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Spectacular views from bustling Edinburgh to the wild, windswept Highlands

See bonny Scotland as you never could, even on the most lavish tour. Thanks to a high-definition, helicopter-mounted camera, you soar effortlessly over Scotland’s historic cities, tranquil villages, rugged highlands, and steel-blue lakes. See the country’s legendary landmarks—the dizzying heights of Edinburgh’s Castle Rock, immaculate greens of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, mysterious glacial waters of Loch Ness, and many more—from a unique aerial perspective. Chase wild deer across green hills splashed with yellow gorse. Swoop down on coastal villages so close that you can almost taste the sweet, smoky salmon. With a poetic narration and a soundtrack of authentic regional music, Visions of Scotland opens your eyes, ears, and heart to this legendary land.

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Taking the concept of Visions of England and moving it north, Visions of Scotland is a treat for fans of the country or anyone who loves spectacular scenery. The gently gliding aerial footage (shot from a helicopter) captures the rolling hills and classic architecture of the Scots, traveling from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St. Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club, to Perth, the northern Lochs (including Loch Ness, of course, and its famous ruins of Urquhart Castle), Duart Castle, McCaig’s Towers, and many other points. The sights range from the sublime (a lone bird soaring over the highlands) to the mundane (the Friday commute in Glasgow). Narration provides brief and helpful descriptions of the locations plus small dabs of history, such as John Knox, Robert the Bruce, and William Wallace. The music is pleasant, both classical and regional (though the bagpipes sound slightly electronic), and what else besides the famous folk song could accompany the sight of Loch Lomond? In addition to the hourlong main program, there’s 25 minutes of narrator-less bonus footage, including the charming sight of tiny sheep scampering across the Isle of Kerrera. --David Horiuchi

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  • Includes bonus footage not seen on public television

Product Details

  • Directors: Sam Toperoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVKZV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stone on July 27, 2007
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This is a beautiful flyover with good narration and a lovely score, so the missing star is for what's left out. Of course, no tour of Scotland could include everything (I spent two years of my life there, and there is much I missed), but I was so disappointed when it ended without a look at so many of Scotland's most famous places. Yes, Stirling and Edinburgh were there, and Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and a brief glimpse of Inverness... We see Bannockburn, but not Culloden. The Isle of Mull, but not Iona. Nothing of Glencoe. And nothing of the Isle of Skye, the most famous of all Scottish islands and arguably the most beautiful. Nor do we reach the far north, so there is nothing of Orkney or Shetland. Perhaps there were rules about flying over St. Andrews, so we see the cathedral ruins at one end and the golf course at the other, but absolutely nothing of the jewel of an ancient cathedral town that lies in between.... The other enormous omission is the lack of identification (on either credits or liner notes, which were absent altogether) of the many beautiful songs underlying the narrative. These were well-chosen, in a variety of styles, and remarkably un-cliched, so that we had choral works, folk songs, classical and contemporary, well representing the range of Scotland's culture, but I'd have loved to know the names, the artists and possibly what CDs might contain them. For a Scotophile and a music lover, this is a serious omission. I can only hope there is a Visions of Scotland, Part II, that lets us see the Scotland we missed - and maybe a companion CD, or at least a link to the artists whose music provided so much beauty and atmosphere.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Fink on August 13, 2007
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Although the islands are ignored, the crisp photography, narrator with a pleasant burr and fine music make this an exceptional entry in the "Visions of" collection. Almost equal to "Over Ireland," still the best of the fly-by films.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fred on November 23, 2010
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Although stunningly beautiful in a number of places, the videographer spent an odd extra amount of time filming bizarre things like a ship passing under a bridge, the same ship passing under other bridges, and the same ship passing under by under the helicopter. Was the "The Ship" video? In other areas, the videographer seems to delight in filming their landing and airport flyovers. Not exactly what I wanted to see in a video about Scotland. Numerous clips were used repeatedly (yeah, saw that, yep saw that already... etc) and instead of filming the countryside or town, the videographer focuses on one specific spot in a town (a tall castle, or one hill peak) so you don't get the see the rest of the town or hillside. Narration, when it exists at all, seems to be a complete after thought and is incomplete, boring, and tedious. This is not what I would call a quality product and given the price, it's a definite NOT RECOMMENDED review from me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Sherwood on February 24, 2008
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This was so beautiful, but I would have loved it to be much longer!!! Couldn't get enough of that lovely country.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 14, 2008
Much like most of you out there I first became acquainted with the `Vision Series' of aerial travelogue features on PBS television. Whenever I came upon one while channel surfing I'd immediately put the remote down and sit back and relax. It wasn't long before I decided these programs were something I'd never tire of watching and needed to be added to my private DVD collection.

Released in '07, `Visions of Scotland' is the sixth high altitude tour in the series following `Visions of ... Greece / Italy / England / France and Germany'. As with the previous journeys the audience is whisked away far above the maddening crowd and daily concerns of life on the ground to view Scotland in all its magnificent natural beauty. Add to the visuals an haunting Celtic and regional soundtrack and soothing narration you'll begin to think you're really there!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Winegeart on February 17, 2009
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I was trying to find something similar to Epcott's video VISIONS OF FRANCE, which was absolutely breathtaking. This does it. Filmed form a helicopter with a panoramic view, this series will take your breath away. As a Professor, I use the series to get students excited about study abroad in Europe. Mission accomplished. College kids are a tough audience. This will appeal to young and old alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ahlam Oun on October 4, 2008
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an amazing combination of authentic music, poetry, literature and spectacular scenery.
And the narrator is so graceful in describing; the writing is really really good!

What i loved most about it, its been videoed from the helicopter.
which gives you a VERY clear idea on how the country looks like.

Instead of some travel DVDs they show you only the good angle of the country, in Visions of Scotland, you see it ALL untouched beauty!

The names suits it too, its not a travel guide so you will not find traveling tips.

LOVED IT ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie B. on October 25, 2008
Like all the other videos in this series, you get a view from a helicoptor of all the major tourist sights in the specified country, in this case, Scotland. Most of us have not flown in a helicoptor over a country. So we all get a view that we cannot get from a walking or driving tour. It's well-done. I received it as a Christmas gift and was not disappointed. I've watched it several times and will watch it many more times in the future.
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