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Clash of the couriers: Alamo Drafthouse stars on the next episode of A&E’s Shipping Wars

Clash of the couriers: Alamo Drafthouse stars on the next episode of A&E’s Shipping Wars

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It appears that A&E found plenty of success when it brought Storage Wars: Texas to Austin for a dose of eccentricity, because now the cable network will return to the "Weird Well" for its latest episode of Shipping Wars with the Alamo Drafthouse as a featured client.

In an episode entitled “Frankenship Horrors,” the colorful cast of truckers will bid for the chance to deliver a unique shipment of rare 35mm prints to the Alamo Drafthouse. These prints will be added to a collection of more than 3,000 prints that are part of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Formed in 2009, the AGFA focuses on the preservation of films that encompassed the exploitation era of independent cinema, primarily from the 1960s through the 1980s.

 For the Alamo Drafthouse delivery, the rare film prints will be under the care of Roy Garber ­— definitely the most ornery trucker of the bunch. 

For those who have never watched the show, allow me to illuminate. The regular cast of truckers specializes in the delivery of goods that regular shipping companies are unwilling to handle: items have included tanks, the fuselage of a passenger airline and even a camel.

Each mover attempts to underbid the others for jobs listed on Austin's own uShip in a reverse auction, but always with the goal of getting the best payday possible for the job.

The real drama comes once the job starts. Shipments often have to be made cross-country and against a strict deadline. Gas and moving expenses are always a factor, and if the shipment arrives late or damaged movers can kiss their profits goodbye.

For the Alamo Drafthouse delivery, the rare film prints will be under the care of Roy Garber ­— definitely the most ornery trucker of the bunch — as he attempts to deliver the prints in time for a special movie screening. Viewers should look forward to a constant stream of bleeps as hardly anything goes right for him, because if things went according to plan, why record it?

The episode will air Wednesday, January 9, so be sure to set your dials to A&E at 8 p.m. local time. Hopefully it's only a matter of time before the multimillionaire rednecks of Duck Dynasty make their way to town.