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Visions of Germany (2004)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7UBVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Includs bonus footage not seen on public television

Editorial Reviews

Utilizing aerial shots and a soundtrack that includes folktunes as well as classical masterpieces by Beethoven, Wagner, and Strauss, Visions of Germany is a feast for the eyes and ears. Broken up onto two discs, one 79-minute segment tackles the bucolic sections of Germany along the Rhine, while the other (clocking in at 77 minutes) showcases Bavaria and southeastern Germany. The angles caught by the helicopter-mounted camera are impressive, though at times it would be nice to catch a street-level shot or two to shake things up. From the storybook-esque castles to the pristine gardens that rival any in England or Japan, the imagery in this travel documentary is stunning, lush, and often times breathtaking. Where the set fails is in the narration. While soft and calm, the speaker's voice is so devoid of any sort of expression that viewers may be better served watching the footage with the sound turned off. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

Two of Germany’s most scenic and historic regions unfold from a bird’s eye view

Experience the fairy tale beauty, natural wonders, and rich history of southern Germany. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, each tour is accompanied by a poetic narrative and evocative soundtrack of regional music, including works by native sons Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, and Johann Strauss.

Visions of Germany: Bavaria—Take a journey filled with royal intrigue, Alpine majesty, and charming villages where the past merges with the present. See the Mediterranean flair of the Bodensee, the "German Riviera"; the old walled city of Rothenburg; King Ludwig’s fanciful castles; snow-covered mountain resort towns; and more.

Visions of Germany: Along the Rhine—One of the world’s great rivers, the Rhine provides the perfect route to explore southwestern Germany, from Lake Constance to Cologne, with side trips to the Black Forest of legend and lore, the rich wine region, historic Bonn, the romantic string of castles like beads on a necklace at Koblenz, Heidelberg, and more.

Includes bonus footage not seen on public television.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying With The Valkyrie ~ A German Adventure 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.

Containing two program on two DVD discs, `Visions of Germany' is the fifth high altitude tour in the series following `Visions of ... Greece / Italy / England and France'. As with the previous four this '07 release whisks the audience away far above the maddening crowd to view Germany in all its incredible architectural and agricultural glory. Add to the visuals an robust German soundtrack and informative narration and your ready for departure!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
VISIONS OF GERMANY is all it can be for anyone wanting a special look at Germany, regardless of whether you have actually seen the country in person. Having never visited much of Bavaria this was an eye-opener and quite a pleasant visit using the helicopter vantage position provided in this wonderful DVD. It's taken me 2 1/2 years since the DVD release for me to discover this delightful film and narration of Germany.

I did see the Neuschwanstein Castle (the castle that inspired the Disney Magic Kingdom castle) in person several years ago. I remember the hard climb up the mountain and waiting for the tour. This DVD gives you a better view of the outside of the castle than you could ever get in person--unless you hire your own helicopter fly-over.

The Rhine trip also is much better seen from this DVD chopper trip than from a boat floating down the Rhine River. It is romantic and beautiful, if you get a sunny day, but you spend the entire trip wishing for an opportunity to stop and look closer, or at least wish you had brought a pair of binoculars. The "Visions of Germany Along the Rhine" DVD portion is better than being there...honest. To make it authentic, eat a brat and drink some suds while viewing.

If only that wonderful narrator's voice had been explaining the facts and history, and special notations along the way when we sat on the boat deck. Then I might have understood what I was seeing, and become educated to some of the wonders that the German country offers. Again, this DVD does a better job, thanks to that sleepy, soothing, pleasant alto voice of the DVD tour guide. It's a shame we never see her face.

The German music, used as background, is a mix of instrumental and vocal, plus classical to folk.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of Germany February 22, 2007
This is another excellent video in the "Visions" series where one sees the cities and the countryside from a helicopter. This series covers Bavaria and the Rhine. I look forward to more Visions of Germany covering the rest of the country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing: labels truncated August 23, 2009
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Love the shows for the beautiful aerial shots and wonderful background music. However, the Germany Bavaria DVD has the location titles at lower left cut off, e.g., instead of seeing the label "Bodensee", only "ensee" appears, and so on, for all the town names and sights. It's not a problem with our TV: we cycled through every possible viewing format (wide, zoom, wide zoom, full, etc) and none would allow for the complete labels to appear. It seems that when the DVD was made, the picture aspect ratio was made too narrow; the package indicates it's 16:9 widescreen but it sure doesn't appear to be. If we had known this before ordering, we probably would not have bought it, as part of the enjoyment is knowing what you're seeing. We rated it 2 stars instead of 0 because of the beautiful photography but in our opinion, the disk is defective. We haven't watched the Rhine disk yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for those who love Germany July 12, 2007
We bought Visions of Germany (2 DVD's) for my father-in-law as a Father's Day Gift. He loves anything to do with Germany and we were looking for something different that he would enjoy. He couldn't wait to watch them and he absolutely LOVED it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 13, 2007
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I first saw (and made a VHS tape of) this great traveloge during a local PBS pledge drive a couple of years ago.
Obviously, my original VHS tape quality cannot compare with this DVD version.
The photography is fantastic, and the aerial "bird's eye" view adds a whole new perspective to the many familiar sites that many of us have seen before either in person or through photos.
After viewing it I get the feeling that I should be raising my liter stein and saying, "ein prosit der gemutlichkeit."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A beautiful perspective on this area, fascinating to see the inside courtyards and up close of towers of many castles and views of the Alps and the Rhine. I am going back to So. Germany this spring and bring my twenty-somethings. Now I am changing my travel plans to include a visit to the Rhine, and different castles than I had planned. (I am now only interested in the outside views of Ludwigs more famous castles-----I want to see the INSIDE of the places Kings actually lived) The truly old places look so fascinating, and close up aerial shots of many places are fascinating. My father in law (from Germany) would have loved this set if he were alive now. Great present for former German residents! Exquisite photography, photographed in wonderful light and perfect time of year (seems like most shots were taken in the Spring/early Summer) They sould put together a video of the little towns and such that are around the main attractions there ....I remember the villages near the castles to be wonderful. And also the residents of Germany to be gracious. I cannot wait to go back!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Vision of Austria and Germany - a wonderful afternoon's viewing...
I love the Visions series. I especially like the Austria and German DVDs since I am personally familiar with both countries. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brigitte DeHart
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I have all the visions dvd's and since I've never been to Germany, this was fun to watch. Lots of interesting places to visit
Published 3 months ago by Jon Ohlgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of Germany
I had the opportunity to travel through Germany. I bought this video with
the intention of reliving and reviewing some of my travels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video
Great video for planning where you want to go on your next vacation to Germany or just enjoy the scenery!
Published 12 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Don't pay alot of money for this...but it is beautiful. It's soothing and calming.
Rather just make a donation to PBS.
Published 12 months ago by rmrich00
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing...
After being lucky enough to travel through Germany, I found myself really missing it once I returned stateside. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shanghaifanny
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !! 5 Stars!
Been there done that! but the memories are right there,when you see this again! Fantastic audio,female voice is soothing to tranqulize you to a trip of a lifetime ! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dan Suhoskey
5.0 out of 5 stars The supplement to my trip to my home country
I just love the music on the bavaria disc and the music on the along the rhein is great also. The scenery is fantastic. Overall I just love these two DVD discs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter Wittenberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Homeland
Germany from above is better, but I have not been able to find it in English. So this was 'in lieu' of, but I would prefer the other.
Published 21 months ago by Ruth G. Allenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Change
Most travel videos look pretty much the same. Not this one. I appreciated the low-key narration, the titles, and the long running time. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Nina Rochette
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