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Tanked: Season 2 (2012/Discovery Channel/Cinedigm DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: C+

Tanked is an interesting and fun show packed full of talent on Animal Planet where we get to check out the operations of a Las Vegas based company called Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, owned by brothers-in-law Brett Raymer and Wayde King. ATM bills itself as the world's largest manufacturer of customized and pretty incredible Aquarium installations. In addition, Wayde's wife/Brett's sister Heather is the company's accountant and Heather and Brett's father Irwin Raymer (also known as The General) is the office manager and comic relief. Other regulars on the show include Shop Manager Robert (Robbie Redneck) Christlieb and sales coordinator Agnes Wilczynski. Originally airing in 2012, Season Two is now on DVD and looks great the format, matching broadcast quality on disc.

There are 8 episodes on the disc starting with the series premiere episode, Fish Out of Water, where Wayde and Brett are back home in New York to see a long-time client to discuss the installation of a shark tank for his recently built orthodontist office and we get to take a look at a display tank for an appliance store. In the second episode, my personal favorite is called Old School vs New School where a pinball-machine tank is created for an arcade-game enthusiast in Chicago (totally want this if I get rich one day!) and a tank for a robotics-systems company in Massachusetts that is pretty darn impressive.

Serenity Now is the season's third episode where we get to see a badass tank for a tattoo parlor in Las Vegas is created in an effort to soothe nervous customers and we take a gander at a show piece for a furniture store in North Carolina. The next episode is called Roll With It where The Pensacola Blue Wahoos ask Wayde and Brett to turn an old school bus into a mobile fish tank, but they have to change plans when they learn they can't pay for it which is pretty interesting and Brett comes up with a unique tank design for his mother's favorite nail salon.

Episode five is entitled Tanks for the Memories, and is a sort of recap episode where the crew discuss their favorite tanks and pranks from Season 1 and feature some unseen footage. Polar Opposites is another good one where The hosts head to the Valley View Casino in California to build a 35 ft. (10.7 m) long marquee tank within a strictly specified amount of time; the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Minus 5 Ice Bar in Las Vegas has the guys in the deep freeze constructing a jellyfish tank. Most Challenging Tanks is an interesting episode too where we find out some of the team's hardest to assemble products and finally, Where the Wild Things Are is the season finale where Wayde and Brett Have to come up with a tanked first when they incorporate all of what Petco has to offer in building them a three part tank for their headquarters. Also, they get to build a tank built for Rock Legends KISS!

While there are no extras on the disc, the episodes are presented in standard definition with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track. The show looks fine on disc, comparable to the original broadcast.

If you are an aquatic fan of fish tanks then this is a must see!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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