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Stephen Fry in America (2008)

Stephen Fry , John Paul Davidson , Michael Waldman  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry
  • Directors: John Paul Davidson, Michael Waldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KV3E40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Stephen Fry travels through each of America's states in his black London taxi to discover, in his own charismatic style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life. His journey across the vast country takes him to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, a brothel in Nevada, an Amish community in Wisconsin and the lava fields in Hawaii. He also goes hunting in New York State, sailing on an America's Cup yacht in Rhode Island, basket weaving with Navajo Indians and meets environmental activists in Oregon. Proud citizens show Stephen their country as he drives across the continent, uncovering the differences that make each state individual and the similarities that make America distinct.

Episodes: New World / Deep South / Mississippi / Mountains and Plains / True West / Pacific


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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have just spent the last six hours watch a very personable (and quite funny) British television personality show me parts of America that I never knew existed. It sometime takes a person from overseas to show us things about ourselves and our culture (and our beautiful natural resources!) that we are too close to see.

Stephen Fry explains, in the first few minutes of this FABULOUS six-part BBC series, that he was almost born in Princeton, NJ where his father lived for a while. He's always had a fascination with the US and so in 2008 he brought a real British taxicab here and drove to every one of the 50 states. (Well, that's what he says he did. In reality he covered 51, because the District of Columbia - where he stopped - is not a "state", and he had to leave the taxi in Washington State and fly to both Alaska and Hawaii.. But who's griping? Not me! I don't know how long it took to film this journey but it was obviously 6 months or more. And I give lots of credit to the photographer and Directors John Paul Davidson and Michael Waldman, who are there capturing the beauty - as well as some eccentrics.

The show aired on the BBC and was aimed at UK audiences so you'll hear a few curse words once in a while. And the section on Nevada visits the famous "Mustang Ranch" (where prostitution is legal) and parents may not want to share those moments with young children. But the rest makes great family viewing.

The six hour-long episodes cover a different region. Fry starts in Maine and heads south. From the Deep South he heads to the Mississippi River and follows it all the way from Louisiana (visit to New Orleans after Katrina and to Angola State Penitentiary) to Michigan (Detroit auto industry). Then, the great Mountain States, The Southwest and finally, The Pacific.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Fry in America May 20, 2009
Format:DVD
Anyone who is a fan of Stephen Fry will absolutely love his DVDs entitled Stephen Fry in America. In this TV series, which was first broadcast on the BBC in the UK, Stephen travels through all fifty states in America. He goes from New England, down South, to Florida, and then all the way up the Mississippi to the frozen North. On and on through all 50 states.

In England he drives a London taxi cab to maintain some anonymity, so that is what he uses in this BBC series to drive all over America. This particular London cab was hired in America, but it is still neat.

In May 2009 the two-DVD set is already being sold in England, but unfortunately it is not playable on an American format DVD player. The American format DVDs are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will be shipped on September 1, 2009. Since I lived in Europe for so many years I have a lot of European format DVDs, and I also own a couple of European type DVD players that I can watch this on. I bought my copy from Amazon.co.UK which they promptly shipped to me here in America.

I have been a fan of Stephen Fry's since the Jeeves and Wooster days, then Fry & Laurie. Kingdom was absolutely superb. I still miss seeing more of Kingdom.

This may be his best so far. Really. "Best" or most enjoyable is a value judgement, but for any fan of Stephen Fry I can assure you, you will treasure this series called Stephen Fry in America.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Vehicle For Stephen Fry July 13, 2010
Format:DVD
This couldn't be a more perfect vehicle for showcasing the talents of the multifaceted Stephen Fry. Fry is such a fascinating person in his own right that his playing fictional characters often deprives the audience of his best asset, his real self. That is on showcase here as Fry takes on a journey through the United States in a British taxicab. His choices for stopping points are all his own and showcase his own wide ranging interests. Unlike most documentary fare, this plays as if you are along on a personal odyssey with Stephen Fry and, as his friend, he is relating conversationally to you his thoughts and ideas about America as you travel to and around various points. His choices for stopping points are all as unique as himself. I wish Fry would do more of this kind of show rather than playing fictional characters such as Peter Kingdom and a PR man (as he did in another BBC series). He was best in fictional roles as Jeeves and Oscar Wilde but those kinds of parts come once in a blue moon. I can't recommend this show strongly enough.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience September 22, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I can't recommend this wonderful travel series through the US enough. What a fantastic and touching journey Mr Fry takes us on through one of the world's most exciting and interesring countries. His access to some truly amazing people and places is a joy to behold. Fantastic television that only a Brit of the talent of Stephen Fry could pull off. Come down to Australia now Stephen - have we got some stories for you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geography, history and wit tour de force February 4, 2011
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Cut to the chase: I use snippets of this in my U.S. history classes. Most high school students don't know geography in this way -- fishing for lobster off the coast of Maine, and then sitting down to eat it; making ice cream at Ben & Jerry's in Vermont; touring a coal mine in Appalachia; seeing numbers runners in New York City and casinos in New Jersey; local bluegrass in a small town high school gymnasium; the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee (you'll never again see such reverence from high school juniors); blues at Morgan Freeman's place south of Memphis (and following jazz and blues up the Mississippi to Buddy Guy's Legends Bar in Chicago -- the pre-2010 version, before the move); making cheese from sheep milk in Wisconsin; Hmong in Minneapolis; truck stops in Nebraska; Ten Turner's ranches and save-the-bison project in Montana . . . Students like it, they remember it better, and they ask smarter questions about other material we cover.

You won't see the Statue of Liberty. You won't see Old Faithful. You will see America, you'll smile, and you'll learn a lot.

Stephen Fry is a treasure by himself. His view of America will delight you sometimes, but make you think almost always. You could couple this film with John Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, and produce much smarter students. I'll wager they'd do better on state geography exams, too.

High school geography and history texts should be this interesting and fun. I recommend it for both history and geography courses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
Stephen Fry, a man so British that he's actually been used before as an example of a steriotypical Brit, tries to get the pulse of each individual American state (except Ohio,... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kratze
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this guy!!!
I caught this on TV one Saturday morning a few months ago & immediately started looking online to purchase it. I love this! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lacey99
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look at the 50 States.
This DVD is an excellent introduction to all 50 States of the Union.
Stephen Fry's look on America is fun & imformative & you can tell that his love of this country is genuine
Published 6 months ago by John S. Good
5.0 out of 5 stars This video was a treat
It was great fun to look at America through the eyes of an Englishman. I only wish Stephen Fry had had spent more time in each state or had included more footage in the program.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Kaiser
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 out of 6
This is a six-part series, one hour per episode, in which Stephen Fry visits every state in America, including Alaska and Hawaii. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John D. Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different aned informative
Steven Frye goes to many areas in the USA that a lot of tourists may miss or didn't know existed. Very interesting DVD.
Published 10 months ago by Judy Caffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
Stephen visits ALL 50 states but not all the usual tourist destinations. Unusual, insightful, very real. The London Cab is hilarious. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William Tallent
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting parts, but lacking overall
I was excited to see this documentary, but it did not live up to my expectations. I adore Stephen Fry and thought "Oh, this is going to be hilarious". It had funny moments, and Mr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Always nice to see us from the outside....
First off, some people may find his views offensive, and also I must point out that not all States are covered in the show. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Valdivielso
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful. Almost perfect.
As an American, and Stephen Fry fan, I was intrigued to find out what this series would be like. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tyler
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