|Original title:||Dual Survival|
|Genre:||TV Series, Documentary|
|Production country:||USA 2010|
|Running time:||Approx. 450 min.|
|Number of discs:||2|
|Languages:||German (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Content: Take two completely different survival professionals, an esoteric freak and an ex-soldier, and put them out in the harsh wilderness somewhere. And there you have it, the concept for an entertaining and exciting docu-series. The Survival Duo brings together vegetarian and nature lover Cody Lundin, who hasn't worn shoes in twenty years, and Dave Canterbury, former instructor in the U.S. military, and sends them on a survival tour of a very special kind in Nova Scotia, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Belize or the rainforests of North America.
Scarcely equipped, the two disparate men must adapt to the conditions of nature and try to find their way back to civilization. In doing so, one thing is unavoidable: however different their outlook on life may be, here the men must pull together. This applies to making a fire, which always has to be done under different conditions, as well as to finding food and water. The fact that this must be filtered and disinfected under certain circumstances also poses a great challenge to the survival professionals.
Among other things, the duo has to learn that they can learn from each other. On the very first night, for example, they have to build a shelter that not only offers protection from the wet, but also prevents the men from freezing to death. And the survival duo succeeds by throwing their skills together to create the perfect night shelter for the harsh and cold Nova Scotia wilderness. Whether it's rainforests, swamps, deserts, unexplored caves, volcanic landscapes, glaciers or rugged coastlines, Cody and Dave's combined expertise can always adapt to the sometimes less than friendly outdoors.
Surely, the whole thing is not really authentic, after all, a camera crew is always there and some situations then also seem a bit posed. That Cody finds a broken bottle bottom in the middle of the North American rainforests, from which Dave can build the perfect arrowhead, seems staged. As with many other docu-series of this type, The Survival Duo uses music, editing, and camera angles to suggest a greater potential for danger to the viewer than has likely presented itself in reality.
However, this is not really disturbing. Because not only the breathtaking landscape shots, but also the many partly very absurd survival tricks of the two provide an extremely high entertainment and show value. For example, when Cody makes sandals out of car tires or Dave imitates a turkey to provide for dinner, when water is filtered with the help of sand and a piece of cotton cloth or when a rainproof shelter is built out of palm leaves with the perfect technique, then it is definitely very entertaining for the viewer.
So if you can get away from the fact that the survival duo is a certain form of staging, but this is made up for by great pictures and two amusing survival professionals, you will get your money's worth from this docu-series. But for imitation, the trips of the two at the end are not really recommended!
Picture + Sound: In the brighter moments, the detail shots in particular are very sharp and the color mixing ensures that the wonderful nature shots are very well accentuated. In darker moments, which are also sometimes shot with night vision cameras, on the other hand, weaknesses such as coarse grain, blurring or slight image noise can be discerned. The sound is okay, but is primarily limited to the well intelligible reproduction of dialogue and music. The ambient sounds of nature, however, are sometimes overshadowed by this. Overall, however, there is still a: Good!
Extras: Bonus material is unfortunately not included on the two DVDs.
Conclusion: The Survival Duo is an entertaining docu-series that entertains well, especially through the wonderful landscape shots and the disparate protagonists. Certainly, some situations seem posed and some of the dicey situations artificially dramatized by editing, music and camera angles, but that hardly changes anything in the entertaining, interesting and absolutely worth seeing content. Only the fact that the DVD has only the German sound and no bonus material to offer, clouds the positive overall picture then but a little. Nevertheless: for friends of documentary series like Ice Road Truckers or the adventures of the unfortunately deceased Crocodile Hunters is The Survival Duo absolutely recommendable!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp