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Survivor All-Stars - The Complete Season

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The complete season of Survivor: All-Stars.


Billed as "the greatest Survivor ever" when it launched following the Super Bowl in January 2004, Survivor All-Stars broke new ground for the hit reality series by bringing back 18 of its most famous (and infamous) characters from the previous seven installments to battle it out in a quest for affirmation or redemption (and, of course, the million-dollar prize). Half the fun was seeing who was picked to return, and there were many tasty selections: original winner Richard (natch) from Borneo; Colby, Jerri, and Tina from the Australian Outback; Ethan, Lex, and Big Tom from Africa; and the newest alumnus, Rupert from the just-completed Pearl Islands. (There were, of course, many omissions, such as Mike Skupin, who deserved a second chance after falling into the fire in Australia.)

Right from the beginning, it was clear that this Survivor was going to be different. Because people now knew each other (from sharing a previous game, watching on TV, or mixing at Survivor-related functions), some of the schemers were quickly sniffed out and snuffed out, and players were more aggressive about creating alliances (which sometimes overlapped, but hey, it's only a problem if you get caught). In addition, because no one wanted to see someone win a second million dollars, previous champions found that they had targets on their backs. As a result, there was an entirely new wave of power players. Along the way there were some surprising and very emotional developments (which had the unfortunate side effect of killing some of the show's action) and the first on-screen Survivor romance. In the end, Survivor All-Stars didn't live up to its billing as the best ever (that title would remain with season 2 in the Australian Outback), but it did bring a new twist and some genuinely memorable moments to a long-running series.

The DVD set adds significant value to the season, including some welcome behind-the-scenes info on the series as a whole. The bonus footage consists of much longer versions of each member's "confessional" after being voted out, and 57 minutes of scenes that are edited and scored like the regular episodes. Among those scenes are a tribal council that was never seen on TV and Rob Cesternino's dead-on impression of host Jeff Probst at a mock tribal council, which was seen during the season as new footage in the midseason "recap" episode. That episode is the only one not included in the set, but with the above-mentioned moment preserved, only the most hardcore fan would object to the loss of this dead spot in every season. Three different quartets of cast members recorded commentary tracks on a total of 10 episodes, including the final four on the last episode and the first reunion (the second is also included). They provide a lot of insight and fun stories, though there's a bit too much yelling over each other. There are also featurettes that should appeal to all fans of the show: how the challenges are created and tested, the casting process, behind the scenes at the final show, and TV promos for the previous seven seasons. The individual profiles of all 16 All-Stars consist of footage of their original appearances, which may help remind you why they were picked to return, and interviews before the the season started. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 15 episodes from the 2004 season, plus two reunion shows and bonus footage
  • 4 featurettes
  • Profiles of all 16 All-Stars
  • TV promos of past seasons
  • Behind the Dream Team: creating and testing the challenges
  • Anthology with the All-Stars
  • Casting the Castaways
  • The Big Night (The Finale)

Product Details

  • Directors: Mark Burnett (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 773 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERWV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Who ever is the genius idiot who decided to put the faces of the people eliminated on the disc they are eliminated? Did anyone ever think that some people may not have watched the show and did NOT want to know who was going to win, which was clear from the order of the faces on each disc? Once you know this the element of surprise is gone forever.. How sad...

Don't look at the pictures on front of every disk if you want surprises. If you don't care then you'll know who exactly get voted off with each disc and worse, you'll know who wins when you see them on the last sole disc.

Otherwise, this show was GREAT!! and therefore gets 4 stars, but really zero stars for ruining the surprises. Fire that putz that decided to blow it for people that have not watched it. Me, one of them.

The only other thing that was pathetic was the commentary by Lex, Kathy and Alicia who spend their valuable audio time on the bonus commentary bickering like teenagers over Boston Rob. Making ridiculous statements that Rob betrayed Lex etc. and that people were lying. Duh!!! The game is about outwitting, betraying, lying, and outsmarting everyone. Their bitterness of not winning makes me sick. What did anyone expect? That they were going to hold hands all the way to the finish line?
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This was the best season. The only con is the fact that they ordered the pictures on the front in how they were voted out. Terrible idea. If you have forgotten the order then hide the cover for at least some surprise to remain. Whoever decided to do the cover like that needs to bring me their torch!! Having said that, it is risky to do an all stars. It's kind of like the risk Amazing Race took with the Family Edition. The AR special edition season did not pay off. Fortunately Survivor's risk did. It paid off big time. This is the only season I actually own on DVD and that is because it is good enough to watch it over and over again. The main reason for that is because of Rob Mariano. He is a hoot. I think he's the best player of the game yet. If you don't like Rob then don't buy this season. This DVD could be more aptly titled the Mariano edition. I would not have necessarily picked all of these individuals to be considered "all stars" but a lot of that has to do with who agreed to actually put themselves through this one more time. Rob was only slightly memorable from the first time he was on the show but this time he was ruthless. If you are the type that watches Survivor in hopes that no one will actually "play" then you'll hate this one!! People you loved last time may become villains. Those who were masterful before are easily voted out. This is truly full of surprises. No matter how many times these people play the game of Survivor the outcome is going to be different every time.
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I still don't understand why so many people thought that Survivor All-Stars was a bad season. Anybody who is a true survior-fanatic thrives on watching the extreme politics, fierce mental and physical competition and the strategic moves of the players. This season has all of this, and then some.

What made it so great was that it invloved the most memorable chracters from previous seasons. Some of the most loved, most hated and most devious people were brought back (like Shii-Ann, Rob C, Rob M and of course the infamous Richard Hatch) and thrown together, resulting in a mosaic of so many different types of gameplay.

However, what made this box set truly incredible were the special features. There are so many aspects of the season that weren't aired (such as the inter-tribal letters), and every disc is jam packed with snippets of game-twists, various strategic moves and interesting events, which viewers otherwise would have been in the dark about. Other examples of special features are the complete "final words" for ALL the contestants and audio commentaries from contestants for most of the episodes.

I highly recommend this purchase, however if you are not acquainted with the characters, it is probably best to hold off until you have seen most of them in action in there previous seasons.
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When he decided to bring back 18 former contestants for Survivor All Stars, creator Rob Burnett thought he had another winning idea. The all star contestants picked were, Amber Brkich, Rob Mariano, Genna Lewis, Rupert Boneham, "Big" Tom Buchanan, Shiii Ann Huang, Alicia Calloway, Kathy Vavrick-O'brien, Lex Van Den Berghe, Jerri Manthey, Ethan Zohn, Colby Donaldson, Sue Hawk, Richard Hatch, Rob Cesternino, Jenna Morasca, Rudi Boesch, and Tina Wesson. One may quibble with some of the selections, but these players were for the most part, among the more memorable or successful players of the game, including four past winners. Despite some memorable twists and turns, All Stars turned out to be the `Rob and Amber' show. The alliance turned romance not only `survived", but produced a live on air proposal, with Amber then being named the sole survivor.

Familiarity with the contestants makes All Stars a whole new game for both the players and the audience, with past winners targeted for early elimination. Things proceed without any major bumps until Jenna M, in probably the most poignant Survivor moment ever, decides to bow out in order to be with her dying mother. Then another surprise, when Sue also decides to quit, after being `traumatized' by Richard during a challenge. Some pretty emotional stuff.

The physical group challenges as usual, are very exciting and competitive. It is painful to watch survivors get smacked down during the block puzzle. The boat building challenge was another fun event. The flag capture on the balance beams produced a number of thrilling spills, and fortunately no one was seriously injured.
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