First off, let me just say here that I absolutely adored "Survivor 2." And this is coming from a person who wasn't even going to watch it.
I never watched the original "Survivor." I must have been one of about three people on the planet who couldn't tell you anything about the original show. I still can't; I have yet to see it, and I don't intend on doing so very soon. But I gave "Survivor 2" a try after some prodding by a friend, and I was hooked after the very first episode.
I immediately fell in love with Elisbeth and Rodger after the first episode, as did a lot of America. I rooted for them every episode, and I was thrilled to see them get as far as they did.
But anyway . . . onto the review of this tape, right? That is, after all, what you're here for isn't it? :)
This is a video that wanted to be much better. It has a lot of deleted footage that viewers haven't seen (including a cute hide-and-go-seek scene played by Colby, Elisabeth, and Tina). It gives all of the Tribal Councils, and who voted for the person that got booted off at that particular Council.
This video goes through each person one by one, and it ultimately ends up with that person getting voted off. The only problem here is that each sequence is too brief; we get maybe two or three key scenes for each character, and then we're back to Tribal Council.
There are still some classic scenes that were not left on the cutting room floor. Things like Alicia's and Kimmi's "finger waving head bobbing" scene; and the very gripping sequence where Mike falls into the fire. But so many other things are omitted - things like Colby's mom coming to visit, and Mike chasing after the boar. Many of the Immunity Challenges are left out, as well.
At the end of the video, the final ten contestants' appearances on The Early Show are shown. These are not the full interviews, but rather, just snippets of the interviews.
In short, this is a fine video that wanted to be better. Here's hoping that someone realizes a DVD or VHS set of the whole series would be a smart idea. One two-and-a-half hour video just doesn't suffice for 42 days worth of footage.
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Survivor - Season Two - The Australian Outback: The Greatest & Most Outrageous Moments [VHS]
- Package Dimensions : 7.32 x 4.19 x 1.12 inches; 6.13 Ounces
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : September 25, 2001
- Date First Available : February 9, 2007
- Actors : Jeff Probst, Rodger Bingham, Nick Brown, Alicia Calaway, Colby Donaldson
- Studio : Paramount
- Producers : Benjamin Beatie, Charlie Parsons, Craig Piligian, Jay Bienstock, John Feist
- ASIN : B00005N5VE
- Customer Reviews:
Contestants include Tina, Colby, Keith, Elisabeth, and Amber. The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
Very disappointed with this dvd. Thought it was going to be the whole season 2, Australian Outback but it is actually just clips from season 2. Not what I was expecting at all. Will be retuning if I am able.
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2001
I really enjoyed both Survivor 1 and 2, and have purchased both DVD's. While very disappointed with the first DVD, I purchased the second DVD in hopes that there would be some improvement. Unfortunately, it is worse than the first DVD. Where the producers of the DVD could have taken a full two hours to tell the story of Survivor 2, they instead chose to really show clips of the survivors, followed by audition footage. For someone who has never seen the show, the DVD will seem incoherent and impossible to follow. For example, there is no insight given as to why anyone votes the way they do, all we see are five people voting a particular way. There is no mention of any tie votes or strategies going on. All of the suspense and drama that made Survivor so enjoyable is lost. I can only hope that the third time will be the charm on making Survivor DVD's.
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2014
Total waste of moneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2015
Don't be fooled into buying this thinking that it is the complete season - it is just one disc showing highlights from the season. Total waste of money.
La saison 2 du "Koh Lanta" US !Reviewed in France on September 3, 2003
Une idée originale d'éditer Survivor en DVD! Cette édition regroupe les meilleurs moments de l'émission de real-tv américaine qui a donné naissance chez nous à Koh Lanta. Au menu de ce dvd: des interviews des protagonistes et des bétisiers. L'action se déroule dans l'outback australien et les paysages sont splendides. Toutefois, même si ce DVD m'a plu, il n'est à réserver qu'aux fans de Koh Lanta!!! Sans intérêt pour les autres...
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