Survivor All-Stars on DVD is a seven disc set of the entire season. This was one of the best seasons of Survivor ever and the DVD set is great. Except! That whichever moron put the show together, also put pictures of the three people who were voted off the show on the cover of each individual disc. My girlfriend lent the set to her sister the other day without telling me. So I had to lie to her and tell her I needed the set back and my girlfriend shouldn’t have lent it to her in the first place, just so I could remove these gigantic spoiler alerts and keep the suspense alive. No big deal. I would do the same for any one of you. But I shouldn’t have to! This was the stupidest thing I’d seen from a show with a good reputation. Until! I rented the Amazing Race season seven (with Rob and Amber/Ambah) from Netflix.
Pretty often, the Amazing Race casts an uninteresting pair or has a lame episode of chimney sweeping or a terrible idea like Family Edition, but their mistake on the season seven DVD is egregious! Instead of simply putting pictures of the booted teams on the DVD cover so anyone could take the disc out with their eyes closed and keep the suspense alive like their idiot cousins over at Survivor…these goofballs put the faces of the elimated teams on the main menu of the disc itself! You can’t avoid that without taping a big black piece of paper across the top of your TV. There’s also no ‘play-all’ feature so I can just close my eyes and hit play and get around it because instead of defaulting to not hear any mundane commentary by everybody but the teams we care about, the disc makes you choose NOT to listen to that drivel before every single episode.
These are two great shows, but these are two huge black eyes for the DVD sets and that goes all the way up the ladder for whoever had any part in this idiocy. What could have possibly been going through their minds?! Why in the world would I rent the set if I wanted to know who got eliminated all along the way? And don’t say I’m not a purist because I can’t enjoy the show for the show’s sake. If they didn’t want me to care about who got eliminated, everybody’d win a million dollars and shake Phil’s hand at the end. Man this is frustrating!