Survivor All-Stars - The Complete Season
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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
- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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?).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun to watch this season again. Survivor is a great show and this is one of my all time favorite seasons!Published 1 month ago by Cate
Survivor nerd here. Loved every season - bought all the ones on sale so far. Waiting for the prices to come down a bit before investing in any more.Published 2 months ago by Jen Blue
I have lost count of the times that my wife and I have watched various Survivor series and they seem to get better on the second and may I say third viewing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill Pearson
Amazing season! Action and plotting right from the start, and, of course, Richard Hatch! Definitely recommend it.Published 5 months ago by That_guy