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Storage Wars: Volume Three

A&E // 2011 // 320 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // July 14th, 2012

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring just shaved! You can own his hair, and bidding starts at just $1.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Storage Wars: Season One (published August 20th, 2011) and Storage Wars: Volume Two (published February 11th, 2012) are also available.

The Charge

May the best bidder win!

The Case

A&E's hit reality series Storage Wars is alive and kicking. Veteran bidders Dave Hester, Darrell Sheets, Barry Weiss, and Jarrod Schultz (along with wife Brandi) continue to invade Southern California's storage centers in pursuit of valuable treasures they hope will earn them a ton of cash. The release of Storage Wars: Volume Three picks up where its predecessor left off, offering viewers sixteen more episodes from the show's second season. It's still not entirely clear why the good folks at A&E's home video division chose to split up the second season across several DVD releases, but at least they're offering these sets at a lower price point. Let the bidding begin!

Reality TV commonly doesn't change much in terms of structure and content, and Storage Wars is certainly no exception. That said, the show's fast-paced bidding, eccentric characters, and fairly high curiosity factor never get old, providing enough light, harmless entertainment to make loyal fans stick around for a few more seasons. To those who never heard of the series, the concept is pretty basic: a small group of SoCal entrepreneurs take a gamble on abandoned storage units in hopes of digging up precious items they can resell for a considerable profit. Sometimes they score big, and sometimes they get stuck with a worthless pile of junk.

As the show gains more popularity, the featured bidders seem compelled to take their business (and inevitably, their ego) to the next level as well. Darrell and Jarrod are both expanding and are looking for plenty of new stock without spending too much of their limited cash. Dave Hester has decided to register his annoying YUUUP! scream as a trademark and isn't afraid to let the world know about it. Last but not least, that leaves crazy antique collector Barry Weiss, who doesn't shy away from turning these storage unit auctions into a silly circus show. Odd personalities aside though, the bidding is always fun to watch, and so is the traditional inspection of the acquired units, which can carry anything from nasty trash to big-ticket items.

Other than that, fans can expect more of the same from these Season Two episodes. Attitudes clash as our gamblers try to outbid each other whenever they can, and hopes are either crushed or boosted by intriguing appraisals of unique goods they stumble on in their units. Storage Wars certainly doesn't qualify as particularly educational or instructional reality television, but the show's pace and high energy level make for a generally pleasant viewing experience.

From a technical point of view, Storage Wars: Volume Three boasts a fairly decent widescreen transfer and solid audio. A bonus section on Disc Two features an 11-minute behind-the-scenes look with cast interviews as they discuss the ins and outs of their bidding techniques. Nothing particularly compelling here, but diehard fans may appreciate the extra info.

Storage Wars: Volume Three isn't changing the reality TV game, and it doesn't have to. Watching a group of aggressive bidders battle it out on storage unit grounds is pretty entertaining. You're either into this kind of home entertainment, or you're not. Storage Wars just happens to be a clean, fast-paced, and enjoyable show, and that's all there is to it.

The Verdict

Sold! Not guilty!

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 84

Perp Profile

Studio: A&E
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English
• Spanish
Running Time: 320 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Reality TV
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Interviews

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site








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