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Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 8.0
Distributor: Discovery Channel
Running Time:
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: Tory Favro

8.0


Man Vs Wild: Urban Jungle Warrior

Hosted by Bear Grylls, Man Vs Wild is an amazing adventure every episode with Bear telling you how to survive in a whole variety of situations. The idea is to be immersed into a perilous situation and then Bear basically talks you through the situation, eats everything in sight, uses nature and found objects and does his best to be rescued.

I found this utterly fascinating. Whilst I know that Bear has his camera team there and an advisor, they are really all doing what he is preaching and some of the things he is doing do present a very real and extreme danger. Of particular interest is the fact that Bear will often acknowledge his team, pass things to them and the like.

The scenarios that Bear finds himself in are amazing, and some of the tricks he does to get himself out of a bind are utterly incredible. Whilst of course I have no idea how much information comes from his own knowledge or how much is given to him by his team, he is a very resourceful man and as the host of the show is a veritable font of information for ideas if you got stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Of particular interest were some of the ways that Grylls collects water from inhospitable, arid places.

This show is a fine mix of survival and the insane. One example of this was in Montana when Grylls climbs up to the top of a bridge that has an overhang that he can't see over. He proceeds to just throw a chain over and swings out into nothingness before climbing up to the top. Remember he is at least 100 metres in the air and a drop will most certainly kill him.

This is a great series that had me hooked from the very first episode till the last. By the end of it I was certain that I too could just be dumped into the middle of nowhere and make my own way out! Of course that is not the case, but we at least got to see a man who is able to survive in the wild and is good enough to explain just how he did it.

This series covered a large number of locales and from what I can ascertain, were part of season 4 of the original broadcast.

Bear Grylls is a fantastic presenter who really seems to love what he does. His natural enthusiasm is highly infectious and he doesn't shy away from showing you even the unpleasant side of staying alive when nature wants you dead, even giving himself an enema so that he can stay hydrated with stagnant water! Add to this a willingness to eat whatever is in his way, raw or cooked and you are in good survival hands.

Great series! Highly recommended.

Tory Favro






 
 



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