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In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Denis Belliveau , Francis O Donnell , Emir Lewis  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Denis Belliveau, Francis O Donnell
  • Directors: Emir Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T5OBJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO chronicles the journey of two ordinary guys Belliveau, at the time a wedding photographer, and O Donnell, an artist and former Marine as they set out to follow Polo s historic route. Equal parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek and buddy movie, the 90-minute film weaves footage from the duo s often perilous voyage with Marco Polo s descriptions and experiences. Richly enhanced with Belliveau s award-winning photographs, the program details their highs and lows as they retrace Polo s path, trying to see what he saw and feel what he must have felt.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously entertaining documentary March 16, 2012
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Two best friends re-live their incredible 25,000 mile journey following
Marco Polo's fabled routes through the east.

They had no crew, no support team, just two guys from Queens, New York
City with a bunch of cameras and video equipment in their backpacks
slogging alone through unbelievably difficult territory, risking their
lives by crossing into hostile countries without visas, or entering
strictly forbidden areas. Sometimes they would get stuck in a location
for weeks before being able to find a way to go on.

But these are two tough, as well as endearing dudes. They seemed to
manage to make friends wherever they went, but also to stare down
Chinese army officers with nothing but a bluff.

It's interesting and effective to see these guys, now ten years older,
reliving the journey in an interview setting, inter-cut with their
video footage and still photographs of the journey. You get both the
immediacy of the events, and the benefit of hindsight and memory.

Even though the film is only 90 minutes, it somehow doesn't feel
rushed, although I could have happily watched hours more. In fact, my
only complaint is that I wish it was longer so we could have seen even
more details. Quite unique, and a lot of educational fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will NEVER forget this film! May 8, 2012
By pumpkin
WOW! This film was super amazing. I am from New York City as these boys are and I think it was there NY ways that kept them alive & full of helpful strangers to help them on their journey. Just strictly from the standpoint that this trip trip they took was prior- 9/11 and could never be done by two Americans today (even if they balls to do it) made this film blow my mind! It was about two regular guys from America meeting people & seeing things that 99.9% of Americans will never ever get to see. Places that probably aren't even on a map. The guys suffered the heat, cold, hunger, exhaustion, fear, etc... BUT also soaked in the beauty, culture, people & landscapes and they captured it all on film. I have this on film & book and anyone who thinks this is a 3 star film or below must be blind....I have never seen anything as great as this.

This is a must see for everyone. Highly suggest this for parents to watch with there kids & discus foreign culture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of my seat the whole time! June 5, 2012
In a nutshell, I LOVED THIS MOVIE!

I'm a videographer & photographer who loves to travel. So much about this movie spoke to me. It's better than any reality TV show or horribly written script. Dennis & Francis are heroes in my eyes. So many beautiful images & life lessons. But, not in a preachy, annoying way. In an inspiring way.

I was in tears at the end when they arrived in Venice. I didn't want it to end! I hope the guys travel again and make another movie. Their strength, determination, appreciation for beauty, talent and most of all their honesty & openness will always stay with me. THAT is the mark of a great movie in my opinion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing buddy-adventure film with great visuals January 3, 2013
By Amy R.
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My kids are learning about Marco Polo and I was looking for "supplementary" educational materials, and stumbled on this film.

#1. This movie is about a massive, crazy global travel adventure. It's not really about Marco Polo. However, my kids now have a much better appreciation of the actual route Polo traveled, the distance involved, the hardships, climates, and peoples on the way.
#2. This movie shows a lot about the peoples and on-the-ground life & politics of some very remote places in the Middle East and Central Asia. Watch this and get an appreciation for what it's like in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iran, etc. though note that this journey occured in the early 1990s, long before 9/11, before the Taliban took over, and before the US invasion of Afghanistan.
#3. This movie is about two young men bitten by a travel bug the size of Manhattan. Many of us enjoy travel, even travel to exotic places with some hardship involved. These guys are off-scale in their fascination with the hardest travel to the hardest places. Makes me think of that book Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition.
#4. These guys must have accumulated tons of footage from their 2 year journey. Only 90 minutes made it into this film. I expected to be more impressed with the imagery and storytelling/editing. It's done competently and was enough to keep me engaged for 90 minutes but it wasn't stupendous.

Overall recommend, and I was satisfied with my purpose of enriching kids' understanding of Polo's journey and also modern geography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even my wife liked it March 24, 2013
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These two guys recreate the route without using air travel for any segment. They have to work through visa problems, heat, cold, etc. They show us parts of the world that I'll never visit (because the regions are too remote, too uncomfortable, too lawless, too inconsequential nowadays). They do get tired of being stared-at in China - though most other places they get along marvelously with the locals. Their adventure travelogue (and fortitude) captivated my wife (who is not usually interested in this kind of thing) and myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Adeventure!! March 11, 2013
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I had read the book and enjoyed it very much. When I found out there was a DVD about it, I had to find it. It was everything I expected it to be! It is GREAT to see Denis and Francis and hear them talking about their experiences as well as seeing the actual places they visited. Having traveled to many parts of our world, this added to our knowledge, particularily these places that are not open usually to westerners.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book now watch the video
This quest to seek the footsteps of a journey at times made impossible by the factions of our modern civilisation ,harping back to a more innocent time of discovery and awe.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing journey
Great documentary work! Really enjoy the movie! Amazing scenery traveling thru Central Asia, I would recommend to anyone loving travel to discover foreign culture.
Published 3 months ago by Nathalie Brand
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST see!
Gives a view of parts of the world that has been seen by 99.99% of the world nor, could most of us ever could. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lou1
5.0 out of 5 stars i liked when 1st seen on tv. one guy is a budy now on facebook
i really like this story and film. wish it was 12 hours long or in chapters etc. i loaned/donated this cd to our local library as i had just watched it online prior to delivery. Read more
Published 7 months ago by custodialmark
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS!!!!!
Watched this video in a high school geography class. The students sat on the edge on their seats the whole time and engaged in lively discussions afterwards. Read more
Published 8 months ago by leelane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Great video, quick delivery, good price, thank you very much - we are researching a future trip and this video gives us good background
Published 9 months ago by grandma
In fact, it is one of the best documentaries I have ever watched ! A vivid picturisation of the remote parts of world which are still unknown to us, is really quite amazing !! Read more
Published 12 months ago by PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS
5.0 out of 5 stars It must be a guy thing.
This is so much fun to watch. I admire the spirit that took these two young men across the world.
I am so glad that they went and that I get to watch from warm cozy home.
Published 15 months ago by Dawn Threader
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
I strongly recommend this video to anybody who is curious about starting an adventure or reliving one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by El Loco Con Coco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
Truly enjoyable... Just a couple guys out for a fantastic experience..... Well worth it and Highly Recommended!
Watched it several times and will watch it again!
Published 16 months ago by C. Cozier
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