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Visions of Britain and Ireland


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O7R76S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"The visuals--all from an aerial perspective--are stunning, a visual feast, and unabashedly romantic." --Chicago Tribune on Visions of Scotland

Some of the world’s most legendary cities, ancient sites, and verdant landscapes are captured from a stunning vantage point. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera and planned with precision for optimum lighting and angles, these programs offer the ultimate in armchair travel. Rich narrations and evocative regional music enhance the experience. Take an emotional trip to your family’s homeland, revisit favorite sights, or realize your dreams of discovering these storied lands for the first time--whatever your inspiration--you’ll never have a better view.

INCLUDES THESE PROGRAMS
England--Dover, Hadrian’s Wall, Big Ben, Stonehenge, Bath, Cheddar Gorge, Liverpool, and more
Scotland--Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Dundee, Loch Ness, Inverness, Isle of Mull, Glasgow, and more
Ireland--Galway, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, the Burren, Dublin, and more
Wales (new to DVD!)--Chepstow, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff, Swansea, Carew Castle, Pembroke, St. David’s, and more

With more than an hour of bonus footage not seen on public television

Customer Reviews

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Wales is 58 minutes with unseen "bonus footage."
Harold Wolf
Enjoyed watching these on PBS, definitely worth owning.
Doug B
Beautiful scenery, nice music and good commentary.
TH

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 25, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The only thing better than watching "VISIONS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND" is doing the isles in person. This is next best, for sure. I've been to all 4 countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales) and this set does a magnificent job of relating the beauty of the country, architecture, cities, and historical places. It offers a vantage point obtainable only from the air. Even if you've been there, you'll enjoy this film documentation.

Each of the 4 DVDs is narrated by a person with the local dialect, but well understood. Closed caption is available on the Ireland and Wales DVDs but not necessary, except for seeing some of the spelling of names and words. The voice of the person describing what you are seeing combined with the background music, which too, relates to the particular country being shown, adds to the soothing pleasure of this travelogue style documentary.

The only warning: Only after watching, this set might influence the budget. You will want to fly to Britain and see it for yourself. It's that enticing.

The product description is deceiving in that it falls short in revealing how very much this set covers in film. For example the England DVD Scene Index lists no less than 69 locations including Stonehenge, Dover, Bath, Harrods, & so much more. 75 minutes, including 19 minutes of "bonus footage" not seen on public television.

Scotland is 88 minutes including the "bonus footage."
Wales is 58 minutes with unseen "bonus footage."
Ireland, both Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland, is 75 minutes with the "bonus footage."

Planing a trip to Europe? Watch this prior to setting your itinerary.
Genealogy minded? See where your family originated, these DVDs cover many centuries.
Incapable of travel?
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The only thing better than watching "VISIONS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND" is doing the isles in person. This is next best, for sure. I've been to all 4 countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales) and this set does a magnificent job of relating the beauty of the country, architecture, cities, and historical places. It offers a vantage point obtainable only from the air. Even if you've been there, you'll enjoy this film documentation.

Each of the 4 DVDs is narrated by a person with the local dialect, but well understood. Closed caption is available on the Ireland and Wales DVDs but not necessary, except for seeing some of the spelling of names and words. The voice of the person describing what you are seeing combined with the background music, which too, relates to the particular country being shown, adds to the soothing pleasure of this travelogue style documentary.

The only warning: Only after watching, this set might influence the budget. You will want to fly to Britain and see it for yourself. It's that enticing.

The product description is deceiving in that it falls short in revealing how very much this set covers in film. For example the England DVD Scene Index lists no less than 69 locations including Stonehenge, Dover, Bath, Harrods, & so much more. 75 minutes, including 19 minutes of "bonus footage" not seen on public television.

Scotland is 88 minutes including the "bonus footage."
Wales is 58 minutes with unseen "bonus footage."
Ireland, both Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland, is 75 minutes with the "bonus footage."

Planing a trip to Europe? Watch this prior to setting your itinerary.
Genealogy minded? See where your family originated, these DVDs cover many centuries.
Incapable of travel?
Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zarathustra on August 26, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Visions of Britain and Ireland [Blu-ray]
The stars of this new blu-ray set are Ireland and Scotland. Ireland was lacking in the DVD version with a weak narration, poor music selection and a limited set of locations. The narration has been greatly improved, the music is great and many of the added locations have been photographed at street level to give a more balanced view. Five stars for the blu-ray Ireland. I had not seen the Scotland DVD, but this one is outstanding, with gorgeous shots of the countryside and excellent narration and music. Five stars.
England is fine, but it has too many shots of palaces and other buildings and not enough of the countryside. Four stars.
Wales has been added and is very well done, but since it is a very small country, the number of shots are limited. I spent several hours looking for the bonus shots of Wales, so I called Acorn Media and was told there are no bonus shots of Wales. The narration and music for Wales are excellent.
The major advantage of the blu-ray set, since the DVDs were mastered in HD, is the greater capacity of the blu-ray disc. All four countries fit on two disks. I'm looking forward to Greece (maybe Greece and Turkey) on blu-ray and France and Italy. I would like to see a Spain/Portugal set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AD on January 12, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The DVD is just wonderful, the photography is truly excellent and the accompanying audio is perfect. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in revisiting places from their childhood and or as my husband and I are doing as a substitute for being unable to go there because of our health.

We just sit and enjoy ourselves, and think ourselves lucky we could have this opportunity.... thank you AM
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