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Edinburgh - An Entertaining Tour of Its Sights and Secrets [DVD]

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  • Format: DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Rel
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D9Y5Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Edinburgh - world renowned for its stunning beauty as 'The Athens of the North' - unites the Old and the New in a city which spans a history both vibrant and entertaining. Take this tour through the closes and wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town and the magnificent Georgian avenues of the New Town with your guide Adam Lyal. At the height of its glory in the 18th century Edinburgh became one of the most influential cities in the western world with more geniuses living within the half square mile of its centre than any other place on earth. As this programme takes you through the city you will be introduced to the feast of fascinating stories which are woven into the fabric of Edinburgh's outstanding architecture. Adam Lyal was and is Edinburgh's most celebrated ghost. Hanged in 1811 for highway robbery this affable, amusing and ashen-faced phantom continues his exploration of the city's rich and glorious past, and can be seen nightly guiding visitors through the streets of Edinburgh.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Informative Viewing 13 Aug 2014
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The screen title of this DVD is ‘Edinburgh: An Entertaining Tour of Its Sights & Secrets’. It comprises two films, each in 4:3 format and lasting around forty minutes. The first focuses on the Old Town, the second on … err, the New Town. The films are otherwise known respectively as ‘Adam Lyal’s Royal Mile’ and ‘Adam Lyal’s Georgian Edinburgh.’ They appear to date to 1994.

Who is Adam Lyal? Mr Lyal is a ghost who died in 1811 but now does ghost walk tours in the city. You will have guessed, then, that those (like me) who were hoping for a standard history of Edinburgh will be disappointed. Yet, actually, any disappointment was transposed into a healthy respect for Mr Lyal and his gift for telling stories. It’s all vaguely amusing and professionally done.

In the first film, we get into Edinburgh Castle, and the cathedral of Saint Giles, as well as the former Scottish Parliament and the Signet Library. We are also introduced by Mr Lyal to a number of little-known but interesting sites along the Royal Mile. The show also features a scattering of old prints and paintings.

The second film features more history than the first. Here we get to see inside the Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street; the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland; the Assembly Rooms; and we go over the Forth Bridge. The mix of interesting tales, large chunks of history, and a postmodern comic style certainly makes for some entertaining and informative viewing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 16 Jan 2014
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This is a film done by some video club. The city of Edinburgh is so beautiful - this video does not reflect that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible - Should not be sold! 20 Jan 2014
By Chris
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Let me first say that my family and I visited Edinburgh last October which for my daughter and myself, was our very first time. We found the Scottish people to be the friendliest, kindest, and patient people we have ever met. Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. OK I loved it.

Now about the DVD: First of all what they do not say anywhere is that the aspect ratio is 4:3. It's a bit surprising to see 4:3 in a 2003 production... oh but wait, if you watch the whole DVD you will notice that it was produced in 1994 and NOT in 2003. I could kind of live that but what is not acceptable is that on top of the 4:3 ratio the quality of the footage would not even be acceptable in 1994, or 1970 for that matter. the film is grainy, the colors are inaccurate, faded and washed out, and the sound quality is bad. The whole thing looks like a high school production on a budget of £50.

While in Edinburgh, we did go on the Witchery tour with the current Adam Lyal and it was a complete blast and I would recommend it to any one visiting, but the Adam in this DVD? Well it was kind of sad, BORING, and just plain embarrassing to say the least.

Anyway for anyone coming back from beautiful Edinburgh and Scotland looking for a souvenir - do not buy this DVD, you would be very disappointed if you do. If you haven't been to Edinburgh and are curious - do NOT buy the DVD It would stop you from ever visiting.

To the Edinburgh/Scottish Tourist Board (or whatever it may be called): I recommend you screen this DVD and make your own mind up as to whether or not this DVD is a good representation of your fantastic city and if not, request that it not be sold anymore.

We plan on having many more enjoyable and thrilling visits to beautiful Scotland and Edinburgh, till then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny. 30 Dec 2013
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We loved it. Much better than I thought it would be. It was worth every penny. The first part about the old Edinburgh was wonderful and the second part about new Edinburgh was almost as good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Aug 2014
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