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Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman: Long Way Round - Special Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 334 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Sarah Epstein, Russ Malkin
  • Directors: David Alexanian, Russ Malkin
  • Writers: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin
  • Producers: Charley Boorman, Alexis Alexanian
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: EMI
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CFWFYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman: Long Way Round - Special Edition" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I love this show and highly recommend it to pretty much everyone who has the travelling bug. I would have given it 5 stars based on the merits of the show alone...EXCEPT saying that this is "uncut" is misleading. In fact, the DVD producers will be "double-dipping" later in 2006.

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!
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You can get the long version, 10 episodes, NTSC format, from amazon canada... there is the link:

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000CFWFYW/qid%3D1142320673/sr%3D8-1/ref%3Dsr%5F8%5Fxs%5Fap%5Fi1%5Fxgl/702-5209400-3214459

I don't understand why it's not available in the US...
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I got tired of waiting for the long version so I went searching. Here's what I found out.. You can order the 10 episode 3-disk DVD from Amazon Canada. Your dollar is worth more and that compensates for the shipping. The original 7 episodes are enhanced with additional footage as well so it's like being on the wonderful journey with Ewan and Charlie for the first time. Enjoy.
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Ewan and Charlie are my heros. Watched it when it aired on Bravo. Absolutely loved it. Missed a couple episodes. Considered buying the UK version, but elected to wait. Finally got the US copy. FINALLY got to see the segments I missed. I still love the movie myself, but unfortunately can't really watch it with my kids because of the slightly-more-than-occasional use of the F-word. The naked butts are tolerable, but the F-word screws it up for family viewing. Wish I could have bought a censored version. Never really thought much of it when I saw it on TV. I'm still giving it 5-Stars because it still a great story and video. Just not for kids.
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As a novice motorcycle rider married to a life-long one, I know many of the ups and downs of travelling by motorcycle. This video shows it all - the joys, the trials, and let-downs. There are places where Ewan states his misgivings about situations they get into that echo my own when I've been in situations where I felt my skills weren't adequate. They both summarize it well at the end of the day when the challenges have been met and they are off the bikes until tomorrow. I doubt if many folks will travel like these two did, but this video serves to inspire people who wish to take a journey of a lifetime on a motorcycle.

Cool video. I never would have gone that far on a motorcycle!
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Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman ride motorcycles from London to New York the "Long Way Round:" east across the European and Asian continents, crossing into Alaska, through Canada and on to New York. The trip is most adventurous across the Asian continent when Ewan and Charlie enter Kazakhstan, and continue along treacherous routes through Mongolia and eastern Russia. As a consequence, five episodes of this seven-episode version are dedicated to the toughest part of this journey--leaving Alaska, Canada and the United States to be covered in the final chapter. That's Ok however, as Ewan and Charlie treat us to extraordinary views of country and people seldom seen by Westerners.

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.
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This is the two-CD, 7-episode version.

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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Where is the 10 episode DVD?
Go to the Canadian Amazon website at the bottom of the page and there you will be able to buy the 10 episode version, playable on American DVD players.... Good Luck.
Dec 12, 2006 by Riley Man |  See all 4 posts
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