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Marco Polo's Silk Road


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJWO7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Did Marco Polo really make it to China? Did he spend 17 years in

the company of the Emperor Kublai Khan?

On his death bed he claimed, "I have only told you half of what I saw!"

We believe him.

The famous Venetian explorer, extensively traveled the Northern and

Southern Silk Road, which is also known as the Tea Road. He meticulously

recorded his fascinating observations in his bestselling book,

which for over 700 years never went out of print.

Have you ever seen a horse fall 50 feet into a turbulent river

and survive? Or an entire caravan zip-line its way through treacherous

passes? Follow in Marco Polo's footsteps and revel in a magic adventure!

Experience the legendary past and the mysteries of the East.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gary Johnston on May 8, 2007
(The short of it is in the conclusion if you don't want to read all this)

I own 2 Silk Road Documentaries. The first I bought was the 'Silk Road Collection' followed by the 'Marco Polo Trilogy' which consists of these three films:
Marco Polo's Shangri-La
Marco Polo's Silk Road
Marco Polo's Roof of the World

Below I compared the SILK ROAD COLLECTION to the MARCO POLO TRILOGY and a follow-up film by the same production company, called SECRETS OF THE SILK ROAD.

FOOTAGE: The Marco Polo Trilogy has better footage altogether, but the Silk Road Collection does have its fair share of interesting shots too. Definitely not a horse falling 50 feet from a bridge into a turbulent river and somehow surviving unscathed, which the Marco Polos do have, but interesting. Silk Road Collection pulls a lot of its content from old Chinese television footage and pieces it together, which is fairly similar to how Marco Polo was made. Marco Polo is just a newer version with better camera work and much higher quality video - the government had commissioned a lot of new video archiving ever since the late 90's.

LENGTH: The difference in length between the two is significant (Silk Road Collection being 630 minutes compared to Marco's 270) but unless you have a need for an obscene amount of footage I think that you would be very pleased with the concise, but not too concise, nature of the Monarex trilogy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kitty H on August 22, 2007
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Perhaps I would be less aggrieved with this DVD if, in the first instance, the title were accurate. It's not about the Silk Road in the sense that, say, Yo Yo Ma means "the Silk Road." This program is actually about the so-called Tea Road, which wanders through southern and southwestern China and into the Himalayas. Very pretty territory, with an interesting history in its own right, but there is a whiff of bait-and-switch here. Other than a brief mention within the first 25 seconds of the narrative, there is no material in this program on the famed trade route that connected China to the world of classical Islamic society or Byzantium -- which, as you might have gathered by now, is what I was after.

Mostly, the program provides a tea-oriented travelogue, sometimes providing technical commentary and sometimes just a stream of barely connected observations about the landscape. After two viewings (just to make sure I wasn't missing something), I remain unsure of whether the narrative is supposed to be Marco Polo's or just some guy talking.

The most pressing shortfall of this production is the mass of missed opportunities. Eventually, we hook up with a caravan, but otherwise, we are never properly introduced to the peoples pictured. Meanwhile, the narration and the pictures don't always synch up sensibly -- on more than one occasion in the first part of this DVD, the narrator is going on and on about tea while the people in the scene are clearly weaving (what? how? where will this fabric be used? where did they get the raw materials? how old is this technique?) or cooking (same basic questions).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By buddhaman on December 6, 2011
This is a waste of time and money , the money's not so bad you can always make more . But it's the time you can never get back . There is some nice film footage with way to little of interest being said in between long lulls .
And IT is FALSE Advertising at best THE FILM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MARCO POLO or his SILKROAD....so pass it by as fast as your Camel will take you ..... P.S. and this goes for the rest of the series as well !
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I am doing research on a new book I am writing and from the description I believed it to be a glimpse into the challenges early travelers faced on this centuries-old trade route. While it did provide some of this insight, it was more of a film documenting the ordeals faced in fliming such an adventure rather than the travelog for which I was hoping.

If I were you, I would wait for this title to come out on NETFLIX and then skip it.

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