Monday, March 21, 2016

Movie review: Salvage Dawgs

The owners of Black Dog Salvage, Robert and Mike, search for hidden treasure inside the houses and other buildings they purchase through auction, or a hired to clear.

Robert Kulp, Mike Whiteside

Basically Robert, Mike, and their crew remove or otherwise disassemble buildings and their components to salvage interesting items for resale or repurposing. While exactly how they acquire the jobs they are working is never made clear, they do seem to get involved with some interesting messes. And there is some interesting demolition and repurposing in the series. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to this series. Much of the series is focused on discussions of how to tear things apart, and tearing things apart. The result is a rather dry series that while intermittently interesting is not quite reliably entertaining.

As a reality series the 'acting' is always questionable. While Robert, Mike, and others in the series do okay, this isn't one to be selected for the quality performances.

Camera work is fairly well done and does a decent job of showing the locations and items being salvaged. Locations were somewhat interesting and obviously natural. Technical work also did a fair job of showing the process involved in demolition and salvage. Dialogue was a bit dry and appears largely unscripted. Sound was decent.

As far as reality shows go, this is one of the less entertaining options in my opinion. If you are honing your salvage skills this series might mean more to you, but if you are looking for polished entertainment this probably isn't the hidden gem you had hoped for.

Nothing here to limit audience age.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 3.16.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: TV shows, Reality TV

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