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Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment (2009)

Mykel Hawke Pierce  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mykel Hawke Pierce
  • Producers: Aaron Zober, Amber Engelmann, Drew Nicolello, Gilliam Taylor Jones, Karen Ripenburg
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment" on IMDb

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Nine ordinary people volunteer to participate in an incredible test of endurance. After a three-day crash course in basic survival skills, these amateur outdoor enthusiasts are dropped off, stranded in the rugged Alaskan interior, with only part of a map, some basic tools and a month to hike back to civilization before harsh and deadly winter weather sets in-and it's all for real. 8 episodes on 2 DVDs. 2009/color/5 hrs., 44 min/NR/fullscreen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars porcupine stew! October 18, 2011
I really enjoyed this little series.
I found it interesting that nobody in the group was really a leader-type. To make it work, they each had to take more initiative than they wanted to. Most of them had a pretty difficult time at one point or another, and there was a little tension in the group during some episodes. A hardcore wilderness survival enthusiast might not have much patience with this this show because of the painfully obvious inexperience of the group members. But their struggle made it all the more impactful when they achieved something, and every one of their triumphs was exciting. And like others have said, the photography and the editing style made it very easy to feel like you were experiencing the journey along with them.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes some time to get started October 19, 2009
The scenery is incredible. The production company did an excellent job including some phenomenal aerial shots of this part of Alaska in the fall. The series takes a bit too long to get started, or enjoyable. The first two episodes are the most forgettable, and could be easily skipped.

The premise - 9 people volunteer to trek across a small bit of Alaska with limited supplies. Who will make it to the end? No reward, no big prize money, no voting people off, no crazy Man versus Mountain stunts; just a group of more or less normal people trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Somebody wants out, they press the button on their GPS around their neck, and voila helicopter rescue and they are out of there.

You are led to believe that this group has been dumped in the wilderness and has to survive. Well, kind of a ways from the truth, or not exactly what happens. The whole crew got 2 days of survival training before the adventure. Despite the constant reminder that the volunteers must consume 5,000 calories a day or risk death and they haven't caught any animals; these people are given some kind of food (it is not really possible to survive 5 days with absolutely no food at all, as the narrator sort of says). And there is a short message at the end of each episode explaining that nothing was staged, there was some editing of the order to increase the drama, and first aid and a survivor specialist were constantly on hand. Oh, and at each shelter stop along the way, the producers have conveniently dropped supplies.

This is a difficult show to watch on DVD one episode after the other. The narration is highly repetitive (I never want to hear about calorie intake again in my life). The beginning of each episode contains a 3 or 4 minute recap of the season.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is worth buying for the scenery alone. It has magnificent footage of the Alaskan wilderness.

This reality/adventure series is the story of a month-long trek of 9 average Americans through the Alaskan wilderness. They are given two days of survival training, some very basic equipment, a map and an itinerary to a series of predetermined camps. Each member has a GPS beeper they can set off to summon a helicopter to whisk them outta there any time the going gets too rough for them. Only 4 make it to the series end.

The group quickly forms itself into a close-knit family that work well together and are truly supportive of each other. I found the characters quite likable, and the series a refreshing change from other reality shows in that there were no personality clashes or drama.

Its marred somewhat by a repetitive and poorly researched narration, which over-focuses on calories and protein.

Even more irritating, they get it all wrong, harping on each cast member needing 4500 calories per day in order to survive. The cast may have been expending that many calories on days they hiked, but that is certainly not the minimum daily requirement for health let alone survival.

The narration and the team also focuses on protein, as if a day or two without a slab of meat is dangerous. It seems no one there got the memo that large parts of the human population is quite healthy on a vegetarian diet. Alaska abounds in wild edible berries, roots, leaves, but until the last two episodes these were only mentioned in the context of bears being attracted to the fields of blueberries all around the cast. Also, all but one of the camps was stocked with provisions of some sort - flour, lentils, etc.,-- so they had other sources of food too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "INTO" OUT OF ALASKA February 7, 2010
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A great mini-series - the beauty of Alaska and the challenges of living in its rough and cold interior. The real drama though comes in the form of the personality clashes among the "tribe" members and how they deal with their own self-doubt in commiting to a project that seems to get harder by the day. *****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure Reader September 21, 2012
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This is a survival series that is mixed with a small bit of reality tv, but it's NOT over-dramatized, so don't worry!

PLOT: 9 volunteers are dropped off into the Alaskan wilderness, and are to travel a 60-mile journey back to civilization. Along the way, there are waypoints that consist of some sort of campsite. The campsites may or may not be fully functional, as well as stocked with a few supplies. IF at anytime a group member decides that he/she cannot continue on, they can activate their personal GPS rescue transponder, which calls in a rescue helicopter to remove them from the journey. This is not a tv contest, so THERE IS NO PRIZE! These folks are just trying to see how far they can push themselves to complete the quest.

A LITTLE MORE DETAIL: From the beginning of the journey, the group is presented with several items that they can opt to take with them, including one small caliber hunting rifle. Cameo: Mykel Hawke, from the show 'Man, Woman, Wild' is part of the helicopter rescue team (only seen a couple times), and I believe he is the narrator to the series. There IS a camera crew that follws them along (just like with 'Man Versus Wild' and 'Dual Survival'). The participants did receive survival training prior to beginning the journey, but none of them is a "professional" or experienced survivalist, so there are no ex-military or such on the team. There is a lot of realistic human drama, but that would happen to most any one of us!

The DVD set contains 8 episodes (around 50 minutes each). I absolutely despise dramatic reality tv shows that over-state the human condition, however this series did not do that. There was a little initial conflict in the first episode (people had to get used to a very difficult situation and location), but none of the episodes ever play-up the drama, and they all focus on the survival. Not everything works out, just like in a real life survival situation. I give the show 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A test of will and endurance
I loved this show. First of all it goes to show you you can't make judgments based on face value. The lady who quit on, I think, the 2nd day, the older one who said of Kim (the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a real survival show!!!!
Awesome survival type show, very nice people. Caution, Animals are killed and eaten, but they needed to eat!!
Published 1 month ago by S. Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Could you survive Alaska?
A pretty good show, makes you wonder why some people volunteer for these things.
Published 2 months ago by Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars hohum
Mostly unrealistic. Could have done without the gay agenda at the end. With all the caribou I would have eaten them instead of little varmits!
Published 5 months ago by Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
this is an awesome outdoor survival series. Follows a group of regular people that were given a crash course on survival and dropped in the Alaskan wilderness. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Edward Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT TV show
For reality TV, This here is by far the best. I have watched this many times over and still love it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric J
2.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't watch it again.
Mediocre show. When you take city folks out on adventure, it doesn't get entertaining, educational or even funny. It gets lame and boring pretty quickly. Read more
Published 15 months ago by justafan
4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
we enjoyed watching these episodes, would recommend and will probably try to find more of these types of shows .......................
Published 19 months ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this as a gift and it was a big success. The show is fascinating and the DVD was in great condition
Published 20 months ago by Audra Loy
4.0 out of 5 stars fun series
I enjoyed the program. It is really just for entertainment, but some info can be gleaned for it. makes be remmber the goodtime when I lived in Alaska.
Published 21 months ago by ave-joes-view
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