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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Travel Channel
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HB1K1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a food-obsessed world, best-selling author Anthony Bourdain stands apart as the consummate culinary adventurer. This globe-trotting hedonist known as the "gastronomic Indiana Jones" scrupulously explores a locale's cuisine like no other TV traveler - in this all-new, complete Season 3 collection, he nibbles caviar and goes clubbing in Moscow, samples the finest Thai Town noodles in Los Angeles, investigates rumors of cannibalism and tests hangover antidotes in French Polynesia and so much more.

Customer Reviews

The production quality of the DVD collection is extremely poor.
munnrock
When No Reservations truly excels, it goes beyond a travel show or a food show and become more of a sociological and anthropological exploration.
Steve
My favorite show on the collection, is Cleveland because of the extra work with cartooning that was done on the show.
Trixie

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jack Flack on January 5, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD includes:

Russia
Los Angeles
New York
Shanghai
Hong Kong
French Polynesia
Cleveland
Brazil
Argentina
Singapore
South Carolina
Berlin
Tuscany

My question is:

Where are Saudia Arabia and Egypt?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seth Vermaaten on February 2, 2009
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If you love a good fun, honestly cynical view of the world and it's food and local ways, your going to love Anthony Bourdain. Even when he is visiting a place he is not enjoying he always finds a way to entertain hiimself and the audience with some honest and wry observations. A fun travel host and great writer. I recommend his show and writings for a fun relaxing time. Party on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By munnrock on October 25, 2008
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Beware! Content of this DVD collection is great. However, beware! The production quality of the DVD collection is extremely poor. The programs blur or stop altogether. The commands do not operate. Sometimes you are able to play a program, other times they will not play. Very inconsistent and unreliable. I ordered this collection twice to be sure that I did not just receive a defective disc set. The same unreliability and play inconsistencies applied to the second collection, which Amazon sent to me free of charge to replace the first ordered collection.

I certainly hope the production quality improves with the next collection offered for sale.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve VINE VOICE on August 2, 2009
Format: DVD
The third installment of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations dvd collection continues his travels around the world including a fair amount of U.S. destinations. I prefer the more philosophical adventures he has and the food-centric ones are understandable as it is his forte. The only episode issues I have are the trivial and generic ones, such as his visit to South Carolina. It is a tired exploration of the clichéd Southern hospitality, replete with a fox chase, garden party, Civil War re-enactment, and various other good-ole-Southern-charm fluff that is straight from Samantha Brown's itinerary. There are too many travel shows and food network garbage that specialize in this kind of shallow fare and it is a disappointment to see this from No Reservations. I understand the corporate push to broaden the market, but stuff like this never seems to be a good fit for Bourdain. Thankfully, the South Carolina show is the weakest of a strong bunch, thirteen in all.
The always fun Zamir adventure takes place in Russia and there are three trips to Southeast Asia including the frantic and food loving paradises of Singapore and Hong Kong. There is also an episode billed as Shanghai, but it is more an exploration of western China than the city per se and is one of the better inclusions on the collection. There is a funny trip back to a disappointingly clean and family-friendly New York then there is the piece de resistance of the collection; a brilliant graphic novel themed trip to Cleveland featuring American Splendor author Harvey Pekar and a cast of characters. Thankfully, Tony went there in the dead of winter and got the full-on Lake Erie wind chill joy that life in that city entails. Other episodes are Berlin, Tuscany, Brazil (Sao Paolo), and Argentina.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Robare on July 6, 2009
Format: DVD
I've been a pretty big fan of Bourdain's food-centric travelogues since Food Network debuted the A Cook's Tour show and the accompanying book (A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines). From his auto-bio/expose on the restaurant business Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.), to his unrestricted palette of taste, through to his no nonsense style of writing food inspired crime fiction, Bourdain has cut an interesting niche in the foodie world. With No Reservations, he's left behind the insanity of the Food Network and taken his travels in search of good food and culture to the Travel Channel.

What I find interesting about this new show is the balance he's seemingly struck between his own tendencies and the requirements of filming a network driven travel show. On A Cook's tour it came across as butting heads with the network and producers resulting in a lackluster second season filled with excursions to ridiculous destinations like the Mall of America, content that felt forced and sad. No Reservations, though occasionally still succumbing to these depths, frees Bourdain up to getting to the heart of the matter which is examining true local culture and the food that sustains and elevates it. It combines the point of view of a 70s punk rebel with a soul searching existentialist, while also ditching most of the pretension and being generally entertaining TV which is pretty darn rare.

If you're looking for the insanity of A Cook's Tour (the swallowing of still beating cobra hearts, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2009
Format: DVD
Better DVD product from the Travel Channel. Most of season three's episodes are included in this collection. (Four episodes from season three can be found in collection 2). I also found it odd that the Travel Channel decided to include two episodes from season four (Singapore and Berlin) in this collection, but this is the best "No Reservations" DVD offering so far. I am looking forward to the next collection, which will hopefully include the remaining 15 or so episodes from season four.
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