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Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on 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
on March 5, 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
on May 1, 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
on June 9, 1999
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
on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I loved this TV serie when I was able to watch a small section every week, and when I found this video, it was a must.

It is fun to learn more about the world, and it makes you dream about a time when you'll have the time and money to travel.

Michael Palin does a great job all the way through this serie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2008
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I watched this mini-series almost 2 decades ago when it was aired on
BBC. Today I own the DVD. The world has changed a lot since Palin's
journey, especially China and India. Some of Palin's comments do not
reflect modern times. But his adventures will always be relevant
regardless of time.

I more than agree to all the appreciation this series has received from
the reviewers here. My only criticism is Palin gives undue importance to
the traces of british legacy that he observes in the great cultures of
Egypt, India and Hong Kong. But his down-to-earth attitude and sense of
humor more than make up for his nostalgia about british empire.

The challenges faced by Michael Palin are different from those faced by
Phileas Fogg, but it makes a gripping journey. Overall great concept,
great presentation and excellent background score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2010
Format: DVD
This is superb, but if you've only seen this and "Pole to Pole", (which was the case with me), you're in for an even bigger treat if you spring for the entire series in "The Michael Palin Collection". The whole thing is amazing, and the visuals, sound, (and technique overall) just get better and better throughout the two decades worth of journey! The only small bit I wasn't crazy about (except for the second part where Michael continues his journey through Britain, several years later) was "The Great Railway Journey", but all of the rest- spectacular!
Since prices go up and down for the individual sets, as well as "The Michael Palin Collection" (all the travel series in one set), get out your calculator and do the math. In most instances the big box set will save you money- especially when it's on sale.
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