Survivor Pearl Islands out on DVD, Survivor Palau will be next

The seventh season of Survivor is now out on DVD, and the next season to be released will be the 10th season. That follows CBS’ rather haphazard release schedule; although 11 seasons have aired, only four have been released on DVD, and those are not the first four seasons, nor have they been released chronologically.

On Tuesday, Survivor Pearl Islands was released on DVD, and it includes all 15 episodes. The five-disc set also includes commentary “by Rupert Boneham, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Christa Hastie on episodes 701 and 710,” and “by Jon Dalton, Ryan Opray, Burton Roberts, and Andrew Savage on episodes 707, 708, and 711,” according to the Amazon’s product information.

Next up, according to TVShowsOnDVD, will be Survivor Palau, which aired last spring. The site reports that “Coby and Wanda named Tom Westman, Katie Gallagher, Ian Rosenberger, Jennifer Lyon, Gregg Carey, Caryn Groedel, Stephanie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard as other contestants from the Palau episodes who are recording commentary tracks for the extras on this set.”

Palau will be the fifth Survivor DVD released; the others are, in order of release, Survivor Borneo, Survivor All-Stars, Survivor Australia, Survivor Pearl Islands, and Survivor Pearl Islands.

Paramount May Break The Pattern: Extras Recording For Palau [TVShowsOnDVD]

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