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Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment

4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Nine ordinary people volunteer to participate in an incredible test of endurance. After a three-day crash course in basic survival skills, these amateur outdoor enthusiasts are dropped off, stranded in the rugged Alaskan interior, with only part of a map, some basic tools and a month to hike back to civilization before harsh and deadly winter weather sets in-and it's all for real. 8 episodes on 2 DVDs. 2009/color/5 hrs., 44 min/NR/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Mykel Hawke Pierce
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B002HFWAKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment" on IMDb

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This is a survival series that is mixed with a small bit of reality tv, but it's NOT over-dramatized, so don't worry!

PLOT: 9 volunteers are dropped off into the Alaskan wilderness, and are to travel a 60-mile journey back to civilization. Along the way, there are waypoints that consist of some sort of campsite. The campsites may or may not be fully functional, as well as stocked with a few supplies. IF at anytime a group member decides that he/she cannot continue on, they can activate their personal GPS rescue transponder, which calls in a rescue helicopter to remove them from the journey. This is not a tv contest, so THERE IS NO PRIZE! These folks are just trying to see how far they can push themselves to complete the quest.

A LITTLE MORE DETAIL: From the beginning of the journey, the group is presented with several items that they can opt to take with them, including one small caliber hunting rifle. Cameo: Mykel Hawke, from the show 'Man, Woman, Wild' is part of the helicopter rescue team (only seen a couple times), and I believe he is the narrator to the series. There IS a camera crew that follws them along (just like with 'Man Versus Wild' and 'Dual Survival'). The participants did receive survival training prior to beginning the journey, but none of them is a "professional" or experienced survivalist, so there are no ex-military or such on the team. There is a lot of realistic human drama, but that would happen to most any one of us!

The DVD set contains 8 episodes (around 50 minutes each). I absolutely despise dramatic reality tv shows that over-state the human condition, however this series did not do that. There was a little initial conflict in the first episode (people had to get used to a very difficult situation and location), but none of the episodes ever play-up the drama, and they all focus on the survival. Not everything works out, just like in a real life survival situation. I give the show 5 stars.
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I really enjoyed this little series.
I found it interesting that nobody in the group was really a leader-type. To make it work, they each had to take more initiative than they wanted to. Most of them had a pretty difficult time at one point or another, and there was a little tension in the group during some episodes. A hardcore wilderness survival enthusiast might not have much patience with this this show because of the painfully obvious inexperience of the group members. But their struggle made it all the more impactful when they achieved something, and every one of their triumphs was exciting. And like others have said, the photography and the editing style made it very easy to feel like you were experiencing the journey along with them.
I want more!
In fact, how do I sign up??
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Nine regular people are dropped into the Alaska wilderness and tasked with surviving until they make their way back to civilization. Although the situation is contrived from beginning to end, the physical and mental challenges are undeniably real. As time goes on the toll from exhaustion, weight-loss, cold and starvation becomes etched in each of the subject's faces. Although the scenery is beyond spectacular, I think I ended up dreading the increasing snow almost as much as they did.

I found myself thinking it was a metaphor for life. The members who quit did so for vastly different reasons and in most cases, I would not have anticipated it from my initial take. Some had character or emotional issues they were unable to surmount. Some had medical issues they could not overcome. But the thing that struck me was given enough time, I believe every one of them would have ended up having to quit. They were just deteriorating at different rates. Just like life. Sooner or later, we are all forced to quit in the end. The nice thing about the show was it was contrived so we got a happy ending.
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A great mini-series - the beauty of Alaska and the challenges of living in its rough and cold interior. The real drama though comes in the form of the personality clashes among the "tribe" members and how they deal with their own self-doubt in commiting to a project that seems to get harder by the day. *****
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this is an awesome outdoor survival series. Follows a group of regular people that were given a crash course on survival and dropped in the Alaskan wilderness. they travel a distance and stay at a shelter for a couple days until they get out. they don't know where they are, how far they have to go, or when it will be over, just a new map every to their next destination.

over all i would highly recommend this item.
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For reality TV, This here is by far the best. I have watched this many times over and still love it. It was a test that really challenged the will of the people and for them to succeed in the environment they were in is exceptional. My hats off to the contestants that participated and for anyone who loves a real Reality, outside the concrete and steel jungle, this is a must see.
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This DVD is highly entertaining. I hated to see their adventure end. I found myself cheering every small victorious moment, while cursing their bad luck. It's one of those DVDs we'll watch over and over until we know every line by heart.
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This show was incredible! The people that stayed to finish the challenge were amazing. I enjoyed watching them work as a team to survive every challenge they came across. It was truly inspiring the way they cared about each other and the way each of them took responsibility to stay alive. One of the best survival shows I have seen!!
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