The Amazing Race: Season 2
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In the second season of The Amazing Race, eleven teams featuring a cast of twins, a mother & daughter duo, siblings, grandmothers, pastors, and childhood friends are thrown into a global race. The race travels 52,000 miles in 28 days, spanning 5 continents and 8 different countries. The new countries are Brazil, Namibia, Australia and New Zealand. Also, South America and Oceania are visited for the first time in the second installment of the series. Each of the teams tackle extreme odds and intense obstacles that include wearing a mask into a cave full of bats to retrieve their next clue, climbing 268 steps to the Tian Tan Buddha, searching for painted pineapples in a large field, rowing a dragon boat made for twelve and bungee jumping 450 feet to the bottom of a canyon. Watch as the teams race around the world, see who is eliminated and finally the team that wins the grand $1 million dollar prize in this 3-disc collection.
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It's one of the reality shows that I've really liked as it's entertaining throughout (seeing the odd tasks, the different locations, and the people).
The Amazing Race: The First Season was released on DVD, with The Amazing Race - The Seventh Season out shortly after.. and then nothing.
Fortunately, Amazon is now offering (exclusively) Amazing Race - Season 2.
It's an Amazon Exclusive in that it's part of their burn-on-demand program. That means that rather than being a mass-produced DVD, Amazon will actually burn a DVD (or set of DVDs) when you order, put them in a case and send it out to you.
There are some Pro's and Con's to this - the PRO obviously being that this would otherwise not be released! The CON being that these are DVD-R's (complete with purple-back), usually lack extras, and can sometimes be pricey.
The set arrives in 2 DVD cases (3 discs in 1, 2 discs in the other (5 total)) - labeled "PART 1" and "PART 2". Fortunately they are sold together and not actually sold as individual parts (like some companies do).
The DVDs are in full-screen format, ranging from 1-3 episodes per disc (most discs being 3 episodes). These are hour-long episodes which come out to about ~44 minutes each on DVD. Audio is in stereo.
Video quality is good - nothing terrible but nothing great (keep in mind it is fullscreen as this was made back in 2002). Sound is the same - nothing great, but it is a TV show.
Unfortunately there are no extras. This is a bit disappointing as the previous DVD sets (season 1 & 7) had all sorts of extras (90 minutes of additional scenes, audio commentary, never-aired footage, interviews, around the world with the hosts/creators, 3 hours of never-before-viewed-scenes, each episode containing never before seen footage, etc..)
These discs are just the episodes.
Besides that, the artwork on the cases doesn't fit with the previous sets (the previous sets coming in slim DVD cases inside of a box, with the logo on the spine - these just say "THE AMAZING RACE 1" and "2" (with "the second season" being very small and not easy to read). A VERY small issue, but it doesn't fit with the other sets, for anyone who cares about these things.
One of the issues I have though - this set costs more than the other DVD sets. Season 1 and 7 were professionally done, include extras and sell for about 20-30 dollars. This set is 35 dollars (usually), for a 'burned' DVD set and no extras.
Aside from that, I love the show and if you do too, this is worth getting - I only hope they release the other series'
This is such a great show, and works on so many levels. First, it's a great show. It has a lot of suspense on who will come in where. I also like how the teams interact with each other. Will got on my nervest a lot, but it's so much fun to root agansit him. :O) I also love the different locations that they visit. The places are so beautiful. It's just amazing to see the clear, crisp blue waters, and the impressive sand dunes. I also like seeing teh different cultures, and see how other peopole live.
Another plus to the show is that this is a family show, even chidlren can enjoy it. There isn't any profanity, or blood, or any other violence. Honestly, it's kind of refreshing to see it.
If you've have seen the other seasons, then this one isn't a let down. If you haven't seen thsi show, then you need to get it. I can promsie you won't be sorry.
But I desperately hope that Amazon (and CBS for that matter) continue this by releasing the remaining seasons that aren't available in any form.
I was really happy to see that season 2 would be available and I ordered it right away.
This was at the end of January and I had to wait 2 months before this article was sent to my address.
During this wait, I was informed by Amazon that the wait would be longer than expected and that I could cancel my order if I wanted.
I decided to wait as long as I had to.
I finally received the set in mid-April, but I was surprised to see the mention "Part One" on the cover art.
The set I received has only 3 DVDs with a total of 8 episodes, so I'm guessing there is a Part Two with the remaining episodes of the season...
No other comments here mention the same problem.
Did everyone receive the full season (a 5-DVD set) ??
Am I the only one with this problem ?
Of course, I wrote to Amazon's Customer Service, and I'm sure I will get an answer from them very soon.
But I don't really care about a refund, I just want to receive the complete season, with all the episodes !!