Image Entertainment // 2009 // 264 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Steve Power (Retired) // February 6th, 2010
Without so much as a warning, life hangs in the balance. Human endeavor turns to chaos and, within seconds, nothing will ever be the same.
It's hard to review something when the title tells you all you need to know. Destroyed in Seconds is your run of the mill reality clip show where things get destroyed...in seconds! If the idea of watching a barrage of wanton destruction in rapid succession is the kind of thing that turns your crank, Destroyed in Seconds contains more chaos and carnage than your average Michael Bay flick, without all the glossy camera moves.
The quality is subjective. These clips come from just about every source you can imagine; we get antique home video, State Trooper dashboard cams, news broadcasts, and even the classic Hindenburg newsreel footage (complete with "Oh, the humanity!") There are certainly a few "holy moly!" moments and a few occasions where my jaw loosened if not dropped completely.
It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy this sort of TV; either you have a taste of morbid curiosity, or you like when the reach of man's hubris occasionally exceeds its grasp. That's where the problems arise. This carnival of carnage is relentless, and there's never really any method to the madness. Our charming host, ex-footballer Ron Pitts, narrates with the requisite amount of pathos and drama, but seldom does the show get into route causes, or why these epic fails were just so epic. For a show that runs on The Discovery Channel, I didn't discover very much. Hit up YouTube, search for "fail!" and you'll get the same effect...more or less.
The presentation is hardly going to blow the doors off; its broadcast TV with video snippets that, in some cases, are decades old. The full frame image and standard stereo soundtrack certainly won't be testing the outer limits of your home theater in quite the same way the show tests the purity of your human soul. There are no extras save for Discovery's great "The World is Awesome!" TV promo.
Do you watch NASCAR for the crashes? If so, have I got a show for you.
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Studio: Image Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 264 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated