Judge David Johnson traded spaces and redecorated his neighbor's dining room. When the neighbor found out, he wasn't very happy.
Raise the roof.
For you home improvement suckers, here is a disc full of cutesy do-it-yourself renovation, one room at a time. Trading Spaces: The Specials features four full length Trading Spaces programs, apparently distinguished from their broadcast brethren by the fact they're special.
If you're not in the know, each 40-plus minute episode finds two sets of homeowners swapping houses for two days to work with a loopy designer and totally redecorate one room of the house. Teams get a wad of cash to spend, their own carpenter and access to a variety of power tools that would prove lethal for untrained amateurs. At the end of the two days, the couples switch back to take in what was done to their rooms and either weep uncontrollably or leap for joy.
The four shows on this disc represent some kind of gimmicky take on the formula.
• "Trading Castles"
• "Home Improv"
• "Town & Country"
• "Through the Roof"
OK, to be honest I don't know what to tell you that could possibly dissuade or persuade you to check out this DVD if you're not familiar with Trading Spaces. If you can't get enough of the show, like, say, my wife, then there's no doubt this selection of quirky spins on the series game-plan will appeal to you. If you can't stomach any more home improvement shows, then run away fast. All four episodes are interesting and different in their own way, but my favorite is easily "Home Improv," which had the potential to be lame but turned out to be pretty funny.
Full frame and 2.0 stereo audio mix is serviceable. A bonus episode called "Unglued," a clip show of gaffes and outtakes, is the lone extra.
That's it I think. Scope out the disc if you enjoy the show. There's a lot of bang for your buck.
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