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Survivor All-Stars - The Complete Season
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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
- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They should change it to the Survivor Soap Opera - gag me with a pitchfork.Published 8 days ago by Jammie Lane
This is the season that is not available in any other format, including streaming, and it has a terrific back story about the relationship of Rob and "Ambah" which is... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kind Reader
Couldn't be happier, the first season of Survivor (along with Pearl Islands) that I've ever bought, and now have Vanuatu on the way. Looking forward to buying more :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE SURVIVOR, GREAT TO WATCH AND BRING BACK SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLAYERS, WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY SURVIVOR FAN!!Published 3 months ago by DARRELL PUGH JR.