Man vs. Wild 7 Seasons 2007

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Season 1
(62) IMDb 7.9/10

1. European Alps TV-PG CC

Bear Grylls shows us how to survive the Alps, Europe's greatest mountain range. 120 million people visit every year, thousands becoming stranded. Bear Grylls parachutes in and demonstrates specialty survival techniques.

Starring:
Bear Grylls
Runtime:
42 minutes
Original air date:
November 2, 2007

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European Alps

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Adventure
Starring Bear Grylls
Season year 2008
Network Discovery Channel
Producers Mary Donahue
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Great family show and the kids love it.
Amazon Customer
Still, Bear really jumps into crocodile and leech infested swamps, really boulders that steep rock-face, and really does all the things impossible to fake.
Ryan Alger
He shows what is possible and demonstrates his philosophical approach to surviving in the wild so well.
Rob de Heer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Dan Newman on February 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I abosuletly love this show. Some people say Bear loses a lot for having a camera crew and putting himself into certain situations that aren't truly dangerous, but this is a television show and it is supposed to be entertaining.
With that aside, I bought this 6-DVD set from amazon with hopes of it being of high quality. I was sorely mistaken. These are DVD-R transfers from an outside company.
The downsides to this set include:
There are no interactive menus
The letterbox presentation bars at the top are unsteady and shake.
The actual shows are not of DVD quality
On the second disk of part one, it wouldn't return back to the menu after the episode was over, it just returned to the middle of the episode.

I returned this item to amazon and they were very friendly about the entire ordeal. Their customer service has never steered me wrong.

The actual Discovery channel box set of Man vs. Wild season 1 has fixed all of the above mentioned problems because they are the actual DVDs. So in short--if you want a good copy of a great show buy the Discovery Channel DVD's.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2007
Format: DVD
Over all a very entertaining program, but be forewarned that this DVD release reflects the recent re-editing of the episodes. The original concept of the show has been changed from "finding your way back to civilization," to an on location demonstration of survival technique. While the original concept was more fun to watch, it had been criticized because various situations were staged without informing the audience. The re-edited episodes explain when and where Bear receives outside help. The new concept is more honest, but leaves on the editing room floor scenes that were more staged for their own good, such as the wild horses and bunny kill from the Sierra Nevada episode.

The Hawaiian, the MOAB and the pilot episodes are also missing from this set, as they have been highly criticized for their authenticity.

Also please be aware that this DVD set is presented as non-anamorphic video.

Bear Grylls still comes off as being very charismatic and very hungry. Despite its short comings, this is still a worthy purchase for any Man Vs Wild fan as it is plenty fun to watch, and you might even learn something.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Alger on May 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Bear Grylls served in the British Special Forces; at the time he climbed Everest, he broke the world record as the youngest ever to do so; he parasailed the same mountain (really, he had an oxygen tank and a special parasail); he is an avid rockclimber, mountaineer, and adventurer; needless to say, Bear Grylls is a pretty cool guy.

That's why Man vs. Wild, a show dedicated to survival, tends to fixate on him; but this isn't a bad thing. The show is only partly instructional; if person wants some real lessons in survival, they need more then just Man vs. Wild.

A review of the show is not complete without mentioning its scenery. Filmed in HD, this show has some great shots of the world's most foreboding wildernesses; wide angle shots are fantastically directed (even if it takes always from the sincerity of the "survival" situation.) and Bear always needs to get into a place in an interesting way; weather it's hangliding, parachuting, jumping out of a helicopter, or some other stunt; these scenes, while a bit contrived, are incredibly fun to watch.

There is a gross-out factor to this show, and the editors know it. Bear often has to find food, lacking options, like a fire, he must sometimes eat some disgusting things raw, which is shown in a little too much detail. But even this has a point; it does show what a person must go through in order to survive. Despair, I have heard, is the number one killer; keeping a positive, survivalist attitude is the most important factor.

It's also worth noting that the show doesn't shy away form some of the crueler aspects of life; Bear must sometimes hunt, and kill medium sized animals (sometimes cute ones); it shows the complete process, from capture to preparation to eating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By All-access Customer on December 2, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Man vs. Wild is an amazing show that gives you insight to the wilderness as you may only hope to experience someday. Top notch.

The DVDs are pirated-looking with no options at all other than play track. When you play, it starts with the Discovery OnDemand animation, letting you know these were probably not far from pirated DVDs. Nonetheless the show is great, but the DVDs leave much to be desired.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heath A. Carter on February 13, 2008
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This is a good DVD set if you like the show. It is pretty bare bones if you are looking for DVD extras. It esentially has the show and thats about it. However, if you are like me you don't watch those extra's most of the time anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fkgravity on October 26, 2008
Format: DVD
I try to catch the show whenever I can. It's not that I am going to go out there in the wild anytime soon, but it never hurts to know these possible life saving tips. People complain about how the show is not 'real' enough. Now I ask these people who sit comfortably at home,'Even with all the help you ever need, are you able to scale those cliffs, swim across arctic water, and swallow the food that Bear puts in his mouth?' Bear is here to eduacate and also entertain us, and in my opinion he is doing a great job.
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