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Samantha Brown's Asia (2011)

Samantha Brown , Elizabeth Browde  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Samantha Brown
  • Directors: Elizabeth Browde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Travel Channel - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 404 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047HXMJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In Samantha Brown's Asia, Samantha embarks on her most exciting and fascinating journey yet. From the intoxicating beauty of Vietnam's rice paddies, to Thailand's picturesque beaches, and Hong Kong's vibrant nightlife, Sam brings to life the delectable food, fascinating cultures and exotic animals of the Far East, giving a rare and intimate look at what defines Asia today.

With ten years of travel savvy in her passport, Sam hits eight of Asia's must-see destinations: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and Bali...making Asia accessible while delivering an experience like none other.

8 Episodes DISC1:
Thailand, 7.12.10
Hong Kong/Macau, 7.19.10
Cambodia, 7.26.10
Vietnam, 8.2.10
Malaysia, 8.9.10

DISC2:
Singapore, 8.16.10
Japan, 8.29.10
Bali, 9.5.10
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Hong Kong
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Cambodia
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Japan
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Singapore
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Bali
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Malaysia
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Vietnam

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy viewing and informative May 19, 2011
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Sam Brown is goofy and easy to watch. I've been to these places in Asia and her trips are accurate. However, they are glossed over a bit and don't give you as specific details like her shows to European cities. She doesn't state the prices of any hotels or how she gets from one place to another. Her European shws can be used to get yourself great tips for that destination but her Asian episodes are more of a very broad view of just what's to see in the country overall. She makes Cambodia look easy but I would say it's one of the hardest places I've ever had to travel to. Overall it's light hearted viewing entertainment. If you are an arm chair traveler and just want a taste of an Asian country these are the shows for you. I'm a teacher and I used 2 episodes as lesson plans for my class because it showed the country in a nut shell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could've been better January 16, 2013
By Leonard
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Tokyo is my favorite city in the world, but there are hardly any good travel DVDs pertaining to Tokyo. I bought this DVD specifically because I wanted to see Tokyo, but the Japan episode sucked. Fortunately, the other episodes were pretty good.

The Japan episode began in Kyoto (never mind the fact that Kyoto has 1/8 the population of Tokyo). If they wanted to start in a Japanese city other than Tokyo, at least choose Osaka. I liked the cherry blossoms. Alcoholic Samantha spent a large portion of the episode at a Sake bar. I learned that Kyoto was the birthplace of the Geisha. I enjoyed Samantha interviewing a Geisha. However, it was unnecessary for Samantha to dress up as a Geisha. That ate up a lot of time. She then went to a forest to find bamboo that would be turned into chopsticks (yawn). It's only fair that I point out that the Kyoto countryside was beautiful.

Samantha took the Bullet Train to Tokyo. I enjoyed that part. However, she didn't show us much of Tokyo. There are a million things to do in Tokyo and she chose to go to a fish market to watch a fish get decapitated by a samurai sword. Then, she spent 5 minutes in an apartment playing with a kitten (I'm not making this up). She hardly showed us Tokyo. She didn't even visit the Ginza shopping district. The Japan episode was a disappointment.

Hong Kong is another cool Asian city. She took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor. I was impressed with the views of the Hong Kong skyline. However, in typical Samantha Brown fashion, she chose to do the most mundane things in a foreign city. She first went shopping for clothes. She then made bamboo noodles (seriously, who does this on a vacation)? I liked her visit to the Temple Street Nightmarket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, EXCEPT.............. September 22, 2011
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Bought this DVD because I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 3 months back in 1970. This was BEFORE McDonald's was there. Only thing there in 1970 was 2 A&W Root Beer shops and I visited both. Also, only one "mall" in a 4-story building.
Things there have sure changed! Almost everything was great about this DVD (loved the Robots in Japan, too bad they are so expensive!) EXCEPT the Fish Eye. That was gross! Would love to see some of the OUTTAKES from that episode and see if Sam reams those guys a new one for doing what they did!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not serious travel November 15, 2011
By Gin
Samatha Brown is interesting enough and she can be fun, but she spends very little time really exploring the culture of a country. This series could be a lot better if she concentrated less on fluff, but much more on the historical sites, history, and museums. Brown also stays at very expensive hotels, which is an unrealistic expectation for far too many travelers.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too much Samantha Brown February 20, 2012
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If you bought this product to see the different cultures, which I did, then you're in for a disappointment. What she does show is beautiful but unfortunately what you will mostly see is close-ups of Brown smiling, laughing, making faces, ETC. She is easily the biggest user of I/me in the business and spends way too much time getting massages, eating, doing very singular things except showing us what we bought the DVD for. One last gripe, the editors actually leave all the "coming up's" from TV in your DVD. Nice editing. Do not pay top dollar for anything by Brown and stick with Rick Steves or Rudy Maxa for the value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant shows September 6, 2012
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being from the UK we dont get any of samanthas and other american travel channel shows from USA because we are english but we do get the british version of the travel channel. I only came across this DVD from looking on the US amazon website an boy what a fantastic show (dvd set) this is, and i am now a fan of samanthas. worth evey cent. the shows are well presented, pefect picture,well shot, fasinating,interesting and each episode is a delight an will make you feel like you are with samantha visitng the best cities that asia has to offer. would highly recommend this to anyone planning a visit to Hong Kong, Tokyo etc. One of my favourite dvds i have ever bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful package, bit thin on substance April 18, 2012
By DougP
This series is beautifully shot and produced, and SB is charming and appealing in some ways, but the shows tend to be rather superficial and overly focused on Sam. Sometimes the destination seems to be secondary, merely a backdrop for Sam's preening and her cutesy outfits and antics. And while she is appealing, she is also overbearing and talks too much. And the frequent guffaws and shrieks and general overreactions are troubling. While she is on TV and has to be outgoing, I think Paul Theroux's advice that "you gain nothing by standing out" when traveling in other cultures is still relevant.

I also noticed in the Malaysia episode a few silly gaffes or instances of ignorance -- she referred to "Peninsula Malaysia" but it's "Peninsular Malaysia"; she referred to "Peninsula Borneo" which is not only a grammar gaffe but a geographical one -- Borneo is an island not a peninsula; and she did not, or pretended not to, know what Kuala Lumpur meant in the native language.

She also appeared decidedly uncomfortable in some of the open air markets, even remarking how she wanted to avert her eyes from the strange foodstuffs. Why bother visiting?

In all, a nice overview of some Asian destinations and a visual treat, but it's often spoiled by her cringe inducing behavior and lack of polish. I suppose the show's intro tells you everything you need to know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Sam Brown
This is the best of the best of Sam Brown! While she was in Asia she gave me the pretty sites that I wanted to see and showed me all I would want to see without paying the money to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Brown!
Okay, so sometimes she's a little too cheery. But she's also wonderful and always worth watching. Congratulations on her twins!
Published 6 months ago by Terry C. Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good program
I've dreamed of visiting the places that Samantha takes us to in these videos....still hope to get to Asia someday. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Buchmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Brown's Asia
This is a very nice video - it addreses a lot of interesting place to see and was very helpful in planning our trip. Provider delivered as advertised.
Published 18 months ago by Richard W Alich
5.0 out of 5 stars Like traveling with an old friend
I often use Samantha Brown videos with my language classes when we have a few minutes to "travel" to some exotic place or another. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Dohmen
3.0 out of 5 stars yeahh, its politically correct DVD.
Yes, I visited most of Asia and everything shown in DVD is correct if you dont mind be brainwashed. For example one part was about Bali. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by aferdman
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Sam at Her Best
For over 10 years the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown has traveled around the world and have given us her fresh,unique,wonderful,totally Sam insights on places that for some have... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Charles
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