Survivor - Africa
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Survivor III: Africa comes to DVD for the first time with so much more than you saw before. With this special-edition DVD set you can replay and relive all of the original series' episodes, and rejoice to see and hear many bonus features never shown on TV. Replay the most memorable and outrageous moments of the season as the Survivors outwit, outplay and outlast each other for the one-million dollar prize.
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Unfortunately, all you're really getting is the episodes. Yes, technically, extended "final words" footage and Early Show interviews are extra, but they're almost never interesting. For other seasons, CBS has invited players back to record commentary tracks, which I love. The commentaries really give the viewer a look behind the editing to see what really went on, and I was especially looking forward to, say, what the players who so self-righteously refused to admit being part of an "alliance" think about the complete lack of moral judgments on alliances eight years later. This season introduced the purple rock tie-breaker that has terrified players ever since. I would love even a quick ten-minute set of interviews with survivors, Probst, Burnett, or just about anyone else who wants to put some thought into the impact of this season after nearly a decade.
I'm thankful to get to watch this show again. I love these players (except the most self-righteous members of the non-alliance alliance), I love the way the structure worked out, I love the location. I shouldn't complain that I'm not getting anything substantial as an extra on the DVDs. Still, for hardcore Survivor fans, I think this collection is going to be disappointing because it's so minimal.
Overall, a good season. The final five is the most likable final five I've ever seen, and I would have been happy with any one of them winning. The winner was a very good one in the end. I consider this a middle season, probably ranked in between 10-20 of the 31 seasons. I just wish they had packed the discs better.
For the most part, this is old school Survivor. Two tribes of eight people each, competing each week for reward and immunity. No hidden idols, no exile island, no redemption island, no returning previous players. The one twist introduced this season was the shuffling of tribe members before the merge, and the scrambling and subsequent ousters that resulted from that were hilarious and well-deserved. A brief immunity run at the end led to an unexpected final two, a jury that was only bitter enough to be entertaining but not hateful, and a reasonably deserving winner. All in all, a good season.
Other reviewers have mentioned the quality of this DVD set since it's manufactured-on-demand, but I can say that I had no problems playing the disks on either a 7-year-old DVD player or a new player purchased this year. One person mentioned that his disks were dirty and scratched; mine were not dirty although some of them had odd scuff marks on the playable side and a small shallow horizontal scratch, which must have resulted from the production process since the scratch was identical on three or four of the disks. None of that affected playability, however. All the disks played without skipping or freezing.
The picture and sound quality are both very good. A few minor complaints: there are no subtitles, which would be nice to have since the players often talk in whispers (and really any season with Big Tom is going to makes subtitles a necessity even when he's speaking at full volume). The chapter marks are not set at scene breaks, instead, they're just set at every ten minutes, which makes navigating kind of a pain if you're looking for something specific. And although it's great to have as extras the Early Show interviews of the most recently booted contestant, the way the interviews are labelled means you'll be spoiled for the second episode on each disk (which is really only an issue the first time you watch). Also, a box to hold the disk cases together (there are nine disks in three separate disk cases) would be nice. Minor complaints aside, I'm really glad to have more seasons out on DVD and I won't hesitate to purchase the manufactured-on-demand sets in the future.