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Long Way Round [DVD] [2004]

Ewan McGregor , Charley Boorman    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
  • Format: Compilation, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: J Venture General
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B3UE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,066 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Long Way Round is a documentary detailing the 20,000-mile motorcycle trip Ewan McGregor took around the world with best friend Charley Boorman over 115 days. Their trip took them from London through locales such as Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, and Canada, to name a few, before ending in New York.

Armed with a cameraman, McGregor and Boorman encounter separation anxiety from their families; a shifty stranger (later revealed to be Mafia) who leads them through winding dark corridors to a posh hotel room; delays at international borders; hosts who offer them animal parts for dinner; injuries, equipment breakdowns, and more.

The pair also film their own video diaries, in which they voice concerns and frustrations. The result is an emotional, rich breadth of experiences, from the hardship of logistical setbacks paired with the joy of visiting the children of Chernobyl and encountering hospitable locals who insist on escorting them wherever they go. McGregor and Boorman also make witty emcees, cheerfully upbeat even when they wonder aloud if one of their gun-happy hosts is a psycho murderer. The seven-episode series concludes with their emotional ride into the Big Apple and some surprises for the pair courtesy of the show's producers.

Long Way Round may have been an arduous once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you can't help but hope McGregor and Boorman suit up for another road trip someday. -- Ellen A. Kim

Product Description

UK DVD (PAL/Region 0). Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman begin a twenty thousand mile trip by motorcycle around the world, travelling through Europe, Mongolia and Canada. Seven one hour episodes. Long Way Round documents the adventures of film stars Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars) and Charley Boorman on their 20,000 mile motor bike trip around the world. Departing from London on 14th April 2004 the pair travelled through Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada arriving in the USA just over 3 months later. Along the way the intrepid pair encountered Kalashnikov-toting gangsters and extreme cuisine, survived numerous motorised scrapes often whilst traversing non existent roads days from the nearest hospital and found themselves alarmingly close to a hungry grizzly bear. They arrived at their final destination, New York, on 29th July and this DVD release with companion soundtrack tells the story from the eyes of the two film stars. CD soundtrack also available. EMI. 2005. Please note you will need an All Code DVD player to view.

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217 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special edition - extras worth it? 12 Nov 2005
This is the extended version with 10 episodes rather than seven. In fact, the old first episode is now lengthened into 2, so the boys don't depart until episode 3. It is interesting to hear more detail about the problems they faced getting it all together, plus more footage of their Scotland trip and pre-project trip to Australia.
All other original episodes are present, except the last, which has been extended to 2 epsiodes to cover the North American traverse in more detail. Again, this is welcome, although the challenges to the bikes here seem to be more of the human variety, rather than the natural variety as in Mongolia. Added footage includes more of Alaska (bears, including a debate between the boys about the morality of shooting bears), a visit to the Harley factory and more words from the boy's better halves.
The final episode is more of a one year on retrospective and is a fitting conslusion, providing an insight into how the series was received and how it changed the crew's lives.
The other extras, on top of those on the original DVD are interesting, mostly of interview footage, but include comments from the cameramen, director and producer. They make interesting viewing for fans of the series. After viewing this, you understand more of what they whole team went through and a little more detail about some of the events.
Overall, this Special Edition is exactly what it says, and is worth buying if you already have the original and became hooked. It is clear that the producers wanted to utilise a little extra budget to produce a better product (which they couldn't do first time around as they didn't realise how popular it would be).
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys have guts! 29 April 2005
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I have been lent this DVD by a friend of mine and both myself and my wife were hooked to the point that I'm buying my own copy so we can watch it over and over again.
It's impossible not to get emotionally attached to the guys as they undertake their journey battling against incredible odds. If it was a live documentary you would genuinely fear that the next episode may report the sad loss of one or both of their lives. The terrain and scenery of some of the locations is simply stunning but the dangers are all too evident and always in the back of your mind. What they achieved is an incredible feat for anybody but for two 'normal' bikers it is unbelievable and as a biker myself I can only feel an even deeper appreciation for the sheer difficulties they sometimes faced. They also meet some incredible (and incredibly kind) people along the way and as Ewen says 'it's a small planet....they are people just like us'.
The series contains quite a bit of swearing and some of the footage is very raw but this only serves to remind you that what you're seeing is what they experienced 'there and then'. During their time in Mongolia you can see it etched on their faces that the whole thing is even harder than they could ever have expected. They (and Claudio the bike riding cameraman) really were exposed to whatever may have come their way.
Funny, moving, inspiring and breathtaking in equal measures - everybody should watch this series documenting an incredible journey. Right, now where's the keys to the bike!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get the special edition instead 20 July 2006
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I bought this and it is good but since then they have brought out an extended edition. I have now seen both and the special edition is better giving you more of an appreciation what they went through. In the original they seemed to get fed up by the time they reached Canada/USA and there was hardly any detail but they have corrected this in the new version.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 hours? Not long enough! 14 Jan 2005
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Although I am a biker and would probably have this in my collection regardless,I can guarantee that virtually anyone will be totally engrossed in this adventure from the word go.Ewan and Charlies' sheer charisma and enthusiasm is both infectious and inspirational.They both totally betray their film star status by showing a very human vulnerability to the amazing situations the trip presents them with - and what a trip! Some hardened travellers may say that the support-crew aspect lessened the danger element, or gave them a get-out-of-jail-free card. Not fact the back-up crew themselves got in to some serious trouble too, and it's all compelling to watch.Awesome landscapes, filmed beautifully and revealing a real insight into parts of the world you've barely heard of.The extras on the DVD are also quality viewing.
The only thing to ever have kept myself and my wife out of the pub for a whole week ! Buy with confidence - superb.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 17 Jan 2005
It's not often that a DVD is worth the money in terms of quality and quantity. However, the Long Way Round is a fabulous DVD containing all 7 episodes together with some intriguing extras.
The series is well produced and compulsive viewing, even when watching all 7 episodes at one sitting. Ewan comes across as a very modest, down to earth person and Charlie has a wicked sense of humour. Together they make a great double act and play off against each other to great affect.
Sure, the 2 guys have a full back up team and there is a third biker with them at all times, but this doesn't diminish the achievement of what they did. In some respects the other people add an extra dimension to the programme. The majority of the episodes focus on Ewan and Charlie and their travels.
Most of the extras are fairly bog standard. However, there are 2 extras worth looking out for. Firstly there is a more in-depth mini-episode covering the first 5 days. These days were pretty much ignored in the original series so it's great so see some more footage from Western Europe. The second extra of note is the post trip interview. Ewan and Charlie are obviously great friends and guide us through some high and lows from the trip.
All in all, an inspirational DVD. Especially to the wannabe world traveller. Watching this makes you just want to get out there and go to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, great value too
perfect , great value too . thanks
Published 11 days ago by a.thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is
Wanted to get this DVD as couldnt find the show on any TV channel, Having watch 'The Long Way Down' many times, it is clear that they improved upon the first series shown in this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Myke 1
5.0 out of 5 stars long way round
excellent d v d by the boys, informative with plenty of humour well worth adding to your collection. remember the tv program.
Published 1 month ago by belmont
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show ever!
Best show ever! I can watch this over and over again. These guys are livin` the dream! :D I can recomend this DVD highly!
Published 2 months ago by Rune Helmundsen
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
love the long way down and long way round. Great travel show, and have chain watched both series a few times now.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Matthew Paver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
Boorman and McGregor have made a very entertaining series with this DVD- I can recommend it to anybody as good TV!
Published 5 months ago by L.BobbyG.-S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration
Just setting aside all business-related inspirations, but these guys are an inspiration for us average guys wishing to do something unusual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Esko-Pekka Kivilahti
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD no1 was faulty!!
Whilst appreciating it was cheap I did still expect it to work!! DVD 2 ok though. Disappointed :( but no great shakes fir the price
Published 7 months ago by H3l3N
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it on the TV
Now I can watch it any time I want...a brilliant DVD , excellent scenery and quite funny in places lol ....
Published 8 months ago by Pat Dearman
5.0 out of 5 stars very good value
Was worth waiting for good value better than I thought it. would be would recommend it to my all friends
Published 8 months ago by linda small
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