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Long Way Down: Complete BBC Series


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Product Details

  • Format: Special Edition, Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Emd Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWWO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

LWR is our choice if we had to pick, but we like them both.
R. Langston
If you love to explore and love motorcycles, do not start watching this documentary until Friday after work so that you will have the entire week-end to finish.
Andrew J. Stunich
What can i say, Every guys dream to ride bikes around the world!
Magazinedude

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Shimpeno on July 15, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just a heads up, but after ordering this I was send the PAL version rather than the NTSC version as listed in the description. Its not a big deal to me as it plays in my MacBook Pro and in the home DVD player anyway. Much more footage than the original 6 part series on TV. This is a 10 part special edition and like Long Way Round it is life changing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LibertyLuvr on June 18, 2008
Format: DVD
I have to respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer. I enjoyed this series a lot. I was one of those who tracked their voyage through the BBC website, and I was eagerly anticipating this DVD. I truly felt like I was along for the ride. This is only the 6-episode DVD. The special edition 10-episode DVD is coming out soon. I'm sure that one will be even better. The whole reason to watch these documentaries is to be able to see places most of us will never be able to go. You truly feel a part of the adventure.

I don't feel Ewan was being arrogant or a camera-hog at all. He likes to make fun of himself in that regard. Everyone who meets him speaks of how genuinely nice and down-to-earth he is. No, he isn't Brad Pitt. Ewan is better looking and a better actor! He may not be considered an "A-list" actor, but considering the quality of those who are, that is fine by me. So what if his family members make some appearances in the series? He is obviously very close to them. And if he's making part of the trip through Scotland, why wouldn't he stop by to see them? I have to agree that his wife, Eve, should not have been on the trip. You can tell that Charlie did not appreciate her presence, and she shouldn't have put Ewan in the position of making the proposition to the rest of the guys. I'm sure Charlie and the backgroud crew will get more screen time in the special edition than they did in this shorter DVD.

The sights, the events, the people encountered on this voyage were engrossing. The obstacles faced on this trip were quite different than the ones faced in LWR, but you're just as happy for them when they make it through. As in LWR, they don't pretty things up - they show them as they happened. It's quite refreshing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T.K. on September 7, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm about half way through watching the series. The series is great! I read the reviews carefully before I ordered this DVD and took note that some reviewers complained of receiving a PAL format DVD even though advertised as the NTSC format. Well, I figured Amazon probably straightened it out by the time I ordered. I was wrong. I received a PAL version. Assuming there are not any NTSC versions available, I couldn't wait and opened the pack. It wouldn't play in any of the three DVD players I have for TV's. It did, however, play on my MacBook Pro. So, my wife and I have been huddled around the computer.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Sedor on May 15, 2008
Format: DVD
Like many of you who have seen or even own "Long Way Round" and "Race to Dakar", I'm sure you were excited when it was announced Charlie, Ewan, and crew were getting together once again for another adventure. Unfortunately, LWD (Long Way Down) does not live up to the hype (and certainly did/does not justify the "paid" membership to their website). Complaints are as follows:

Charlie and Ewan spend a good part of the trip complaining about being "rushed". This equates to a negative attitude from the participants throughout the trip and more importantly, we the viewer see little of Africa. The focus is more on staying on a set schedule, which the complaining participants created, rather than a motorcycle adventure. Don't get me wrong, Charlie & Ewan do get off their bikes, but the majority of the series could've been shot anywhere as we are subjugated to far too numerous helmet cam shots and close-ups plus the endless setting up for camp & camping footage.

Wrong bikes for the series. There is no need to use the big BMW GS when a more off-road capable bike and more reliable (for fun, count the number of shocks that break) would do - especially when a support vehicle is never more than an hour away. Unlike the Long Way Round series, Charlie and Ewan spend 90% of their time in Africa with the film crew just out of range of the cameras. Of course, at the beginning of each episode we are told that the film and support crew would only meet up at borders but that is far from the truth. We the viewer, get tired of Ewan complaining about how difficult the roads are to navigate - and his love for pavement - suggestion - go tour Germany.

Long Way Round was a buddy movie. LWD is a Ewan McGregor family adventure.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Big-D VINE VOICE on August 20, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After reading about "Long Way Down" in a magazine I decided to order the entire series. I found it being offered on Amazon.com, but the description stated it was not yet available. After doing more research on the internet, I discovered it would not be available in NTSC format until early October 2008. But I ordered it any way, almost immediately receiving an email from Amazon stating I would receive an email when it became available. I figured this to be in early October 2008. About 3 days after I ordered the DVD set, I get an email from Amazon on a Friday stating it had shipped and would arrive on the following Tuesday, as I am a member of Prime.
Sure enough my DVD's arrive on the following Tuesday and I could not wait to start watching the series. So I opened up the package, put in the first DVD and sat down to start enjoying the show, only to have my DVD player provide a message "Not in proper format to play on this machine, Format not recognized". I looked at the case it came in and sure enough it was in PAL format which is made for DVD players in Europe, not the United States. So I looked over the package and my receipt and noticed it said DVD's are not returnable unless unopened.
OK, so now I'm caught in a "catch-22". My first mistake was putting trust in Amazon that they knew what they were doing. I immediately went back online and noticed Amazon had corrected their original listing and changed the wording from NTSC to PAL. However they had forgotten to remove the previous customer comment of how Amazon had done exactly the same thing to him.
So here I sit with a DVD set that is totally worthless to me and no way to return it because I had opened it.
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