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Globe Trekker - Ultimate Australia

Ian Wright , Justine Shapiro , Pilot Productions  |  NR |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Estelle Bingham
  • Directors: Pilot Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pilot Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005AZ5GDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Admire Uluru, dive the Great Barrier Reef, experience Surfers Paradise, visit the Port Arthur prison colony site, come face to face with Tasmania's wildlife, mine for opals in Cooper Pedy, attend a traditional Aboriginal corroboree ritual - Globe Trekker's Ultimate Australia offers all of these experiences and more. Our intrepid travelers, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick and Estelle Bingham have traversed the Australian continent to find the country's most unusual and exciting places. Features the Globe Trekker programs: Outback Australia, South West Australia, South East Australia, Sydney City Guide, Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef, and A Short History of Convict Australia

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to Australia !!! June 30, 2005
Feature Packed Double DVD contains 4 shows: Outback Australia, Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef, Southeast Australia and Southwest Australia. On these shows they cover Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin, and Canberra!!

Unlike other Travel DVD's this is interesting, fast paced, sometimes funny, filled with up to date non-biased information and has some breath-taking visuals!! They always make a huge effort to get to know the people and the culture, provide a little bit of history and show fun things to do in the area for a younger crowd below 30. I would recommend this DVD to everyone interested in Australia! You will definite feel like you're right there as a couch-traveller!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better August 21, 2006
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I guess I could not relate to this travel DVD. It offered little travel info. Most of the segments involved tourists and their relations in the cities. There was hardly any information given on huge cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The hotels and things that were shown looked great but did not give names or address. There were few benefits to this program.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Suitable for Children! April 28, 2013
My kids are studying world geography in our homeschool and I've been borrowing the Globe Trekker series from our library. All the volumes we had gotten prior to this one had been innocuous. The blurb on the back of the case mentioned koalas, kangaroos, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, etc. Nothing at all to tip me off that this particular video includes a tour of a BROTHEL!!!! As Murphy's Law would have it, the particular segment came up shortly after I had gotten called into another room by my husband.

Big thumbs down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of time August 19, 2009
Who funded this, and do they know how it came out? The two-disc set is an embarrassing waste of time. The hosts simply fill air time with pseudo-entertainment. They don't bother to do any work at all to develop any depth, but rely intead on fluffy, fast-cut MTV shots, and a high-tempo soundtrack try to create the illusion of interest.

Specific examples:

In the Queensland chapter, Brisbane, the state capitol and the state's major city, which has evolved over the last twenty years into a thriving visual feast, is ignored completely, and instead we are given coverage of Megan McCormick simpering and being cute in a bus station, Megan McCormick simpering and being cute in a hotel room on the Sunshine Coast, and Megan McCormick simpering and being cute while driving a jeep on a beach (which could be any beach).

The Southeast chapter starts with a generous segment allotted to Ian Wright making faces and being cute while trying on a silly hat (it's witty, see, because it's a woman's hat). The preponderance of the Sydney coverage is comprised of tight shots of Ian Wright making faces and being cute on a sailboat. Important city and regional features, like, say, the Opera House? Nothing. A fast shot of the entrance to Chinatown, a visit to a backpacker hotel, and a long shot of Ian gazing out to sea from the rocks at Bondi, and Bob's your uncle, they're done with one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. I'm betting that the Sydney sequences took a total of about six hours to shoot.

It seems clear that these folks have low ambitions, and perhaps a budget to match, and they waste no time bothering with tedious things like research or planning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars eurotrashy May 22, 2005
a quite typical travel guide for the eurotrash tourist, pulls all the stops for parties, multicutural experiences, politically correct blabber, and little or no geology, science, history.
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