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Long Way Round

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Forget Breaking Bonaduce or The Surreal Life. Ewan McGregor has made a celebrity reality series that's entertaining without having to be called a guilty pleasure. Long Way Round is a documentary detailing the 20,000-mile motorcycle trip he took around the world with best friend Charley Boorman over 115 days. Their trip took them from London through locales such as Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, and Canada, to name a few, before ending in New York. Armed with a cameraman, McGregor and Boorman encounter separation anxiety from their families; a shifty stranger (later revealed to be Mafia) who leads them through winding dark corridors to a posh hotel room; delays at international borders; hosts who offer them Fear Factor-level animal parts for dinner; injuries, equipment breakdowns, and more. The pair also film their own video diaries, in which they voice concerns and frustrations. The result is an emotional, rich breadth of experiences, from the hardship of logistical setbacks paired with the joy of visiting the children of Chernobyl and encountering hospitable locals who insist on escorting them wherever they go. McGregor and Boorman also make witty emcees, cheerfully upbeat even when they wonder aloud if one of their gun-happy hosts is a psycho murderer. The seven-episode series, originally aired on Bravo, concludes with their emotional ride into the Big Apple and some surprises for the pair courtesy of the show's producers. The two-disc DVD includes some can't miss deleted scenes, including McGregor's story about being confused for Jude Law, and a clip of McGregor attempting Jedi mind tricks on commuters who keep stopping in the road to peer at his broken-down bike ("These aren't the bikes you're looking for."). Long Way Round may have been an arduous once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you can't help but hope McGregor and Boorman suit up for another road trip someday. -- Ellen A. Kim.


Special Features

  • Interactive full motion menus
  • Photo gallery
  • Unseen material
  • -Trip preparation
  • -The First Five Days
  • -Just Can't Do It
  • -Glacier Plane Ride
  • -Wrong Way Round!
  • Post Trip Interview
  • Cast interviews
  • Web links

Product Details

  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin, Jimmy Simak
  • Writers: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin
  • Producers: Cori Abraham
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH99A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Long Way Round" on IMDb

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196 of 202 people found the following review helpful By La Maquina on November 17, 2005
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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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BeachBoy on March 14, 2006
Format: DVD
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Celtica on June 24, 2006
Format: DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Witt on May 8, 2006
Format: DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Marr on October 14, 2005
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ted Timmons on December 27, 2005
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Palmi on November 23, 2005
Format: DVD
Great to see this is finally going to be available in the US. only a year later since UK got it. hehe.

Keep in mind though that this is the 7 disc (7 episode) version.

The 10 disc version is becoming available to the UK on Dec 6th and of course the US will get it "at a later date".

I figure since I've waited this long a bit longer won't hurt if it means getting the full version. I'm guessing it will contain more of the US part of their Journey but also has a lot more extra footage. I purchased the video "Faster" when it first came out and now after I already own it I find that it was a "Demo" version with single disk, and now the version offered is a 2 disk full version with lots of extras. bummer. now I'll have two copies eventually.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter on November 20, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw the book reviews and this DVD review and ordered it from [...]last week. I had to watch it twice as the DVD gives a sense on excitment, dispare, friendship and childishness these two shared with a small team of cameramen and support vehicles. You can't describe the drama they went thorough on the "Road of Bones" in east Russia...can't beleive they made it. I'm still ticked at KTM motorcycles for pulling the plug on sponsoring the ride because they "didn't think they would make it". Kudos to BMW for believing in the dream! Get his DVD!
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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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