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Expedition Africa [Blu-ray]
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This 2-disc set includes all eight heart-pounding episodes of the phenomenal adventure series, presented in stunning high definition Blu-ray for the ultimate immersive experience.
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- All eight episodes
- Behind-the-scenes documentary: Expedition Africa: The Making of History
- Additional footage: Stanley and Livingstone, The Maasai, Wild Beasts, Disease and the Elements, Survival Strategies, Dangers of the Wild
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The Good: This is Benedict Allen, writer, filmmaker, and "survivalist." Dependable, affable, steady, Allen is the sort of man that once kept the sun from setting on the British Empire.
The Bad: Well, not bad, really, just inexperienced. Kevin Sites is a journalist and the type of hopelessly middle-class American who wants to hug everyone in sight. He sees his task on the expedition as (paraphrasing) "...bringing together different people and cultures..." Sites takes upon himself the duties of union steward to the expedition's African porters. They seem amused by this.
The Ugly: The expedition's incompetent navigator, Pascuale Scatturo is physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, and personally reprehensible. And he will not, not for one moment, shut his mouth. The producers, one can only guess in an attempt at cleverness, failed to name a leader for the expedition, instead throwing together four people who met only the day before they set out from Zanzibar. Not surprisingly, the loud-mouthed Pascuale, much to the others' horror, takes on the lead role for himself. "I've lead hundreds of expeditions..." he boasts to the camera, oblivious to the fact that such a feat would have required him to lead 2 1/2 expeditions every year since he was two. I found myself waiting for the punch line, the denouement, the moment when the lion leaps out of the bush and devours Pascuale; but no such luck is to be had.
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The concept is great, recreating Stanley's expedition to find Livingstone. But the reality show format gets old quick. There is too much time spent listening to the latest "drama," some of which appears to be made up or exaggerated.
I felt that of the four characters, Benedict and Kevin were weak. Kevin was billed as a seasoned war correspondent. He seemed way out of place and in over his head. So, the billing seems exaggerated. And Benedict just seemed to not be focused or engaged.
I also did not like that much of the journey was covered by car (to be able to cover the 970 mile journey in 30 days).
The travels across Tanzania were interesting enough to get me to finish the DVD. But I was left wanting much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We very much enjoyed this series.
Many reviewers are hating upon Pasquale, yet fail to understand that it was his job to lead this expedition. Read more
Wonderful product and great turnaround on purchase. Pleasure doing businessPublished 18 months ago by Derek Woods
I found this worldly band of explorers to be intriguing on many levels. The expedition was as astounding as that of Stanley.Published on January 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I had high hopes for this video. These hopes were soon dashed. Got less than an hour into the first episode, and had to turn it off. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Tom Meninga
If you're interested in history, then pass on this production, as there's very little of substance in it. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by J. L. Newman
I have to admit. I enjoyed the series when it was on the history channel and jumped on it when i saw it for $4.00 on Amazon. It is what it is. Nice scenes will lots of arguing. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Bradd
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