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History buffs might find themselves wasting hours and hours with this extensive TV-on-DVD set....
Acorn Media / 407 Minutes / 2002 / Unrated / Street Date: August 13, 2013
No one is safe from the reality-TV boom - not even archaeologists. In Time Team, a British import education series, its producers find a site that may or may not house relics of serious historical importance, and they send a group of archaeologists over to start digging. But they only have three days to find the goods (after all, any good reality-TV enterprise has to have a ticking clock, no?).
The gimmickry of Time Team's setups is ridiculous - it attempts to make the painstaking and often slow-moving act of sifting dirt to find historical goodies feel like Top Gear montages - but any pseudo-Raiders of the Lost Ark lovers will find a hint of intrigue at hand here. The folks on these bookish quests are nobly dorky but still fun to listen to, and when they actually come across legitimate relics of the Roman invasion of Britain, it can get pretty thrilling.
But the question in terms of this large, $60 TV-on-DVD box set centers on whether it's worth the investment or not. Had I known that Time Team was going to be on the History Channel or the like, I'd set my DVR to every now and again: in small doses, it's a hoot. But as a 6+ hour collection, this Time Team compilation may not be worth the cheddar. It provides engaging, often fascinating archaeological fun, but it's perhaps not the kind of thing you'll return to again and again.