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Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 Days [DVD]

Michael Palin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Palin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In 1989 Michael Palin recreated the famous voyage made in 1873 by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's epic Around the World in 80 Days. This 10-part (eight-hour) BBC documentary featured Palin and his passepartout using only the modes of transport available to the novelist's intrepid traveller. Hiring Palin was the masterstroke that ensured the series became a television milestone; despite being one of the comedy-surrealists of Monty Python's Flying Circus and the perpetrator of Ripping Yarns, he proved to be the most amiable travelling companion imaginable. His charm and ingenuity, coupled with the race-against-time format and the opportunity to visit at second-hand places most of us will never see, made Around the World in 80 Days an unmissable television event. So much so that Palin soon returned to the travel format in Pole to Pole (1992), Full Circle (1997) and Sahara (2002). --Gary S Dalkin

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Michael Palin takes us on a conquest of the globe in under eighty day as he sets out to recreate the famous fictional journey of Phileas Fogg.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the world in seven episodes 15 Jan 2006
"Around the World in 80 Days" was made in 1988, and marked the start of Michael Palin's career in making travelogues for BBC television. The program was a huge success and has since been sold to many other television stations all over the world, and was released on videotape, and now on DVD. Since then five other BBC travelogues have been made with Michael Palin: "Pole to Pole", "Full Circle", "Hemingway Adventure", "Sahara" and "Himalaya". I recommend all of them, as well as the books that have been made for each trip.
In this trip Michael Palin follows roughly in the footsteps of the fictitious Phileas Fogg, the hero of Jules Verne's novel from 1872. The self-imposed rule was that airplane travel was not allowed, so the trip had to be done by train, ship, car, bus, etc.
The trip is beautifully filmed and Michael Palin's wit and charm makes it a special experience. Many different cultures and countries are experienced, and many interesting people and situations encountered.
A somewhat negative aspect is that a large portion of the travel time was aboard ships. With the exception of a dhow trip across the Arabian Sea (a high point of the entire trip) the days aboard ships were rather boring and prevented the interesting experiences that land travel would have resulted in.
This is most evident when Michael Palin disembarks from one ship in Singapore harbor at midnight and rushes through immigration and then exit processing and leaves the harbor at 2 AM to take a launch out to another ship that is waiting for him at sea just outside the harbor! He never gets to see Singapore at all, and remarks himself, "I thought I'd see the world on this trip. I can't see a thing!"
Despite the above criticism this is a great program and highly recommended.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Window On The World 21 Aug 2003
When the BBC first received its Charter in the 1920s it was charged with educating, informing and entertaining the great British public. This series of programmes from sixty odd years later perfectly encapsulates that original vision.
Gentle humour matched with beautiful photography and insightful narration make this DVD an essential purchase for those who still prefer a little romance mixed into their (often wishful) travel experience!
Michael Palin surpassed his earlier career achievements with this programme. Sadly he has yet to reach the same heights again, but that isn't a criticism. It is simply an acknowledement that "Around The World In Eighty Days" is an absolutely captivating televisual feast served up in very large and very palatable portions.
It could be said that this is Palin's "Citizen Kane". A masterpiece impossible to better!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Palin money Can Buy 17 Oct 2003
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This series, of all the series before it, and after it, is the series like none other. Not that the places he went were enormously exotic, or the travelling very challenging. Neither there was imminent danger nor some hidden secret about to be unveiled. But it is the people of the world, and the complex relationship between them and their surroundings, their customs, their religions, their food, their language, which is so exhilirating to share. You could almost feel the whiff of the warm Arabian Sea, or the texture of the sandwiches on the Crusier ship. One can smell the city of Bombay and touch the pacific. Palin sir - I thank you for this perfect series
And Palin shares all of this it to perfection. They say you cannot fake a genuine smile, and none of Palins were. He is a genuine human being which comes through.
I loved it the first time I saw it - and have seen it many times over - but looking forward to the Christmas holidays when I plan to watch it with my wife.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Just a point to clear up, does the quality of the picture REALLY detract from a quality programme? Firstly, when watching this I didn't even notice much of a problem with the quality of picture, and secondly, if you take a piece of arse filmage and polish it up, does it make it good? No. The purpose of Around The World In 80 Days wasn't to be yet another celeb glam travel programme, it was meant to be a proper trial, a task, a race against time. The gritty film style gives a wonderful earthy, 'real' feel, backs up the impression that this is a bunch of people desperately trying to get round the world in 80 days. I found this series unique in that respect, several moments arise when the entire project could be scuppered thanks to delays here, strikes there, unforseen circumstance x .... sometimes there is no time for Palin to explore some of the exotic locations that his journey take him through. Just enough time for a quick hello before moving onto another form of transport. No carefully set up panning shots of your typical glitzy holiday programme, the essence here is the race. As a result of this dash around the world, the locations take second place to the characters that Palin meets. Everything is served up with the wonderful commentry by Palin himself, rather than just sitting back and vegetating in front of this, it actually excites.
You don't find that much in the way of extras with this, but its a nice lengthy series anyway ... plus you do get a nice interview with Palin on the third disc. Its something that you can find yourself returning to time and time again, feeling sad each time as Palin journeys through England to the finish line as you know that the adventure is over again. A fine DVD, and definately looking forward to other such as Pole To Pole and Full Circle being mastered to DVD. Unique.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for armchair travelers.
Excellent BBC series presented by a very likable chap called Michael Palin.
Published 4 days ago by Stephen Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars must see
well worth watching
Published 7 days ago by roy boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What can I say? This is one of my favourites and always will be. I could watch it over and over and Michael is brilliant. Read more
Published 17 days ago by C. E. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
If you want to be transported all over the world with an excellent travel companion then this is a must buy! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doline Gadd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and educational too
Very good and entertaining , shows how others live around the world , doesn't need a lot of words does it
Published 4 months ago by Ken of Sheffield
5.0 out of 5 stars around the world in eighty days
Both my husband and I loved this when it was first made and so are pleased to be watching it again.
Published 6 months ago by swanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Library said it was no longer available in U,K,
I tried to borrow the dvd from my local library but was told it was not available from any UK library as it was produced so long ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alec Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Exactly what I wanted for my son, I thought it would be a good way of seeing the world for his geography.
Published 7 months ago by Miss E L Snowden
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Prompt delivery and good price

Well worth watching again - much better without the adverts on Dave or is it Yesterday?
Published 8 months ago by oranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set
This was a great DVD set to watch, it takes you around the world and I really enjoyed it. An interesting watch. Well worth the money.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. T. Jenkins
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