Hoarders: Season Two, Part One (2010)

Genre(s): Documentary
A&E Home Video || NR - 329 minutes - $19.95 || December 7, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-12-01


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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
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Various
Writer(s): Various
Cast: Various


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


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.

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.

This second season is pretty much on par both in terms of the drama and the disgusting filth we saw in season one. As with the previous season, we follow individuals and couples (13 all told spread across 7 episodes), each with their own little quirks but all clearly have mental issues to some degree, often to the extreme, however. What always gets to me with all these episodes – and on the other show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on the Discovery Channel – is just how reckless these people are not only on their lives but especially others. At times it does become uncomfortable because you feel sorry for the others.

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::.

No features have been included.



.::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. This second season (at least first part), continues on the same path with new cases but some more of the same drama that keeps people coming back for more. As it stands, it can get a little tiresome but I’ll keep watching as it’s still somewhat compelling.