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The Queen's Garden [DVD]
The Queen's Garden [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Travers
Price: 10.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, 21 July 2011
This review is from: The Queen's Garden [DVD] (DVD)
What a disappointing production. A very superficially filmed production with random wildlife and insect shots interspersed with montages of flowers and a sketchy garden party; absolutely nothing was said about the history, size, actual gardening procedures, etc. I was expecting a lesser version of "A Year at Kew" and not a low budget "Saturday afternoon special." A pity I wasted my money. Perhaps the names Travers and McKenna should have given me a heads-up.

Coal House At War [DVD]
Coal House At War [DVD]
Price: 14.38

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, Repetit..., Repet..., Rep..., Re...!, 6 Feb 2010
This review is from: Coal House At War [DVD] (DVD)
Although the content of "Coal House at War" is interesting and enlightening from a cultural history point of view, I find it absolutely astounding that the producers of what could have been a fantastic production found it possible to cram a whole 180 minutes worth of interesting content into 649 minutes of what eventually became a totally boring mishmash of scenes, mostly unconnected to each segment title, repeated ad nauseam. (Perhaps this was made for the American market, as they also have a penchant for repeating content over and over again for the stupid souls that cannot understand something the first time 'round.)

All in all, not up to the usual BBC standard and rather disappointing. Get it for your collection but don't give it pride of place.
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Great Railway Journeys of the World [DVD]
Great Railway Journeys of the World [DVD]
Price: 7.96

90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Railway Journeys of the World, 13 Dec 2009
Absolutely amazing, stunningly pathetic, misleadingly titled excuse of a production. It is merely a "promo" for various luxury trains and has nothing to do with great train journeys but merely great means of train travel. I would not recommend this title to anyone.
I would rate this production as a zero star, but one star is the lowest possible rating.

Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means [DVD]
Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charley Boorman
Price: 7.00

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charley Boorman Sydney to Tokyo (By Any Means), 10 Dec 2009
Having watched Ewan & Charley's 'Long Way Round' and 'Long Way Down'; and also Charley's 'Race to Dakar' and 'By Any Means (to Sydney)' I have to say that this latest offering from Charley is absolutely stunning compared to the aforementioned offerings.

This time around there is less of the "ME"-factor from Charley and more of the "Hey folks, look, I'm using all the means of transport available but that's not really important, look at the countries I'm traveling through and the cultures I'm experiencing."

All in all this is a very entertaining, fascinating and informative production, making one realise that the Australia and the Pacific Rim Archipelago has more to it than it would seem at first. Also, the odd quirky or amazing means of transport pops up here and there, plus some super customizing of cars and bikes is shown.

My only gripe is that perhaps a bit more of Claudio could be featured as he appears to be a charming person with a screen personality of his own (but then it wouldn't be Charley's film, would it?)

But that aside, I will heartily recommend this production to anyone that wishes to experience a bit of the Pacific Rim area vicariously - you will not be disappointed. (I would also recommend the other items mentioned if they are not already a part of your collection - but I guess I'm preaching to the converted.)

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