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'The Curse of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons'
(Rick & Marty Lagina, et al / 23-Disc DVD / TV-PG / 2019 / History Channel)

Overview: It was an article in a 1965 Reader’s Digest about a possible buried treasure on a small Canadian island that fueled the youthful imaginations of two Michigan-born brothers.

Fifty years later, Rick Lagina and his brother Marty were able to purchase most of the island and they now, along with their partners, find themselves at the center of one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

HISTORY®’s long-running hit show, 'The Curse of Oak Island' chronicles every clue, every discovery, and every legend.

DVD Verdict: For those not really in the know, 'The Curse of Oak Island' follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, originally from Kingsford, Michigan, through their efforts to find the speculated treasure or historical artifacts believed to be on Oak Island.

The series discusses the history of the island, recent discoveries, theories, and prior attempts to investigate the site with areas of interest including the "Money Pit", "Borehole 10-x", "Smith's Cove", "Nolan's Cross", the "Hatch", and "The Swamp," amongst a slew of others!

Now and before I dissect the seasons below, please let me be clear here: I love this show! The people, the story, the mystery and all that follows with it, but there are things being done about this production and the episodes that destroys almost all the good that 'The Curse of Oak Island' has to offer; and that is a big shame.

I mean, come on now, what can be more intriguing than a possible mystery treasure buried under an intelligent construction on an island hundreds of years ago?

But when we are in 2014, as we were when the first season got under way, and we pretend that we can't analyze a hole in the ground and so stop working on it as soon as we encounter bedrock, whilst at the same time we keep moving away from rather significant clues and indications that we should inspect (as a step to uncover the full story of the mystery on Oak Island), all sanity stops existing, sorry!

For me, and I know I'm not alone here in this, but this is the clearest indicator that 'The Curse of Oak Island' is entertainment, and not an exciting piece of ground-breaking history in the making.

However, that said, the show does attempt to be both, and as such it suffers a severe identity-problem.

Then again, most anyone who has heard of the Oak Island Money Pit, becomes seduced by unraveling the mystery. These to brothers and their team are no exception, having spent millions of dollars and years of their lives in pursuit of the history.

And, of course, the treasure that may or may not be on the island is still an attraction for both the explorers and us viewers.

What I love about this show is it not just about a few guys excavating a pit for they really look at all the mysteries on the island and do their best to learn as much as possible (whilst teaching us along the way too, of course).

It's actually a lot of fun reliving this series from the very off, as the very first episode, What Lies Below has the brothers (having now purchased most of the mysterious island), determined to resurrect the 200 year-old search for treasure whilst beginning with an exploration of an abandoned shaft called 10-X.

Come the fifth and final episode of that first season (The Find) and Rick and Marty finally make one of the biggest discoveries in the 200 year-old search for treasure (but I won't give it away, no worries).

In the season two opener, after dating the item they found last summer to 1652, the brothers return to Oak Island and the strange triangle-shaped swamp to look for more clues.

A few more fun things are discovered along the way, but the tenth and last episode of this second season ends with the brothers now setting up shop alongside a father and son duo, Dan and Dave Blankenship (as well as other important members of this group).

In the season three opener, Bore Hole, Rick and Marty return to Oak Island and quickly discover that not only does borehole 10-X contain even more secrets than previously thought, but a new technology could prove that there are numerous treasure sites lying all over the island!

Come the final episode of this season, Secrets and Revelations, and MASSIVE secrets are indeed revealed leaving the brothers digging even MORE holes!

The fourth season opens with Going For Broke, which showcases Rick and Marty once again returning to Oak Island to prepare for a major excavation of the Money Pit.

The final episode of this series (the fifteenth by now), Blood Is Thicker, has the team finding out what the mysterious metal spike they encountered this season really is. Oh, and they also make new important discoveries while their drill season comes to an end as winter approaches.

Come the fifth season opener, Forever Family, peril strikes during a daring dive; Rick and Marty double down on their efforts to locate the original Money Pit with the most ambitious engineering operation in Oak Island history; and the fellowship of the dig is faced with the tragic loss of Drake.

The season ends on its eighteenth episode, Amazing Discoveries, where the moment of truth for the fellowship of the dig comes to be, as the guys are faced with the burning question as to whether they quit or continue.

In the final season (thus far), Rick's Big Bang Theory, it opens with Rick, Marty and the team returning (as always) to Oak Island to follow up on last seasons amazing discoveries, and double down on their efforts to locate the elusive Oak Island Money Pit.

Come the final episode, it's by-now 22nd, 'Lost and Founding, the team is handed a shocking new theory that may connect the Oak Island treasure to the birth of a nation!

But it's also the moment of truth for the fellowship as the guys are, once again, albeit more monetarily important, faced with the burning question: Quit or continue?

In closing, the only thing that I found annoying about the show us the "Captain Obvious" narration! I mean, he makes the same statement every time something new is found, simply with different words!

It, quite literally, sounds identical each and every time and worse than that is that he also explains what just happened, seconds after watching it ourselves! Like he is speaking to the blind, or some such audience!

Are Marie Antoinette’s jewels hidden in the triangle-shaped swamp? Or could the lost Ark of the Covenant be buried beneath Smith’s Cove? Or is something even more incredible concealed some 200 feet below the surface of the infamous Money Pit?

Now everyone who has dreamed of searching for buried treasure can take part in the quest to solve the mystery that has taken the lives of six men so far and — as the legend goes — must claim a seventh before the island will reveal its secrets! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the bonus of over 45 minutes of Special Features!

Relive every discovery from the very beginning when the smash hit HISTORY® series 'The Curse of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons' arrives on DVD December 10th, 2019 from Lionsgate.

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