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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vice Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HKDE9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Treleaven on June 2, 2008
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Well... I'm never really let down with Vice, however this video left me with that feeling as though I was blue balled. Why? Well I thought it was going to be someone informative or show so actual stuff but the whole DVD came across as a fake. They get wasted and chat with people and nothing seems to add up. I mean getting drunk and going to places is fun and all but I felt this movie just didn't pack any punch.

vice... you have let me down with this one. Don't think I'll be purchasing another DVD from you in the near future but I will keep all your mags as they rule.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Reviewer on November 17, 2006
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Save your twenty bucks. While the idea behind this movie is good, the effort they put into it is lacking. They barely scratch the surface on any of their topics and don't get behind the stories they're covering. It would seem that they come up with a concept and then immediately jump on a plane to a far-off / dangerous place. They arrive knowing very little about the location, people, history or politics only to ask the locals stupid and uniformed questions and make broad quasi-political / social pronouncements that are often incorrect. Further, the people they talk to / interview are equally ignornant: "Who is Hezbollah?" - Spike Jonze. (?!) Wow.

The segments are too brief and superficial to give you any real sense of how 'dangerous' these places are. It feels like they did these things just for their trophy value ... standing still long enough to take a snapshot and then jumping on a plane back to NYC. Rather than cramming 8 segments into 90 minutes, they'd be better advised to spread these out into 30 - 40 minutes pieces each over multiple releases. I'm not looking for Frontline-type production on this, just something with a little more depth than "See what I did?".
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Angus on October 5, 2006
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I am continuously amazed that these people are still alive. After years of covering the stupidest and sometimes heavily dangerous topics in the magazine now they've moved onto video...Although the magazine is free this actually was a really great purchase. The DVD rules and the book that comes with it is excellent. The David Cross material is G-O-L-D-E-N.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Blain on November 25, 2006
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Was very excited to watch a bunch of short movies about traveling in dark and unaccessible parts of the world. Until I actually watch it .. took me not even 45 minutes, wich is a first disapointement. The research is very poor, the filming is done without consideration for the people watching, there's a critical lack of information and focus on every story... I'm telling you, go and watch a good documentary or read articles about those regions because you won't feel like you've learned anything after watching those 'movies'. To short, lack of research, lack of production continuity ! And believe me, I'm a fan of Vice magazine !

Don't spend your precious money on this.. you'll be seriously disappointed ! That's what I would have wanted to read before buying this dvd.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ginsu on November 6, 2006
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nice packaging and a nice idea arent enough to carry this half azzed rambling poorly produced unfocused underdeveloped poorly executed badly finished boring mess.

Vice's writing always had this weakness: they start with a good idea, and ramble until they run out of steam. If they do any more videos, I suggest they hire professional TV producers to come along. Some of the ideas are good and its disappointing to have them lame out halfway through the bit.

THis video is not gonzo its boring.
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I was surprised by the quality of this guide as I have previously purchased "The Vice guide to sex, drugs and rock & roll" and it was an awesome book.
This guide is composed by bad and short articles that lead to nowhere, I really don't think this is up to the quality I am used to from this guys.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neighboresse on November 19, 2007
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A cool idea but filled with short clips that don't really go anywhere. Save your money and watch it on youtube.
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By JW5130 on February 24, 2013
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This is a great dvd plus comes in a small book going a little deeper into each story. Pretty awesome stuff!!
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