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Tropic of Cancer [DVD]

Simon Reeve    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Reeve
  • Producers: Lucy Hetherington, Sam Bagnall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATSQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Circling the globe on a northern adventure

Simon Reeve circumnavigates the globe around the 22,835 mile long Tropic of Cancer, visiting 18 different countries, meeting amazing people, witnessing bizarre and beautiful sights, and encountering spectacular and endangered wildlife. Starting in Baja California - the long strip of Mexico that descends into the Pacific Ocean, Simon travels through Cuba, the Bahamas, Mauritania, the wastelands of Southern Libya, India, Bangladesh and Burma before finally reaching the some of the most beautiful (and also some of the dirtiest) beaches in the world. From gorgeous landscapes to deserts, small fishing villages to violent drug wars, Simon finds out what makes these places fascinatingly unique.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A travelogue with a social conscience 23 Mar 2010
This six-part series does not offer gentle, picturesque tourism. This is life as it is lived on the northern border of earth's tropical region. It completes a trilogy of journeys undertaken by explorer Simon Reeve (Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator) and proved to be his toughest, longest, most ambitious challenge.
It blends traveller's tales with an acute awareness of social inequality. Reeve reveals the consequences of globalisation, the economic recession, colonialism, rapid industrialisation and the effects of the modern world upon the natural and human environment. He also uncovers weird people, weird places and wonderful wildlife, making each hour-long episode an entertaining mix.

Many of the places on the 23,000 miles journey are well off the beaten track, where tourists don't normally get to travel. Reeve treks east across the Caribbean, the Sahara, over borders in North Africa closed to foreigners for decades, and through the deserts of Arabia and the remote jungles of Asia, to finish in Hawaii. He encounters repressive regimes (in Burma) and the secret police (in Morocco); widespread poverty and forgotten wars with refugee camps holding hundreds of thousands of homeless people; the drugs trade; industrial pollution and the wealth which comes with it; female wrestlers; the world's largest minefeld; the downturn in Dubai and more.
The Indian episode in particular is fascinating, revealing that the government is fighting a civil war within its own borders against Maoist revolutionaries. This programme highlights the complete contrast of the medieval rural lifestyle and urban development: the fish-farms which feed Kolkata are part of that city's sewage system...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 April 2011
By Fearon
One of the most entertaining travel and adventure series I've ever seen. Plus it helps that Simon is indescribably attractive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 21 Oct 2012
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Simon Reeve is an enthusiastic presenter and the series visits the darker and more violent places of the Earth. These include Mexico, plagued by drug cartels and vicious executions. I'd love to see Reeve's other series on DVD, such as the series "Places That Don't Exist", "Equator", "Tropic of Capricorn" and "Indian Ocean".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Aug 2012
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The content is truly excellent. Very well presented by Simon Reeve, full of enthusiasm and warmth, and very well-shot too. If you've seen Equator, or Tropic of Capricorn, then don't worry; it's just as good, if not even better!

No problems with the DVD, quick delivery, low price.
What are you waiting for? Buy it already!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Simon Reeve journey to date 9 July 2010
Simon Reeve is the modern day version of Michael Palin who did many epic journeys including Pole to Pole and Full Circle.
Simon's journeys are so interesting and fascinating and makes this DVD set an absolute must for anyone who is interested in the culture of other countries as well as some beautiful places and lots of amazing facts that you just would not know or believe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel journalism with a proper angle and stance 27 April 2010
Having just finished watching this series on BBC2 I would commend it to all in a heartbeat. Reeve is a shining example of how travelogues should be made by the BBC - we don't want people like Gryff Rhys Jones or some punter out of Monty Python traveling the world and visiting all the things we already knew about - we want this - Reeve actually getting down and dirty, educating us, probing, putting himself in the line of danger at times to get the true inside angle. Furthermore, one of the things that makes Reeve's travelogues so engaging is that its not all luxury and bag wallahs - he does his fair share of lugging and slumming it.

Some of the moments that lodged in my mind from this series was the outright corruption in Mexico (the ramming incident whereby the police sided with the renegade taxi driver and the Cancer team had to pay him off), the dispute over the Western Sahara (I feel ashamed to admit that I didn't even realise it was a country in its own right / knew nothing about the conflict), the plight of immigrant workers in the UAE and the suffering of those in Burma. It was disappointing that China put the kibosh on the Cancer crew being able to complete their opus by stopping them entering, and I'm glad Reeve made the point to camera about how much more beautiful the detour they were forced to take through Vietnam was anyway!

Well planned, well-research and well edited. Now he's done Capricorn, Cancer and the Equator, what's the next journey for Simon?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am a big fan of BBC's documentaries, and this one is no exception.

Having lived and worked in several tropical countries in Asia for over 25 years I have a pretty good idea what life is like in this region of the world. It is not all doom and gloom as a lot of people think, but many of the countries featured (in some parts of it) do have some persistent problems, be it cultural, political, social, economic or environmental; and I am happy to see documentaries that touch upon such issues.

Some of the scenes might be a bit scary as other reviewers say, but they should not put you off visiting most countries (if you were planning on visiting) as long as you are well informed on the area you are visiting, more than not you'll be fine.

I would recommend this DVD to anybody who is interested in these topics, and also to students who are learning subjects like Economics, Politics, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tropic of Cancer DVD
A present but I know it was enjoyed. Simon Reeve always manages to find interesting facts about the places he visits.
Published 6 months ago by R. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars tropic of cancer
as usual Simon Reeve us a lovely insight to the another part of the world well done. looking forward to see his other DVD's
Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. A. Shrimpton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Bought this for a specific clip to watch and use with Geography classes. Really educational and interesting. Simon Reeve is a clear and fresh presenter.
Published 10 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best BBC documentaries!
Absolutely loved this! Bought it for my boyfriend, and he loved it too! Simon Reeve doesn't just show you the glam of the countries and skit over the poverty and war, he takes... Read more
Published 16 months ago by N.Rosie
1.0 out of 5 stars Naive presenter
Simon comes across as a very naive presenter. Reading his wikipedia page, he is an extremely learned person so it gets very grating halfway through the series to listen to his... Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. LIM
4.0 out of 5 stars Troubled tropics
Simon Reeve loves the tropics which he describes as "The most beautiful, brilliant and blighted region in the world". Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by Rajesh Rathi
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought as a present
Person I brought this for was over the moon

It was exactly what he wanted
Published on 28 May 2010 by Mr. K. B. Sullivan
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