THE PLOT THUS FAR
Follow four professional buyers and their teams as they scour repossessed storage units in search of hidden treasure in Season 1 of the new A&E original real life series, STORAGE WARS. Part gamblers and part detectives, these seasoned veterans negotiate the fascinating and obscure world of storage auction and consignment, finding everything from dead bodies to the world s most valuable comic book collection and paying as little as ten dollars for items valued in the millions. Each episode of STORAGE WARS follows a group of bidders as they get a quick peek inside the units, aided only by a flashlight. They then must assess on the spot if the unit is worth a bid and how high they re willing to go. The high-stakes fun begins as they see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash…or true treasure. Driven by Dan Dotson, one of the most successful and outrageous auctioneers in the country, STORAGE WARS cast of buyers is as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Set in Southern California — where the contents of storage units legally go up for auction if unpaid for three months — this A&E reality series reveals the hidden treasures within and the eager auction hunters who make a living snatching them up. These people make fun of each other, bash each other on camera constantly, clearly get angry, storm off, and then claim they couldn’t care less what people say about them… its like watching bratty kids kids in junior high school being obnoxious with no care in the world. They do seem to have moments of kindness, but they are so few and far between I have taken to fast forwarding through any dialogue that doesn’t take place while in a unit someone has won.
Yet, the show is great and intriguing before you get to know the characters. Once you know the characters the show gets even better! They get to know each other and they start hating each other. I do have to admit that the show is strangely addictive in that way that becomes most reality television. There’s not a lot going on with the subcultures, so you have to look for who’s fighting with who and create a natural dramatic structure. You want someone to antagonize and someone to root for, so that your viewing has structure. When that fails, then you’re done with the show.
The DVD comes with no special features. However, you get strong A/V Quality for a show that I’m not sure is natively shot in HD. I’ve seen the HD broadcast before, but something didn’t ring true with a show that has no field of depth and plenty of compression issues when taken out of standard definition. That being said, you’re still getting a smidge under 7 hours of material on three discs. Good times abound, as you root for your preferred teams. I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!