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Brava Italia (2008)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UJIY0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An intimate tour of the Italian way of life

What is it like to live surrounded by beauty, steeped in culture and tradition, immersed in style, creativity, and history? With spectacular cinematography, evocative music, and interviews with Francis Ford Coppola and others, this three-part series takes you inside Italy today--a place where everyday life is an art form.

Narrated by award-winning actor Paul Sorvino and broadcast on public television, Brava Italia tours la bella Italia from the streets to the skies, bustling cities to peaceful hill towns, and snowcapped Alps to sun-kissed shores.

INCLUDES THREE PROGRAMS
The Proud Tradition Italy is a country that honors family history and celebrations, local crafts, rituals, and food and wine.
The Beautiful Life The cultural legacy of Italy includes Romanesque cathedrals, the art of Michelangelo, the voyages of Columbus, and a uniquely Italian zest for life.
The Eternal Country As Italy reinvents itself, the skills and spirit of those who have lived before provide a guide to the future.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE bonus segments from the program Visions of Italy.


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Close-up footage of artisans, fine artists, musicians, fishermen, bakers, Alps herders, wine makers, and more. An introduction of the beautiful arts relationship with the culture of Italy, done with excellent background music. Classic, folk, instrumental and vocal is all provided demonstrating while viewing the rich fine arts culture of the country sometimes known only for spaghetti and pizza. The producers also filmed the "Visions of..." series of helicopter HD documentaries of many European countries. This DVD has some similar air footage, but more of wonderful ground footage, and very, very up-close shots of details like restoration of masterpieces, wood carvers tools in the act of cutting, and faces of the Italian people. A more personal look at Italy culture.

A second hour-long episode of this public television series has filmed art and history, and often architecture which combines both. We get to see it with the educational narration about the culture and living among such a splendid country. Yet the Italian people balance technology and contemporary change with their unique past. You will see accordions, Murano glass, alabaster, cut glass, oral jewelry and more, up close, being created. And traditional cuisine holds its own against fast food attempts. Pure foods+local wines+talk = the unchangeable Italian dining culture.

The last episode offers the Roman roads to today's Autostrada demonstrating a modern Italy striving to continue the rich heritage left by past inventors and creators. Scenes of today entice viewers to become tourists. An amazing 21st century look at Italian culture. A total of 3 episodes, each about one hour.

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Closed Captioning available, helpful to see the spelling of names.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning February 21, 2010
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Beautifully realized. Having spent so much time in Italy with my family there I find this rich and rewarding and satisfying an oft needed revisiting when feeling homesick. A very nice way to return to Iyaly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 18, 2010
This dvd covers everything you must see in Italy. It is well narrated and even tells of the culture and history as well as the sights. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Italy will always be Italy. June 12, 2010
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Although coming from Europe, having been in Rome many times and loving most of what Italy has to offer (a.o. history and food), for some reason this DVD did not impress me very much. It is difficult to say what the reason might be. Maybe the high percentage of aerial views, maybe some repetition here and there, difficult to pinpoint. If you do not know anything about Italy, it might be a start, but....., after having viewed this one, you might want to learn more about this fascinating country and rightfully so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVA ITALIA by Paul Sorvino DVD March 20, 2011
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The best Presentation DVD you'll ever see. It is an exellent DVD the PHOTOGRAPHY & Filming ( Astonishing ) I've no words to describe it you must see it it is a long DVD & the qualyty of the recording it looks allmoust like HD.
I have an upconversion or ( UPSCALING ) DVD Player up to 1080P on a LCD or plasma screen, it looks like you are flying over ITALY one of my best collection DVD that I own. Congratulation Paul Sorvino.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD April 5, 2013
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Great DVD and quick delivery. Beautiful scenery and beautiful country with tour of the Italian way of life. I enjoyed this DVD very much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I bought this for my Mother-in-law. It can be hard to buy for older women but this was a real hit. She reported that its a great combination of history and romance.
Published 9 days ago by Debbie Odom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Best Thing to Being There
Magnificently filmed. A great blend of history and the contemporary. Paul Sorvino's narrative borders on the poetic. If you ever want a virtual reality trip to Italy, this is it.
Published 27 days ago by Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pictures, no information
Poor choice as the videos, while beautiful, are highly repetitive through the 3 separate stories. The narration is poorly written and surprisingly unemotional reading from Paul... Read more
Published 15 months ago by WLAZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great...
With a tremendous desire to travel to Italy myself, I watch any dvd about Italy that I can get my hands on! I bought this dvd on sale at Amazon for approx. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Kelly Craner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip to Italy..from your livingroom
How could anyone not like this wonderful documentary! I would recommend it in a heart beat to anyone planning a trip to Italy, or someone who can only dream of going. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Ninette B. Latronica
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
i bought this for a family member who had previously toured italy. the dvd gives a birds-eye view of the various regions and historical areas!
Published on March 6, 2010 by C. hall
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