Appellate Judge James A. Stewart only rides coasters virtually.
"No matter where I go, there's always that one thing that locals say I've gotta try…and now I'm on a mission to do them all!"
Since he's on the Travel Channel, Bert Kreischer's mission may be unique in that the one thing he's gotta try isn't edible. Instead, he's doing things like giant belly flops and riding monstrous roller coasters. Travel Channel said DVD Verdict's gotta try Bert The Conqueror: Season 1. It's not that much of a mission, since it's only nine episodes—about three hours of total viewing. Thus, they threw in a bonus disc of Travel Channel "Extreme" specials, with more than three hours of waterparks, roller coasters, and goofy competitions. Or maybe it's the other way around…
Facts of the Case
Disc One contains nine episodes of Bert The Conqueror…
• "Cedar Point"
• "Las Vegas"
• "New Hampshire"
• "South Carolina"
Disc Two contains five "Extreme" specials:
• "Wild Rides: Thrills and Spills"
• "Terror Rides: Death Defying Drops"
• "Wild Races"
Bert the Conqueror is a relatively simple show: Bert Kreischer takes in a couple of local attractions before taking on a competition or challenge. It's like Man vs. Food, only with coaster rides that could send those big sandwiches that Adam Richman eats right back up again—and possibly shooting miles into the sky.
Bert's good at both boiling down the history of the rides, parks, and events on the show and getting bystanders involved in the rides and activities. It helps that he genuinely looks scared as he braces for a coaster challenge or a Skyjump.
Although Bert loves coaster rides, the other competitions and activities, from the Skyjump to catfish grabblin', generally turn out to be more interesting. Edited coaster rides, with lots of shots of Bert screaming and holding on for dear life, tend to be monotonous and don't really give you the feeling of being there.
If you're on a waterpark or roller coaster mission yourself, you might find the waterpark and ride specials on Disc Two more valuable as a purchase. They do a decent job of outlining the key rides at major parks, and could be a good starting point for vacation planning.
Picture and sound quality are good.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
If you're a regular Travel Channel viewer, you know these shows are in heavy rotation.
In the "Extreme Competitions" episode, there's no actual nudity, but there are women in pasties shown at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Awards. That could make family viewing uncomfortable.
In addition to Bert The Conqueror: Season 1, the bonus features create an interesting Travel Channel sampler. That's a good deal for people who don't get the channel, but are interested in the coasters and challenges. If you're a fan of the Schlitterbahn waterpark, it's an especially good deal, since that one's covered really, really thoroughly.
Not guilty. Mission accomplished.
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