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The Apprentice - The Complete First Season
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The concept is simple. Real estate magnate Trump selects 16 players from business applicants across the nation. The grand prize? A $250,000-a-year job running one of his companies. As in producer Mark Burnett's Survivor, the contestants are then sent to an island--the island of Manhattan. In the first episode, they're introduced, then divided into two teams: the men (Versacorp) versus the women (Protégé). From this point on, they will compete in a variety of business-related challenges. The parallels to Survivor are clear, but brains will be more important than brawn--although charisma never hurts. The challenges include selling a product, managing a restaurant, and devising an advertising campaign.
At the end of each episode, the losing team is sent to the boardroom, where they meet with Trump and advisors Carolyn and George. The person considered most responsible for the loss gets to hear the immortal words: "You're fired." Although there can only be one winner, several stars would emerge during the first season: unctuous Sam, plainspoken Nick, sassy Heidi, and abrasive Omarosa. Various celebrities would also make guest appearances, such as Isaac Mizrahi, Regis Philbin, and Jessica Simpson. The success of The Apprentice would inspire a second season, as well as a host of imitators and spoofs, like Billionaire with Richard Branson and The Assistant with Andy Dick. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The show's premise has been described so often I won't summarize here. As Bill Rancic observes in his book, there's not much reality here. Tasks bear only faint resemblance to real-world business challenges faced by senior executives. Extra pressures arise from the group's living arrangement: a loft on Tiffany Corner, 5th Avenue and 57th Street, where participants sleep in cubicles, "on top of each other." Well, says Trump, a tiny apartment at that location might rent for $12,000 a month. He should know!
Besides the survivor-type drama, we get a rare glimpse into Trump's world, as he shows off his apartment, fleet of aircraft, estates and companies. He comes across as likeable, even "funny," as one fired contestant says, showing annoyance only once in the entire series, during a mix-up in the very last episode.
So can we learn business lessons from the show? In many ways, yes. Above all, what's important is conducting yourself professionally and never losing your cool. Participants must cooperate to win as a team, yet ultimately their teammates are also their competitors. In corporate America, you get ahead by supporting your boss. Here, a savvy team can undermine a leader who's a potential strong competitor or a despised colleague, getting that leader fired.
Trump also encourages players to think outside the box. He is quick to fire those who won't stand up for themselves or who are squeamish about critiquing their colleagues. One woman got fired because she held back instead of "fighting for her life." Feisty is good.Read more ›
The packaging of this DVD is very unique: it talks. Yes, for all the Apprentice-wannabes, open the flap of the boxed set's slipcase at the store - and you get hear Mr. Trump actually fire you. It's an amusing little gimmick.
The episodes are presented in the same format as they were shown on broadcast television, with four episodes per disc, and a fifth disc full of special features - deleted scenes, contestant profiles, extended auditions of each contestant, making-of documentaries, Trump-isms, a condensed version of the entire season, a preview of "The Apprentice 2" featuring the 18 new contestants, even advice for the newbies from the old contestants. Virtually everything you could want as far as DVD special features are concerned, except for audio commentaries. Those might have been nice for maybe the pilot and the finale, but then again - I almost never listen to them, anyway.
It's an entertaining show, and it's a well thought out, full-featured DVD. And hey, even just for the talking box alone, it would be a very interesting addition to your DVD collection.
I hadn't seen even one episode of "The Apprentice", but I heard
only positive reviews from my friends. So, I decided to get the DVD box set.
On "The Apprentice", 16 contestants get split into two teams. Trump pits the
two teams against each other. Each team must complete the same types of
business projects in set time frames. The team that makes the most profit
wins. That winning team usually gets the privilege of using one of Trump's
extravagant facilities. As for the losing team, they reconvene with Trump, and
Trump "fires" a member. The process of elimination continues until there are
only two contestants left. Trump awards the last standing survivor with a high
position at one of his companies.
"The Apprentice" is ingenious on two levels. The first level of genius is that
Trump gets to advertise himself on TV, to millions of people. He doesn't pay
for the advertising; instead, Trump gets paid to advertise himself. The show
portrays Trump to be more of a business-god than a business-man. And
people willingly agree to watch this advertising. It's fun. The business-god is
who many of us dream of being.
Not only does Trump get paid to build-up his own business prestige, but also
Trump gets competent unpaid laborers to advertise and promote his
companies. For instance, in one episode the two teams compete to see who
can sell more of Trump Ice, which is Donald Trump's bottled water. In
another episode, the two teams compete to see who can make more money
by renovating and renting out two of Trump's apartments.Read more ›
The DVD is an impressive five-disk set which offers the complete first season and an extra disc of special features. Just owning the show is worth the asking price alone, though there are a couple of quibbles here. Firstly the sound seems poor to me - I don't know if I'm alone in that (in which case, time for a new DVD player!) - my other DVDs play fine but the audio in this set is noticeably inferior, particularly the narrative. Secondly, I was mortified to discover that the funky little tune that accompanies the opening titles is not included on the DVD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We watched the first episode and there was way too much talking. I didn't care for the tactics Trump and his people did to the candidates applying for his apprentice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LUVSERIES69
Great series. Good information. Fun to watch. Mr. Trump is a great Fincancial expert. I learned a lot!
Wishing the other seasons would come out on DVD. Read more
Season 1 of The Apprentice was the real deal, i got this DVD to refresh my business skills and to learn a thing or two from Mr Trump himselfPublished 12 months ago by demanteys
Love this show. I'm not the biggest fan of Trump, but I can't hate the fact that he made millions. I watch this show to see why a project manager would get fired. Read morePublished 13 months ago by tee