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Andrew Marr's Megacities [DVD]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NPD14U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Presenter Andrew Marr goes on a journey of discovery around the world to reveal the anatomy of some of the world’s most incredible cities and the people who make them work. We’ll meet both the engineers and technocrats who control our cities, and the ordinary people who must live with their decisions. Often, it’s the ordinary citizens who are the unsung heroes, finding ingenious ways to keep the megacity functioning.

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Presenter Andrew Marr goes on a journey of discovery around the world to reveal the anatomy of some of the world's most incredible cities and the people who make them work. We'll meet both the engineers and technocrats who control our cities, and the ordinary people who must live with their decisions. Often, it's the ordinary citizens who are the unsung heroes, finding ingenious ways to keep the megacity functioning.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 31 Aug 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this series when it aired on BBC. I do tend to get Andrew Marr mixed up with Evan Davis (Dragon's Den) but I guess that is more my problem the his! Certainly Andrew Marr's energy and enthusiasm turned what was potentially a fairly dry series into one which was fascinating to watch as well as being very colourful and entertaining - although in the case of the Mexican sewer diving perhaps a bit too colourful eghhh! The series is packed full of information about the megacities of the world amd in particular London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Dhaka and Shanghai and also it is interspered with very human touches such as Andrew Marr working as rickshaw driver or being swamped by dance partners in Mexico.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I actually give this documentary 3.5 stars.,,but the reasons i deduct at least 1 1/2 stars is that I think this documentary should have included more cities such as Sao Paulo , Paris, Sydney , Bangkok,, New York, Moscow, Berlin, Mumbai (Bombay) ,etc. This documentary only covers about 5 "mega cities"...:Shanghai, Tokyo, Mexico City, Dhaka (Bangladesh), and London. There is very interesting things to see on each of the 5 mega cities shown in this documentary but seems to focus too much on only certain cities..example Mexico City and Tokyo..although these are interesting to see....It would have been much better if had spread the focus to include at least the top 10 or 15 major cities of the world.

Also I think that it seems a bit too "entertaining" at times.....such as the segment on kidnappers, gangs, bullet proof vests and defensive driving in Mexico City. It kind of goes off into tangents in several places in other cities reviews too and i think these might just would have been better time to show us other major cities of the world and how they are developing.

As a side opinion....with the exception of London, this documentary sure made me feel thankful that i do not live in ANY of these "mega cities"..as it shows life in them to be just plain awful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mega good! 22 Aug 2011
Firstly, I don't care for Andrew Marr, why they are HIS megacities, I don't know. But the show itself is extremely
insightful and demonstrates/explains migration patterns in the world today.

Featuring five very different cities on different continents, the show attempts to provide pros and cons for living in all of these cities, but I get the feeling that Marr had a soft spot for Mexico City, despite its notoriety for being one of the world's crime capitals. Lots of information crammed in to 3 hour-long episodes and a good amount of attention placed on the people that inhabit these megacities rather than being just a purely factual documentary.

A shame that New York was not featured, but its still five stars nonetheless. I look forward to the relic of Andrew Marr presenting 'Megacities Revisited' in 50 years time...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this DVD. it is so good! 10 Aug 2013
By Baby~
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It's an amazing programme. The DVDs are very good. I was very enjoying watching this with my friends and family. The deliver spped was also very fast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at the arms! 12 Mar 2013
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..ok, and the ears.
But despite looking odd, Marr is a fabulous documentary maker. His humility and willingness to step outside his comfort zone combine with his intelligence and delivery to make him one of the most engaging people on television. This series was amazing. Just a shame it isn't in HD, as some of the camera work was superb.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The cities that may take over the world? 29 Jun 2011
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is one of the BBC's flashy, globe-trotting documentary series, which fills three hour-long episodes with snappy segments filmed in five of the world's major cities.
In some ways, `Megacities' presents a nightmare scenario: it suggests that by the end of this century a scary 70% of the landmass of the planet could be covered in sprawling city-states. Andrew Marr uses this springboard to look more closely at some of the existing cities with populations over 10 million: London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai and Dhaka in Bangladesh. He meets the locals from all walks of life, and examines the infrastructure of the cities. Very often his conclusions do not reflect what you might expect: Marr suggests that life in the most well-ordered and established megacities may be safe but it can also be sterile, isolating and unfulfilling. By contrast, life in Mexico City (the most dangerous city shown) is portrayed as vibrant, engaging and social.

No doubt these films skim the surface of the subject and are guilty of presenting a non-representative snapshot of the situation. It's hard to believe that a slum-dweller who has to carry all drinking water by hand for 2km each day could possibly be `happier' than the recluse in Tokyo who never leaves his bedroom but has all mod cons brought to him. Likewise, a view of London as a quirky capital which allows roller-blading through the streets as a demonstration of social coherence is... facile.
However, some of the segments are truly interesting. The investigation into transport (and how it can enhance or degrade quality of life was enlightening. The effect of fast food on the Victorian sewer system in London was shocking.
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