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The Amazing Race: The First Season
The Amazing Race The First Season
Actors: Amazing Race, Amie Barsky, Paul J. Alessi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television
UR     2005     1hr 0min

The premiere season of THE AMAZING RACE sees 12 teams race around the globe to 'amazing' locations including Thailand, China, Tunisia, India, Italy, France, Alaska and Zambia for a $1,000,000 prize in the end.

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Actors: Amazing Race, Amie Barsky, Paul J. Alessi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Reality Shows
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/27/2005
Original Release Date: 09/05/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 09/05/2001
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Nancy M.
Reviewed on 8/6/2015...
This is a good set - there are several extras, including commentaries and extra scenes

Also, FYI - currently Amazon has virtually all of the Seasons of Amazing Race available through its prime streaming, for no additional cost, including this one
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Best Reality Show on TV
Thayer | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am happy that the show finally found an audience that made the producers of the show decided to release the first season on DVD. I think of all the reality series, this one will hold its own best in "repeated viewings" and on syndication. Unlike other reality series, even if you already know who wins or who gets eliminated in a particular episode, it doesn't ruin the quality of the episode. But of course there's still nothing compared to seeing these episodes for the first time.

It is a revolutionary reality series that has a concept that was probably very hard to pull off on paper (can you imagine the reactions of the TV executives when they first heard about the concept of the show). But amazingly, they did pull it off! It is very evident that the producers treat each episode as "special episode" because can you just imagine the logistics and the number of people (across the globe) involve in producing this show?

There are some aspects of the show that were later on in the succeeding seasons were changed mostly for improvements. Example of this is that in the first season, Phil only received the teams who came in the last place (a person from that particular country receives those who came in before the last team). Part of the fun is watching the reactions of the racers anticipate whether they were eliminated or not. Because in the first season the racers already know if they came in last, we were not able to see those kinds of reactions.

Some of the most memorable teams were Team Guido (you won't believe the extent they were willing to do to get ahead), Lenny and Karyn (the original fighting couple, but their fight looked real and not some deliberate attempt to gain screen time. When Karyn said "Disappointing", you believe her!), Nancy and Emily (even though Emily acted like a brat, Nancy just radiates with motherly innocence in the race), and Kevin and Drew (the original funny guys)

When the winner finally cross the finish line at the finale, with all the eliminated teams cheering for them, you just can't help but feel like being a part of the race.

Grade: A"
Extras for Season 1
An old school fan | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Amazing Race Season 1 will have the following extras:

-All Access Pass - Branch to 90 minutes of additional scenes not shown on television

-Audio commentaries on 4 episodes:
-Commentary on The Race Begins and Triumph And Loss
by Rob & Brennan and Team Guido
-Commentary on Whatever It Takes To Win and Race To The
Finish Part 2 by Karyn & Lenny and Drew & Kevin

-The Lost Roadblock - From the first episode, the teams must eat an ostrich egg! Never-aired footage, only on DVD!

-Reliving the Race - Front row seat: Kevin & Drew, Bill & Joe (Team Guido), Rob & Brennan and Lenny & Karyn share the thrill of being a part of The Amazing Race

-Creating and Coordinating - Around the world with the show's host, Phil Keoghan, executive producers Bertram van Munster & Jerry Bruckheimer and creators Elise Doganieri & Bertram van Munster as they as they discuss the remarkable journey of bringing The Amazing Race to life!
It isn't even close...
Katherine | Colorado, USA | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Amazing Race is simply the best reality show out there and this first season is the reason why. Survivor is good, but comes off as boring next to the fast-paced excitement of TAR. There are good reasons why the Race has won two Emmys in a's just no accident. While later seasons smooth out some of the production rough spots of the first race, this one still stands out as the best...great teams, likeable people and, of course, the inevitable "villians". Add to that the thrill of traveling to different areas of the world with all the incredible scenery and interesting locals and you have a show that just can't be beat. This is probably the most anticipated reality show DVD that's been produced so far and I can hardly wait."