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The Michael Palin Collection [DVD]
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The Michael Palin Collection contains all the documentaries that Michael Palin has made with the BBC.
The following documentaries feature on the collection.
Around the World in 80 Days: Michael Palin takes up the famous challenge. Air travel is forbidden, and wherever possible he uses the same routes and transport as Jules Verne's fictional hero, meeting many interesting characters en route. As he races across continents and against the clock, Michael's charm and ingenuity delight the armchair traveller.
Pole to Pole: Michael Palin's second televised challenge is to travel from the North to the South Pole, by land and sea. The crossing is varied and frequently gruelling, passing through Russia just days before the abortive Gorbachev coup, then on through Turkey, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa, hopefully arriving in time to catch the only ship from Africa to Antarctica!
Full Circle: In Full Circle, Michael Palin sets off from Diomede, in the Bering Strait, and hopes to return there one year later via Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and the whole length of the Americas. But right from the start things don't go to plan...
Sahara: Michael Palin's lust for travel is as strong as it was when he went around the world in 80 days, from pole to pole and then full circle. His latest objective is one of the great challenges in world travel: crossing the Sahara Desert...
Himalaya: In his most challenging journey yet, Michael Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth, a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China.
Hemingway Adventure: Palin journeys to Valencia in Spain, following in the footsteps of his favourite author, Ernest Hemingway.
Great Railway Journey: Derry or Londonderry, depending on religion or which part of Ireland you're from, is the starting point of Michael Palin's great Irish railway journey. A journey which will take him from this ancient walled city to the most western tip of Ireland.
But this is far more than a sightseeing tour. It is a quest for family roots, an attempt to trace his great grandmother - Brita Gallagher - who set sail from Ireland 150 years ago during the potato famine, bound for a new life in Burlington, New Jersey, USA.
DVD Extra: Each series contains an exclusive interview with Michael Palin.
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They're not nice easy touristy jaunts from one luxurious location to another, its proper gritty travelling. You get to meet the people of the world, see its stunning geography and generally have documentaries with real heart. Also there is the bonus of being able to see the world caught in a moment in time, the former Soviet Union in Pole To Pole, a gorgeous river running through China flanked by stunning razor sharp rocks ... no doubt now all totally underwater as part of China's Three Dams project.
The classic race against time Around The World In 80 Days following the travels of Fogg is charming, Palin's dry wit perfectly set against the colourful characters that he meets as races against the clock.
My personal favourite is the year long epic Full Circle, I love the far Eastern locations that he travels through in the earlier stages of the documentary.
You also get his most recent jaunts of Sahara and Himilaya in this package plus Great Railway Journeys for those wishing to have an expedition of somewhere closer to home.
The best money you will ever spend, perfect for those moments on a hazy Sunday morning when you want to kick back and escape the real world for a moment.
It contains six of the travel series Palin has done: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya and Great Railway Journeys. Hours of entertainment with the peerless Michael Palin.
The DVDs are nicely packaged and each one contains extras including an interview with Palin where he reminisces about the situations and characters he met which makes a nice little ending to each DVD.
In fact the only drawback to these DVDs is that I want to go to every place he visits!
Incidentally, the books are also great and offer a different perspective to what we see on TV!
Around The World In Eighty Days
Pole To Pole
1980 was when he made his first 'Railway Journeys' film -- the programme which kicked off his second career -- and it's a sentimental gem. And you can only get it by buying this boxed set. One of my favourite scenes is when he is sitting in the cockpit of a 125 and talking to the driver about the old days. Mike suggests that in comparison, driving a train today must seem rather boring. For an instant, there's the faint possibility that the driver might down tools and bring the whole power of the NUR and ASLEF onto Palin's shoulders. Fortunately the slur is ignored, but then, a couple of moments later, the driver blinks in the way that both seriously overworked employees and drug addicts sometimes do, and you fear for the safety of all BR passengers.
It's wonderful to see Palin as Mr Everyman, dressing in the very dodgy M&S clothes of 1980, and talking to many other travellers on the trains, who are equally affectionate about the experience. He's not entirely sure whether he is making a Python-style travelogue or a serious diatribe against the destruction caused by BR and Dr Beeching.
With the aid of external shots provided by the BBC helicopter, this boxed set will take you to many parts of the world that you'll now have to visit yourself. Great stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good watch. Goes well with Michael's relaxed attitude to travel and interviewsPublished 3 months ago by Someone
For any Michael Palin fans out there this collection is ace?It takes you to all his expeditions and makes you feel you are truly there with him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Biro
I watched the pole to pole series while at work and I was totally hooked so I had to buy the whole collection and I was over the moon when I saw how much this boxset was and it was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Grahame Turner
It's Michael Palin's travels, on DVD. You're obviously here because you know who Michael is, and either have heard or have seen the travels.
So why read on? Read more