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Man vs. Wild 7 Seasons 2008

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (73) IMDb 8.2/10

Bear Grylls has served with the British Special Forces, climbed Everest, and explored the Arctic. He shows viewers how to survive the toughest and most remote environments on the planet by putting himself in the position of a stranded tourist. Watch as he takes on rainforests, deserts, glaciers and lava fields with only one goal in mind: get out alive.

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Bear Grylls

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1. European Alps

Bear Grylls shows us how to survive the Alps, Europe's greatest mountain range. 120 million people visit every year, thousands becoming stranded. Bear Grylls parachutes in and demonstrates specialty survival techniques.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: November 2, 2007
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2. Sierra Nevada

Bear travels to America's greatest mountain range-the Sierra Nevada. Bear uses his knowledge of American Indian survival techniques to build shelters, calm wild horses, and find food.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 12, 2007
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3. Alaskan Mountain Range

Bear Grylls faces the icy peaks of the Chugach Mountains, Alaska, one of the toughest known environments. Each year, over one million people visit and 500 become stranded. Bear uses his specialist survival skills and knowledge to journey across Alaska.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: October 19, 2007
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4. African Savannah

Bear Grylls shows how to survive on the African Savannah by becoming a lost tourist. Every year 40 US citizens die after being attacked by wild animals.Bear shows how to find water, avoid predators, and find food in this parched and dangerous environment.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 16, 2007
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5. Everglades

Adventurer Bear Grylls wades through the alligator infested waters of the Everglades to show you how to stay alive if you found yourself stranded in this beautiful but deadly tourist destination.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 24, 2007
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6. Ecuador

Adventurer Bear Grylls demonstrates how to survive in Ecuador's jungles by building bamboo bridges, making a bow and arrow, and showing which plants are poisonous.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: January 1, 2008
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7. Kimberly, Australia

Adventurer Bear Grylls demonstrates how to survive in the harsh Australian outback by taking extreme measures to avoid sun stroke, finding food, and avoiding the deadly 'Salties' - salt water crocodiles.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: January 1, 2008
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8. Mexico

In Mexico's Copper Canyon Adventurer Bear Grylls demonstrates how to survive by using traditional cave shelters, fishing without lines or nets, and finding scorpions and grubs to eat.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 1, 2008
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9. Iceland

Adventurer Bear Grylls shows how to survive in Iceland's Artic conditions. Bear demonstrates how to make a snow cave, find water in deep tunnels, and avoid frostbite. Half million tourists visit every year to see the freezing glaciers.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 1, 2008
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10. Scotland

Adventurer Bear Grylls is in Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains where he has to face artic blizzards, use a deer skin for shelter, and trap rabbits to eat.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: January 1, 2008
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Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Adventure
Starring Bear Grylls
Season year 2008
Network Discovery Channel
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Dan Newman on February 24, 2008
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I abosuletly love this show. Some people say Bear loses a lot for having a camera crew and putting himself into certain situations that aren't truly dangerous, but this is a television show and it is supposed to be entertaining.
With that aside, I bought this 6-DVD set from amazon with hopes of it being of high quality. I was sorely mistaken. These are DVD-R transfers from an outside company.
The downsides to this set include:
There are no interactive menus
The letterbox presentation bars at the top are unsteady and shake.
The actual shows are not of DVD quality
On the second disk of part one, it wouldn't return back to the menu after the episode was over, it just returned to the middle of the episode.

I returned this item to amazon and they were very friendly about the entire ordeal. Their customer service has never steered me wrong.

The actual Discovery channel box set of Man vs. Wild season 1 has fixed all of the above mentioned problems because they are the actual DVDs. So in short--if you want a good copy of a great show buy the Discovery Channel DVD's.
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Over all a very entertaining program, but be forewarned that this DVD release reflects the recent re-editing of the episodes. The original concept of the show has been changed from "finding your way back to civilization," to an on location demonstration of survival technique. While the original concept was more fun to watch, it had been criticized because various situations were staged without informing the audience. The re-edited episodes explain when and where Bear receives outside help. The new concept is more honest, but leaves on the editing room floor scenes that were more staged for their own good, such as the wild horses and bunny kill from the Sierra Nevada episode.

The Hawaiian, the MOAB and the pilot episodes are also missing from this set, as they have been highly criticized for their authenticity.

Also please be aware that this DVD set is presented as non-anamorphic video.

Bear Grylls still comes off as being very charismatic and very hungry. Despite its short comings, this is still a worthy purchase for any Man Vs Wild fan as it is plenty fun to watch, and you might even learn something.
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Bear Grylls served in the British Special Forces; at the time he climbed Everest, he broke the world record as the youngest ever to do so; he parasailed the same mountain (really, he had an oxygen tank and a special parasail); he is an avid rockclimber, mountaineer, and adventurer; needless to say, Bear Grylls is a pretty cool guy.

That's why Man vs. Wild, a show dedicated to survival, tends to fixate on him; but this isn't a bad thing. The show is only partly instructional; if person wants some real lessons in survival, they need more then just Man vs. Wild.

A review of the show is not complete without mentioning its scenery. Filmed in HD, this show has some great shots of the world's most foreboding wildernesses; wide angle shots are fantastically directed (even if it takes always from the sincerity of the "survival" situation.) and Bear always needs to get into a place in an interesting way; weather it's hangliding, parachuting, jumping out of a helicopter, or some other stunt; these scenes, while a bit contrived, are incredibly fun to watch.

There is a gross-out factor to this show, and the editors know it. Bear often has to find food, lacking options, like a fire, he must sometimes eat some disgusting things raw, which is shown in a little too much detail. But even this has a point; it does show what a person must go through in order to survive. Despair, I have heard, is the number one killer; keeping a positive, survivalist attitude is the most important factor.

It's also worth noting that the show doesn't shy away form some of the crueler aspects of life; Bear must sometimes hunt, and kill medium sized animals (sometimes cute ones); it shows the complete process, from capture to preparation to eating.
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Great cinematography, Bear is a good, interesting host. Why am I only giving this 3 stars? The fascination fades quickly. Every show is just more of the same in a different location. I watched the first 2 seasons and a couple of episodes of the 3rd and then just got bored.
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Man vs. Wild is an amazing show that gives you insight to the wilderness as you may only hope to experience someday. Top notch.

The DVDs are pirated-looking with no options at all other than play track. When you play, it starts with the Discovery OnDemand animation, letting you know these were probably not far from pirated DVDs. Nonetheless the show is great, but the DVDs leave much to be desired.
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Felt too short. Too dramatic, and I would have liked more survival information. Ie) they should have showed the flower of the plant he was eating the root of, so we could identify it ourselves in the wilderness. Also, he showed us how to catch a fish, but he couldn't do it himself, so I doubt we could do it either. And, did he really need to scale down the waterfall or could he have used the plants next to the waterfall for footing and handholds and would that have been safer. It's entertaining, but I want to learn realistic techniques.
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