A Chevy Impala ice re-surfacer. A Ford F-150 nutshaker. A NASCAR street sweeper. A Meteor Cadillac car-crusher. Jesse James and his posse of maverick designers and builders churn out a baker's dozen of the coolest baddest and meanest mean machines on the planet! Taking no more than seven days and $3000 worth of raw materials James and his band of outlaws transform an ordinary street vehicle into a monster-sized masterwork of motorized mayhem in each episode. See for yourself the custom-made madness in Season 1 of Discovery Channel's top-rated series MONSTER GARAGE.System Requirements:Starring: Jesse James Running Time: 650 Min. Copyright Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2005Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:Â TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating:Â NR UPC:Â 043396105416 Manufacturer No:Â 10541 Wonderfully pointless, enthrallingly irrelevant, the Discovery Channel's Monster Garage
is a highly entertaining reality show about what it takes for complete strangers to cooperate 16 hours a day, 6 days in a row while re-tooling ordinary cars and vans into, well, really dumb but awesome stuff. Led by a heavily tattooed and likeable outlaw named Jesse James (yes, he claims to be a descendant of the original), each of the teams of mechanics, designers,and welders assembled in the first season's 13 episodes are faced with such meaningless yet ultra-cool challenges as transforming a convertible sedan into a glorified, speedy lawn mower, or turning a van into a garbage truck, complete with a container-lifting arm that extends from behind a makeshift, gull-wing door.
Other engineering glories include a stretch limo adapted into a water-pumping firefighter, a sporty Chevrolet reinvented as a Zamboni (the team even gets an assist from Richard Zamboni, creator of the ice-rink smoother), a school bus reborn as a pontoon boat, and a pickup truck outfitted as a tree shaker (thus liberating many an almond from branches). Seeing these Frankenstein monster machines in action is fun, but the real kick from these shows is watching sundry loners and iconoclasts from the worlds of motorcycles and drag racing trying to get along together, and collaborating with folks from the auto industry, community colleges, and the arts world. Tensions run high, dramas become fascinating, hopes turn bleak, but somehow the mission is always met within time constraints and tight budgets. Monster Garage is good for kids, too, who discover that even outlaws need to know their geometry, hydraulics, and physics to be happy gear-heads. --Tom Keogh