MOUNTAIN MEN: SEASON 3

THE PLOT THUS FAR

The struggle for survival continues with the Mountain Men®: Season 3 DVD. Your favorite Mountain Men — Marty, Tom, Eustace, Rich, Charlie and Kyle — face life-changing decisions and impending loss when a polar vortex threatens them. Unwelcome visitors and dwindling provisions loom in “Valley of the Wolves.” Will Tom and Eustace’s attempts at homemade contraptions go up in flames in “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire”? How will Kyle’s son Ben’s colt-breaking skills fare in “Rite of Passage”? Time is ticking as empty traps, vicious predators and winter storms plague the efforts of these wilderness warriors. Trek across the nation from Alaska to the Carolinas with this 15-episode, rugged expedition across some of America’s wildest terrain.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Mountain Men” is about men who live off the grid some of the time. Still, they have nice homes on the slide that are probably far more modern than the typical viewers. The rest of the time, the show plays like Rambo with older people at times. The man vs. nature reality trend is getting old. I can appreciate what’s being done here in terms of quality. It’s just that I can’t see myself watching it on a weekly basis. There’s not enough oomph factor or narrative to keep my eyes glued to the screen. That’s personal preference, but it’s something that’s there.

The show doesn’t change much in its third year. There is an even split in focus among every aspect of these guy’s lives. This year shows them exploring more of their personal skills and efforts to hunt vicious predators. Still, it’s not like it’s that much of a shake-up. Plus, there’s not a ton of material that changes it from any of the other reality shows on the market.

The DVD comes with bonus footage as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par for most recent standard definition TV on DVD releases. The transfer isn’t amazing, but it works. The same goes for the Dolby 2.0 audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 02/24/2015

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