Survivor: Australian Outback (2001)

Paramount || NR - 960 minutes - $49.99 || April 26, 2005
Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2005-05-01

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Director: NA
Writer(s): Mark Burnett (creator)
Cast: Jeff Probst (host), Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, Ketih Famie, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rodger Bingham, Amber Brkich, Nick Brown

Theatrical Release Date: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Special Bonus Disc

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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I used to be an avid Survivor fan. I watched the first five or six seasons, then stopped not because I didnít like it anymore, but for lack of time. I always held Season 2: The Australian Outback and Season 4: Marqueasus as my favorite seasons. I liked the surroundings, people, and bonds or fights the most from those two.

Watching the season for a second time was still incredibly entertaining, just not as grabbing or intriguing since you know from the get go how everything will turn out. But still, the outrageous characters and beautiful scenery keep the show always watchable. Highlights include: anything involving Marilyn or Jerri, Kimmi vs. Alicia, and seeing Michael get burned.


While the package isnít overflowing with features, what they do provide is nice, and will make any Survivor fan a happy camper. First off is the pretty standard but informative basic featurette called "Surviving The Australian Outback". It features some of the highlights from the show and interviews from the contestants on how the show changed their lives. Itís simple, but nice.

Next up is a really interesting feature called "The Luxury Items", which goes through each castaway and explains what their luxury item was and how they put it to use. Some are understandable and logical, but a few are hilariously odd and original.

"Dining: Survivor Style" is a featurette on what the castaways had to eat on the show, how they dealt with hunger, and what food they missed most of all. Still, nothing too deep, but interesting stuff for the fans.

"Keith Famieís Paella" is a fun short segment on how Chef Keith makes his famous paella to prove everyone who saw the show wrong. Itís an original idea and fun while it lasts.

Basically, if you like the show and canít get enough of the participants youíll eat this stuff up. If not, stay away.


The shows picture quality is only slightly better than the original broadcasting in 2001. Itís presented in full frame, as the show was and looks fine. Nobody ever said reality TV had to look perfect, so it doesnít. Sometimes you wish the beautiful cinematography could have been captured nicer but itís no big deal.

The sound is pretty standard, coming in from the front 2 channels. Itís a bit of a disappointment since there are some great opportunities for surround action- like helicopters, lighting, rain, etc., but for what you get itís fine. The voices are a bit hard to hear from time to time but overall, nothing anyoneís going to be incredibly mad at.


In the end itís a fun show and a must-buy for any hardcore Survivor fan. The sound and picture arenít stellar, but they do the job and the features are light and brisk, but not a complete disaster either.