Customer Reviews


22 Reviews
5 star:
 (12)
4 star:
 (9)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A travelogue with a social conscience
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...
Published on 23 Mar. 2010 by Rowena Hoseason

versus
2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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 constant moralizing and moaning about situations in the various countries. Maybe he feels this kind of persona works better for selling DVDs.
Published on 3 July 2012 by M. LIM


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A travelogue with a social conscience, 23 Mar. 2010
By 
Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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... Reeve is shocked to discover that village children have no clean water, no state education, no health service. And there are goats and pedestrians roaming on the motorways!
Some of the snapshots you may have seen before (like the market gardens in Cuba or the baby turtles hatching on the beaches) in other documentaries. But plenty is unique to this series and while much of it sounds like grim viewing, it is lightened by the spirit of human optimism which Reeve so frequently encounters and inescapable majesty of natural world. The reefs of the Red Sea, the weird Lion fish invading the Bahamas, a wonderful oasis in the Libyan desert - all make for spectacular viewing.

There's no doubt that parts of Tropic of Cancer were challenging and distressing to film, and some of that transfers to the viewing experience. It can feel uncomfortable at times to see others in such distress, to understand that some habitats are being destroyed while we lounge on our sofas. So if you want a less intensive travelogue, then you should choose a different series to watch. You may also not necessarily agree with Reeve's perspective, or feel that he's only showing part of a situation - that's inevitable given a few minutes to summarise each circumstance (and at times the tone can feel a little like the LibDems on tour...)
But if you enjoy being informed about what's going on in our shrinking world, as well as seeing amazing sights which you're unlikely to ever encounter in person, then this series offers plenty of food for thought.

8/10
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 April 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
One of the most entertaining travel and adventure series I've ever seen. Plus it helps that Simon is indescribably attractive!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel journalism with a proper angle and stance, 27 April 2010
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 21 Oct. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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".
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 10 Aug. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Simon Reeve journey to date, 9 July 2010
By 
Mr. S. N. Martin "Steve" (England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best BBC documentaries!, 6 Dec. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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 risks and they really pay off! Brilliant show!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight to some political, social, cultural, economic or environmental problems some countries in the tropics are facing, 15 Jan. 2011
By 
A. Smith (Lancs, England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
simon reeve is an excellent presenter in this fascinating series
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Reeve is brilliant, 26 Jun. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Tropic of Cancer [DVD] (DVD)
Love the documentaries Simon Reeve does and this does not disappoint. Will definitely buy more of his series as I never get bored watching them.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Tropic of Cancer [DVD]
Tropic of Cancer [DVD] by Simon Reeve (DVD - 2010)
£8.60
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews