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Vice Guide to Travel (2006)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vice Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HKDE9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blue Balled June 2, 2008
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea. Terrible execution. November 17, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Vice Guide to Ridiculous October 5, 2006
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
2.0 out of 5 stars DONT November 6, 2006
By ginsu
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Vice guide to... what again ? November 25, 2006
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment November 19, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Vice February 24, 2013
By JW5130
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love vice November 27, 2012
By Angela
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
these arent full episodes which is annoying but Vice is always entertaining and the quality of the DVD was good. Comes with a book too
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars North Korea as you never seen before
Great episode on North Korea - very eye opening!! With what's going on today - it makes you feel a little uneasy on what's next for North Korea.
Published on January 15, 2012 by Joe94553
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor and boring guide
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. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Alvaro Chacon
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The North Korea one is pretty awesome because it's one of the only real documentaries which show an American getting into the country. The rest are pretty much worthless.
Published on January 1, 2011 by Poppy
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Guess what? The third world is filled with guns, drugs, and prostitution, all fueled by desperation. Who knew? Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by cxlxmx
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This was a cool DVD but it could have been much better. Some interesting parts, worth the money.
Published on February 1, 2010 by M. Prudhomme
3.0 out of 5 stars We Go So You Don't Have To
The Vice Guide to Travel is a unique compilation of short segments relating to Vice Magazines coverage of some of the most dangerous spots on earth. Read more
Published on June 5, 2009 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done bit of work
Contrary to a bunch of reviews posted already, I thought this was really well done. The scenes and shorts are *not* at all like what you see on the supposedly "imbedded" journalism... Read more
Published on July 20, 2008 by Old School Fool
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered in time
I gave this DVD to my 19 year old son. He really enjoyed it.
Published on January 18, 2007 by Roxanne M. Sztapka
1.0 out of 5 stars Wannabe Journalism
This DVD is lame. The idea is that they go to places serious journalists won't go and do things that serious journalist's won't do; they're somewhat right because serious... Read more
Published on December 26, 2006 by Kevin F. Pisarsky
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