A compilation of the best bits of the Channel 4 series, Scrapheap Challenge--The Commandments
is an enjoyable enough exercise in eccentricity. Presented with admirable gusto by Robert Llewellyn and Cathy Rogers, each episode features two teams set an engineering challenge with only the contents of a large scrapheap for inspiration and materials. Watching the assorted teams of oddballs trying to create such diverse projects as drag racers and car crushers from little more than junk is certainly diverting, proving to be a little harder than it was on the A-Team
. Edited down from the TV version, the rushed nature of it all is a little frustrating, with the teams seeming to jump from a pile of scrap to the finished article. This is not particularly one for the casual observer but certainly recommended for fans of the show.
On the DVD: chapter selection makes it easy to head straight for your favourite challenge, be it the catapult or the mini-submarine. The picture quality is true to the video original, capturing the bright and colourful lighting of the television programme. There are no extras, however, leaving the package slightly lacking on this format. --Phil Udell
More inventive action from the 'Scrapheap Challenge' TV series, in which various amateur engineers compete to produce mechanical devices out of a pile of old scrap.