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The Treasures Of St Petersburg And The Hermitage [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tim Marlow
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Beckmann Visual Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064677U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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St Petersburg - the extraordinary beauty of its architecture and canals, its complex and volatile history, its fantastic cultural treasures, all combine to provide the subject of a riveting documentary. A city created from the swamps by Peter the Great, it was for 200 years the capital of the world's largest country - home to legendary rulers like Catherine the Great, and the tragic Tsar Nicholas II. A central player in the history of the last century, the home of literary giants like Pushkin and Dostoyevsky, composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich, it was both the scene of one of the most bitter sieges of the second world war and the birthplace of the Bolshevik revolution. The Russians - urged on by native son President Putin - have been spending some $1.5 billion restoring the city and preparing it for its 21st century role as the country's 'summer capital' and a major tourist destination. This series, originally commissioned by Channel Five, narrated by Tim Marlow and with music performed by The State Hermitage Orchestra, explores the art and architecture of this 'Venice of the North' through wonders like the Winter Palace, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on Spilled Blood - and not least the treasures contained in The Hermitage, possibly the greatest museum in the world.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wilmus on 31 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
This DVD brings vividly to life St Petersburg in the grips of winter. The special beauty of the "Venice of the North" is heightened by the brilliant light reflected up from the snow to the buildings. Having spent a week there in February 2010, in temperatures of minus 22 degrees centigrade, the dvd recalled accurately many of the places we visited and our sense of awe at the riches on display. This of course was exactly what Peter the Great, Tsar Alexander I and Empress Catherine wanted to achieve.

If you go to St Petersburg try to do it both in Winter and again in Summer as the experience is so different. Do not miss the 30 or so rooms of Impressionist paintings in The Hermitage, which don't get much mention on the dvd.

Not shown of course are the vast blocks of forbidding flats outside the centre in which of course the real people live.

However...

Well worth buying...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this after a visit, for two reasons 1. It's a good memento and 2. It provides a good overall history of St Petersburg and of its many Arts and Treasures - which is no mean feat in the time allotted. Great cityscape views, set largely against a Russian winter backdrop, accentuate the visual feast. The main interior focus is the Hermitage/Winter Palace, including the Jordan Staircase, the fantastic Pavilion Hall and Peacock Clock, The Menshikov Palace, The Kunstkammer (Monster Museum), Kazan Cathedral, The Metro and The Church of the Saviour on the Blood. Special focus on the stunning Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine Palace) with the Amber Room, Agate Rooms and Cameron architecture. As a balance the Stalinist architecture and blocks of flats next to the Pribaltiyskaya Hotel (Park Inn), also get a mention as do the Revolution, Eisenstein's October 1917 and the 900 day seige. In all an entertaining and educational production.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Masterton on 1 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
I found this very disappointing in that you saw much of the outside of the buildings but very little of the actual treasures.
I cant recommend it if you want to see the actual exhibits
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By buttons3563 on 2 Mar 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a dvd made from a channel five series. The imagery on this is nice and it gives you a good insight into the Hermitage and St Petersburg in general. It is a bit repetative and slow going in parts but beautful to watch.
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