Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Collection 1
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Best selling author, culinary adventurer and self-proclaimed hedonist, Anthony Bourdain has carved out a distinct place as a gastronomic Indiana Jones. In this series --Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations -- his journey introduces viewers to people and places far beyond the realm of food. This 4-disc set Includes the the following episodes: "Paris & New Jersey," "Sicily & Las Vegas," "New Zealand & Malaysia" and "Iceland & Vietnam."
- 8 episodes on 4 discs
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This DVD set contains 4 disc with 2 episodes per disc. For this set, Bourdain got to visit his hometown of Jersey. Things get personal as he explores Jerseyite's complex with big-brother NY. In Paris, Bourdain ventures through a tombstone-cellar of skulls(and wine).
In Sicily, Bourdain gets to converse with an opinionated dwarf-like man who professes to know a lot about cinema(among other things). Las Vegas just plain ol' confuses Anthony as he see's a duplicate of NYC(along with Sammy Davis Jr). For New Zealand, Bourdain gives a lecture telling the crowd "cooking is like pornography".
In Malaysia, Bourdain does some slaughtering and is rewarded with a tattoo. During his Iceland trip, Anthony gets bullied by a bunch of horny muscle-heads eating some hearty soup. And finally, Vietnam. A place Bourdain describes as.."love at first sight".
A couple of bones to pick. First off this isn't a full season set, would've been nice if it were. Also there are no special features; no behind-the-scenes commentary from Bourdain, too bad. Otherwise this is a terrific set showcasing Bourdain's quirky and entertaining persona(overly sensitive people need not apply).
It is no surprise, then, that overall I give the material on this DVD set five stars, but have to take away a star for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious problem with this set is that it isn't complete, as has been noted by others. It would certainly have been better (even if it was somewhat pricier) if it was complete; likewise some extras (outtakes, commentary, etc.) would have been a welcome, though not strictly necessary, addition. I do have a cautionary tale about my set specifically: mine came without the Iceland and Vietnam DVD, which happen to be, in my opinion, the best two shows of the series. In its place I got an additional copy of the Sicily and Las Vegas DVD, which is the weakest of the four discs in my opinion. Fortunately I had bought the Vietnam and Iceland episodes as separate (and much more expensive) single show DVD's, but it is an annoyance nonetheless.
Without question this is my favorite travel show. I think Bourdain better than other hosts goes out of his way to unearth the fundamental nature of the places he visits (most notably in the excellent Malaysia episode) and truly values and respects the people he meets, despite his acerbic and sarcastic nature. While there are views where we differ, I know that Tony Bourdain and the "No Reservations" staff are fundamentally straight shooters who excel off the beaten path of cuisine and culture. While there are things I would obviously change about this set, it is an excellent value, and any reservations I have are in no way related to the actual content of these four DVD's.
I truly recommend this set with no reservations.
My only complaint with this package, is that it was used and marked "Denver Public Library".
No tourist garbage, real people and a look at what really exists.
He has the ability to laugh at himself and those people that hate him. I like the fact that he cusses, he drinks and will try almost anything. He also is not afraid to show genuine feeling when the situation is appropiate.
I purchased two volumes of his programs and will purchase the third in a few days when it becomes available.
I especially like his take on going bamboo! I have done that and will return soon to that life. Damn, he had that right!
Keep rockin Tony, you got it right.
Now, one year later, I wanted to see some of his shows again as I am interested in visiting some of the places he went, and as I am also a hunter for good local food and specialites, I decided to buy all his DVDs here on Amazon. And I have soooo much fun with them.
You see other views of a country, not the typical tourist paths. Food you wouldn't dare to touch or put it in your mouth - he does it for us. Great guy. Can't wait to go to Sicily and try that strange fried meat-parts hidden under a towel from these old men on the streets, too. Or the melon gelly with pistachios and dark chocolate bits.... Yummie!
These are short movies you can watch several times. They are fun, interesting, educational and like a nice trip to a foreign world in times you get "itchy feet" and wanna do at least some couchvacation....
Buy all at once, because you will like the first, and then you regret you have to pay extra postal service for the others.... ;-)
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