Man vs. Wild: Season 2 (2007)

Genre(s): Adventure
Image Entertainment || NR - 540 minutes - $24.98 || January 13, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-03-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Bear Grylls


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Bonus Episode


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

By now I'm sure you've already heard the news - Bear Grylls does at times require help from the various cameramen and crew. He is not really out there 'alone' but he does most stunts by himself. News broke shortly after Season One finished airing and some fans claimed everything was set up and a hoax.

Well, its a bit true and a bit false. As I noted above (and during the disclaimer for each episode) certain situations are setup for Bear which I fully understand. Each episode is 42 - 44 minutes long and there may be something Bear wants to show the viewers so he may prolong something to get that point along. While I don't take any issue with this some might. I still enjoy the show for what it is.

Moving on to what the show is really about - Bear, trapped in a remote location showing viewers some basic (and extreme) survival skills. I do think at times Bear does things that are just downright stupid and are only done so he can 'wow' viewers. Its one thing to kill a snake and it eats guts, but do you really need to strip naked and jump into a freezing lake just to show viewers how to do it properly in case they are in a similar situation? Can't you just say it? Instead of taking that nice path down the mountain do you really have to jump, tumble and slide? Was there really nothing else interesting in your 3-7 days on location that you needed us to sit through 4 minutes of you falling? At one point he decides (after being fed and apparently full) that drinking the blood from a dead animal is a great thing to show audiences so he does - he guzzles the blood directly from the fresh wound as it covers his face. Really? Did you have to show us all of that?

After watching all of Season Two and knowing that certain situations are clearly setup to impress viewers, I still enjoy watching the show. Sure, some of the things Bear does is just downright stupid - but he still provides some possible useful information to anyone that might be trapped in a remote location. If only the characters of "Lost" 'had access to a portable DVD player, long-lasting battery and a copy of this DVD...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only special feature is a bonus episode titled "Mt Everest".



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Man vs. Wild Season Two is presented in 1.78:1 on 3 DVDs. Since I typically watch the show on the Discovery HD, watching it now on DVD was a bit of a downgrade for me but I still found the quality acceptable. Some shots look rougher than others (obviously because stuff like rain, sand, dust can cause havoc on these cameras).

Image has included Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks for every episode. Its pretty hard to judge since the show is so dialog heavy, but I once again found these track acceptable. Seems odd these were not DD5.1 though.



.::OVERALL::.

Given the very attractive low MSRP for this season I'd strongly recommend a purchase for those that want to be entertained for ten or so hours. While you may never be trapped in an isolated location its still neat to see how one might survive. The DVD release includes adequate Picture and Audio quality and the bonus episode is a nice treat.