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Discovery Atlas (2006)

Isabella Rossellini , Michael Lynch  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabella Rossellini
  • Directors: Michael Lynch
  • Writers: Michael Lynch
  • Producers: Anthony Geffen, Kera Rennert, Shannon C. Malone, Simon Young, Victoria Gardner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JRYOM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Discovery Atlas" on IMDb

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Discover the global event that promises to inspire viewers through captivating photography, the highest quality production values, the latest in high-definition technology and compelling stories that epitomize the heart of a country and its people.

4-Disc Set Includes:

China (CAT# DIS3866DVD; UPC: 014381386622)

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 (CAT# DIS3883DVD; UPC: 014381388329)

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 (CAT# DIS3884DVD; UPC: 014381388428)

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 (CAT# DIS3886DVD; UPC: 014381388626)

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.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A look at the lives of some interesting Italians April 2, 2008
Do not buy this video if you wish to be shown the Colesseum, etc. etc. - all of the tourist attractions, it is not that type of video. It is more about capturing the mood of the country, some of its background, and the prospects for the future.
You will meet a man purusing his dream of becoming a gondolier in Venice; a volunteer rescue worker in the Italian Alps; we follow a member of the Missoni family preparing for their new collection; a horse jockey who hopes to participate in Siena's palio (a 90 second horserace which brings the neighbourhoods of Siena to a fever-pitch); a young Roman girl who hopes to be the country's first femae race car driver; and a young Sicilian man who is a free diver, hoping to become professional. Along the way we are told about the state of the Catholic church in modern Italy, and other vignettes of information about the country that we learn while we look in on these people's lives. And of course, Isabella Rosselini's voice is wonderful, I love it.

So you will not be told where to go and what to see in this DVD. But you will have a better sense of the country and its people, what makes them tick, where they came from, where they are going. For me that was fascinating. I did find the scene of Siena's palio a bit upsetting actually (when they say it is a dangerous race they mean it). In my mind all I could think was 'is it really worth it to risk your life for a horse race?' but this is something that is obviously very important to them.

I did not make this purchase expecting to get a tourist's tour of Italy. I borrowed it from the library first. Then I bought it knowing what I was getting. It is a DVD that I will enjoy having in my collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography November 24, 2007
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
This is worth watching in HD for the stunning photography alone.

Contrary to some reviews, there is nothing wrong with the disc. Certain HD-DVD players have firmware bugs which have been fixed in newer versions, that keep them from showing several titles including this one. Connect your HD-DVD player to the internet and run the update utility under Settings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary !! January 27, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is not a tipical Turisty view of Italy, it's more cultural. They manage to create an in depth documentary, focusing on people from a few specific areas of Italy. The images are outstanding.

Sergio V.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Stories of Italy July 17, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This documentary covers a number of sites in Italy by picking a human subject in each of the locations, and telling us the story of a slice of life in that individual and its bonding with local culture and history. These narratives run in parallel, we are taken back and forth between the heroes, as their character story lines progress.

The main feature on this Blu-Ray disk is compressed more than what I've seen on Blu-Ray titles from other studios. The picture is a little washed out, especially where fast movement is shown. The quality of the camera work is exceptional for the most part; but some of less than stellar footage, with bad lighting and color fringing, was also mixed in.

This DVD has extras. But, when I started watching the first one, I immediately noticed that there were some mastering problems, showing bad digital artifacting, most noticeable at scene changes. Fortunately, the main feature does not suffer from this.

Overall this is a very interesting work: it takes the concept of a dry TV documentary and adds a lot of warm human touch to it. I wish the Discovery Atlas: Italy Revealed makers would have taken better advantage of features offered by the Blu-Ray format, but this is still a very interesting and great looking film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella! April 2, 2007
By S. Kim
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The only part that I was disappointed was was when it was all over. It not only shows the beautiful country of Italy in high definition, Discovery follows several Italians during a pivotal point in their lives. I'm sad to say that Discovery will probably not make another Italy exclusive in HD for quite awhile. I'm infatuated with the Italian culture and lifestyle as well as their geography, landscape, and architecture. The Discovery Atlas series is excellent if you're at all interested in worlds outside of ours.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italy Revealed July 4, 2007
Excellent photography and subject selection.Even though the dvd is in 1080i--on my Sony 60inch 1080P SXRD the picture quality was absolutely outstanding.I have a PS3 with Blue Ray DVD connected via HDMI cable.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed January 1, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I only wish that more time was devoted to the natural beauty of Italy and its cities,towns and natural coutryside, particulary in the north, as opposed to horse racing, auto racing etc.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Discovery Atlas Italy & Australia DOES NOT WORK February 7, 2007
Format:HD DVD
I have done some researching online and found out that these 2 HD-DVDs have been recorded in a different way from the Brazil & China which do work. DO NOT ORDER this product until they have created a working batch. I have also spoken with Discovery Channel and they advised they are aware of the problem and are trying to get this problem resolved. I was advised to return the product from where I bought it and keep checking back with them. Be very cautious who you purchase this from. You dont want to order a defective title and then not be able to get your refund. The only ones working at this time as mentioned above is Brazil and China, you should be ok ordering those.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning about the different lives of these people in their ...
Learning about the different lives of these people in their own countries are all very interesting. I just wished that the box set has the rest with Egpt, India, Japan, France,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hong Le Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars The way reality TV should be.
Great prospective of cultural differences in a format that is enlightening as well as entertaining. This is the next best thing to living multiple lives in different locations.
Published 5 months ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars A window to another world
It was an engrossing documentary; a look at a historic culture and those who dedicate their lives preserving it, all while progress threatens to overshadow their efforts. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Craig Morrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Advertised wrongly
Does not work on any device known to me. Needed an" HD" player or ?? Nice packaging, however. Needs more information in advertisement. Misleading.
Published 8 months ago by lorenzo
4.0 out of 5 stars REAL LIFE IN CHINA
For those of us who have never been to china, this is a story of life as it is with good photography and real life stories. Read more
Published 8 months ago by uphill 1188
3.0 out of 5 stars Good time filler.
Ok documentary. Good for time filling but nothing to blow your mind to be honest. Enjoyed the review on China.
Published 8 months ago by Gnarly Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars How could we NOT watch!
Even for those of us who travel (which I don't), this show is amazing! I have learned so many new aspects of other countries and their people. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sagewoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Amazing the quality of the video and the history of the country and the people interesting to know about it
Published 12 months ago by DAVID MENDIETA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and educational
This series is a great way of learning other countries' culture. I liked the featured stories for each character in each episode.
Published 12 months ago by Gorbash
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!!
Great way to learn about other countries and motivate you to visit. Free to prime users....and the price is right!!!
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