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  • Directors: Clem Vallance, Roger Mills
  • Producers: Clem Vallance, Roger Mills
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 2284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5X1O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Sixty quid is alot of cash to pay out for a DVD, luckily you're getting way more than your moneys worth in this collection. Michael Palin offers you the world in this collection of his travels to date.
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.
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There are 20 DVDs in this set. If you are looking for Michael Palin Travelogues, then you'll know what he's about, and I don't really need to rave about that. The gentle humour, interesting places, are simply an easy watch, and great way to relax. You probably know that already. What makes this set worthwhile is that I think every series has a number of "deleted scenes" which for me, make this set. The quality of what got cut is still excellent, and you can't see these any other way. There's usually 30 - 60 minutes worth for each series. Plus interviews with Michael. When I bought this set the value was extraordinary, and at current prices (as at Nov 2010), they're well worth the money.
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..or indeed should expect to glean so much pleasure from a DVD box set. I was on a training course when 80 days came out. We were supposed to bond in the evenings and I got stuck listening to somebody drone on about jubilee clips or something or other. The bar-man turned on the TV and there was Mr. Palin going about his business. I didn't even pretend to be paying attention to Mr Bore thereafter and settled down to an hour of sheer enjoyment and it has been that way ever since. I greet each new series with barely contained glee and have even marked my calendar for the New Europe series. His charming demeanour, bonhomie and never ceasing enthusiasm for an adventure rubs off seemlessly. A delight!
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Michael Palin's has now made a successful subsequent career out of travelling the world and talking about these far-flung lands in his own intelligent, witty style. And aren't we the more beneficial for the experience! It is a privilege to hear Michael Palin relay his experiences of his travels, and luckily for us here they all are in one superb box-set. These are perfect to dip into and lose yourself in. An almost perfect Christmas present because it appeals to everyone on so many levels.
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As every other reviewer on here has already stated: this DVD is a treat!

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
Full Circle
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this is the boxset you've been waiting for,every travel thing michael has ever done in his own inimitable style, a must buy, highly recommended.
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Today you can almost get too much of Mike Palin. It's hard to visit anywhere -- in the world or on the TV schedules -- without bumping into the man. But back in 1980, with the BBC having pulled the plug on 'Ripping Yarns' for cost reasons, any programme featuring Palin was definitely a rare event to be savoured.

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!
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