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Tribe : Complete BBC Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Bruce Parry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 936 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,969 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Former Royal Marine officer and expedition leader Bruce Parry, sheds the trappings of a western existence and lives alongside tribes, such as the forest people of central Gabon, adopting their methods and practices.

Taking adventure into a whole new realm, Parry dares to go where other presenters fear to tread: hunting, cooking and eating like a native and even trying the local recreational and ritualistic poisons. He also examines the way in which western influence is encroaching on these remote areas and asks whether this is a good thing.

This box set includes series 1, 2 and 3.


One of the more interesting and diverting shows of recent times has seen former Royal Marine Bruce Parry head off to the far reaches of the planet to live among the various tribes of the world. And with all three series of the intriguing Tribe now collected together in this one sit, it’s an invitation to catch up on his adventures that you’d be unwise to decline.

The central idea finds Parry adopting the workings, methods and practices of the tribes that he spends time with. And the reason this works so well is Parry himself, providing a respectful, clear and calm core to a programme that could so easily have fallen foul of many assorted trappings of the genre. His findings throughout Tribe are frequently fascinating, and the programme itself is diligently paced to give you ample opportunity to take it all in. It’s immersive and genuinely involving television.

The episodes collected together in this Tribe boxset find Parry travelling through the likes of Ethiopia, Mongolia and the Himalayas, and there’s a real sense of not knowing what you’re going to discover when each episode begins. Marry that into episodes with strong rewatch value--for both educational and entertainment purposes--and Tribe emerges as little short of a modern television treat. --Jon Foster

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jenkins on 31 Mar. 2011
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I found this to be a fine series. Parry (a former Royal Marine instructor), in whose company we visit some of the worlds remotest tribes (in such places as Brazil, the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon and Bhutan) is an engaging and sympathetic guide.

Parry visits fifteen tribes in all, spending a month living and interacting with each community. While there, he adopts the methods and practices of his hosts, participating in their rituals and exploring aspects of their culture.

The episodes in this set are as follows:

Series 1

1 Adi (India).
2 Suri (Ethiopia).
3 Kombai (West Papua).
4 Babongo (Gabon).
5 Darhad (Mongolia).
6 Sanema (Brazil).

Series 2

7 Nyangatom (Ethiopia).
8 Hamar (Ethiopia).
9 Dassanech (Ethiopia).

Series 3

12 Matis (Brazil).
11 Nenets (Russia).
12 Anuta (Solomon Islands).
13 Akie (Tanzania).
14 Layap (Bhutan).
15 Penan (Borneo). Parry was awarded the BAFTA Cymru "Best On-Screen Presenter" award in 2008 for his work on the 'Penan' Episode. A BAFTA Cymru "Best Camera: Not Drama" award was also awarded for Gavin Searle's work in the same episode.

There is also a book to accompany the series Tribe: Adventures in a Changing World. Parry has also engaged in a number of other adventures. The following may also be of interest: Amazon [DVD] [2008], Blizzard: Race to the Pole [DVD] and Arctic with Bruce Parry [DVD] [2011].
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. G. Lenzi on 26 Mar. 2009
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The BBC Tribe series featuring Bruce Parry's travels and time spent with tribes in different parts of the world is just amazing - it's also humbling, touching, funny and very educational. So much so that our entire family (and this includes 15 year old girls) is watching the series with avid interest!

We love Parry's humility and respectful approach to every new tribe he encounters. How he arrives in a new location, with new language barriers, new laws and tribal customs and each time he quickly embraces it all and becomes a member of the tribe for a few weeks. How the locals warm to him and often adopt him for these brief periods. Loved it!Tribe : Complete BBC Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Ian Armer VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2007
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Is 'Tribe' one of the greatest television programmes of the past 10 years? Absolutely. And all because it manages to show real people, living real lives, with genuine unflinching insight and touching emotion. No other television programme has come close to genuinely captivating the viewer, raising serious issues - and that covers issues of family and society - in a meaningful, relevant way that does not feel 'forced' or sugar coated. 'Tribe' is, simply, brilliant.

Bruce Parry is the perfect anchor for the series. He is perfectly normal and down to earth in every way, and - of course - the fact that he constantly makes an idiot out of himself endears him to the viewer. From drinking blood, to tripping out, spewing, getting naked, breaking important hunting equipment, almost falling off a cliff, allowing reindeer to drink his urine, leaping over cows, killing cows with a spear, losing vast amounts of weight, being whipped, bitten, stung, laughed at...the guy takes it all in good spirits. He gets by on sheer determination and the fact that he just gets stuck in 100%

The fact is you can't manufacture these moments. It's edited to form a coherant form for every episode (usually based around Bruce undergoing initiation rites) but no other programme could ever (fictionally) recreate the genuine humanity on show throughout this series.

Another important aspect of this series is that it truly shows our society to be a consumer mad engine that is devouring these lands and forcing these people to adopt to our ways, when it's really not necessary. Indeed, it gives one chance to think that maybe the tribe have got it right?

That's why 'Tribe' is one the great television programmes. It's more than Bruce Parry making a fool of himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 8 May 2012
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This is one of the most watched series in my DVD collection. It's very entertaining, and makes surprisingly good student TV. Parry is an engaging host, and he's appropriately enthusiastic. He engages in all sorts of vomit-inducing activities with aplomb. He's not averse to new gastonomic experiences, hallucinogens, arbitrary hazing rituals, uncomfortable sleep, sand flies, or other phenomena that one can end up with when venturing beyond the Euro-American world. It's great entertainment.

Parry isn't an academic anthropologist. I think that's okay, but it does lead to a few problems. One is that the people in question are somewhat exoticised. On Anuta, Parry refers fairly briefly to the conflict between the traditional command economy and the introduction of markets, money, and modern medicine. In Bhutan, the practice of polygyny is discussed primarily in terms of the potential for male jealousy. That's important, but the reality of it isn't fleshed out in anything like enough detail, so it becomes another exotic fact about Bhutanese Layap people. I don't want to sound too idealistic, but it could have been an opportunity to introduce a discussion of why polygyny is found at all (prevailing theories are that it has a beneficial effect with regard to population pressure, but that can hardly explain everything), why it's so rare, what other forms of marriage exist, and the general flexibility of human kinship. Instead, Parry muses on having a past life as an elephant and on whether being a Himalayan Buddhist might give some insights on which to ground one's life. It's pretty exotic.

It's a fun series and it humanises groups that most people have heard little of. Cannibals in Indonesian New Guinea? Lovely, genial guys.
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