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Feature 7.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 7.5
Distributor: Manga
Running Time:
Classification:
PG
Reviewer: Samuel Park

7.5


Man vs. Wild Complete Season 1

Man V.s Wild, the television show that shows us how to survive if we are lost in the wilderness. Bear Grylls, the star of the show, battles through the Rocky Mountains, the European Alps, a deserted island and even the Kimberley in Australia. All of this with only a few essential items for survival such as a water bottle, a knife and if he is lucky, some rope.

This show is into its 6th season which makes this season feel a little dated but it is interesting to watch these episodes, especially what was obviously the pilot episode. The episode set in The Rockies is very obviously different from the others, with emotional asides to camera from Bear about the struggles of being lost in the wilderness as well as intersections from safety experts watching everything Bear does. Thankfully they got rid of these aspects as it diminishes some of the masculine adventurous appeal of the show.

This show is essentially adventure porn that we can watch in order to experience a rush of adrenalin as Bear jumps off cliffs and runs away from grizzly bears. On top of that we can gain pleasure from watching him eat all manner of things, ranging from hand caught fish to a dead badger and the maggots that cover the body. All of this from the comfort of your own home! We can imagine that we would do the same if we were in that position without actually having to do it. This show is an appeal to the inner cave man (or woman) in us all. Donít expect to actually learn anything though, I mean how often are you travelling in the Everglades in Florida and if you do, will you remember much of the wisdom Bear has imparted upon you?  I doubt it, and if you are that sort of person, then why are you sitting at home watching television and not exploring the world?

The season 1 DVDs of Man Vs. Wild have been split into two separate sections, Extreme Terrains which has seven episodes and Push The Limits which has eight episodes. The problem with this is that there isnít much of a distinction between the two sections. It is never made clear why the episode in the African Savannah is pushing his limits whereas the Moab Desert episode is an extreme terrain. I would imagine that both push his limits and both are extreme terrains. This is a minor gripe though as the episodes are all thoroughly enjoyable, though a little repetitive at times.

The show is a lot of fun to watch and it makes me feel like an adventurer whilst barely moving, lying in my lazy boy chair at home. The lack of special features is slightly disappointing but the episodes are fun enough on their own, what with all the bare teeth ripping into fish and consumption of grubs and maggots. A marathon of episodes may make you feel like you are living your own, adrenalin filled, version of groundhog day though overall this is a great ĎLimited Editioní Steelbook DVD box set that every adventure seeking man or woman should own.






 
 



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