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Man vs. Wild (2008)

Bear Grylls  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bear Grylls
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 413 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6LS70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and entertainment.... December 11, 2007
I was never really interested in 'survival' programmes on the context of the fact I live in a city/town and the only wilderness around here is a small family park with a small duck pond, not exactly the Rockies.

I found survival documentaries slightly dull, not the programmes themselves, but the fact that it was a topic/genre I could not connect with or relate to. Survival experts seemed to belong to another lifestyle incorporating hunters through to paranoid doomsday nuts (I was very naive about the subject). Survival programmes usually had a barrel-chested bearded guy with glazed twitching eyes trying to show us how to make a smoking-jacket out of some poor rabbit and some leaves for a cravat.

However, I really enjoy the Man vs. Wild ones. In fact, nowadays I like survival programmes a lot, and my naivety about them is now only 'slightly pathetic'.

I first watched this on the Discovery channel, though it was re-titled (or may have been originally titled, I am not too sure) Born Survivor. I slowly come to liked it, listening to Bear Gryll's morbid stories of 'travelers' and 'hikers' meeting a doomed fate - he ALWAYS has a story to go with a poisonous plant, or a man-eating frog, etc. It was also funny watching him eat some gigantic insects to 'survive' and whilst he is telling us that these are good for us he squirms and chews with disgust at what the poor creature tastes like. There is also a slight Steve Irwin OTT drama about Bear Grylls also. For example, watching him jump off a helicopter with a slight over dramatic "yee-hah!"

Man vs. Wild is survival in a dramatic, but fun way, glamourising environments that most of us city dwellers will seldom see, besides sitting on our sofas watching TV.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show, but dissapointing DVD May 17, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of the show, but this DVD disappoints. First, the episode list that is listed here on Amazon, isn't what's on the actual DVDs. There is no desert island episode, or Colorado Rockies for example. Plus the episodes that are on the DVD, well they aren't the original broadcast edited versions...they've been re-edited. For example, there is no horse taming scene in the Sierra Nevada episode. Now while some may feel good about that, as they called some of those scenes fake, I think it's a poor choice to not include the ORIGINAL episodes as they were meant to be.

And there are no bonus features on this disc, UNLESS you call "deleted scenes" from the Sierra Nevada episode (which the scenes in question are already included in the final cut of the episode anyway), and a quick montage of eating bugs as bonus material...then well, there really isn't anything here worthwhile. Plus the menus are designed horribly. The DVD seems like it was authored in some guys living room using cheap software. Discovery should be ashamed of themselves. Plus whatever happened to releasing shows by season? That would have been much better as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Bear and the manufacturer of para glider engines take off from a base camp trying to be the first to para glide over the peak of Mt. Everest. The noticeably shaken manufacturer/engineer gives up about 1/3 of the way up, but Bear para glides so high, his altimeter/gps freezes at 20 thousand some odd feet. It is absolutely amazing and no one could ever question his will as he makes it to the top and back with little more than a parachute, massive fan harnessed to his back, some warm clothes and an O2 tank. He absolutely shattered the world record height record for para gliding that day.

Yes, I think it's funny when Bear lays out snow chicken traps made out of shoe laces, doesn't catch anything and then appears with a dead snow chicken saying "if you had caught one, this is how you'd eat it" but it is a great show to watch in High Definition. Bear engages my son and I, we giggle when he says "glaciers, vitamins and crevaces". The shows take us to great locations with beautiful scenery and keep us engaged for an hour. Who cares if during days and days of filming in hostile conditions at remote locations he spends a few nights in a motel. My hat goes off to Bear. He is driven, common-sense clever, entertaining and crazy.

Man vs. Wild is a fun show to watch and talk about. I put it in a league of it's own. It is better than 99% of the mind numbing crap found on TV today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Episodes March 1, 2010
By K. Lott
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The list of epsiodes Amazon lists above are not correct. These are the episodes that are actually on this DVD:

*European Alps
*Sierra Nevada
*Alaskan Mountain
*African Savannah
*Kimberly, Australia
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining July 23, 2007
It really doesn't matter if he has a crew and researchers and people making sure he is safe, or if some shots are staged. This show is not about Bear really surviving.

It is a *demonstration* of how to survive in extreme circumstances.

Lighten up, it is a very entertaining show, even if some of the techniques
are suspect, even if there is a crew with him...and if you really believe
that he jumps off a cliff into a river before first having the crew
check it out for depth and rocks, well then, you don't get what the show is trying to do. Entertain first, teach second.

5 stars for an original and very fun show to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic and educational videos. They make learning interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Lexella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to watch
This is typical Bear Grylis action. If you like his stuff then get the DVD. Lent in to friends who in turn loved it.
Published 7 months ago by Flesh181
4.0 out of 5 stars Bear is my hero
Love watching this guy in action. Weather he's eating something disgusting or jumping off a cliff it great. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matthew D. Scherba
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Bear!
Of course this isn't the best survival advice! I just love encountering different animals and landscapes, listening to Bear's tactics for these different survival situations, and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Vs Wild
Bear Grills on a series of his many adventure through the wilderness. Teaching us how to survive if it ever happens that somehow we become stranded somewhere. Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by mercurey06
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bear...
Great for entertainment. I would probably rather die than do most of the stuff he does...
Published on July 20, 2010 by AB
4.0 out of 5 stars Man vs Wild = Excellent
Baer goes around in the natural environment and shows you how to survive in that element. He also shows you worst case situations. Is it fake? no. Is it 100 % real? no. Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by R. Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Demonstration of Extreme Survival
After ordering and watching the first 3 seasons of Man vs: Wild I have to say that I was in awe after watching the first 2 seasons and when watching the third, I finally came to... Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars whhrrroooaahh!!! as bear would say (while leaping from a sea plane)...
And i totally agree.
I ordered mine today.seasons 1 and 2.

I love this show it's very entertaining and Bear has a wonderful energy which teamed up with the... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by D. Crowley
3.0 out of 5 stars missing episodes
This DVD is not the full series 1, it is missing episodes:

The Rockies
Costa Rican Rain Forest
Moab Desert
Mount Kilauea
Deserted Island

I... Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Charles E. Woolley
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Is this the entire first season?
Thank you, N. Wyatt. Your post helped me to find the description elsewhere. Hopefully there will be a description added when it releases on September 4th.
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