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4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely worth going for the special edition, 11 Mar. 2010
I am a big LWR, LWD, Race to Dakar fan, including having read the books and watched all of the shows. I purchased the original LWD DVD when it came out after seeing the series on TV and was a little disappointed that the trip seemed very rushed and that the guys found it a lot less enjoyable than Long Way Round. There was also a lot of discomfort evident between Ewan and Charlie over the inclusion of Ewan's wife Eve on part of the trip. This was further reinforced in the way the original cut was edited which basically compressed the entire of Eve's presence and the whole of southern Africa into a single final episode. It seemed very rushed at the end as if there wasn't a lot of quality footage to use. In reality I think what happened is that they simply ran out of space to fit everything into the number of shows that had been agreed with the TV companies, so a lot had to be cut.
In this special edition, the final stretch from Malawi down to Cape Town is extended from one episode to 3, and there are so many wonderful moments in those last 3 episodes, including some good interaction between Charlie and Eve that shows that he is not as sore about her being there as is implied by the original cut. The first few episodes just have a few extra scenes here and there, but it is in this final stretch that the true value of the special edition comes out.
Definitely 100% recommended, even if you already have the original TV cut.
Thanks to Ewan, Charlie, Dave and Russ - I can't wait for their next adventure - Long Way Up (Chile to Alaska?)