Man vs. Wild
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 602 Minutes
Starring: Bear Grylls
Retail Price: $24.98
Features: Extended Scenes
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital Stereo, Episode Selection, Scenes (7 Scenes per episode) Three-Disc Set
Released: March 23rd, 2010 (Discovery Store)
vs. Wild: Season 4" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen.
Despite some artifacting and slight noise that I noticed, these
episodes look quite good and do justice to what the show is all about:
terrain that you probably have not seen before. Fleshtones are accurate
and black levels are solid, but it's the amount of detail that is
staggering. Be it the white of the snow in the Arctic Circle or the
reds and browns in Guatemala, there's always plenty to take in and
plenty that is so well-drawn out that you'll feel transported there.
Color saturation too is rich and looks organic, but never smears. The
transfers themselves are sharp, and everything is in clean and pristine
condition. Always pleasing to the eye, and excellent.
the episodes in this set feature English Dolby Digital 2.0. Despite the
limitations, these tracks sound pretty oustanding for what they are.
Dialogue is clear and crisp, while the dramatic musical cues to
heighten all the action also sound rather nice. But the sound effects
have a lot of punch that help draw you more into the wild adventures
Bear Grylls finds himself in. Be it wild animals, water flowing, a
helicopter buzzing or even foodsteps, the variety of noises sound quite
discrete and sharp. I came away impressed from these 2.0 mixes — and I
think you'll be surprised, too.
English subtitles are also included.
The only thing really in this set are Extended Scenes on the first two discs, plus a preview of the show "River Monsters" (yay synergy).
is hard not to be charmed by the antics of Bear Grylls, and this fourth
season of "Man vs. Wild" does not disappoint. Once again, the
host/survivalist brings his skills to many uniquie locations — and even
has Will Ferrell tagging along in the Arctic Circle. The only extra in
the set are extended scenes, but the surprisingly engaging Dolby 2.0
mix and fantastic transfers make this a worthy pick-up if you're a fan
of this series.