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Michael Palin: Sahara (Dbl DVD)
Michael Palin's Sahara adventure is one of the great challenges in world travel. In this exhausting journey, Michael will pass through the rock of Gibraltar to Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and beyond. His route will take him across sand-seas, along treacherous rivers, through oases and over mountain ranges. The remote regions are characterized by ceaseless travel, from camel caravans to car rallies, but Michael Palin's love of traveling takes you to places many people will never know.]]>
If the mere sight of Michael Palin striding purposefully towards the camera across some foreign terrain is enough to send you into fits of delight, then Sahara is just for you. Following his three pan-global expeditions, Palin is back on the exploration trail. This time it's traversing the Sahara desert; traveling from Gibraltar through Tangiers and the Arab world down through Africa and some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet. The formula that Palin established in Around the World In Eighty Days has hardly been tampered with, but Sahara is proof that there are few better exponents of the travelogue. Palin is an engaging host, far more attractive than the extreme survival merchants, walking the fine line between experienced traveler and slightly eccentric Englishman abroad. The program also strikes a perfect balance between grand visual gestures (the camerawork is simply stunning) and focusing on the individual lives that characterize the region, all underpinned by Palin's unique brand of humor. This is one to return to again and again.
Sahara comes in at a mere four one-hour episodes and the producers were left with a huge amount of unused footage. Thus the DVD features a large selection of deleted scenes. The excellent set of extras also includes a collection of rough video diaries--mainly featuring Palin being pummeled by the elements--and an extensive interview with the presenter. The picture quality is fantastic (particularly compared to Palin's earlier series), as is the digital sound. The whole package is thoroughly recommended. --Phil Udell
Enjoyed the documentary & the cinematography of the Sahara & the tribal people.Published 9 months ago by The Purple Bee
It was an excellent dvd series set, great shape, and very fast shipping! Thanks!!!Published 13 months ago by Richard Deibner
I've been of the opinion that Michael Palin's roughest travel was through Central Africa in Pole to Pole. Glad that he's making that trip "so you don't have to. Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. R. M.
Palin's older shows, "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Pole to Pole" were absolute delights, classics in every way. How can "Sahara" be such a messed-up muddle? Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Greybeard
This video is an old friend revisited. The DVD it self is in good condition, however, the case is a little worn.Published on February 14, 2013 by Carla
I just finished watching all four episodes of this travelogue. I like Michael Palin and have seen at least one other travelogue and enjoyed it, but this one just doesn't... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Michael J. Rentner
I am collecting all of his video travel documentary series but this one and his Hemmingway disk are probably the least two I'd recommend. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by bullydog
Excellent story/travel log -- seems like one is right along his trip and to see and hear the sounds and discussions along the way.Published on July 1, 2010 by Dan W. Yoder sr