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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 652 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AN0CQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Italian state is a comparatively youthful entity—but the lands it encompasses are ancient indeed. Celebrated for its natural beauty and cultural riches, every inch of the peninsula is worth exploring, and this 12-part series does exactly that—from the Alps to the Adriatic. Shot in glorious High Definition, and particularly acclaimed for its aerial cinematography, MAGNIFICENT ITALIA is the next best thing to being there. Whether you’re planning a new trip, nostalgic for an old one or simply in the mood for a mental scene change, this breathtaking travelogue contains hours of sun kissed food for thought. Episodes: Basilicata, Toscana, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sicilia, Marche, Puglia, Campania, Valle D’Aosta, Lazio, Liguria, Umbria, Trentino

Customer Reviews

Makes you want to come back for more!
K. Geddings
They can't resist keeping the camera in motion no mater how interesting what they have to show the viewer even on the ground.
A. Petrov
I previously have purchased "Visions of Italy" that, while good, only offered overhead shots.
Giacomo in Baltimore

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Giacomo in Baltimore on February 10, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After traveling to Italy three times, I had to have my 'fix' of sites and sounds. I previously have purchased "Visions of Italy" that, while good, only offered overhead shots. Magnificent Italia takes you right into the middle of the smallest of Italian cities up to the Eternal City, Rome. It is really well produced, with just enough 'facts' to compliment the beautiful imagery on the tv. There are 12 episodes, each around an hour covering a different region in Italy.

These blurays are three times the length, half the price, and double the quality of the "Visions of Italy" blurays.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Petrov on February 15, 2011
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For eleven hours of hd video you do get your money worth with this overview of Italy, but this could have been so much better. It is spoiled by never ending fast moving footage from the air that is often very dark. They can't resist keeping the camera in motion no mater how interesting what they have to show the viewer even on the ground. Editing is incredibly sloppy, seemingly done by rank amateurs, who have never learned to remove the most obvious goofs and that a simple cut looks much better than fading and devolving from one scene to another. For the low price, it is worth watching, but this could be a lesson on how not to do a travel video.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Y. Li on February 23, 2011
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Although the scenes in the DVD are all beautiful, the editing is the worst I have seen in any travel films. The film shows, or more precisely flashes, constantly moving images so that a viewer may feel dizzy after watching it for a while. Most of the film is aerial photography, and as such, it lacks details. Sometimes I am wondering if this film was made by professional photographers and editors.

On the other end, this set does offer more stuff than any other travel films on Italy. And the price is low, considering the length of this Blue-ray is 11 hours.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Atkins on July 22, 2011
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Eleven hours of beautiful video, covering 100's of cities, including Naples, Rome and Genoa as well as small medieval hilltop villages. Many church festivals show the interesting culture and colorful heritage of these towns. Approximately half of the eleven hours is street level and interior views of churches, museums, craft shops and wineries, where method and history is discussed by craftsman or experts. The chapters of the Italian alps and aerial night scenes of some of the major cities are especially breathtaking. The music is outstanding as is the extremely clear narration and excellent script. There are 24 separate chapters, which can be played separately or all at once. The video quality is generally suberb, although there are two chapters where some of the aerial video panning is jittery or jerky. There are no chapters on Venice, Palermo or Messina. This video was produced by Italians for Italians who are interested in touring the back roads of their great country. At $1.00 per hour, this has got to be the one of the greatest bargains of all time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angelo Desimone on October 14, 2011
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I was born and raised in Italy, and I have visited Italy over a dozen times. I still have family and friends living all over Italy, and every time I go back, I always find something new to visit and explore. This incredible collection has introduced me to many locations that I was not familiar with.

Each featured region was beautifully represented with a lot of information about local cuisine, folklore and history. The scenery was perfectly selected in representing the cities and regions.

I have given a 4 1/2 star rating, because two major cities have been excluded from the series. Milan and Venice are two distinctive cities that truly desereved to be included: Milan, the business and fashion capital of Italy with the Duomo, (the third largest cathedral in the world), the Scala Opera House, Sforzesco Castle to name a few. Venice, the most romantic city in the world with its canals, and distinctive bridges and buildings.

This is a must for people who never visited Italy to get a taste of what they are missing. For those who have visited Italy, this is a great reminder of places they have visited and hope to visit in the future.

Buon Viaggio!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray Penney on February 7, 2012
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If you have been to Italy or you just can't afford the trip watch this blu-ray its brilliant. It covers the whole of the Italian Peninsula with high definition camera work and an excellent commentary. After watching this you will feel like you have travelled the length and breadth of the country. Well worth the cost for an arm chair travelogue as good as this. Magnificent Italia [Blu-ray]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on April 16, 2012
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This was a great series. The cinematography was so beautiful and the architecture of Italy is a living masterpiece. I was really impressed at just how many houses look just like they haven't changed in centuries. The house built on cliff edges and on the tops of hills... Look like something from a medieval tapestry.

The narration is easy to listen to and the topics kept mainstream enough to hold everyone's interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo K on November 6, 2011
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I bought this triple BD for little more than $ 10. I like Italy very much and decided to buy it to have a overall view of that country.
The video is 1080i, it is not bad, it would be better if it was 1080p of course.
I miss the legends or captions, mainly in portuguese, however the narration is very clear and easy to understand even for a not American person.
On balance I recommend this BD for its price. You can travel for almost all Italy sat on your own sofa!!!
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