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Visions Of Ireland


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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: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116RCWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Includes bonus footage

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

From Galway to Dublin, savor spectacular scenery from the perspective of the faeries

Whether you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone or not, this stunning tour will help you reconnect with your heritage or simply revel in Ireland’s awe-inspiring beauty. A high-definition, helicopter-mounted camera provides views of the Emerald Isle from the soaring perspective of the faeries. Immerse yourself in legend and lore as you admire the natural wonders of Giant’s Causeway, the stark megalithic landscape of the Burren, and the windswept Cliffs of Moher. Feast your eyes on the "40 shades of green" in the rolling hills and the cerulean waters of the Antrim coast and Galway Bay. Explore the serene monastic remnants of Clonmacnoise and Glendalough as well as the vibrant, bustling cities of Dublin and Belfast. The engaging narration and evocative soundtrack of traditional jigs and reels and modern Celtic rock enhances the journey as this land of mythic history and modern revival unfolds before you.

Includes bonus footage not seen on public television.

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Visions of Ireland wastes no time with interviews or anything but glancing anecdotes about history; this is the pure eroticization of landscape, be it rural or urban. A camera suspended from a helicopter provides a serene, gliding bird's-eye view of rolling green hills, majestic brusk cliffs, proud stone towers, stirring cathedrals, and picturesque ruins. As this lush scenery rolls past, a woman's musical Irish lilt tells tales of St. Patrick, legendary giants, kings, monks, and of course the Blarney Stone, all backed with Irish jigs and Celtic strings. It's shameless self-promotion, and anyone who watches will feel an overwhelming urge to run to the computer and buy tickets for the next flight to the Emerald Isle. From the forbidding, isolated Skellig Islands to the bustling cities of Belfast and Dublin, Ireland looks entrancing. The main program is roughly an hour, but there's around 18 minutes of additional footage that is every bit as luscious and verdant, including some idyllic shots of sheep jumping over a low stone wall. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

This is a beautiful and breathtaking video .
Patrick M. Simmons
As with the previous journeys the audience is whisked away from the daily concerns of life on the ground to view Ireland in all its magnificent natural, rustic beauty.
Brian E. Erland
The scenery was beautiful and the music and narrative were just right.
mary helsel

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Beaker on June 3, 2008
This video, on one DVD, is similar in quality and subject matter to the several other excellent 'Visions of Europe' series of DVDs. The differences seem to be that the narrator talks more, and there are more street-level shots of quaint downtown areas and more ground level shots of the countryside. But it all works. This is a striking collection of views of Ireland, with appropriate music.

The narrator stresses the long-time "historical sadness" of Ireland, how it has boomed economically since peace has set in, and the beauty and varied history of Ireland. The video also shows a lot of new construction of buildings occurring in the larger cities.

The video has lots of views of picturesque small towns, farms and country homes, harbors, bays, rivers, old castles (some in good condition, some not), stone fences, stone monuments, stone huts, stone bridges, lighthouses, beaches, very rugged shortlines, very rugged islands, big cities and their wonderful old downtown streets, colleges, churches, cathdedrals, and ancient mounds and burial sites.

Altogether just as nice as a trip to Ireland, without the expense and trouble of a trip, and the likely chance of bad weather. My favorite scenes are: (1) Gardens at Mount Stewart (2) Sunbeams on the coast at Galway Bay (3) Island of Skelling Michael, and (4) Cliffs of Moher.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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.

Released in '08, `Visions of Ireland' is the seventh high altitude tour in the series following `Visions of ... Greece / Italy / England / France / Germany and Scotland.' As with the previous journeys the audience is whisked away from the daily concerns of life on the ground to view Ireland in all its magnificent natural, rustic beauty. Add to the visuals a haunting Celtic laden soundtrack and narration you'll soon think you're really there! By the way, do you happen to know the way to the nearest pub?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennise D. Hunting on April 5, 2008
I bought several copiesof this DVD for my family as a gift for St. Particks's Day. I told them I was giving them a trip to Ireland. I have been there two times and this DVD is a trip to Ireland.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irish Lass on February 18, 2009
Produced by WLIW New York. Executive Producer: Roy A. Hammond; Producer/Writer: Sam Toperoff; Aerial Director/Producer: Roy A. Hammond; Camera operator: Grant Bieman.

Underwriters: The O'Sullivan Children Foundation, Inc., Tourism Ireland, CIE Tours International, Inc. and [...]

VISIONS OF IRELAND showcases the land of saints and scholars like never before. A helicopter-mounted camera shares the vantage point of the Irish faeries of ancient lore for serene aerial views above the fog and mist, the remote Skellig Islands, the magnificent windswept Cliffs of Moher - and the perfect angle from which to kiss the Blarney Stone.

The "Emerald Isle" is a place where myth and legend coexist with a booming modern legacy of invigorated economic strength. VISIONS OF IRELAND reveals all its "forty shades of green" following an itinerary from Belfast to Galway to Dublin that explores timeless country glens, abundant fishing ports, the famous golf courses of counties Kerry and Cork, and more ­ all the way to Tipperary. Rich narration gives context for the stunning high definition aerial and ground views of this little island of grand historical significance, all set to a soundtrack that includes the fiddles and pipes of traditional jigs and reels and modern Celtic rock.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Fink on July 26, 2008
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Barely acceptable addition to this series with a distorted sense of geography. Several highlights ignored. Some pretty pictures, however. Select instead "Over Ireland" which is a five-star tour with excellent music and narration.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Lathan on November 16, 2008
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The shots taken from a helicopter or plane are really pretty. This was a good follow up to my visit to Ireland. Shows a lot of things I did not get to see in person. This is not a "travelog" and does not have a lot facts, information and voice over. No travel advice. But, it is visually beautiful and shows all areas of Ireland. I also got the disk on England and the one for Scotland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmrobert on April 9, 2008
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Excellent video. Background music not so load you can't hear the commentary. Makes us home-sick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine P. Zigman on July 14, 2008
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If you want a wonderful "armchair travel" visit to Ireland, this is one of best DVDs. It is an aerial view of Erin's Green Isle with beautiful filming of the countryside, from mountains and valleys to lakes, rivers, the awesome west coast with Cliffs of Moher (about 700-800 feet high!) and other wondrous sights. Small town life as well as city life are included. Having toured Ireland in early November 2007 I am especially smitten by this wide ranging filming of the diversity and incredible beauty of the country. A real treasure!
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