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Survivor All-Stars - The Complete Season

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The complete season of Survivor: All-Stars.

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Billed as "the greatest Survivor ever" when it launched following the Super Bowl in January 2004, Survivor All-Stars broke new ground for the hit reality series by bringing back 18 of its most famous (and infamous) characters from the previous seven installments to battle it out in a quest for affirmation or redemption (and, of course, the million-dollar prize). Half the fun was seeing who was picked to return, and there were many tasty selections: original winner Richard (natch) from Borneo; Colby, Jerri, and Tina from the Australian Outback; Ethan, Lex, and Big Tom from Africa; and the newest alumnus, Rupert from the just-completed Pearl Islands. (There were, of course, many omissions, such as Mike Skupin, who deserved a second chance after falling into the fire in Australia.)

Right from the beginning, it was clear that this Survivor was going to be different. Because people now knew each other (from sharing a previous game, watching on TV, or mixing at Survivor-related functions), some of the schemers were quickly sniffed out and snuffed out, and players were more aggressive about creating alliances (which sometimes overlapped, but hey, it's only a problem if you get caught). In addition, because no one wanted to see someone win a second million dollars, previous champions found that they had targets on their backs. As a result, there was an entirely new wave of power players. Along the way there were some surprising and very emotional developments (which had the unfortunate side effect of killing some of the show's action) and the first on-screen Survivor romance. In the end, Survivor All-Stars didn't live up to its billing as the best ever (that title would remain with season 2 in the Australian Outback), but it did bring a new twist and some genuinely memorable moments to a long-running series.

The DVD set adds significant value to the season, including some welcome behind-the-scenes info on the series as a whole. The bonus footage consists of much longer versions of each member's "confessional" after being voted out, and 57 minutes of scenes that are edited and scored like the regular episodes. Among those scenes are a tribal council that was never seen on TV and Rob Cesternino's dead-on impression of host Jeff Probst at a mock tribal council, which was seen during the season as new footage in the midseason "recap" episode. That episode is the only one not included in the set, but with the above-mentioned moment preserved, only the most hardcore fan would object to the loss of this dead spot in every season. Three different quartets of cast members recorded commentary tracks on a total of 10 episodes, including the final four on the last episode and the first reunion (the second is also included). They provide a lot of insight and fun stories, though there's a bit too much yelling over each other. There are also featurettes that should appeal to all fans of the show: how the challenges are created and tested, the casting process, behind the scenes at the final show, and TV promos for the previous seven seasons. The individual profiles of all 16 All-Stars consist of footage of their original appearances, which may help remind you why they were picked to return, and interviews before the the season started. --David Horiuchi


Special Features

  • 15 episodes from the 2004 season, plus two reunion shows and bonus footage
  • 4 featurettes
  • Profiles of all 16 All-Stars
  • TV promos of past seasons
  • Behind the Dream Team: creating and testing the challenges
  • Anthology with the All-Stars
  • Casting the Castaways
  • The Big Night (The Finale)

Product Details

  • Directors: Mark Burnett (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 773 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERWV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was the best season. The only con is the fact that they ordered the pictures on the front in how they were voted out. Terrible idea. If you have forgotten the order then hide the cover for at least some surprise to remain. Whoever decided to do the cover like that needs to bring me their torch!! Having said that, it is risky to do an all stars. It's kind of like the risk Amazing Race took with the Family Edition. The AR special edition season did not pay off. Fortunately Survivor's risk did. It paid off big time. This is the only season I actually own on DVD and that is because it is good enough to watch it over and over again. The main reason for that is because of Rob Mariano. He is a hoot. I think he's the best player of the game yet. If you don't like Rob then don't buy this season. This DVD could be more aptly titled the Mariano edition. I would not have necessarily picked all of these individuals to be considered "all stars" but a lot of that has to do with who agreed to actually put themselves through this one more time. Rob was only slightly memorable from the first time he was on the show but this time he was ruthless. If you are the type that watches Survivor in hopes that no one will actually "play" then you'll hate this one!! People you loved last time may become villains. Those who were masterful before are easily voted out. This is truly full of surprises. No matter how many times these people play the game of Survivor the outcome is going to be different every time.
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Who ever is the genius idiot who decided to put the faces of the people eliminated on the disc they are eliminated? Did anyone ever think that some people may not have watched the show and did NOT want to know who was going to win, which was clear from the order of the faces on each disc? Once you know this the element of surprise is gone forever.. How sad...

Don't look at the pictures on front of every disk if you want surprises. If you don't care then you'll know who exactly get voted off with each disc and worse, you'll know who wins when you see them on the last sole disc.

Otherwise, this show was GREAT!! and therefore gets 4 stars, but really zero stars for ruining the surprises. Fire that putz that decided to blow it for people that have not watched it. Me, one of them.

The only other thing that was pathetic was the commentary by Lex, Kathy and Alicia who spend their valuable audio time on the bonus commentary bickering like teenagers over Boston Rob. Making ridiculous statements that Rob betrayed Lex etc. and that people were lying. Duh!!! The game is about outwitting, betraying, lying, and outsmarting everyone. Their bitterness of not winning makes me sick. What did anyone expect? That they were going to hold hands all the way to the finish line?
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After seven mostly successful (some wildly so) seasons on the air, this eighth season of Survivor (an All-Star edition featuring all returning castaways) was a turning point in the show's history. The reason? It allowed the show producers to gauge whether or not interest in the franchise was still high.

But before the philosophical stuff, this was simply just a great season of Survivor! It earns every bit of its five star rating based on the high drama created by the already established "characters". The preceding seven seasons of the show had introduced enough interesting personalities to completely whet the appetite of Survivor-holics, so the concept of the old favorites coming back was quite tantalizing. Richard, Colby, Boston Rob, Rupert, & Lex all on the same island? Survivor fans were all but screaming "count me in!".

While I won't give away the "meat" of the season here, suffice it to say that it is filled with more emotion than perhaps any previous season. Despite being a little shaky in the early goings (the "three tribes" thing was a bit awkward), once the season hits its midpoint it becomes as engrossing as any previous Survivor effort.

Yet, despite the greatness of the season itself, "All-Stars" to me always represented a turning point in the Survivor franchise. The "rock and a hard place" that Mark Burnett kept running up against was that the standard formula from the first four Survivors was bound to fail eventually. Most people watching the show wanted the drama to continually escalate, so the only way to do that was to insert more "gags" and contrived drama into the proceedings, a fact that is quite obvious in seasons 5-7 (Johnny Fairplay, anyone?).
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This was one of the best Survivor Seasons EVER! We've watched Survivor since the very first Season in Borneo. This All-Stars Season was lots of fun because by now most of those All-Stars have played Survivor 2-4 times! They feel like family! This season was on my radar because this is the Season that Rob Mariano (Boston Rob) met and fell in love with Amber Birkich. She won first place, he came in #2. They've been married now for 11 years and have 4 daughters. He went on to play Survivor 4 times, finally winning his fourth Season! He's my all-time favorite Survivor! I watch ANY Reality show that he's in! He's a rare breed!
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