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Smart Travels: Classical Europe

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Here`s where we pull together some of Europe`s most rewarding sites from the classical world. Ancient Greek and Roman remnants are more than cold stone. They hold centuries of stories. So we revisit some favorite classical sites around the Mediterranean, pick up some new stories and see what kinds of connections we can make. It`s the Greeks in Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum, and Syracuse--and the Romans, in Pompeii, Rome, and Provence, with a little history of wine and olives thrown in for good measure.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: HDNet
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00132XZ1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on April 5, 2008
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I was extreamely excited when I saw this title on HD-DVD. HDNet is known for their high quality HD broadcasts, their original shows, being the first 24 hour HD network, and being the first to release High Def sources to home audiences (DVHS).

That said, I was extreamly disappointed in this title. First, there is only one 30 minute episode on this disc (I was expecting at least 3, as that is what they advertise at the end of the show for their DVDs). There are no bonus features on this disc, and no menus, other than the popup menu. There is absolutely nothing on this disc other than the show - not even an copy warning.

The quality also surprised me. There are some areas where there is some motion blocking, areas that seem that they may be at a low framerate or that the movie or player is dropping frames, or something. The contrast seems to be too high in some of the scenes like in Athens. I was shocked when I pulled up the disc info and saw that it was encoded in VC-1 - its a 30 minute show, the broadcast version of the MPEG-2 stream should have easily fit on the disc - even a single layer 15 gig HD-DVD. So, I ejected the disc to see if maybe the disc was dirty to cause this visual noise, and was quite surprised with what I discovered. Its not even an HD-DVD - its a dual-layer DVD-R (yep, blue bottom) with a printed lable stuck to it. I stuck the disc in my computer (the fact that I could read it tells you that its a dvd), and the entire disc is 8 gig of data!

Point is, if you REALLY like Smart Travels, this is pretty much the only format you can own it in, unless you are one of the few who has DVHS. But don't expect this to be a reference disc by any stretch of the imagination or to even be on par with what is broadcast on HDNet and Equator HD.
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