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The premiere season of THE AMAZING RACE sees 12 teams race around the globe to 'amazing' locations including Thailand, China, Tunisia, India, Italy, France, Alaska and Zambia for a $1,000,000 prize in the end.

"A race like no other in history," Jerry Bruckheimer's Emmy magnet begins (and ends) in New York with 11 teams of 22 competitors. In the end, only one team will be left standing. Their prize? One million dollars. To win, they will have to travel the world using clues, a modicum of cash, and their minds. Patience, endurance, and a sense of direction certainly won't hurt (plane tickets, fortunately, are prepaid).

The 2001 season is divided into 13 episodes (including two-part finale "Race to the Finish"). Instead of Immunity, there are Fast Forwards. The first team to find one goes straight to the next Pit Stop (rest area), bypassing any Roadblocks (tasks) left in the leg, while a Detour is a choice between two tasks. Some of the more hair-raising stunts include bungee jumping in Zambia ("The Race Begins") and beetle-munching in Beijing ("Fight to the Last Minute"). Other exotic ports of call include Paris, Rome, Tunis, New Delhi, and Bangkok.

From the start, certain teams assert themselves--and not always in the most positive ways. They include bickering (and nauseated) couples Paul and Amie (recently engaged) and Lenny and Karyn (dating), separated parents Margarita and Frank, and 14-year life partners Bill and Joe, AKA Team Guido (a name inspired by their dog). Other contestants include friends, roommates, grandparents, working mothers, and law partners. The road ahead will be long. Some partnerships will be strengthened by the journey. Others will be weakened. As with Survivor, alliances will be formed, like mother/daughter duo Nancy and Emily with self-proclaimed "Ugly American" frat brothers Kevin and Drew. (The Guidos uncharitably dub the latter "the fatties," while Kevin and Drew dub them Bert and Ernie.) The Amazing Race is hosted by low-key New Zealander Phil Keoghan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • "All Access Pass" - 90 minutes of additional scenes not shown on television
  • A special "Look Back" recap of the season
  • In-depth interviews with host Phil Keoghan and executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster
  • Audio commentaries on 4 episodes

Product Details

  • Actors: Amazing Race, Amie Barsky, Paul J. Alessi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T1JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Amazing Race: Season 1" on IMDb

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon's Best Customer on April 4, 2006
Format: DVD
I've never ever watched Amazing Race because the commercials did not make me want to see it. I happened upon Amazing Race 9 a few weeks back and was so entertained I thought I might try viewing a DVD to find out the logistics of how they film this fast paced trek around the globe.

If you are an armchair traveler like me you will not be disappointed with the locations. The visuals are superb. The locations chosen (I won't spoil it for you, not knowing where the teams will be going is half the fun) are luscious and a feast for the eyes. The physical challenges at the exotic locations are thrilling. Written between the lines is a story of how inexperienced travelers can learn respect for people and cultures overseas.

The music and editing adds to the heart pounding suspense of who will make it to each elimination stop. Interpersonal dramas make you want to yell for some and yell at others. When one team avoids elimination against all odds, I surprised myself when I burst into tears. The producers described that they had the same reaction in the Making Of special.

The commentaries are quite fun. Don't listen to any of them before you know the final outcome. The winners still choke up after watching the show a dozen times. The final 20 minutes is as perfect as any scripted movie ending. After watching the making of documentaries (too short) I gained a new respect for the bold concept that had the production teams racing to beat the contestants to the stops.

On occasion the emotional card overshadows the location shots and that can get annoying. But if you can make it through to the last 4 episodes you'll be stomping and screaming at the screen.

A big warning: don't look at the covers of the DVDs and don't look at the menus on the screen too hard. They might give away too much information about the outcome.

A big thumbs up. I can't wait for Seasons 2 - 8.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Thayer on August 11, 2005
Format: DVD
I am happy that the show finally found an audience that made the producers of the show decided to release the first season on DVD. I think of all the reality series, this one will hold its own best in "repeated viewings" and on syndication. Unlike other reality series, even if you already know who wins or who gets eliminated in a particular episode, it doesn't ruin the quality of the episode. But of course there's still nothing compared to seeing these episodes for the first time.

It is a revolutionary reality series that has a concept that was probably very hard to pull off on paper (can you imagine the reactions of the TV executives when they first heard about the concept of the show). But amazingly, they did pull it off! It is very evident that the producers treat each episode as "special episode" because can you just imagine the logistics and the number of people (across the globe) involve in producing this show?

There are some aspects of the show that were later on in the succeeding seasons were changed mostly for improvements. Example of this is that in the first season, Phil only received the teams who came in the last place (a person from that particular country receives those who came in before the last team). Part of the fun is watching the reactions of the racers anticipate whether they were eliminated or not. Because in the first season the racers already know if they came in last, we were not able to see those kinds of reactions.

Some of the most memorable teams were Team Guido (you won't believe the extent they were willing to do to get ahead), Lenny and Karyn (the original fighting couple, but their fight looked real and not some deliberate attempt to gain screen time. When Karyn said "Disappointing", you believe her!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By classic tv fan on July 19, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Amazing Race Season 1 will have the following extras:

-All Access Pass - Branch to 90 minutes of additional scenes not shown on television

-Audio commentaries on 4 episodes:
-Commentary on The Race Begins and Triumph And Loss
by Rob & Brennan and Team Guido
-Commentary on Whatever It Takes To Win and Race To The
Finish Part 2 by Karyn & Lenny and Drew & Kevin

-The Lost Roadblock - From the first episode, the teams must eat an ostrich egg! Never-aired footage, only on DVD!

-Reliving the Race - Front row seat: Kevin & Drew, Bill & Joe (Team Guido), Rob & Brennan and Lenny & Karyn share the thrill of being a part of The Amazing Race

-Creating and Coordinating - Around the world with the show's host, Phil Keoghan, executive producers Bertram van Munster & Jerry Bruckheimer and creators Elise Doganieri & Bertram van Munster as they as they discuss the remarkable journey of bringing The Amazing Race to life!
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72 of 92 people found the following review helpful By William Bartek on August 25, 2005
Format: DVD
We can tell you the best reason that we are buying this DVD for ourselves, are the extras! We can't wait to see all the footage that was not in the original season on CBS. We had a blast doing the commentary tracks and can't wait to hear what Bertram, Elise, and all the others say about this, the "Classic" version of Race.

See you at the store, or here at the news, we want this to be a BIG release!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Spaulding on December 26, 2006
Format: DVD
I only began watching the Amazing Race a few years ago, in season six, I believe, so I never saw how the show got its start. This DVD gave me the chance to go back and look at where the Amazing Race began and how far the show has come in the last few years.

The premise behind the Amazing Race is simple. Race around the world and the first team to cross the finish line wins one million dollars. Of course, with prize money like that, it won't be easy navigating your way around the world, but if you succeed, you get the cash.

The race began (and ended) in New York City. Teams traveled through South Africa, China, India, Thailand, France and numerous other places before returning to the United States for the completion of the race. Along the way, eight teams of two were eliminated, leaving only three teams of two in the final leg.

When the 11 teams of two left the starting line, they had no idea where they were going, or what they were doing. They got clues that led them to exotic destinations, places many of them had never been. It was fun to watch these Americans try to get along in another country without speaking the language.

There were some great challenges in the first version of the Amazing Race. Contestants had to jump off a cliff in Africa, navigate a crowded market in India, hike a steep portion of the Great Wall of China, drive a team of dogs in Alaska, soar in a glider above Italy and more. As the years have gone on, the challenges have remained difficult, but I believe that some of the ones in the first season were among the toughest.
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