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Dual Survival Season 1

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In Dual Survival, the survivalists are dropped into a scenario that could happen to anyone: marooned boaters, lost hikers, stranded mountain climbers. Equipped with minimal gear that would have been carried in the real-life situations, Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin must draw upon their arsenal of skills to devise extraordinary ways to use what they can find in their surroundings, as well as ordinary objects, and demonstrate what it takes to stay alive. How will they use a 35mm camera, condoms and a pack of cigarettes in the Laos jungle? Or a car battery, electrical wiring, tires and seat cushions from a broken-down car in Peru?

Episodes:

Shipwrecked - Cody and Dave must use items they salvage from their life raft to find shelter, build a fire and find food and water when they arrive on a deserted island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the dead of winter - showing what it takes to survive.

Failed Ascent - In this scenario, Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin take on a mountaineer's worst nightmare: stranded on top of a mountain in New Zealand with limited supplies. Together they battle glacial peaks and deep rocky canyons to show what it takes to survive.

Out of Air - Each year, an average of 20 people drown while cave diving. For this survival scenario, survival experts Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury are lost SCUBA divers who are fortunate to find air, but they are deep inside the maze of caves in Belize.

Desert Breakdown - Survival experts Dave and Cody head to Peru's "Valley of the Volcanoes" to take on the ultimate lost-in-the-desert survival scenario: a broken down car, miles from civilization, in the middle of a lava-scorched land with few survival resources.

Panic in the Jungle - Dave and Cody take on a lost hiker scenario in the sweltering jungles of Laos. The items given to them for their journey include typical (or not so typical!) items a backpacker might carry: a 35 mm camera, condoms and a pack of cigarettes.

Swamped - Survival experts Cody and Dave head to the heart of the Louisiana bayou to take on a potentially deadly scenario: lost in a 1,000 square mile labyrinth of water channels and bogs, home to 1.5 million alligators and six species of poisonous snakes.

Split Up - Survival experts Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin take on a nightmarish scenario: stranded, miles apart, in Arizona. Their mission: trek through the tough terrain to find each other and then together make their way to civilization.

Soaked - For two boat-wrecked hunters, surviving in the Pacific Northwest rainforest takes keen navigation skills and the know-how to avoid hypothermia and signal for rescue. Dave and Cody take on this nightmare scenario and show what it takes to survive.

After the Storm - In a hurricane's aftermath, Cody and Dave find survival resources in an unlikely place-trash. But their journey to the Dominican Republic's coast is littered with creatures that sting, and Dave ignores Cody's advice about hunting the deadliest of them all

Bogged Down - Deep inside Brazil's Pantanal, the largest swamp wetland in the world, Cody and Dave wade through piranha-infested water in search of civilization. Their best bet for rescue is a river but Cody's plan on how to travel on it could sink them both.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2015
  • Run Time: 491 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X7VRG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Going back to Ron Hood and Ray Mears, I'm a huge fan of 'survival' type programs. And the torch they started back in the day are carried on with skill and honor with productions like 'Survivorman' and 'Man Woman Wild'. Showcasing basic skills that the average person can learn and, if necessary, apply.

Having spent time in the (fairly benign) woods of my youth, and later as a young soldier, I can testify to the many practical applications displayed by Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin. Simple things like not panicking and mentally working out the situation are often not adhered to by even the most conscientious of instructors who often immediately jump into 'the lesson'.

What I love about the guys, and humble studs like Les Stroud and Mykel Hawke, is that they attempt to display the basic framework of survival to an average person. They're not out to prove how badass they are, nor are they implying that you need to be a veteran of the special forces or have extreme outdoor training in order to succeed. Dave and Cody take the approach that any Joe or Jane Average might be able to learn; just enough pointers that a regular person might be able to utilize in an unexpected situation. It's not a stunt show like some other so-called survival programs which seem to promulgate the very worst kind of decision-making, and adopting what almost every field expert describes as an insane life-threatening pace.

What makes Dual Survival such an incredible resource, and an admittedly very entertaining resource, is that you couldn't find two more divergent individuals to pair together.
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Before I started caring about real survival, I liked shows like Bear Grylis Man vs Wild(i think). Now that I actually care about surviving, I LOVE this show. I like having both Cody Lundin, who lives his life completely off grid, and has respect for nature and animal life, isn't afraid to eat plants, and I love Dave Canterbury the bad ass that he is. They are both about survivng, and showcasing good techniques, obviously there are times when they do things for camera and rating sake, as with any show. But, its not sensational, you could actually learn something from this show and apply it in a real survival situation. I like learning things like building basic shelter, tracking animals (seeing signs of animal), water resources, etc from these guys.

This is a fabulous way to watch two completely different people with two different strategies get along, compromise and make it work in high stress times. They are fabulous examples of how to stay calm, communicate and think it through before acting. It actually adds some comedy because they get annoyed with each other. They respect each other, and their differences bring a lot of well rounded value to this show!
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I am a big fan of Les Stroud and Bear Grylls, I've watched their material over and over, but there is something special about Dual Survival. Almost everyday I will watch something from these DVDs. Man vs. Wild presents techniques for basic survival as well as advanced and extreme methods, Les Stroud wove the drama of his one-man production into his edu-tainment, but in Dual Survival a lot of quality, pragmatic survival techniques are presented from two distinct and sometimes opposing perspectives. It creates a nice tension arc in the structure of the show. Along with learning how to survive, another aspect of the genre I enjoy is the outdoor and wildlife photography. Les Stroud hit the nicest notes in his shows in regards to this, including his oft-repeated hunting disclaimer that, he respected natural life and it wasn't to be taken lightly; the hosts of Dual Survival, particuarly Cody Lundin, also admirably emphasize conservation of natural resources. All of the various hosts are great at what they do and knowledgeable, but I would point out that Cody and Dave are American archetypes, and that is probably why I love their show the most. I miss the photography emphasis that LS had, but DS isn't shabby in this regard, it just doesn't seem to be a major concern of the editors. If I had to fault the show, I would say they could improve with better music. Hopefully subsequent seasons will have DVD releases (please!) as I do not use streaming formats.

Thanks to the producers, cast and crew for creating a great show that I would choose over 99% of the rest of the programming out there.
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By Satch on March 14, 2012
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There are three reasons to watch a reality-survival show on TV: knowledge, scenery, and entertainment. This show does well on all three points.

Both of the hosts pretty well know what they're doing, and are good at explaining what they're doing for the most part. Even if you've read every manual there is, you might learn something new from these guys. It's also helpful to visually see the process and results of the things you've read about. Unless you're a wilderness expert already, and who really is, you'll probably learn something.

The site locations are creatively varied. The cinematography is also generally good, so you can get a fair sense of what these environments are like. Dual Survival is a travel show, as much as it's a survival show.

Where general entertainment value is concerned, the co-hosts really are what distinguishes this show from all of the others. The "odd couple" theme (throwing a hippy and an army sniper together) is kitchy and formulaic, but it happens to work in this case. Both guys are laid-back and uptight in slightly different ways, and they have enough in common to generally get along. Watching feels like hanging out with friends on a jacked-up camping trip, and that's the best possible outcome for a TV show, whether it's a sitcom or a reality show.

You'll like this thing, as they say, if this is the sort of thing you like.
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