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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
Absolutely love Michael Palin's travel videos - have 4 of them now - beautiful photography/video plus his unique sense of humor and interaction with local people.Published 10 days ago by RESpec
I highly recommend this DVD to anybody thinking about buying it.
Michael Palin in 1989 decided to chronicle a journey Around the World in 80 days - as Phileas Fogg did... Read more
I watched this show years ago and thought it was excellent. My opinion has not changed.Published 18 days ago by Larry L.
What a wonderful idea and terrific adventure. Jules Verne would be proud. Definitely great for the travel addictPublished 4 months ago by Michael P
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 morePublished 6 months ago by Vickie M.
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 morePublished 7 months ago by T. G. Cline
Very prompt! Got it just before I needed it. I teach Geography in Junior High and it holds their attention while they learn!Published 10 months ago by Elaine Childers
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Michael R. Nash