Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Three (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
New Video || NR - 611 minutes - $49.95 || June 8, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-05-22


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Hugh Rowland, Alex Debogorski, Lisa Kelly, Tim Freeman, Jr.


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

The third season of “Ice Road Truckers” is the year I got hooked on this History Channel reality series which follows several truckers as they deliver supplies to an oil refinery deep inside Alaska. The journey is treacherous and deadly having to travel on a rough road made up of snow and ice. The drivers have to be aware of the conditions around them and the conditions that may loom ahead.

There’s also a contest of sorts with the driver who delivers the most payload gets some kind of cash prize. Personally, I never was interested in that aspect of the show, just the hazardous conditions these drivers go through that was truly amazing.

The drivers featured this season include some interesting characters from truck driving veterans Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski to newer pups including Tim Freeman Jr. and the show’s first female driver, Lisa Kelly. The show also showcases other drivers, 5 by my count, as they compete with one another (with Hugh and Alex taking the competition the most serious) for the grand prize as well as for the younger drivers, respect from veteran drivers.

“Ice Road Truckers” isn’t a great television series in the least but throughout this season, and without knowing anything about any returning ‘characters’ and whatnot, I found each of the 13 episodes fascinating, even seeing them for a second time since their initial broadcast in the 2009-2010 television season.

Episodes:
01. Deadliest Ice Road
02. Rookie Run
03. Canadian Invasion
04. Blinding Whiteout
05. Accident Alley
06. Arctic Ice
07. Wicked Weather
08. Killer Pass
09. Turn and Burn
10. Ocean Run
11. Busted Parts & Breakdowns
12. Race for the Finish
13. Arctic Thaw

With only 13 episodes, it only amounts to about a half of a season compared with other TV series, but if you’re into trucks or just are interested in the subject, every episode is fun to watch. How much of this is scripted, as I contend a good portion of reality television is, I don’t know, but after this season The History Channel has found at least a semi-avid viewer.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only feature is a bunch of Additional Scenes (29:34; SD). Nothing earth-shattering here with footage I’m sure excised for time constraints, but there are a few interesting extra tid-bits like learning more about Lisa and visiting different places like the northern most truck stop. The scenes are presented in letterboxed widescreen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Ice Road Truckers”, presented in its original 1.78 aspect ratio, makes it onto Blu-ray in pretty much unimpressive fashion mainly because a good chunk of the footage shot within the trucks seemed to be using digital cameras and those shots look pretty bad. Otherwise, interviews and other scenes come out OK but still only on par with what I remember viewing on History Channel HD.

Similarly, the DTS-HD Master Audio track has only 2 channels so you’re not exactly going to get an immersive experience but the dialogue and truck noises are certainly crystal clear coming from the center channel primarily.



.::OVERALL::.

With substandard audio and picture, I found the inaugural Blu-ray for “Ice Road Truckers” to be a bit disappointing. However, the show is entertaining and if you can find this for a good price might be worthwhile.