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  • Actors: Dan Cruickshank
  • Format: CLV
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 396 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QP2TSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The complete BBC series in which Dan Cruickshank traverses the globe, celebrating different types of architecture and showing how our buildings reveal our aspirations, our ingenuity and our beliefs. In each programme, buildings from all over the world are juxtaposed, revealing unexpected connections between very different types of architecture. From the Kizhi Cathedral in remote northwest Russia to the convent of St Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, the series is a mammoth journey that takes in some monumental structures, whilst gradually revealing the history of world architecture.

Synopsis

A global treasure trail of truly amazing buildings.

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank follows a global treasure trail of buildings that have impressed, astonished and delighted us and have changed our perception of the world.

On a voyage of discovery, he travels around the globe exploring examples of architecture ranging from the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg; the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan; the Hanging Temple in China’s Shanxi Provence; the Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria; and even an igloo, man’s earliest exercise in creating shelter, in Greenland.

In each programme, structures from all over the world are dramatically juxtaposed, exposing unexpected connections and demonstrating how architecture, in truly great buildings, can reveal our aspirations, ingenuity and beliefs.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. F. Tobin on 22 May 2008
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I am a huge fan of Dan Cruikshank and loved watching this series on the TV. I jumped at the chance to buy it on dvd and rewatch it. What a disappointment. On the back of the dvd case a notice reads 'for contractual reasons certain edits have been made.' Usually this means that music has been redubbed or some short scenes have had to be snipped. In this case it means that up to 15 minutes have been cut from some episodes. Gone from the final episode is the segment on Pompeii and other episodes miss some of my favourite settings. Why have they done this? I think it may have something to do with the heavy use of John Williams' music throughout the series in the soundtrack. If this is the case then the soundtrack could be redubbed and the episodes left intact. I will think twice before buying any more dvds produced by 2entertain for the BBC. I haven't seen a hatchet job like this since the early days of VHS.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By RobintheDitch on 4 Jun. 2008
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Like Mr Tobin, I was disappointed to find that much of the original series footage is missing. Eight one-hour episodes have been condensed into about 400 minutes. The DVD case even shows a small photo taken inside the ossuary chamber in the Czech Republic, but the footage for this building has been omitted!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Malling on 18 Mar. 2010
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This is a very dull series compared to Around the World in 80 Treasures.

In this series Dan seems to know very little about what he is talking about - apart from stating the obvious - in an excited voice - using words like amazing or wonderful over and over again without telling us why it is amazing or wonderful.

The series does not cover the architecture of the buildings, nor does it tell us about the people who live in the diffrent places he visits.

In fact it is difficult to work out WHAT he is doing in this series.

I loved Around the World in 80 Treasures but stopped watching this series half way through.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson on 23 Feb. 2009
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Having not seen this on TV or heard of Dan I bought the DVD because of my interest in architecture. A mistake! This has nothing to do with architecture. This is about Dan, breathless and wide-eyed visiting locations around the world that illustrate some theme - death, paradise, etc. We do not learn anything about buildings - in some cases there is no building at all at the loaction - but we do learn about rites and customs in a sort of National Geographic sort of way. Though to be fair the National Geographic bods know what they're talking about and Dan comes to this cultural odyssey with an amateur's enthusiasm and superficial knowledge and understanding. We gave up after three episode - wanting never to see Dan or his portentiousness again.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 3 May 2008
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This series has been badly titled, to my mind. It is not so much "Adventures in Architecture" as "Mostly Visits to Historical Religious sites" with Dan Cruckshank. Dan dashes around the world, wearing his hat and scarf, saying `golly' a lot, generally being over-awed by some large, ancient religious buildings and shrines and occasionally acting a little bit brusquely, or awkwardly toward his hosts - generally through lots of bowing and saying "very good" to people speaking languages at him that he clearly has no understanding of.

Sometimes, Dan himself seems to completely forget what the series is called - easy to do given the content - and gets involved in a Hindu festival or visits an old Indian woman in her `dying chamber' in Varanesi. The thing is, Dan's an historian, not an architect, so you get a fair bit of history and not a lot of architectural comment. His love of the past is particularly evidenced in his visit to Dresden where he commends the faithful reconstruction of the historic centre destroyed by Allied bombing in WW2, replacing some `inappropriate' - to use his description - Modernist buildings which have emerged since the end of the war. A true engagement with architecture would be less automatically dismissive of Modern architecture when pitted against ancient monuments.

Another attack on Modernism comes when Dan visits Brasilia and witnesses the inequality there. There are a few comments how "most people don't like Modernism". I get the impression that Dan may be being a little anachronistic here, but that's not surprising, he's getting on himself in years, and he's an historian.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kent V. Austin on 1 May 2008
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Expect the unexpected...

This has to be one the most inspiring and insightful programmes ever on the subject of architecture. Cruickshank has come up with nothing less than a masterpiece, unearthing some long-hidden and remarkable gems along the way. And all delivered with his trademark reverential and infectious enthusiasm.

Don't just watch it. Own it. Show it to your children. Celebrate the wonders of being human! Or, of course, you could watch Katie & Peter over on ITV3. I understand she's having a new boob job...
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 April 2008
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Dan Crucikshank is an engaging architectural historian who creates TV programmes which are informative, colourful and easy to watch. In previous series he has shown us Britain's Best Buildings and gone Around The World in 80 Treasures; this time he takes another globe-trotting journey to present a personal view of striking and important buildings; the ones which have influenced (or directly represent) aspects of human civilisation, endeavour and creativity.

As is the fashion for modern documentaries, the shows are edited together in the form of segments from different locations; beautiful picture-postcards which are enhanced by Dan's explanation of what we're looking at and why he thinks it is important. Each episode is based around a theme, be it beauty (definitely in the eye of the beholder), or death, or pleasure or paradise (that's 'paradise' as it's defined by a major religion). There are eight episodes which are intended to celebrate architecture as a creative force and give a portrait of humanity through building.
So we follow Dan around the world, starting with the simple igloo and including gilded Russian palaces, Mayan pyramids, Bavarian castles, oppressive cathedrals, chapels decorated with human bones, a giant Buddha in China, and so on.

This is another of the BBC's landmark series, and it is very well produced indeed. Cruickshank is a favourite presenter -- he's an expert in the subject so knows what he is talking about and yet doesn't allow his own story to dominate the flow. Cruickshank talks about the building, its architecture and what it means to him -- unlike some other presenters (Iain Stewart, I'm thinking of you!) he doesn't fill each segment with personal reminiscence. The subject of the film is clearly the building, not the presenter...
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