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1000 Places to See Before You Die: Collection 1 [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One 17 Aug. 2008
By Brian Whitney - Published on
Hi Folks,

The book is well worth the read and the series would have been worth your time as well... but... the problem is that they chose the worst possible people to view these places through the eyes of and it ruins the experience. These are perhaps the worst hosts ever for a travel series. They aren't appreciative of the journey and don't ask interesting questions or add anything of value to the show on any level. In fact, I'd buy this if they had a version that simply eliminated their words and ever showing their face and just included the raw footage of the places. It's really that bad. With a world of enthusiastic (and educated) tourists or guides to choose from who would have viewed this as the opportunity of a life time and demonstrated some respect for the places they were going by perhaps learning anything about them in advance to prepare themselves to show the world, why they chose these two mopes is beyond me. I found myself (and my wife as well) getting angry at the show each time we watched because these people were ruining it all. Save yourself the annoyance and buy other travel DVD's from the same places and you'll be much happier. Rick Steves has a wonderful box set of Europe where he educates and moves you over each place he sees. He has respect for both the places and the viewer. Samantha Brown, who is very different, also has some nice episodes. Rudy Maxa, who does his show on PBS is another wonderful option. Frankly, ANYTHING is better than this. (Heck, stare at some postcards and you'll get more out of it without the frustration). I also suggest going to Google Earth and looking at all the amazing photos that users have posted all around the world. There's so many better ways to experience the world, even if you can't travel there yourself. Don't waste the excitement of these fantastic's places on these unappreciative, misinformed and ignorant self absorbed people. Yuck.

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurist 8 Jun. 2009
By Regina Hanlon - Published on
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I think this DVD could have been done in a more mature manner. The couple kept saying, "wow" instead of describing what they saw or did...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Others are overly critical of the couple 1 Dec. 2008
By Reading Maven "Dani" - Published on
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I watched this show when it was on TV and am probably going to buy it for Christmas for my parents. I loved it! It was a great introduction to some beautiful sites around the world and I can't wait to share it with my family. It will be a great way to expand the world of my younger siblings who have not traveled more than a couple states away from their home.

The others who posted about the hosts being boring or ill informed must be hard core international travelers or possibly even just hard core Travel Channel watchers to have been so horribly disappointed. I felt another opinion had to be added here to balance them out.

There is a narrator and there is the couple who won this opportunity. THEY ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL HOSTS and nothing was scripted for them. I thought the narrator did a great job with the more technical travel information and I thought the couple reacted to the experiences similar to how I would have in their situation. They seemed to make an effort to be respectful of everyone involved in their tours and often seemed like they endeared themselves to their guides with their enthusiasm (although this could have been fostered by the camera crews and influx of money and publicity the show would bring).

Their actions probably fit the uncultured American stereotype but I can't see how they could have had enough preparation time for every location with the whirlwind tour to satisfy the critical reviewers out here. If I ever scraped up the money to visit even one of these locations I would plan for 6 mo to a year and certainly would not be able to travel in the extravagance they had. But that is what makes it more fun to watch! Even with all the planning and research I am sure I would have plenty of American tourist stereotype moments like asking "who is their most dangerous predator" about a pack of elephants. Of course its humans, but you try to think of something witty to talk about at location after location.

The Discovery Channel could have planned in some preparation time for each location and even provided some study materials to the couple, and I guess based on the negative responses I would suggest they do that if they have another season of this.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD! 24 July 2008
By M. Sullivan - Published on
This is a great DVD. It shows in depth the many interesting things to do in each country. The videography is outstanding and places that are visited are just beautiful. The only downside is the two hosts that go on this journey. They lack any real excitement and are a bore to watch. Luckily they don't distract from the scenery that surrounds them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst hosts in television history, besides the McNeelys! 12 Jun. 2011
By Trang Duong - Published on
This had potential to be quite a great series, but they REALLY screwed it up by putting in those hosts! Where did they get these people that "put their lives on hold for 14 weeks". Who wouldn't put their lives on hold?? And it's not putting your life on hold, it's expanding your life!

The hosts are unappreciative bubble boy, American flag tshirt wearing, F150 truck driving, Walmart shopping, suburb couple that are extremely uneducated and I can't emphasize MORE how UNAPPRECIATIVE they are. Profoundly can not stand that couple!

They anger me.

Horrible, DO NOT buy this DVD!!
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