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Janapar: Love, on a Bike [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Tom Allen
  • Directors: James W Newton
  • Producers: James W Newton
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Janapar Media Ltd
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FWVHQ4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A true love story filmed over four years in thirty-two countries by one man on a bicycle. 23-year-old Tom Allen is all set for a 9-5 career in IT. Trouble is, he can't help wondering whether there's more to life. So Tom sets off on the ultimate adventure: cycling around the world. Despite his lack of experience, Tom cycles and camps his way across three continents, encountering a vivid cast of friends and foes. But the journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with Tenny, a feisty Iranian-Armenian. Struggling to keep his dream alive, Tom convinces Tenny to get on a bicycle and join him. But when things don't go to plan, he is forced to continue riding alone. His decisions lead him to the depths of the Sahara desert, where - amid challenges unimaginable - he catches a glimpse of the answer he set out to find. Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Persian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Our DVDs are Region 0, a.k.a. 'region-free', and will play on any DVD player. We cannot guarantee playback on all computers.

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I was introduced to Janapar - and in turn Tom - through an acquaintance in December of 2012. The film was relatively new to the masses, and I was happy to be a (somewhat) early adopter.

Earlier in my life, I had considered setting out on an adventure-cycling tour of Canada over the course of a few months. That quickly fell away to life's "necessities": post-secondary education, working, making money, etc. And until Janapar, I felt that that dream was behind me, lost in the responsibilities and obligations of life. Through Tom's experiences portrayed in his film, and in much more thrilling detail, in his book, he has proven that life is what you make it. The accepted and defined path that so many people base their lives on is really just a guide; it is up to us to decide if we want to follow that path, or venture off into the unknown. Because of this, I have been inspired to explore my life's unknown in my own way, which is more than I could ever expect to take away from another's story.

Some early criticisms claim that the movie and book are too disjointed; many short stories with no definite endings, put together in a haphazard way. To this I say, that's the way this story SHOULD be. On one hand, Tom has always been very open that he was initially very uncomfortable on camera, not knowing what to say, or even really the story he was trying to tell. It's a testament to James Newton's talent that he was able to take the many hours of material that Tom initially had little faith in and piece together the story that now exists. On the other hand, Tom's publicized experience was about LIFE. It can sometimes seem disjointed, sporadic, and sometimes unfinished. His story is a part of his life, and remains an ongoing development, much of which will remain private to him.
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I came across Tom's blog whilst I was looking for advice and
inspiration for my first longish bike ride... Tom's big ride had come
to an end by then but the film didn't exist at that point - just lots
of footage I expect. I've followed Tom's updates as the film was put
together, he battled for a year to get a film festival to take it up,
through his private screening, the Raindance Film Festival premier to
the release of the DVD and now the book! Its been really inspiring to
see his hard work deliver something so lovely, and to be able to watch
the film and now read in more detail about the adventure that I was a
little late to the party finding.

This isn't really a bike film. Its not a monologue of 'today we rode
here, we did 50 miles, its hot, my bike has a problem...' Its much
more of a story than that, on many levels, and is very personal. It's
about adventure, travel, friendship, challenge and love, and through
it, Tom ask a lot of questions about success, motivation, and
happiness that many of us find ourselves asking in these times.
Although he says that it took him a long time to be able to speak to
the camera properly, I find that he is able to convey an awful lot
about his personal motivations, conflicts and struggles, with few
words. Its also very funny - I've now seen it 4 times and still
laugh.

If you happen to also be into long distance bike journeys then its
also great inspiration for getting out there and exploring! Watching
it makes me feel the emotion of my own short trip and give me heaps of
inspiration for for getting on with the next one.

I'd also recommend reading Tom's book that has just been released.
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Wow! I saw this film on Friday night at Horizons Unlimited near Derby. It just blew me away!! If it is not being screened near you, travel to see it. This is a tale of several journeys for Tom, a physical journey, a mental journey AND an emotional journey (read:- roller-coaster!!). Tom, I hope Tenny had done a good job of the veg plot - I cant help thinking she would have had more fun at the HUBB event though! Really sorry I didn't get round to buying your book and DVD at the event but I had to leave (really) early on the Sunday morning. I am hoping to catch the film again and bring my wife with me next time. There are not many (if any) films that i would dash out to see again! Congratulations and all the best for the future whatever it may hold for you both. James

PS I DID go to see the film again I took my wife and four children 200 miles down to Dorset to the Adventure Travel Film Festival and I was not disappointed.I cannot praise this film highly enough.
It probably sounds like I am part of Toms family and 'helping' him with this review. This is not true, I spoke to Tom for a maximum of 5 minutes at each venue but I genuinely feel his film should receive all the publicity it can get.
Watch it, you wont regret it!
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Others have given this more stars but I have to say I was expecting more from this film. It was quite disjointed and the background music was too loud and made the commentary hard to hear. It improved toward the end however.
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Love this film,had to buy 2 because I lent one to a 'friend' and it never came back,it could change your life,it did mine,because after you've watched it,you may want to sell everything and go off on a bike around the world
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