Survivor - The Complete First Season
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Every incredible episode from the debut season of the reality show supreme-Survivor- where 16 ordinary Americans compete for one million dollars by surviving. The contestants are marooned 20 miles off the coast of Borneo and forced to fend for themselves in hopes of outlasting the others in the group which meets every 3 days to vote one person off the island and the show. 1999-2000/color/11 hrs, 4 min/NR/fullscreen.
Here's where it all began. The first season of Survivor dominated the ratings in the summer of 2000, helped spur the reality-TV craze, and inspired countless water-cooler jokes about getting voted off the island. The first season established the formula that would continue, with sometimes surprising variations, over numerous subsequent seasons: 16 people intended to represent the American mosaic are stranded far from civilization (in this case, the island of Pulau Tiga, off the coast of Borneo), struggle for food and shelter, compete in a series of physical and mental challenges, and at the end of each three-day episode vote out one of their fellow contestants. After 39 days, the one sole survivor who is able to outwit, outplay, and outlast the others wins a million-dollar prize. Because the Survivor craze preceded the craze for complete-season DVD boxed sets, the first season was represented on DVD and video by a 150-minute highlights package called Season One: The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments. Now, all 13 episodes are available in a five-disc set (the fifth disc is ...Outrageous Moments) that contains every challenge, every political maneuver, every next-episode preview and previous-episode recap, every tribal council including the famous finale, and the reunion show. If you started watching Survivor in the Australian Outback or later, this is the perfect opportunity to see how host Jeff Probst, scheming Richard Hatch, tough truck driver Sue Hawk, ex-Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, athletic Kelly Wiglesworth, and the others got the ball rolling. If you did watch the first season, here's your chance to relive it, and you also get an enthusiastic group commentary by host Jeff Probst (poking fun at himself) and contestants Hatch (talking the most, which should surprise no one), Boesch, and Gervase Peterson on the first and last episodes, plus some minor featurettes (seven minutes of footage of the contestants leaving L.A. for Borneo, David Letterman's Top 10 featuring the contestants, and 10 minutes of new interviews with Hatch, Boesch, and Peterson). Many reality shows have come and gone in the meantime, but in terms of staying fresh over a long run, Survivor has outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted them all. --David HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
- Contains all 12 episodes plus the Grand Finale and Post-Show Town Hall Meeting on four discs
- Commentary on two episodes by host Jeff Probst, and contestants Richard Hatch, Gervase Peterson, and Rudy Boesch
- "Survivors Leave Los Angeles and Arrive in Borneo" featurette
- "The Late Show with David Letterman" Top Ten List
- "A Look Back with Richard, Rudy, & Gervase" featurette
- Fifth disc is the previously released "Survivor Season One: The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments"
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It was great to see so many things about Survivor are still the same today. From Jeff Probst as host, to the music, tribal council and the show's basic format of two teams, immunity and reward challenges etc. What I was not expecting was how much the players have evolved since the first season. It was hilarious to see ten people go to tribal and seven different names written down for the vote! Like that would ever happen in today's game. Props to Richard Hatch for keeping his eye on the million and arguably being the only one to really play the game. It was lovely to see Rudy again too. This DVD series will remain a firm favourite in my collection :)
"Survivor - The Complete First Season" (5 DVDs) brought quite a few surprises to me. Let's start with the obvious ones: the first season (aired in May-August, 2000) focuses much more on the actual survivor aspect of the game (trying the find food, dealing with the weather elements, etc.) and also the mind-blowing lack of strategy on the part of most players (but not Rich, the eventual winner). I must say I was a bit frustrated by that lack of strategy, given the later development of the game (I mean, Sean voting at TC on alphabetical reasons, which had a huge impact at one point). Jeff Probst is amazingly different from later seasons, more an observor rather than the interpellant we know him now. And the Tribal Counsils were so short! Really just to let them vote.
Other surprises, randomly: Rich, the self-proclamined gay guy, actually has a son! Kelly winning the last 5 ICs in the game, wow (not sure it's ever been done again). Rudy was a surprisingly weak player. Then Kelly choosing to take Rich to the Final 2, rather than Rudy, surely costing her the victory. Then there is Colleen, "America's Sweetheart" as Brian Gumble called her in the (excellent) Reunion show, who was 23 then but looked more like 16. She is 36 or 37 now! I wonder whatever happened to her. And then there is of course Sue's now infamous rant at the final TC against Kelly. Wow.
There is a bonus DVD (135 min.) of out-takes and various assorted unseen footage (such as the audition tapes) that is mildly entertaining. The real joy is seeing the humble beginnings of Survivor in its first season (not until the final TC did Jeff Probst utter the now classic words "the Xth person voted off is"). Really enjoyed this, and I plan on re-seeing Season 2, which I haven't seen since it aired in Spring, 2001.
I loved how shocked everyone was when Gretchen was voted out and also that they were still not all convinced there was an alliance. The voting by the Pagong tribe at this Tribal council was hilarious when comparing to other seasons.
Richard Hatch was amazing throughout, I loved him. I really didn't see him as a particularly bad villain, he was very straight up and honest with what he wanted to do but played the game very intelligently. I was more annoyed with people like Kelly who whined and changed their mind all the time about what they were doing.
The whole season was very fresh and reminded me of series 2 in that there was much more focus on life around camp and survival aspects rather than all game play as the show is nowadays.
I didn't really warm to too many of the characters, Sean especially I thought was just foolish. Jenna I thought came across as very sweet someone who really enjoyed the whole experience, she was much more jaded by the time she competed in All Stars. Jeff was really funny how inexperienced and unsure he was with everything.
The dvd extras were great, I loved the audio commentary, it was hilarous. I really didn't like Gervase much in thw show but on the commentary he was great and Richard and Jeff were very funny. I would definately recommend this dvd for any Survivor fans.