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Survivor - The Complete First Season (2000)

Jeff Probst , Rob Mariano  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, Jerri Manthey, Tina Wesson
  • Writers: Charlie Parsons
  • Producers: Brian Barefoot, Craig Piligian, David Pritikin, Jay Cannold, Mark Burnett
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 664 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZDKXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Survivor - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains all 12 episodes plus the Grand Finale and Post-Show Town Hall Meeting on four discs
  • Commentary on two episodes by host Jeff Probst, and contestants Richard Hatch, Gervase Peterson, and Rudy Boesch
  • "Survivors Leave Los Angeles and Arrive in Borneo" featurette
  • "The Late Show with David Letterman" Top Ten List
  • "A Look Back with Richard, Rudy, & Gervase" featurette
  • Fifth disc is the previously released "Survivor Season One: The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments"

Editorial Reviews

Here's where it all began. The first season of Survivor dominated the ratings in the summer of 2000, helped spur the reality-TV craze, and inspired countless water-cooler jokes about getting voted off the island. The first season established the formula that would continue, with sometimes surprising variations, over numerous subsequent seasons: 16 people intended to represent the American mosaic are stranded far from civilization (in this case, the island of Pulau Tiga, off the coast of Borneo), struggle for food and shelter, compete in a series of physical and mental challenges, and at the end of each three-day episode vote out one of their fellow contestants. After 39 days, the one sole survivor who is able to outwit, outplay, and outlast the others wins a million-dollar prize. Because the Survivor craze preceded the craze for complete-season DVD boxed sets, the first season was represented on DVD and video by a 150-minute highlights package called Season One: The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments. Now, all 13 episodes are available in a five-disc set (the fifth disc is ...Outrageous Moments) that contains every challenge, every political maneuver, every next-episode preview and previous-episode recap, every tribal council including the famous finale, and the reunion show. If you started watching Survivor in the Australian Outback or later, this is the perfect opportunity to see how host Jeff Probst, scheming Richard Hatch, tough truck driver Sue Hawk, ex-Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, athletic Kelly Wiglesworth, and the others got the ball rolling. If you did watch the first season, here's your chance to relive it, and you also get an enthusiastic group commentary by host Jeff Probst (poking fun at himself) and contestants Hatch (talking the most, which should surprise no one), Boesch, and Gervase Peterson on the first and last episodes, plus some minor featurettes (seven minutes of footage of the contestants leaving L.A. for Borneo, David Letterman's Top 10 featuring the contestants, and 10 minutes of new interviews with Hatch, Boesch, and Peterson). Many reality shows have come and gone in the meantime, but in terms of staying fresh over a long run, Survivor has outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted them all. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Every incredible episode from the debut season of the reality show supreme-Survivor- where 16 ordinary Americans compete for one million dollars by surviving. The contestants are marooned 20 miles off the coast of Borneo and forced to fend for themselves in hopes of outlasting the others in the group which meets every 3 days to vote one person off the island and the show. 1999-2000/color/11 hrs, 4 min/NR/fullscreen.

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Sociological Experiment of the New Age April 2, 2004
In June 2000 the landscape of American television was starkly different than it is now; nearly all shows stopped production in the summer, and aside from a traditional game show fad that was beginning to subside, all programming was scripted fiction.
Then Charlie Parsons and Mark Burnett brought to CBS an idea that, while not entirely original in concept or design, was remarkably different than anything currently being aired in the United States. It was a "reality" show, based on the hit Swedish program "Expedition Robinson", in which a group of strangers were dumped on an island and forced to fend for themselves, and vote each other off one by one. They called their version "Survivor", and it kicked off a TV revolution that does not appear to be going away.
This first season of "Survivor" established all the rules which, eight seasons later, are considered gospel by fans and contestants alike: sixteen players are divided into two tribes where they must build shelter, find food, and compete in challenges. Lose the challenges and you face Tribal Council, where the tribe votes out one of its players, be they the weakest link, the bossiest leader, or the slimiest snake. Eventually the two tribes merge into one where the challenges become individual and the field is ultimately levelled to two remaining players who are judged by their fallen peers. One is left standing to claim the million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor.
With these parameters, sixteen Americans volunteered to be the initial guinea pigs, and were marooned in Borneo. Some were there for the adventure, some for the fifteen minutes of fame, and some for the money. It was, in the end, a game, and those who sought the pot of gold proved the most ambitious.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why This Show Works on DVD May 6, 2004
Contrary to a popular belief, SURVIVOR is not the kind of show that only works in its first viewing. Yes, as a game show with an unpredictable outcome, the first viewing may be the most entertaining, but what one must consider here is that SURVIVOR remains popular, season after season, because it is the best-produced show on the air. If you have any interest in TV as a creative medium, think about what it takes to produce a show like this: the countless hours of editing to create story arcs amongst the contestants and keep the outcomes unpredictable, the artfully-woven travelogue elements that present the geography and harsh climate of a remote location, the vast creativity and ingenuity required to come up with dozens of well-designed games and challenges that will entertain viewers while truly testing the players. (It looks as if the DVDs themselves could have presented a few more extras, in which the depth of these processes are shared.) SURVIVOR changed the face of modern TV for a reason -- and, to this day, it maintains the professionalism and class that few, if any, other reality programs have achieved.
In fact, I'd argue that watching the series again *after* the first time is the only way to completely grasp what makes SURVIVOR work so well, as being less focused on who is ousted from the island each episode allows the viewer to actually notice the details. New viewers, one-time viewers, and longtime fans alike should all be able to appreciate this set, while purchasing it will most likely determine whether later seasons are released onto DVD as well... so have at it.
(Speaking of later seasons, all of them contain a series of reactions and strategies against the standards set by this season, when the slate was clean and no one really knew how to play.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I finally succombed to survivor fever back when it was first on tv during the merger episode. By then, I really didn't know enough from the earlier episodes to understand the moronic attitude of the anti alliance group, and to appreciate Hatch. I did not like him for years. However, I got my S1 dvd set this week and I am on disk 3 now. I LOVE THIS. What a great season.
Here are some observations.
Cheesy stuff they don't do anymore, that I think is great in these episodes:
1) the gong going to tribal council
2) the treasure chest full of "money" (my note: what happened to this money during the rainy tribal councils? They never show it soggy)
More on the filming:
During most of the challenges, you can see boats out at sea that are supporting the production. Most of the time, the cruise ship they used for the crew is parked at the horizon, clearly visible in the scene. I heard helicopter noise during the filming of the merger challenge, where pagong lost for the last time to make it an even 5.
It is VERY amusing to watch the voting after the merge. Pagong pagonged ITSELF. This is hilarious. I just finished the episode where Jenna gets voted on by her entire tribe, even though the alphabet voting put greg out.
Another observation: whenever Jenna was on a tribe, the tribe did happy things. Pagong was a happy tribe as was Chapera. I think Jenna is under appreciated as a player on survivor.
I miss them casting a wide age range of players. If they bring that back, it will make the dynamics more interesting. BB's game strategy was a train wreck. Sonja was a great lady. I loved her singing that funny song to hatch.
Gretchen was an interesting survivor, she understood the game, as did Greg. How come we don't hear about these contestants?
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Wasn't a fan of the show when this was first televised but now diehard - don't miss a season. Glad I decided to purchase and watch how it all began. Richard Hatch ! Read more
Published 24 days ago by Bessmess
5.0 out of 5 stars The first season
Loved this package, came with bonus footage to so that was a nice extra touch. Came on time, packaging was fine. It is nice being able to relive the first Survivor season. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Survivor Season 1
The season is pretty much as I remembered. It is kind of fun, though, after all these years to see the original players trying to figure out the game. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aikobabe
2.0 out of 5 stars love the dvds
but the inserts tell you who gets voted off each when i havent watched any survivor til like survivor season 25 i didnt wanna know who got voted off each episode i just wanted to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cicciarelliam
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
As a huge Survivor fan, it was great to go back after all of this time and see how the show began. I watched Borneo on TV when it aired 28 seasons ago and I had forgotten most of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jayne
2.0 out of 5 stars good customer service,fast shipping,great quality
i always watch survivor on tv and it seemed i bought this survivor season to watch it,it was ok to watch..this might be the least best season of them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cassie heath
5.0 out of 5 stars In perfect shape almost looks new!
I love the dvds and they came looking like they were brand new. Thanks for everything. I am very very happy.
Published 1 month ago by Lee Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great start to a great show!!
What a great season. To watch how it all began (since my first season was Micronesia) was a great moment. Now I can't wait to buy and watch the rest of the seasons!
Published 1 month ago by warfarehunter7
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great to see Survivor Season One again,
especially in light of last season (27). Since Gervase had been missing from all of the Survivor special seasons, it was great to compare him to his game play of 13 years ago . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sherriel Heard
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Survivor
It's Suvivor what more can I say. I love love love this show. Every season is awesome!! Get it it's good.
Published 5 months ago by Chris
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Unlikely, the majority of Survivor seasons (pre gabon I think) weren't shot in High Def. If they were shot with film (highly doubt it) they could be, but if they are shot on standard def they wouldn't look any better. The whole idea of blu-ray is making it look better which is only possible on... Read More
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