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Actors: Bill Bartek - Dustin Konzelman - Kandice Pelletier - Phil Keoghan. Director: Bert Van Munster. Format: DVD. Runtime: 650 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States, Canada, Bermuda, U.S. territories). Discs: 4. Rating: Unrated. Genre: TV. Subgenre: Adventure. Release Year: 2005.
For its seventh edition, The Amazing Race welcomed two familiar faces. Reality TV vets Rob and Amber were one of eleven teams competing for the million-dollar prize. The other contestants covered the spectrum, like boyfriends Lynn and Alex, brothers Brian and Greg, married couple Uchenna and Joyce, and mother/son duo Susan and Patrick. The latter decides he'll do whatever it takes to beat Boston Rob. As he notes in the season premiere, "I watched Survivor. He's as dumb as a rock." The shows top-rated installment spanned five continents and 40,000 miles, from Long Beach, CA to Fort Lauderdale, FL. Other pit stops include Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and London. Some of the more colorful challenges include llama herding in Peru and cave rappelling in South Africa, while the emotional high point is a trip to a Soweto orphanage, an experience that reduces Uchenna and Joyce to tears. There will also be sacrifices along the way, as when Gretchen, the second oldest contestant--after her 69-year-old husband, Meredith--has a frightening fall and Joyce says so long to her hair. The seventh season of The Amazing Race is broken into 12 episodes, including three two-part programs. This boxed set features a mini-documentary, chatty commentary from four of the highest-ranked teams, and over three hours of deleted material. After the race aired, Lynn and Alex and Rob and Amber--on network TV, naturally--tied the knot. It was also revealed that Joyce once had a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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I've bought Seasons 1 & 7 and I've loved it a lot.Now, I'm asking why CBS does'nt make more? To everyone who wants more of Amazing Race, please speak up and maybe they'll listen to us. Give us all seasons (except family edition).
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Personally, I think Seasons 3 and 6 have been the strongest, but this edition has one really great team (Brian and Greg), the requisite team you love to hate (Ray and Deana), the token old couple (Meredith and Gretchen) that refuses to go quietly into that good night (NEVER bet on the old couple to be eliminated first on any TAR season), a stereotypically snarky gay couple (Lynn and Alex), and the ever-popular team where you can't believe the words that are coming out of their mouths (from Kelly--not so much from Ron). At least one of the teams had no real business being on the show--the word is that they were actually recruited by the casting agents, rather going through the audition tape process like everyone else, and it is pretty much evident. A member of another team spends so much time groaning and complaining about inevitable defeat that you'll want to hit the mute button whenever he shows up on the screen.
This season spends rather more time in South America than in previous outings and, unusually, scarcely hits Europe at all, and then takes a literally surprising direction for the home stretch.
There's plenty of drama, and at least three photo finishes with desperate flat-out sprints to the mat, and one of these is among TAR's all-time great moments to watch. And thankfully, no one proves to be as wretched and vile as TAR5's Colin and Christie or TAR6's truly loathsome Jonathan and Victoria.
Plus there is llama herding, so you know that you're in for quality entertainment. Until TAR3 and TAR6 come out, this edition is not too shabby.
The teams this season fall into the normal parameters. There's a gay couple, several couples who are dating or married, a pair of brothers, an older couple, and a mother/son team. Frankly, it feels a bit like they have a template these days and are looking to fill certain pre set rolls. Still, this season had the standouts. Brothers Brian and Greg were nice guys everyone was rooting for. Ray and Deena were this season's fight from day one couple. Meredith and Gretchen, despite their age, proved to be tough competitors. While they often irritated me, I couldn't help but root for them. Kelly and Ron were the all American beauty queen/Iraq war vet couple. I started out liking them, but by the end they made me cringe. Uchenna and Joyce where such a nice couple, you couldn't help but root for them. And then there was Rob and Amber.
Whether it was supposed to be or not, this season of The Amazing Race became all about Rob and Amber, still riding high off Amber's win in Survivor All-Star. Unlike the last time TAR tried a reality show crossover, Rob and Amber proved to have real staying power, using their fame to find help along the way. And, of course, Rob was able to use his power of persuasion to get several teams to support his plan when it came to skipping the nasty food challenge. I hated Rob in both seasons of Survivor he was on, but I will admit I found myself rooting for them this go around. I think I found Rob's antics to be a breath of fresh air on the show.
Of course, the locations where excellent as well. The fact that they haven't repeated anything yet amazes me. Personally, I loved their trip through Botswana since my parents have been there twice. It gave me a chance to see the country in something other then still shots. Other highlights included Peru, Argentina, Istanbul, and London.
This season also featured some amazingly close finishes. Several times the team eliminated was only eliminated by a few minutes. The ending was a real nail bitter as well. Of course, this is partially editing, but even without that, we seemed to have lots of close calls this season.
The show is not as fresh as it used to be, with the casting falling into predictable patterns. But the show is still entertaining and slightly educational. This is the best reality program out there.
To the other reviewer, all I can say is, "You've got to be kidding!"
I consider myself a discerning television viewer, and I simply can't get enough of this great TV show! And this is a show that we will watch over and over again, regardless of our already now knowing who wins in the final episode of each season.
The winning only matters the FIRST time you watch each season; subsequent viewings reveal all the subtle nuances of the competitions, when someone should have zigged when they'd zagged, and what we ourselves would need to know and use should we ever find ourselves in similar situations - and remember, this show is really a study of group dynamics, whether it be a competition between travelers to foreign lands, or in the boardroom, in your community, or at home between family members.
Finally, it is a refreshing approach to a travelogue - even if you are not into reality TV or competitiveness, the shear beauty of the photography and the fascinating interactions with the locals alone could have you hooked on "The Amazing Race" series!
And with regard to this particular race series - The Seventh Season - this turned out to be one of our favorites of all seven seasons!
Amber and Rob are certainly the new Ozzie and Harriet - I hope to see even more of them on Reality TV in the future! Amber's integrity, patience, and optimism are refreshing in today's cynical world. And Rob's mugging and whispered asides to the camera on his game strategy are both revealing and hilarious!
And yes, Gretchen's constant grousing became like nails on a chalkboard, but she also showed that she was a real trooper, had phenomenal endurance and drive, and a genuine heart of gold. Watching Gretchen with the locals put a big smile on my face.
And shame on the other reviewer for giving away the ending - there are readers here who may be purchsing this to watch for the first time!
I will say that I think that the winners most certainly deserved it - they went through great personal sacrifice and they also noticeably "grew" throughout the season, both as individuals and as a couple. And they were in the right place at the right time to win - this particular series ending shows that, in a competition of this nature, indeed, anything can happen!
And one of the things that I like best about this particular Reality TV show is that it is a wonderful example of Chaos - not even what seems like the "perfect plan" is exempt from the chaos factor, and even the seemingly best game players can come in second or third because of a last minute fluke.
This show is an awful lot like life in general, with beautiful scenery and fascinating locales thrown in as a wonderful bonus.
I am purchasing this DVD, "The Amazing Race - The Seventh Season" right now, just as soon as I finish typing this; I have already purchased The First Season DVD of this series, and I am greatly looking forward to purchasing ALL seasons, hopefully, in the near future.
In fact, we are purchasing EXTRA copies of these two currently available seasons, to give as Christmas presents this year to friends and family who share our enthusiasm for this great TV show.
Hats off to all involved, and please keep the seasons coming on television - and thanks, too, for making these two series available for purchase on DVD - I only hope that you will decide to make ALL seasons available for those of us who plan to watch these episodes over and over again for years to come!
I can't say enough great things about this particular DVD, and I highly recommend it for purchase here on Amazon.
Regards, Mrs. Kostrzewa/Michigan
Episode 1: Courteous? This is a Race!
Episode 2: The Whole Country Hates Me
Episode 3: Do You Need Some Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation
Side Trips and Matt Chat-
Over 65 minutes of additional scenes
Episode 4: What A Gaucho You Are
Episode 5: I've Been Wanting A Face Lift For A Long Time
Episode 6: Houston, We Have An Elephant
Side Trips and Matt Chat:
Over 40 minutes of Additional Scenes
Episode 7: They Saved The Eyeball (Recap Show)
Episode 8: Mow 'Em Down Like Grass
Episode 9: We Have A Bad Elephant
Episode 10: We Got A Gnome! We Got A Gnome!
Side Trips And Matt Chat-
Over 30 minutes of additional scenes
Episode 11: The Devil Made Me Do It
Episode 12: (Season Finale)- 5 Continents, 25 Cities, and More Than 40,000 Miles
Over 50 minutes of additional scenes
Reliving the Race- This retrospective piece takes a look at one of the explosive seasons to date.
Survivor 10- Palau is slated for release some time after Pearl Islands, Survivor 7.
And I can't wait for TAR 5 & 6 to come out also. Kris and Jon were my faves. They should really do a TAR All-stars. That would be awesome--I would be glued to the TV on Tuesday nights--oh, hey who am I kidding--I already am. Keep TAR coming for many more seasons.