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Discovery Atlas: Brazil Revealed (2007)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Education
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPO4LW

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's fun - a little bit tendentious February 2, 2009
This is a very well produced documentary about the biggest country in Latin America. I live in Brazil, so I can tell it's a little bit focused on poverty - it seems it's like a synonym to Brazil despite you can find that in most cities nowadays. The are lots of natural wonders this video missed, such as Iguacu Falls, the Pantanal area (brazilian Everglades), wonderful beaches in the northeast, the german/italian background in the south, the several agro and high tech industry cities in the countryside of Sao Paulo State etc. However it is worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd February 11, 2009
By M. Kae
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this dvd for my "Brasil" collection. It's an informative dvd, showing Brazil through the lives of 7 Brazilians, and what the Brazilian life is about. The producer could have improved Sao Paulo part, my hometown, but it only mentions how it is the biggest city of South America. It does not mention the melting pot of various ethnicities (Asians, Arabians, Europeans, Africa-Brazilians), and the fact that a lot of Brazilians are multiracial. It also doesn't mention some of the other important regions, such as the central, the Northwest and the Southern part of Brazil( The south region is like the little Europe & the home of the largest & majestic waterfall on earth called "iguacu", pronouced i-gua-soo).
In my opinion, one important information a foreign country dvd "must" include in the video is its food/cuisine.. too bad this one doesn't. The Brazilian cuisine is one of a kind! Over all, I enjoyed this video & its quality overall. There are beautiful sceneries/picturesques, and the narration is as story telling. The narrator talks about one person's life in one region of Brazil, and moves on to another, and then goes back to the previous ones and then back & forth. At the end, she concludes all 7 lives. Most of all, I enjoy Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and the Amazon scenes... too bad it doesn't include Foz do Iguacu (Iguacu Falls)

p.s. Everyone in here says that there is no subtitle in it, but usually, in my experience, this kind of informative videos don't have any subtitles.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Really Shows Off HD-DVD !!! June 15, 2007
Format:HD DVD
This will pop your eyes out! This HD-DVD has fantastic color and pin point detail. There's beautiful women on a beautiful beach, awesome cityscapes, jungle expanses,pictures from space, cowboys, carnival, fireworks, martial arts...this disc has it all. If you are looking for 1 disc to keep around the house to show off your HD equipment, this Brazil disc will get straight to what HD-DVD won't go wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice snapshot of Brazil July 29, 2007
By Bill
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great imagery of Brazil, but annoying when people speaking Portuguese are "dubbed over" into English, subtitles would be preferred. The video completely fills a 16:9 widescreen TV (no black bars). The DVD defaults to 2.0 stereo playback. Unusual that you have to enter your DVD player menu to play the 5.1 surround soundtrack. There are no setup options on the DVD menu.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous images May 7, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As in all the countries so far in this series (Italy, China, Australia, Brazil) this is a dazzling look at the culture of a country in superb photography and intimate portraits of the people and lifestyles of the inhabitants. Wonderful education and entertaining viewing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Simply Amazing. December 28, 2007
It is a shame that there are people who don't bother to READ what these documentaries are about BEFORE they buy them and are disappointed.

The oft-stated aim of Discovery Atlas is not a history lesson ... it is a unique look at countries through the eyes and personal stories of a select group of individuals.

What better ways to learn the true feelings and emotions than by this manner.

Exquisitely shot, wonderfully narrated, these videos provide a unique look into each of these nations that one would not otherwise EVER be party to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done December 29, 2008
Format:HD DVD
I really enjoyed this. And the High-Definition aspect of it really enhanced the viewing experience here. The colors were brought to life and you could get so much more of a feelign for Brasil and the people and the culture.

Basically, the narrators and photographers give you views of Brasil through different people's lives and experiences. There's the aspiring footballer, the aspiring bull-rider and a child attempting to escape the realities of life in a favela through capoeira just to name a few. Through the stories of the individuals, you get to see more of the country and the vastness of the culture and people and traditions that are rooted from so many other countries and cultures. From the gritty and seasoned river-boat trader (and... to be a little cynical, I gathered that not all of those vases were empty or available for straight trade...) you can see the awesome Amazon river. From the pretty young helicopter pilot, you can actually see more than just one's dreams, but another spectrum of life in Brasil, which is that of the slightly upper-class and an opportunity that may not be available to some of the other individuals highlighted. From the beautiful girl on Easter and the colors of her city, you can see different religious beliefs in the country as well. And from the sad story of the boy that seemed to have no way out & devastated by his family, you can see a story that's unfortunately a little too common in Brasil - but thankfully with a more promising outcome.

Not to give too much of their stories away, I really liked that they didn't just focus on the poverty in Brasil but rather tried to give an account of life in Brasil from several different perspectives to paint a much more colorful picture that's certainly reflective of the country in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brazil DVD
I've really enjoyed this DVD of Brazil. It was very helpful during our cultural awareness week at my Elementary school.
Published on June 24, 2012 by Susan H. Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Processing and Ahead of time
This same blu-ray disc was much cheaper than the HD-DVD version. That's because HD-DVD is lost format. Anyway, the seller did a stellar job in packaging a good product. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Bi-Kemba J. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovery Atlas, Brazil HD Blue-ray Dvd
Enjoyed immensely. Especially the following of several ordinary peoples lives. Getting to know how they live and what work they do.Customs of their country are enlightening. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best about Brazil
Brazil is a very complex country and full of different angles. It is as big as the US, but very misunderstood... and for some it is even totally unknown. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by Oculus Fulvius
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool
This documentary was pretty well done. The best part is the visuals because they look really cool in HD. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by Winston Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
I think this shows pretty much everything about Brazil and brazilains, it was a great show, the discovery channel is always good at what they do. Read more
Published on January 26, 2008 by Ernani P. Pardinho
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow -- this is great geography
I am a professor of geography with a lot of experience in Brazil. I will be using this DVD a lot in my teaching, especially with students I am sending on exchanges. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by James Hayes-Bohanan
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