous living conditions.

It is the last description that gets to me. I don’t keep the cleanest house or anything, but I at least want to make sure I don’t leave food lying around, food in the refrigerator isn’t past the expiration date or recycle old newspapers, you know, simple things like that. Well, there was more than one episode that dealt with someone who kept the grossest fridge you will ever see, one that will make you throw up. It makes no sense whatsoever, though the series doesn’t really go into the why, but it does show that overcoming hoarding is no easy task as, despite the heartaches and headaches, a room or house can get clean, but in no time, it could go back to the condition it was before... and perhaps even worse.

I guess in a way I can see how hoarding can develop where someone starts collecting things or doesn’t keep their hallways or stairs clear, but to see someone’s fridge that way and then them fighting to keep something that is no doubt well past the expiration date, makes you see the disease in a whole different light.

As a season set, “Hoarders” presents many stories from different walks of life and while it may not be the most compelling reality series or anything, the fact I’m actually watching a reality television series to begin with says something.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only offering here are additional scenes (21:13) for every episode. Nothing really thrilling here as the editors took these out obviously for time constraints.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Here we are in 2010 and yet for some reason, letterboxed widescreen still exists. The show is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio but being non-anamorphic and as someone who doesn’t like bars on all four sides where none should be, I immediately dock a star. Other than that, the video looks alright all things considered as yes there’s some pixilation but overall it should be satisfactory to most individuals.

Similarly, the Dolby Stereo track does its job well enough, but since this is almost entirely dialogue driven, you don’t really need anything more. The audio is obviously going to sound flat, but that’s to be expected.



.::OVERALL::.

“Hoarders” as far as reality programming goes, is one of the better ones out there now. Although it doesn’t delve into the whys of hoarding, seeing the most extreme cases of the disease is truly fascinating.