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30 Days - Season 1

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From Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award nominated writer, director, and star of the hit film Supersize Me, comes Thirty Days, the intelligent and innovative TV show that dares to ask: Â"Do we really know what itÂ's like to see the world through our neighborsÂ' eyes?Â"

Explore some of AmericaÂ's most pressing social issues by following the lives of ordinary people who agree to live well-outside their comfort zones for thirty days: Spurlock and his fiancÃ(c)e try to make ends meet by working minimum wage jobs, a devout Christian immerses himself in Islamic culture, a homophobic young man goes to live and work in San FranciscoÂ's largely-gay Castro District, and more. Provocative, poignant, and hilarious, Thirty Days is a true originalÂ...often unpredictable and always eye-opening!

A reality show that's entertaining and smart? Sounds about as oxymoronic as it gets, but Morgan Spurlock has pulled it off with 30 Days. With this series (offered here on two discs containing six episodes and a variety of bonus material), Spurlock, who got a 2005 Best Documentary Oscar nomination for Super Size Me, his record of a harrowing month spent on a strict McDonald's-only diet, has effectively taken his act to the not-so-small screen. The premise: put "normal" middle-class Americans (in this case, all of them white) into situations where they are way out of their comfort zones, archetypal fish out of water who must spend 30 days experiencing how the other half lives. Thus we have tales involving a Christian from West Virginia who lives with a Muslim American couple in Dearborn, Michigan; a straight dude from rural Michigan who moves in with a homosexual roommate in San Francisco's Castro District, "the gayest place on Earth;" and a mother in Phoenix who, concerned about her daughter's excessive drinking at college, goes on her own heavy alcohol binge. Spurlock himself is the subject of an episode in which he and his fiancé try to subsist on the minimum wage, while the only one that doesn't fit the mold concerns an out-of-shape 34-year-old man trying to find the fountain of youth by embarking on a strict regimen of exercise, diet, and major doses of steroids and Human Growth Hormone pills.

The stories don't all have happy endings: the Phoenix woman's drinking has no affect whatsoever on her daughter, and the steroid guy drops out when his sperm count almost immediately drops to zero. But the discomfort felt by the others seems genuine, as do the lessons in tolerance and cultural understanding they eventually learn, even given the artificial confines of reality TV. What's more, Spurlock provides some real information along the way, telling us how many drinks it takes to be over the legal limit in Arizona (five shots ought to do it) or how many passages in the Bible are interpreted as proscribing homosexuality (six), detailing the negative side effects of "anti-aging" medicines (too many to list here), and offering insight into such Muslim customs as prayer and fasting (the Christian dresses in Muslim garb and even learns a little Arabic). Extra features include commentary (by Spurlock and others) on four of the episodes, as well as "Diary Cams" (outtakes, basically) for all six. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Commentary on 4 episodes
  • "Diary Cam" for every episode

Product Details

  • Actors: Morgan Spurlock
  • Producers: Morgan Spurlock, R.J. Cutler, Benjamin Silverman, H.T. Owens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDRZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "30 Days - Season 1" on IMDb

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on June 18, 2006
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This is fantastic work. It's so well done and this is what reality tv should really be about. It's an honest look at various subjects and how society views certain situations etc.

What Morgan has done should give him some kind of award. He himself and his girlfriend showed America what it would be like (and is on a day to day basis) for people to live on minimum wage for 30 days. How there is no money for anything but essentials and even then that's scarce. A visit to the hospital could wipe someone out for weeks. Not only does the hospital visit cost money, but time away from work means no pay.

He also got other people to trade lives for 30 day periods. A homophobic lives in gay San Francisco, a redneck goes to Muslim America, a mother drinks as much as her college daughter does. It really opens your eyes to people who are different to you, how other people live and things we take for granted in our lives. I really recommend that everyone should see this because there is so much to learn from it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Col. Sanders on July 27, 2006
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30 Days is a wonderful T.V. show that explores touchy subjects among Americans and gives you both sides of the story (Literally).

This show not only explores the differences between people, but it also opens your eyes to some things you may never have known before (Or things you didn't understand)

In one of the episodes, A white christian lives with a Muslim family for 30 days. He learns their customs, language, and learns about their religion. This episode particularly shows Americans that Muslims are not what people stereotype them to be.

30 Days is a pretty good reality show as well as an experiment combining different type of people, I HIGHLY recommend getting this DVD set. Although there are only 6 episodes, they are 45 minutes each and $20 is a pretty fair deal.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan-atic on July 13, 2006
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I must admit that I am by no means an advocate of reality television. In my own opinion, a lot of what we view as reality television, I consider "crap-TV". There seems to be no relevence or importance to any of it, besides degradation or humiliation for financial gain. Now, someone has finally come along with "expose TV" where a subject "lives the life" for 30 days. Spawned from the highly publicized, controversial documentary "Super-Size Me", this show takes a weekly stab at controversial material and brings it to the light of day. Morgan Spurlock, in my book, is a genius. His down to earth approach to expose journalism is brilliant. Some of the subjects covered are living life of minimum wage, homophobia, American views of the Muslim religion, America's obsession with Anti-Aging, Binge drinking and more. Eye opening,shocking and sad commentary on where we are in our lives, but uplifting in the thought makes you think. Best of reality TV! Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Preston C. Enright on December 21, 2006
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In so many ways our conglomerate media divides people in terms of race and class and so forth. Spurlock's "30 Days" brings together the "opposites" for them to discover their commonalities. Big, burly bikers spending time at an ecovillage, fundamentalist Christians living with Muslims, middle class people experiencing minimum wage - all these scenarios provide insights, many laughs, and opportunities to look upon the "other" with more compassionate eyes.

I'm glad the DVD includes Spanish subtitles, as I'm studying that language. And I'm looking forward to Season II, which includes an episode where a border-watching "Minuteman" spends a month in a village in Mexico, and becomes much more sympathetic regarding the plight of economic refugees from Latin America.

Spurlock's DVD "Super Size Me" is also worth purchasing, especially if you have people in your life that have been manipulated by the marketing of the fast food industry.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Varraso VINE VOICE on July 7, 2006
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One of those shows that gets you right in the pit of your stomach, leaving you drained and unable to think of anything else. Our nation's lawmakers would do well to watch the "living on minimum wage" episode, and hopefully they will never view the "Living Off the Grid" one. (alternate title: Better Living Through Chemicals)

You'll think seriously about your relationship with God, and if the outer trappings really mean that much once you visit Michigan, which has many immigrants who practice the Muslm faith. Then you get to wonder why these gentle, learned people are so demonized, and if the "War on Terror" is merely another Crusade, ~500 yrs late.

You will meet the most patient person on Earth, Ed, who lives in the Castro District of San Francisco, who takes in a lovable, heterosexual Caveman for a houseguest. Surprisingly, both are changed at the end of the month (Ed less than Thor, of course). This episode, like most of the others, grabs your attention and doesn't let you go until the ride has come to a complete stop. You stumble through the exit and turn off the television, thinking about what the heck you've seen.

We saw all the episodes multiple times (Thank You, TIVO), and have pre-ordered the DVDs. Our hope is that the DVDs will add loads of new material and teasers for the coming season. But even if it doesn't, just getting to watch the episodes once more without commercials will be a real treat.

This television series is best for adults and older teens; parents of younger teens will have to decide on a case by case basis.
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I just wanted to tell you the show was important. I was so moved by it. My husband and I made our 13 year old daughter watch it. She always has questions about "gay" people and unfortunately is influenced by her "peers" at school. The show showed her things she may have... Read More
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