Beautiful Planet - Spain & Portugal - Blu-ray
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Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain and the city's Cathedral is the destination today, as it has been throughout history, of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Seville, capital of Andalusia is the artistic, historic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain which is also home to the Alc'zar royal palace which is one of the best remaining examples of Mud'jar architecture. Oporto, the second largest city of Portugal, situated on the bank of the Douro Oporto harbor provides insight into the diversity of its cultural and scientific sites in addition to the city's most popular export, port wine. The first Portugal capital city, Guimar'es, nicknamed the Cradle of the Nation is historically associated with the foundation and identity of the Portuguese nationality.
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Perhaps those of us who have seen a David Attenborough narrated BBC documentary have been spoiled (Life (David Attenborough-Narrated Version) [Blu-ray]). The production values that we appreciate in the Beeb's HD blu-ray offerings are completely absent here. While the camera work is a little more interesting and varied compared to "Blue Planet - France & Italy," the films failed to capture the stunning views and vistas that any visitor to either country knows, is waiting just around the corner.
The Spanish film smartly starts in Barcelona, but fails to reflect the vibrant and beautiful nature of the people, the food, and the incredibly unique architecture found throughout the city. The Portugal film starts in the northern city of Guimarães, which is historically important in the country's history. Because of the below par production values, and very average images, you will find yourself wondering why anyone would want to visit such a sleepy place.Read more ›
-If you're expecting anything like Rudy Maxa or Rick Steves, forget it.
-This is NOT HD. Looks like a converted VHS to DVD and then to Blu Ray...bad quality!!!
-The host is soooooo Boring!
-Mainly about architecture...nothing else.
-Waste of time. I could of slept those wasted time!
Thank goodness I didn't pay $15-20 for this junk!
Now I have never written a review in my life, for amazon, nor any site. Nor have I ever filled a survey out. The only reason I am writing this review is to let others know that it is just THAT bad. I wouldn't have paid .25 cents for it. Save your money!
Next is Portugal. The narrator of the tour of Portugal was a woman who seemed to be a native of the country who spoke excellent English. Unlike the Spanish tour, there was music in the background, but for some reason they ignored their most popular folk music, the Fado, which features a woman singing sad songs accompanied by a Spanish and Portugese guitar. I have hundreds of fados on my Itunes, which I convert to MP3s to play on my car stereo. Portugal has a long history, but the cities are not as beautiful as the Spanish cities.
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An excellent look at the sights and architecture of Spain and Portugal, while also learning info about each country's past. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Holt
I love these outdoors dvd's they are really good especially if you probably won't make it there kinda lets you feel like you are therePublished on June 27, 2013 by wonderer
Save you hard earned money, the cover is miss-leading, the content lingers on the same subject mater seems for ever.Published on December 6, 2012 by R. V. Ragucci
It's basically a visual tour of the architecture and some of the art of several cities in each country, dropping a lot of names without connecting them sufficiently to either... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by J. Hatcher