Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Iceland and Mexico
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Learn life-saving survival skills in some of the toughest, most treacherous environments on the Earth with a man no stranger to extremes, Bear Grylls. Drawing upon all his experiences as a soldier, mountaineer and seasoned adventurer, watch as Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations. Armed with a few supplies and the clothes on his back, see how he claws his way back to civilization while demonstrating survival techniques along the way. Iceland and Mexico: 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. Iceland is notorious for its constantly changing weather and Bear has to deal with blizzards and 50 mph winds as he attempts to reach safety. Then watch as Bear shows you how to survive in Mexico's Copper Canyon and demonstrates how to build a simple compass, climb sheer cliffs safely, and use cactus to purify water.
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As for the show Man vs Wild he always seems to parachute into some of the most remote places of the world. He has a camera crew who are instructed not to help in any way. Unlike some shows Bear will go out of his way to get his point across, I remember a couple of the Man vs Wild episodes were he jumped in to quickand, freezing water, and a cravas just to show you how to get out and survive.
He shows you what to eat depending on which area he is suriving. Rather it be spear fishing, traping, or just eating edible plants he shows you what to do. I have seen him swallow a small snake whole and act like it was nothing!
Unlike him I would never be caught dead in a forest without a knife but there was one episode were he used flint knapping to make a sharp blade.
As for traveling and navigation he shows you how to use the north star at night and tricks to find north in day. This man has some major stamina too, if you watch you will always noticed he is always on the move and never really likes to take a break.
I will be honest with you, I find a book like SAS Survival Guide Handbook or the US Army field manuals to be more informative. But if you want to visually watch someone survive and use the skills that most surivial books teach then this is the DVD set for you.
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.