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CBS to Offer ‘Survivor’ Seasons 3 & 4 First Time on DVD

7 Sep, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

CBS Home Entertainment Sept. 7 said it is offering on DVD for the first time seasons three and four of the venerable “Survivor” reality television program.

The unit of CBS Corp. said it signed a deal with Amazon’s DVD-on-demand subsidiary CreateSpace to offer both “Survivor III: Africa” and “Survivor IV: Marquesas” on DVD Sept. 28, with each listed at $34.95. In addition to all of the original series’ episodes, the DVDs include bonus material featuring complete exit interviews and never-before-aired, behind-the-scenes footage. The discs can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

Amazon’s DVD-on-demand platform allows studios and networks to bring content to market in a more cost-effective manner since titles are manufactured only in response to customer demand.

“Survivor’ is one of our most requested [TV DVD] titles by fans,” said Ken Ross, EVP and GM of CBS Home Entertainment.

Indeed, the popular program, which is entering its 11th season, along with game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” helped launch the reality TV genre in 2000 in the United States.

“Survivor III: Africa” featured 16 castaways in Kenya’s Shaba National Reserve. Airing from October 2001 through January 2002, this was the first season whereby select members of the Boran and Samburu sides switched teams. It was also the first season to include a tiebreaker challenge. Ethan Zohn emerged the victor and earned the $1 million prize.

“Survivor IV: Marquesas” was notable because contestants, for the first time, weren’t provided food, water or even matches. The program, which aired from February to May 2002, featured competitors in the Maraamu and Rotu tribes, who were marooned on beaches of the Marquesas Islands. Vecepia Towery outlasted all the competitors to take the $1 million.

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