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The Michael Palin Collection - Complete 16 Disc Box Set [DVD]

Clem Vallance , Roger Mills    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Clem Vallance, Roger Mills
  • Producers: Clem Vallance, Roger Mills
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 2284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZO71G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

"Around the World in 80 Days": Palin takes up Jules Verne's fictional travelling challenge for real in this exhilarating series. DVD Special Features: Exclusive interview with Michael Palin.

"Pole-to-Pole": Michael Palin's second challenge is to travel from the North to the South Pole, by land and sea. DVD Special Features: Exclusive interview with Michael Palin.

"Full Circle": Michael's third adventure saw him attempting to complete a 50,000 mile circuit around the world's largest ocean - the Pacific, in just one year. DVD Special Features: Exclusive interview with Michael Palin, deleted scenes and out-takes.

"Sahara": In this fascinating series Palin treks across the world's most renowned desert. DVD Special Features: Exclusive interview with Michael Palin, deleted scenes, behind the scenes.

"Himalaya": In his most challenging journey yet, Michael tackles the greatest mountain range on Earth, spanning 2000 miles. DVD Special Features: Exclusive pre-trip introduction, exclusive post-trip interview, extended scenes.

"Hemingway Adventure": DVD exclusive to this box set. Palin follows in the footsteps of author Ernest Hemingway, offering insights into the quirky, eccentric and less well-known areas of Hemingway's life. DVD Special Features: none.

"Great Railway Journeys": DVD exclusive to this box set. Includes both his 1980 and 1994 railway journeys. In the first, Michael travels the length of Britain by train. In the second, he travels Ireland whilst tracing the 'family line' of his great grandmother. DVD Special Features: none

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best! 5 Feb 2005
Sixty quid is alot of cash to pay out for a DVD, luckily you're getting way more than your moneys worth in this collection. Michael Palin offers you the world in this collection of his travels to date.
They're not nice easy touristy jaunts from one luxurious location to another, its proper gritty travelling. You get to meet the people of the world, see its stunning geography and generally have documentaries with real heart. Also there is the bonus of being able to see the world caught in a moment in time, the former Soviet Union in Pole To Pole, a gorgeous river running through China flanked by stunning razor sharp rocks ... no doubt now all totally underwater as part of China's Three Dams project.
The classic race against time Around The World In 80 Days following the travels of Fogg is charming, Palin's dry wit perfectly set against the colourful characters that he meets as races against the clock.
My personal favourite is the year long epic Full Circle, I love the far Eastern locations that he travels through in the earlier stages of the documentary.
You also get his most recent jaunts of Sahara and Himilaya in this package plus Great Railway Journeys for those wishing to have an expedition of somewhere closer to home.
The best money you will ever spend, perfect for those moments on a hazy Sunday morning when you want to kick back and escape the real world for a moment.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Arm Chair Travelling. 16 Jun 2006
I have just received this box set for my Birthday and was absoutely thrilled to view all these old favourites again at my leisure. This is absoutely great arm chair travelling and great entertainment from Mr Palin. A bit expensive here in Ireland for the entire box set but if you compare the price to an indivudal series it is well worth the money. Sit back and travel the world with Michael Palin.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value + the exclusive railways DVD 24 Jun 2006
Today you can almost get too much of Mike Palin. It's hard to visit anywhere -- in the world or on the TV schedules -- without bumping into the man. But back in 1980, with the BBC having pulled the plug on 'Ripping Yarns' for cost reasons, any programme featuring Palin was definitely a rare event to be savoured.

1980 was when he made his first 'Railway Journeys' film -- the programme which kicked off his second career -- and it's a sentimental gem. And you can only get it by buying this boxed set. One of my favourite scenes is when he is sitting in the cockpit of a 125 and talking to the driver about the old days. Mike suggests that in comparison, driving a train today must seem rather boring. For an instant, there's the faint possibility that the driver might down tools and bring the whole power of the NUR and ASLEF onto Palin's shoulders. Fortunately the slur is ignored, but then, a couple of moments later, the driver blinks in the way that both seriously overworked employees and drug addicts sometimes do, and you fear for the safety of all BR passengers.

It's wonderful to see Palin as Mr Everyman, dressing in the very dodgy M&S clothes of 1980, and talking to many other travellers on the trains, who are equally affectionate about the experience. He's not entirely sure whether he is making a Python-style travelogue or a serious diatribe against the destruction caused by BR and Dr Beeching.

With the aid of external shots provided by the BBC helicopter, this boxed set will take you to many parts of the world that you'll now have to visit yourself. Great stuff!
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Palin Collection 29 Nov 2004
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Forget Scott of the Antartic, Dr Livingstone etc they pale into insignificance compared to Michael Palin. Not only is he a brilliant actor and comedian, he has also travelled to the worlds most dangerous and out of the way places. He brings his Monty Python hummor to each adventure making it not only a highly watchable travel series, but his people skills and hummor make it also truely unique. This has to be the best value box set in the history of the world.
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What can one say about this 16 disc set, apart from they represent near perfection in presentation, content and video photography. I originally watched all but the Hemingway Journey when they were broadcast on BBC 1. When they were first released I loved them so much I bought them all on VHS. Today we can buy them on DVD for less than 25 and watching them again and again they lose non of their original charm.

Each journey captures unexpected moments, unique landscapes, has factual commentary and the odd bit of Python type comedy. Also Palin travels to areas that we are no longer able to see, such as the Yangtze Gorge cities in China, which now lie under water. Every series is fantastic and worth watching. I can think of no weak episode from the whole set. I simply cannot recommend buying this collection enough.

For anyone who is interested in travel documentaries and wants to watch a true Pro in front of the camera, this collection is for you. As close to perfect as you can get.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basically new 16 Mar 2014
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Although some wear on the boxes so far all that have been viewed are ok and not damaged!! Thanks for a great collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 1 Jan 2014
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loved this watched them all in one weekend once you put them on it is hard to stop playing them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 16 Dec 2013
Ordered this collection for my dad for Xmas, Was a bit hesitant as it was used but it was perfect condition looked like new, Packaged very well, very pleased
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Palin Collection.
Every travel documentary that Michael Palin does is profoundly entertaining and always very informative and interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rockinron100
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value
Excellent value for money. Item in first class condition as described and in tidy presentation box, Very happy with purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Joan Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best travel writers there is.
This is edgy traveling that you likely
will never do yourself. It is very entertaining
in the arm chair though.
Published 7 months ago by Chris Toliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventures
I bought this box set 8 years ago, and I have been through the whole lot at least twice, and that's not including when the series first ran on TV. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DurgeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The complete DVD box set of The Michael Palin Collection has given tremendous pleasure and interest to the person for whom I bought it as a birthday present.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars great value
What a great way of seeing the world without having to step outside of your living room. This is a great collection I highly recommend it!
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by jaff
5.0 out of 5 stars One Amazing Set
All I have to say is get this if your into travelling. If your not then get it anyway and you'll be into travelling after you see these dvds!!!! Palin is a total Woooooow!
Published on 12 April 2006 by Mr. C. C. Derbyshire
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