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Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days (2007)

Michael Palin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Palin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBM22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Seven episodes on three discs
  • Michael Palin interview

Editorial Reviews

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Michael Palin started another career in the late 1980s: explorer. The former Python brings humor, humanity, and class to the genre of filmed travelogues with Around the World in 80 Days, his first and best journey. The genesis of this BBC series is a sly side-bet: can someone travel via 19th-century means around the world in 80 days like Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg did in 1872? As Palin travels around London asking experts about world travel, it seems to be a 50/50 chance at best. The reliance on air travel makes shipping schedules very tentative, and in some ways just slowing down may be a hardship for a 20th-century traveler. As Palin notes, air travel is about viewing airports; no one really "travels" anymore.

Armed with his inflatable globe, Palin starts off by train across Europe before problems arise: missed connections, labor strikes, language difficulties, and the like. But Palin is adorable company to have for the seven-part, six-hour series. He manages the impossible, always making us believe we are in the moment, even though some scenes had to be shot to accommodate the camera (he enters a taxi alone, the next scene we are with him in the cab). Palin is light on his feet, with quick humorous jabs, which comes in handy as his schedule is always on the brink of disaster. He offers round remarks on the countries he visits and often has amusing side trips: garbage man in Venice, bit actor in India, and cook aboard a freighter.

The highlight is the third episode, set almost entirely on a dhow slowly moving from Arabia to India. Here Palin is introduced to a life slowed down to its basics with a crew of mostly non-English speakers. The segment is so distinct the producers asked--and were granted--permission to add an additional episode instead of cutting most of the dhow footage.

Although Palin continued his adventures (Pole to Pole, Full Circle), nothing is as nimble or kinetic--there is a ticking clock element--as this first voyage. His entourage or Passepartout--Fogg's righthand man--grew with each voyage. There were usually two to four production folks with him on 80 Days, but they are rarely seen. The end result is the best travel "slide show" anchored by one of world's most amusing men. For couch potato and traveler alike, this is compelling viewing. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Monty Python comedian/writer Michael Palin takes up the famous challenge: to travel around the world in only 80 days. Air travel is forbidden, and wherever possible he uses the same routes and transport as Jules Verne's fictional hero, Phileas Fogg, meeting many interesting characters en route. As he races across continents and against the clock, Michael's charm and ingenuity delights the armchair traveler.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate February 13, 2007
Format:DVD
One would think that trying to best a fictional record from the 1870s would be an easy task these days, even if one has to abide by the same modes of travel such as trains and boats, but we discover along with Palin that it isn't as easy at it would seem. We also discover the joys of simple travel, simple pleasures, everyday people from faraway lands, and such important lessons as how to remove a snake's gall bladder and - my favorite bit - the manly way to iron laundry. Yes, on top of being provided with a fascinating window to other cultures, we are awarded the constant presence of the wittiest, most charming and most informative travel guide ever to grace a TV screen. I love all of Palin's travel adventures but this - his first - is still in my book, the very best. I've heard that the DVD extras on this only include an interview with Palin, but that shouldn't dissuade anyone from buying this magnificent 7-part series.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true pleasure May 13, 2007
Format:DVD
I like travelling, but normally I don't like travel programs. They're boring and sensible, and although the surroundings are beautiful, they don't deliver anything you couldn't have looked up in a Lonely PLanet guide.

But not this one. Ex-Python turned globetrotter and British national treasure Michael Palin delivers a thoroughly entertaining, funny, untraditional and quite exciting travel program with, what would become his first of many great travel programs, "Around the World in 80 Days", in which he tries to recreate Phileas Fogg's journey around the world in Jules Vernes classic novel. No planes allowed, only boats and land transportation.

Not only is (was) it a new and more exciting way to create a travel program, but Palin, with his great sense of humour and his happy go lucky sort of approach to the task before him, is one of the best television presenters ever. He really grabs your attention and makes you interested in the places he goes to. He has indeed made the entire UK sit and watch his travels to places they had never heard of before week after week.

I have never spoken to anybody who, after seeing Palin's travels, did not feel invigorated and full of lust for adventure. It did certainly rekindle my love of trains and boats watching "Around the World in 80 Days". Now I travel by train instead of plane whenever I can.

I have watched the series some 4 or 5 times over the years now, and it never gets boring. They are the benchmark of travel programming. Highest possble recommendation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat For the Eye and Mind February 22, 2007
Format:DVD
Finally available on DVD this series was such a joy to watch. Palin's has an excellent homey style to his narration and always expresses in his looks and words much of what the audience is thinking about the situations he finds himeself in. The pacing is excellent and one quickly finds oneself truely involved and wondering will he make it on time. This is a fun travelcade which sweeps you around the world in great scenes which makes you want to revisit many of them. This was the first in a series of adventures which hopefully will all be released soon such as "From Pole to Pole." At this time you can view "Sahara" his adventures in Africa to get a feel for the style that this soon to be released series manifests. Overall this an excellent series and the price is reasonable, you should get many hours of enjoyment watching again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin March 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The best modern travelogue ever made! Informative, adventuresome, funny, beautiful, and engaging.
A wonderful film to be viewed more than once.
I also use it in teaching world history and geography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best April 30, 2007
Format:DVD
If the recent "Planet Earth" is the best nature documentary ever produced, as some claim, than this "Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days" is unequivocably the best travel doc ever. Nothing can touch it.

It will be a wonder and a joy to experience this again now that it is FINALLY available on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Dinner's burnt, the kids are crying and you've had another "interesting" day at the office. Oh to be a teenager back-packing through Europe once again! If you're like me and can't heed the call of the open road, at very least you owe it to yourself to watch this informative video which through a combination of tongue-in-cheek humor and a keen sense of adventure will allow you to travel along with the modern day Phinius Fogg. Thoroughly entertaining and informative. Among the best travel related vidoes I've seen to date. Great family viewing.
Send me a postcard if after watching this video you pack a knapsack and hit the road!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome May 21, 2007
Format:DVD
It seemed like I went around the world with Michael Palin. Absolutely wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty History in the making May 21, 2007
Format:DVD
Its so very cool to sit back for a bit, hear Michael Palin's wry humor as he attempts to make the trip in 80 days. My family loved it when we were kids in the 90's and now its a nostolgia trip for me and starting my own family. This is a unique series and totally worthwhile, and even thought provoking as he visits different cultures and makes commentary. Especially haunting is the visit to China right before Tianamen(sp) Square in 1989. You will enjoy this series if you love to see the world from your armchair!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope to follow in his footsteps
What a wonderful idea and terrific adventure. Jules Verne would be proud. Definitely great for the travel addict
Published 7 days ago by Michael P
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This video gives an excellent idea of what different cultures around the world are like. It felt like I was traveling right along with Michael Palin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vickie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Palin at his (non-Python) best!
I had the pleasure of watching this on PBS in the early 90s, and was amazed to find it on DVD! The first of Palin's well-documented treks across the globe, this series started it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. G. Cline
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Prompt
Very prompt! Got it just before I needed it. I teach Geography in Junior High and it holds their attention while they learn!
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Childers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspirational. An intimate look at travel.
I first encountered this series at our public library. I had never heard that Michael Palin (whom I have been a fan of since 1974) made a trip copying Jules Verne, and so thought... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael R. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
Growing up as a kid, I remember watching this in 30 minute or 1 hour segments over the summer.
I had always wanted to own it, and finally now do!
Published 14 months ago by Patrick Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey
A fascinating journey around the world in 80 days. Beautiful photography, and Palin' narration is engaging and fun. Great for all age groups. Also makes a great gift.
Published 14 months ago by Julie Anchor
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched this when it was new, never forgot it
So I watched this when I was in college (yeah I am old), and the Leda Maersk stuck with me all this time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Never lost in the Fogg
I have travel to alot of these place and this just shows me how small the world really is. How life for some cultures has never changed and that people are good deep inside and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tony D. Piroli
4.0 out of 5 stars SO enjoyable and heartwarming
Wish there were extras or commentary, Palin is the perfect man for the job, humor, dry wit and a fascinating look at the world
Published 19 months ago by Carla Eddy
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