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Wainwright's Highlands and Islands of Scotland [VHS]

A.Wainwright , Eric Robson    Exempt   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: A.Wainwright, Eric Robson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Striding Edge
  • VHS Release Date: 14 Mar 1994
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004COE9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic journey for all Highland lovers 2 Jan 2002
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This video shows the best the Nortwest Highlands of Scotland (still) can offer to all the hurried living in the more crowded parts of the world, like me in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The images, the hauntingly beautiful music and the commentaries (quotations from Wainwright's books) in this video capture the vast open spaces, the silence, the emptiness and the sheer beauty of the scenery of places like Torridon and Sutherland, indeed landscapes so beautiful that it hurts. A feast of recognition to all who have walked in these parts of Scotland. Each time when every day office life in the metropolis was getting to much for me, I borrowed this video from the city library and while watching it it transferred me back to the places where one can still hear silence and watch the world like God created it. The video can be used as an introduction for those who are planning a (walking) holiday to Scotland, or as a pain killer for the homesick Highland lover. As the video was made in the early 80's, and because many of the predictions of changes in the Highlands by now have come true, it also has value as a time document. For, indeed, even the Highlands are getting more crowded and embedded in the 'modern world'. And this is where the nostalgia comes in. This video also makes a real nice gift for the elderly, who are now 'grounded' but who, in their more energetic years, loved to roam the braes and glens and know what Wainwright means when he says (about Sutherland) "when away from it, it calls".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Grumping along 8 Nov 2003
...in which famous old curmudgeon AW and his sidekick Eric Robson grumble their way through a loose selection of landscapes in North-West Scotland. The programs suffer greatly from the conceit that "eeh, it were all unspoilt when I first come up here and all the people were friendly now it's all tourists and people wanting money off you". Wainwright had some quasi-Victorian ideas about the countryside as the (largely empty) land of the simple peasant, through which he (AW) passes as a penniless cogniscant, somehow different from the other tourists that he so detests even seeing from a distance.
Then again, what would you expect? If you don't like AW, grumpiness, and outmoded ideas, you won't like this as it will spoil the scenery. If on the other hand you can tolerate his misguided musings and even take pleasure in them, there is a wistfulness about the set of four films (for lost youth) that might just redeem them.
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