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The Michael Palin Collection (New Europe / Around the World in 80 Days / Sahara / Hemingway Adventure / Great Railway Journeys / Himalaya / Pole to Pole / Full Circle) (2008)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono), English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 2138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3LIQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armchair Travel at its Best April 18, 2009
"The Michael Palin Collection" compiles together all of the travel series Palin has made over the past 20+ years. Previously best known as part of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Palin brings an easy wit and disarming everyman style to the programs, as he journeys through some of the most remarkable places on earth. What's particularly notable is how decidedly apolitical Palin's approach is; he simply meets ordinary people, most of whom do not seem to see him as any sort of celebrity, and has as many experiences as he can.

The series sets are identical to the versions available separately, and can be somewhat divided into two types, with the earlier series being more focused on the process of getting from one place to another, and later series being somewhat more traditional travel documentaries as Palin explores a particular region. There are eight series in all:

"Around the World in Eighty Days" 7 episodes on 3 discs
This is the series that started it all (though not the earliest program in the collection), and the standard by which all subsequent series are measured. Palin sets out to approximate the famous journey in Jules Verne's novel, keeping strictly to surface transportation. Unfortunately, the timetable overwhelms the locations, and thus he rarely has time to even see where he is before making the next urgent connection. This is particularly notable near the end; the United States seems given a particularly perfunctory examination, crammed into the last episode with two ocean voyages and the last miles traveled to London. A highlight of the series is a slow journey across the Bay of Bengal on an ancient vessel called a dhow; many people consider it the best sequence in any of the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection January 29, 2011
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This is the way to go! Even though we already owned Michael Palin's "Himalaya" and "Around the World in 80 Days" individually, we always wanted the full set of his filmed adventure treks. I could have gone about buying the rest of his travel movies separately, but I needed them right away for a Christmas gift. This is a beautifully packaged boxed set, and the extras on the DVDs are interesting, intriguing, and enlightening, especially the newer Michael Palin interviews. I highly recommend this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Traveler Ahoy!! April 16, 2011
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Ever since I can remember as growing up watching this first ever travelogue...with the very funny Michael Palin from the Monty Python and A Fish Called Wanda fame, it brings back memories of yesteryear almost 15 years ago. If you want to find a relaxing weekend lazy getaway with a funny tour guide and not interested in all that rehashed broadcast of cable and satellite TV, do I have the perfect this travel series. Although a bit outdated now these days, the series does have its fine moments. Although, I only remember seeing Around the World In Eighty Days, can't wait to see Palin's other travel guide series. With a discounted price on its collection, a real gem for DVD-collecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant August 5, 2013
What can one say about this set, apart from they represent near perfection in presentation, content and video photography. I originally watched all but the Hemingway Journey when they were broadcast on BBC 1. When they were first released I loved them so much I bought them all on VHS. Today we can buy them on DVD for less than £25 and watching them again and again they lose non of their original charm.

Each journey captures unexpected moments, unique landscapes, has factual commentary and the odd bit of Python type comedy. Also Palin travels to areas that we are no longer able to see, such as the Yangtze Gorge cities in China, which now lie under water. Every series is fantastic and worth watching. I can think of no weak episode from the whole set. I simply cannot recommend buying this collection enough.

For anyone who is interested in travel documentaries and wants to watch a true Pro in front of the camera, this collection is for you. As close to perfect as you can get.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still timeless March 19, 2013
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I remember seeing this series when it first came out. Palin is a fantastic tour guide and even if a bit dated well worth the viewing. He is simply the best ......funny, interesting and still timely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Palin Lovers Set! February 19, 2013
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I've loved Michael Palin since his Monty Python days, and I've enjoyed all of his travel series. This collection puts them all into one nicely boxed set. I hadn't seen New Europe, and I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting and colourful it was, which was his reaction as well.

Palin is a charming host, always humble, prepared to speak a few words of the local language, listen respectfully, and go for the laugh when that seems appropriate. Sometimes he'll ask tough questions in a friendly way, and he gets answers. There is very little controversy in these series. They're mainly fun, interesting for a bit of culture and local colour, some armchair adventure for the rest of us, seen through the eyes of someone we've known for many years. Sometimes I wish we could spend more time in certain locales or get more depth, but that's not what these are about. All of the journeys Palin has undertaken for the BBC are done with a time constraint, often with restrictions on modes of travel such as no airplanes. The point is to cover the distance and see the vast array of lands and people along a given route, from pole to pole or around the world in 80 days, or his trip around the Pacific.

The earlier series, such as Around the World in 80 Days, hold up well against the more recent shows, and the interviews with Michael Palin provide some background into how the shows were done, some of the challenges faced while filming, and even some personal crises along the way.

The wonderful thing about Michael Palin is his sheer delight in everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Adventure you'll ever take in your Armchair, with the...
The PALIN TRAVELS are the BEST armchair traveling you will EVER do. Period. The GOLD STANDARD.
I LOVE THESE. Rewatchability? Oh, hell yes! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scottland in Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series. Michael Palin is a wonderful narrator and ...
Fantastic series. Michael Palin is a wonderful narrator and tour guide. the quality of the first season is not great but it does get better and better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Michael
The best of Michael in Europe, he is always engaging and funny and has a unique perspective on the cultures.
Published 3 months ago by M. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars James
Years ago I happened across Mr. Palin's Full Circle on PBS. At the time, I had no idea that he had done travel videos. Read more
Published 5 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful collection
We've watched and enjoyed the Michael Pailn travelogues in print and on TV for years; now we have all of them at our fingertips. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Litwinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior collection....great for the children and grandchildren!
I watched this series originally with my own children 20 years. We would rush home to finish homework, eat dinner and take our baths. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julia F. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining to all
We love his style in travel perspective. It is so much fun to experience these places through his excursions and sense of humor. We have watched with our parents and children. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Grace Pivovaroff
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Travel documentaries
I've been watching Palin's travels again and again since the very first Round the World adventure in about 1990; and I never tire of them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. R. M.
1.0 out of 5 stars ordered on may 22nd - where is it? it's now july. thanks movie mars!
so maybe in october i'll get this dvd set. movie mars, while very nice, provided little more than a "too bad, so sad response" to my inquiries and now i wait another 4-6... Read more
Published 15 months ago by jonny c
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived timely and in good condition.
Michael Palin is never a disappointment and neither is this complete collection. Who says you can't make geography a joy?
Published 22 months ago by Tacman050
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