Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman: Long Way Round - Special Edition
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It is important to note that they released a longer special edition of this show on DVD in the UK last week. So now there are actually 10 extended episodes of this show that are available as a three disc set everywhere else in the world except North America at this point in time.
The region one disc being released in North America in December 2005 only has 7 episodes (on two discs). They are planning to release this 10 episode version later in 2006.
If this doesn't faze you, and you need to get this NOW then I still think you'll enjoy the heck out of the 7 episode version.
However, if you can hold out for the 10 episode version (or buy the PAL version from Amazon UK), then I'd strongly advise you to do that instead.
Consider this fair warning!
I don't understand why it's not available in the US...
Cool video. I never would have gone that far on a motorcycle!
Kazakhstan is a bit humorous as the pair is greeted with local police escorts and just about every town official along the route. Mongolia is fascinating as the duo encounter people living in the most barren places of the world. The route gets very tough in areas and will satisfy adventurers' and motorcyclists' appetites for challenging situations as Ewan and Charlie negotiate rivers, bogs and very rough roads on their heavily-laden motorcycles. The route becomes almost impossible in far eastern Russia when they ride the final leg to Magadan on the "Road of Bones;" a road manually constructed by prisoners. Interrupted by rivers swollen from winter run-off, the team resorts to assistance from hardy Russian truckers who travel the route--sort of a reality "Wages of Fear (1955 movie)."
Motorcyclists will enjoy this show as Ewan and Charlie each ride an R 1150 GS Adventure, BMW's famous large displacement dual-sport motorcycle. It's an interesting study to watch their preparations for the trip and the numerous problems--mechanical and environmental--they solve to get to New York.Read more ›
The UK version is PAL-encoded with no region restrictions. PAL means it probably won't play in your normal DVD player.
There is an option if you want NTSC encoding and Region 1: buy it from canada. Amazon's .ca store has the 10-episode version, and the price is very reasonable (though about double this, once you pay for shipping).
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Fun to watch but too much of them talking and trying to make it sound more difficult and dangerous than it really is. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JagLite
Brilliant, have had many non bike friends who love this because of the scenery and locals featured. But let's face it, it's great because, what biker doesn't dream of the epic... Read morePublished 20 days ago by paula
Very interesting series. Loved it. Watched it a couple times and this was a gift.Published 4 months ago by elayne dorsey
This is an inspiring documentary of two friends who persue their dreams on a motorcycle. I definitely recommend this movie for anybody who has a little adventure in them.Published 4 months ago by Walter L.
I'm about half way through with "Long Way Around". So far, it's been great.Published 4 months ago by MG McAnick