WARNING! The VICE Guide To Travel contains nudity, guns, drugs, cussing, and assorted other heaviness. If you are easily offended, put this DVD down and walk away now.
The VICE GUIDE TO TRAVEL is the first installment in our new DVD series. We'll be doing these four times each year according to a different theme. It's a lot like Vice Magazine, except it moves. For this first one we dispatched correspondents all over the world to vist the planet's weirdest and most dangerous places. We went to such farflung locales as the Pygmy villages in the Congo, the radioactive ruins of Chernobyl, and the illegal arms markets of Pakistan. We looked for mythical beasts, met the PLO boy scouts (suicide bombers of tomorrow), chatted with a man who sold black market nuclear warheads and hung out with Osama bin Laden, and got shot at in the slums of Rio. This is travel at its most bizarre, equal parts LSD and adrenaline, and sometimes we can't believe we made it back.
In keeping with Vice's
trademark irreverent, sassy style, Vice Guide to Travel
is the first installment of a quarterly DVD magazine. This first "issue" contains six short travel documentaries that screen like satirical Vice
magazine articles, replete with cool soundtracks and starring studs like Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. The series' modus operandi entails Vice
co-founder Shane Smith voluntarily tossing himself and his co-hosts into life-threatening situations. In episode one, Smith shows Jonze footage of Palestine, where he went to investigate the PLO Boy Scouts of Beirut. Scenes of children singing war songs and wielding guns scare both of them until the segment ends on their declarations that the world is totally f***ed up. Most episodes hone Vice's
weapon fetish. A visit to Bulgaria to buy black market bombs is eerily easy. Suroosh Alvi travels to the Khyber Pass region in Pakistan where one can buy homemade or vintage guns and fire machine guns off the roofs of city buildings. Other episodes lean towards the tragically bizarre. In Chernobyl, Smith hunts elusive mutant animals. In Paraguay, the host searches for an Aryan colony called Nueva Germania, where ex-Nazis supposedly live. Opposite the average motivational travel show, this DVD reinforces our fears of traveling to certain countries. To what end? At one point, Shane Smith asks, Why don't we know about this? Vice Guide to Travel
is an exposé not only of what goes on behind closed doors, but also a statement against American media for covering these dangers up. --Trinie Dalton