History Channel // 2007 // 132 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge James A. Stewart (Retired) // June 12th, 2008
"Where the road is made of ice, nothing is permanent -- and even diamonds aren't forever."
Yes, it's back to the ice road of Northwest Canada, where temperatures hit 40 below and a small mistake or change in the weather could lead to a watery grave.
Ice Road Truckers was a surprise hit for History last summer, but that first season only lasted 10 episodes. To round it out, three specials were made. One, "The Ice Road: Then and Now," reworks the pilot documentary (seen with the Season One DVD set) to include footage from the series; the other two, "Off the Ice" and "Off the Ice 2," feature the truckers getting back together to relive their experiences, with lots of clips.
In short, these specials pretty much rehash what's gone before. There are a few moments in "Off the Ice 2" that are interesting, as when the truckers discuss the strains that working away from home for two solid months put on a marriage or keeping sane during those twenty hour stretches of lonely driving.
Picture and sound quality are good, except for variances in the source material. The trucker bios are already familiar if you've seen the series.
On TV, whetting the appetite for the long-form series with specials might be a good idea, but if you want Ice Road Truckers, what you really want is the series. Only Ice Road completists will want this disc, although less determined fans might want to rent it or catch "Off the Ice 2" on TV. The repackaged material isn't horrible -- it comes from a very effective series -- but it's still a rehash.
Guilty of going to the well one extra time.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: History Channel
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 132 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Trucker Bios
* IMDb: Ice Road Truckers
* IMDb: Ice Road Truckers: Off the Ice
* DVD Verdict Review - Season One