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Visions of New York City (2004)

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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: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00331RHG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A soaring view of the world’s most famous city

The legendary allure of New York has brought millions of dream seekers to the Empire City. From Wall Street to Washington Heights, down Fifth Avenue, through Central Park, over bridges, and across the grid, Visions of New York City celebrates the irresistible attraction of the magnificent metropolis in a breathtaking aerial tour.

High-definition, helicopter-mounted cameras capture all the striking juxtapositions of nature and progress, geometry and geography. Soar over the harbor from Lady Liberty’s perspective, view sparkling skyscrapers at night, and roam through famous neighborhoods from Little Italy to Chinatown, Harlem, and the Upper West Side. Informative narration, an evocative soundtrack, and stunning aerial and ground footage highlight the island’s iconic images, boundless energy, and enduring appeal.

Includes bonus footage not seen on public television

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
View ALL of NYC just like the area visable from atop the Empire State Building. This DVD is aerial footage done in high-definition from a helicopter mounted camera. There is plenty of amazing zooms to see up close, also. It was first filmed in 2004, so fairly current when released, even showing work being done at Ground Zero. Regular almost an hour feature was shown on PBS but the bonus footage (20 minutes) is unseen on public TV.

The content consists of much architecture, and the narrator gives interesting information (like a tour guide or 1st rate travelogue presenter) including historical items as the film runs. You never have to look at the narrator. He gives accounts of many buildings, bridges, Central Park, Bronx Zoo, Coney Island, Ground Zero (including seeing the only sculpture to survive), an extensive portion of night filming (the city never sleeps) & of course so much more. It's a packed hour. There are identifying captions for structures/locations displayed on the feature and the bonus segment.

No subtitles--but we did get the CC words to appear, just as good as subtitles.
Bonus footage includes music, as does the feature, which is a wide variety of style from Jazz to Classical; instrumental and some with vocal. The bonus segment does not have narration, but does include the structure captions and the music. It could be used as a CD music background while working around the house, the music is that good.

A significant DVD for architectural education, NYC history, and travel fans. The only thing missing is the city smells. On one visit, this reviewer camped outside the city and trained in for a full day of sightseeing. Nothing could be seen as well as this DVD does it. Plus we all noticed the smells.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to see NYC October 30, 2011
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In Sept - Oct 2011, my wife and I, spent some 10 days walking streets of Manhattan and enjoyed it very much. But the balloon view or helicopter view that you get to see in this DVD is fantastic. It is highly professional and extremely enjoyable. One can never see NYC like this on his own. We have been to most countries in the world and we do not hesitate to give 5 star to this DVD and the persons behind it. The quality of picture as well as direction of movies is absolutely top class. Do see before you go to NYC. Amit Shah (India)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 27, 2011
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I've always dreamed of flying over New York in a helicopter. Although that dream is yet to come true, this dvd is the closest thing so far. The night shots are incredible. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Apple March 15, 2011
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A worthy addition to the 'Vision' series, New York is captured beautifully in this aerial portrait. The only thing it lacks is more, more, more of New York City. New York City is more than Manhattan. The other four boroughs also need their time in the skies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to move to NYC! February 27, 2011
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This is a great view of a great city! I'm not sure when it was filmed, and a few things have changed since, but it really captured the "feel" and diversity of New York. I know I'll watch and enjoy it again and again, and with greater appreciation after each time I visit there from my home in San Francisco. If you haven't been to New York City, you've got to go -- ASAP! But watch this DVD first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good January 4, 2011
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After watching so many travel programs that get bogged down with so-called local color and interests, it was great to find one that just concentrates on showing you the city. I'll buy more of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be May 18, 2014
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I have all the Vision series and this is better than most. Good music, great photo's, very interesting, enjoyed watching
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any New Yorker or lover of New York City.
Narration + script + slow camera + overhead camera + "not a focus on tourism" = incredible, timeless piece on New York. The Guggenheim tip is worth the DVD alone.
Published 10 days ago by Shawn Chittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
Very good DVD. Lots of good information. The narration and music are good as well.
Published 13 days ago by Amanda J Potter
2.0 out of 5 stars Its nice if you just like to see the visual of ...
Its nice if you just like to see the visual of how beautiful New York is, but doesn't give you that much info about the people, history, etc.
Published 4 months ago by NP
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Classy travel video for NYC
I love this DVD. Reminds me of my time in the big City. Its slightly out of date now that the WTC is mostly finished but the reverence they display for the WTC rebuilding and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Crisco931
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps me to visualize New York I
As I am planning to visit New York and stay for one month, the DVD helps me to virtually fly over the places and buildings I want to visit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tatsumi Morizuka
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Apple: The Golden Apple.
Magnificent photography, particularly the views from the air day and especially at nightfall. I am a former resident of NYC now living in the upper midwest. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jerome H. Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a great series. I can not wait to go to new york as a result of this video. I will buy more.
Published 11 months ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
It was a very well shot panorama of New Yorks attractions and touristyness that's a must view if you have reservations about visiting the 'Big Apple'.
Published 14 months ago by cestus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Perfectly described! My girlfriend loves it. He's never bee to new York so I bought her this DVD so she could get a glimpse of NY
Published on January 5, 2012 by Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought the DVD instead of traveling to New York
Due to unwillingness of my girlfriend to host me and the expensive hotel charge at New York, I decided to give myself a treat by buying this DVD. Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Sunshine
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