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Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth


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  • Actors: David Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 256 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PJRARQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth" on IMDb

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Deep in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness lies the Iditarod trail, home to the last great race. Jagged mountain ranges, dense alpine forests and windswept coastlines make the route between Anchorage and Nome some of the most challenging terrain in the world. In this competition, 96 teams will attempt to traverse more than a thousand miles with 16 finely tuned dogs as an engine. Man and man's best friend must work together, care for each other, and play a disciplined game of strategy if they hope to be first to the finish line in Nome. For some the goal is to win; for others surviving would be a feat all its own.

BONUS FEATURE: EXPEDITION ALASKA Alaska, America's last frontier, is a land of breathtaking diversity - mountains, ice fields, arctic tundra, mighty rivers and some of the world's most amazing wildlife. But Alaska is changing at an alarming rate. A team of some of the world's top scientists and wildlife filmmakers explores this remote and rugged landscape to document what impact global warming is having on the landscape and wildlife of this beautiful state.

Customer Reviews

Loved every minute of it.
Robin Smyth
Iditarot is a great documentary that provides a good insight into the dog sledge race that happens in Alaska.
Amazon Customer
Those dogs love to run and their human partners care as lovingly for them as they would their own children.
Campbell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Neil on May 17, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I watched the abbreviated version of the 2009 Itidarod on TV, but I wanted a more complete / comprehensive version. I searched the web for a 2009 video. I found this video on Amazon, which appeared to be a video of the 2009 race ... but it wasn't. I was initially disappointed that this was not the 2009 race, but in fact the 2008 race. I watched it anyway. The video and commentary is excellent. I learned facts about the race that I didn't know. While I'm disappointed that Amazon didn't make it more obvious that the video is of the 2008 race released in 2009, this Discovery Channel video of the 2008 race is EXCELLENT. I hope that Discovery will also release a vide of the 2009 race, which I will happily purchase.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Learner on January 21, 2010
Format: DVD
I ordered this video after reading Gary Paulsen's (?) book, Winterdance. It was like two views of a stereoscopic picture. Winterdance gives you a real sense of the risk and foolhardiness of dog-sledding...and what the passion of it is. 'Iditarod' gives you a close up view of the people who are sold out to it...and not just the race, but the lifestyle. I go on Iditarod websites now, and read the roster of mushers and I feel like I know a lot of them. I'm asking myself, "I wonder what Lance will pull this year? Does Jeff King still have enough to stay at the front? Is Darin going back out there?" These are people I know now, and I'm cheering for the home team.
Give yourself a bit of adventure and buy this movie. Everytime, I need an outdoor fix, and can't get away for a hike, I pull out this video. It's not the same as being on the trail...but like most of the people out there...who knows where you'll wind up.
I may have passed my prime to actually run the Iditarod, but I'd love to join one of the trail teams or support teams that make the Iditarod possible. Open yourself up to a world where the Spirit of Alaska still runs free!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shaun McAfee on January 9, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm from Alaska, and this was a great DVD on the dogs races. I wasn't at all disapointed
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LilTuscany VINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
Format: DVD
The only bad thing about this is that it's short. I wish it had been ten episodes!

My husband and I watched this together, spread out over three nights. When we watched the first episode we both thought, "Huh, oddly interesting, I guess we should continue?" so we did. Well, then we each picked our favorite musher and it got way more interesting. I tell you, if you love racing, you are going to looooove this. Actually, I don't watch racing, but this has the same draws. You learn the background of each racer. You learn a bit about their dogs, the way they train, the food they give them and why. You get to hear about the mental toll this race takes on them and what they do to come in ahead of the others.

It's exciting, it's real, it's got dogs, Alaska and competition in snow! With sleds! What else could you want??!

The series starts right off, not much prep, but the preparations are gone into throughout the series. The racers experience weather issues, dog injuries, dumping their sleds on this crazy turn/drop. The only thing missing is I'd like even more background about the racers, their families, and to see more issues, like the mental toll and the financial costs etc. I'm surprised the winner only gets $69k and a truck..and a buckle. These folks really put their whole lives into their dogs and the Iditarod. To be sure, it really is the toughest race on earth.

I'd recommend this for any age. There is no s*x or violence. Everyone loves their dogs, so no issues there. It might even make your kids love their dogs even more! There is a little cursing, but overall I think this would be a super fun series for the whole family to watch together!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZoutPinda on August 31, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I love this series and am glad I bought it. It shows what it takes to go through the Iditarod experience. Anyone interested in dog sports, Alaska, pure athleticism and the qualities of team work, preparedness, focus, drive, persistance, self-assurance, trust, patience and transparency in action, this series will take you there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrice M. Lecso on April 13, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I truly enjoyed this series when it was on TV, and enjoyed it even more the second time, now that I own it. I've become an Iditarod fan and watch this excellent tale of 8 or so of the Iditarod team mushers during the 2008 season with great interest. The detail and indepth video is better than that offered an Iditarod Insider during the race in 2010. The information is still relevant and important for any mushing fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy T. on February 13, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I binge watched this show in one weekend when it was still on Netflix streaming, then bought the DVD as a gift for my parents. The explanations of seemingly minor facets of the race/race planning are fascinating, and show itself doesn't reek of manufactured drama the way some Discovery reality shows tend to (looking at you, Moonshiners). Definitely worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Iditarot is a great documentary that provides a good insight into the dog sledge race that happens in Alaska. It also provides insighr into Alaska's wilderness and tough conditions. I loved it!
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