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China:Join rice farmers tilling the land their ancestors have worked for 18 centuries and explore the countryside where monks teach their 500-year-old discipline. You'll share in the Olympic dreams of a 12-year-old gymnast and learn about Shanghai's key development tycoon while exploring the country where tradition is meeting modernity in life behind the Great Wall.
Italy: Witness six stories that weave the land of love, lineage, style and passion in the heart of Italy. From a jockey participating in the world's fastest horse race, to a former fisherman setting a free-diving record off Sicily's coast, to the Missoni family's fashion world and a Venetian gondolier's attempt to keep his family in his native city. Inhale and enjoy the spectacle and beauty that is Italy.
Brazil: Learn the roles that history, geography, culture, religion and the natural environment have played in shaping one of the most fascinating countries in the world. This documentary showcases one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth, exploring stories from the Amazon to Sao Paulo's hair-raising helicopter commute.
Australia: One of earth's youngest nations with one of its oldest indigenous populations, Australia is a land of contrasts. Discover a country that is a captivating mix of desolation and riches, from the harsh life of the outback to the welcoming, fertile lands of its coastline.
South Africa: Explore the new democracy of South Africa--the Rainbow Nation--through the eyes of its people. Each and every citizen works to make this new country succeed and carry the hopes of future generations.
France: France - a country where life itself is an art form. Food, drink, history and tradition are taken seriously. An explosives expert, a radical chef and a man who scales skyscrapers are among the people who share their country and what it means to be French.
Japan: Both the modern and ancient are embraced in the glorious Land of the Rising Sun. An apprentice geisha, tuna fisherman, tattoo artist, and robot designers are among the characters that show the Japanese to be masters of the future and guardians of the past.
Mexico: From the famous single cry, 'Viva Mexico!' that sweeps the country every Independence Day, to the spectacle and pageantry summoned by reverence for the Virgin of Guadalupe, Atlas Mexico Revealed is a journey into the heart of this amazing country.
Egypt: Viewers will take an epic journey across the centuries, from the land of the Pharaohs, into the living soul of modern Egypt. From the rugged beauty of the Sahara desert to the languid waters of the Nile, explore the Islamic heart of a nation where the roots of Christianity still run deep.
Russia: From the pomp and splendor of imperial St Petersburg to the ancient nomadic lifestyle of Siberian reindeer herders; from the unique beauty of Lake Baikal to the majestic volcanic ranges of the far east; from the peaceful banks of the river Don to the thriving nightlife of Moscow, we will experience and gauge the desires and aspirations of the inhabitants of this young democracy.
India: Discovery India: One of the world's rising superpowers. A vast population and landmass, a weight of history and culture that stretches back for millennia. Meet the people that make this great nation."
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I own several of the unaltered versions and they are about 1.5 hours long, not 45 min.
Then again, it shouldn't surprise me - previous DVD releases I have bought from Discovery are also trimmed from the original episodes.
I love learning about world cultures and I love learning in general so this was a great documentary.
One of my favorite documentary series, glad I was able to find it for a reasonable price now that it's off Netflix.Published 2 months ago by A. Pendleton
I was ready to buy this until I read the reviews. Does Amazon know the word "Abridged"? This sort of come-on Hokus-Pokeus needs to be clearly labeled—by Amazon if not by... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Metalsmith
I love learning about world cultures and I love learning in general so this was a great documentary. Would recommend it.Published 7 months ago by Raj S. Leyl
To the best of my knowledge, these are not the complete set of episodes, and they I know for a fact that the episodes have been dramatically trimmed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frederick Aganbi