The Amazing Race - The Seventh Season
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The seventh season of the Emmy-® winning Amazing Race was far and away the most successful to date, thanks to the participation of Survivor favorites Rob and Amber. Every episode from that season is included here, as well as plenty of infighting, treachery and globe-trotting adventure. 12 episodes on 4 DVDs. 2005/10 hrs., 49 min/color/NR.
For its seventh edition, The Amazing Race welcomed two familiar faces. Reality TV vets Rob and Amber were one of eleven teams competing for the million-dollar prize. The other contestants covered the spectrum, like boyfriends Lynn and Alex, brothers Brian and Greg, married couple Uchenna and Joyce, and mother/son duo Susan and Patrick. The latter decides he'll do whatever it takes to beat Boston Rob. As he notes in the season premiere, "I watched Survivor. He's as dumb as a rock." The shows top-rated installment spanned five continents and 40,000 miles, from Long Beach, CA to Fort Lauderdale, FL. Other pit stops include Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and London. Some of the more colorful challenges include llama herding in Peru and cave rappelling in South Africa, while the emotional high point is a trip to a Soweto orphanage, an experience that reduces Uchenna and Joyce to tears. There will also be sacrifices along the way, as when Gretchen, the second oldest contestant--after her 69-year-old husband, Meredith--has a frightening fall and Joyce says so long to her hair. The seventh season of The Amazing Race is broken into 12 episodes, including three two-part programs. This boxed set features a mini-documentary, chatty commentary from four of the highest-ranked teams, and over three hours of deleted material. After the race aired, Lynn and Alex and Rob and Amber--on network TV, naturally--tied the knot. It was also revealed that Joyce once had a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 12 episodes on four discs
- Commentary by Brian & Greg and Lynn & Alex on episode 1
- Commentary by Rob & Amber, Uchenna & Joyce, Brian & Greg, and Lynn & Alex on episode 5
- Commentary by Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce on episode 12
- Over three hours of additional scenes
- Reliving the Race: retrospective featuring interviews with creators Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, host Phil Keoghan, and the contestants
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This season was great!! Rob and Amber dominated just like they did in Survivor All Stars. They came in 1st a lot. The winners of this season were Uchenna and Joyce. People thought that Rob and Amber would win. Ron and Kelly argued a lot and if they did not argue as much as they did, they probaly would of come in 2nd (after Rob and Amber). Rob and Amber wer less than 1 minute away from winning but they had no cash to pay the taxi driver. Uchenna and Joyce passed them when they were begging for money. The 4th place racers: Meridith and Gretchen. Gretchen had an ugly fall in one of the episodes. Gretchen was gong in a cave, but then she lost her grip and fell, she had blood all over her face, but she got medical attention. People were shocked they came in 4th place because Meridith and Gretchen were seniors Meridith: 69 years old Gretchen: 66 years old! 5th place racers Lynn and Alex: AHHHHH! These people annoy me. They are boyfriends and.... boy they annoy me. 6th place racers: Brian and Gregg. They had a car flip in Africa, they were in 2nd place in the race, then, Brian was going way too fast on a small road and then the car flipped over. Brian and Gregg were fine, but their camere man was hurt badly. 7th place racers: Ray and Deana. These 2 were dating on and off, you can tell why they werent dating all the time, they argued more thea Ron and Kelly! 8th place racers: Susan and Patrick. This was a mother son team. I think they should of made it farther but, they were too slow. 9th place racers: Debbie and Bianca. On the 1st leg they came in 1st. Then on the 2nd leg they were in the middle of the pack. On the 3rd leg Susan and Patrick beat Debbie and Bianca narrowly. Debbie and Bianca were elimanated. 10th place racers: Megan and Heidi: These 2 roomates were hotties!! They were flirthing with Brian and Gregg. I really, really, really wish they made it farther! Last place racers: Ryan and Chuck. These 2 hillbillys stood no chance in a final foot race at the end of the 1st leg with Ron and Kelly. This season was great! Buy it!!
Personally, I think Seasons 3 and 6 have been the strongest, but this edition has one really great team (Brian and Greg), the requisite team you love to hate (Ray and Deana), the token old couple (Meredith and Gretchen) that refuses to go quietly into that good night (NEVER bet on the old couple to be eliminated first on any TAR season), a stereotypically snarky gay couple (Lynn and Alex), and the ever-popular team where you can't believe the words that are coming out of their mouths (from Kelly--not so much from Ron). At least one of the teams had no real business being on the show--the word is that they were actually recruited by the casting agents, rather going through the audition tape process like everyone else, and it is pretty much evident. A member of another team spends so much time groaning and complaining about inevitable defeat that you'll want to hit the mute button whenever he shows up on the screen.
This season spends rather more time in South America than in previous outings and, unusually, scarcely hits Europe at all, and then takes a literally surprising direction for the home stretch.
There's plenty of drama, and at least three photo finishes with desperate flat-out sprints to the mat, and one of these is among TAR's all-time great moments to watch. And thankfully, no one proves to be as wretched and vile as TAR5's Colin and Christie or TAR6's truly loathsome Jonathan and Victoria.
Plus there is llama herding, so you know that you're in for quality entertainment. Until TAR3 and TAR6 come out, this edition is not too shabby.