Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 5 Part 1
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12 episodes plus bonus episode!
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In Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Collection 5/Part 1, travel with Anthony as he goes local once again, unearthing the simple centuries-old food traditions in a disappearing Venice, salivating over sensual, appetite-whetting delights in Food Porn, and fantasizing about the days of New York culinary yore in Disappearing Manhattan. This collection of episodes also includes Romania, So Long Summer, Mexico, Azores, Chicago, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam: No Place like Home, and Chile. This disc set includes 12 episodes and bonus features never before seen on TV. It carries an SRP of $24.98, with a total runtime of 629 minutes. Street date: September 28, 2010.
So to list them out...
Labor Day Special (So Long Summer)
Vietnam (No Place Like Home)
So Long Summer (Labor Day clip show)
Bonus Materials: "Alternate Universe" (short animated sketches)
I'm a huge Bourdain fan, but this collection does have a few stinkers. The non-destination shows (Food Porn and So Long Summer) are waste. And some of the destination shows fail to deliver - The Azores is not interesting enuf for an hour long show; in the Philippines show Tony seems genuinely bored and uninspired while the viewer who is supposed to his "guide" adds almost nothing; and the Chicago show is pretty dull.
However, there are some true gems. Standouts for me are Sri Lanka (check out how terribly uncomfortable AB looks the beginning - clearly feeling ill); Romania, which is like a wacky buddy movie, with the antics of Tony and Zamir making for a really damn funny show; and Venice which is like an inspired little art house film, with brilliant narration and cinematography. Few TV series can go from laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy and gluttony (Romania) to genuine artistry (Venice).
The bonus materials are garbage. Just a few animated bits. In the age of DVR and HDTV, there's not much here to justify purchasing low-res DVDs other than just to have the complete collection anytime you want it. All in all, still pretty brilliant and in another universe form 99% of the other excrement on TV.
Romania - Got to love Eastern Europe.
So Long Summer - What ever.
Mexico - Not your TJ mystery meat.
Venice - See it soon before it falls into the water.
Azores - Makes me wish I had more time there to get past the MAC terminal.
Chicago - Windy city has more than just hot dogs.
Food Porn - Not what you think; still worth watching.
Philippines - Just like General McArthur said "We shall return."
Disappearing Manhattan - He helped capture what could be lost.
Sri Lanka - Island life with a twist of Asia.
Sardinia - A great place to live with a hard winter. Loved my time there at the US Navy base. This show made me break out the family photos.
Chile - Made me wish I had more time there when I visited with the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan.
Bonus Material -
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If you like food and you like dry humor you have to have this series.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Anthony and this is just one reason to watch them over and over. You won't be disappointed by this collection.Published on July 8, 2013 by Matthew Gilbert
Good Collection. The compilation of the variety of show was really enveloping. Thank you for this great collection...keep them coming.Published on May 25, 2013 by The Direct Beader
Loved his show when on A&E, now another chance to enjoy his shows now that he is off the airPublished on January 10, 2013 by real gypsy girl
I generally have ambivalent feelings about Anthony Bordain. When I saw that season 5 of his show was available at my local library, I decided to give it a chance. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Red Xala
Wanna really know about a location and where to eat! This is the seris!!!! and not to mention GREAT FOOD PORN!!!!Published on May 24, 2011 by Scott Richardson
I enjoy Anthony Bourdain's irreverance. He is an excellent author. I like his perspective and am amazed at his courage to try new foods.Published on January 21, 2011 by Genaro A. Taylan Jr.