The Michael Palin Collection (New Europe / Around the World in 80 Days / Sahara / Hemingway Adventure / Great Railway Journeys / Himalaya / Pole to Pole / Full Circle)
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Michael Palin ex-Python turned intrepid explorer has explored nearly every inch of our extraordinary world. Michael and his team have embarked on many audacious journeys and none have gone off 100% as planned, each came with new hurdles and dilemmas. In his friendly, humorous and charming way, Michael has brought viewers unique cultures and rich, deep histories from some of the least explored regions of the world. Now all his adventures are together in one complete collection. Travel the world with Michael Palin!]]>
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The series sets are identical to the versions available separately, and can be somewhat divided into two types, with the earlier series being more focused on the process of getting from one place to another, and later series being somewhat more traditional travel documentaries as Palin explores a particular region. There are eight series in all:
"Around the World in Eighty Days" 7 episodes on 3 discs
This is the series that started it all (though not the earliest program in the collection), and the standard by which all subsequent series are measured. Palin sets out to approximate the famous journey in Jules Verne's novel, keeping strictly to surface transportation. Unfortunately, the timetable overwhelms the locations, and thus he rarely has time to even see where he is before making the next urgent connection. This is particularly notable near the end; the United States seems given a particularly perfunctory examination, crammed into the last episode with two ocean voyages and the last miles traveled to London. A highlight of the series is a slow journey across the Bay of Bengal on an ancient vessel called a dhow; many people consider it the best sequence in any of the series.Read more ›
I LOVE THESE. Rewatchability? Oh, hell yes! Just pop in one episode of POLE TO POLE or AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS and you will be hooked, and binge watching. Guaranteed! What an immense pleasure, Palling around with Michael Palin to the far corners of the earth.
Apparently the BBC didn't think Blu rays would increase the definition of the image based on their masters. I find it hard to believe that, but I am fine with this set. I had to search high and low all over Los Angeles back in the day to just RENT these. So to get them all in one shot is a gift!
*NOTE- His presumably LAST travelogue, BRAZIL, is not a part of this set.
Palin is a charming host, always humble, prepared to speak a few words of the local language, listen respectfully, and go for the laugh when that seems appropriate. Sometimes he'll ask tough questions in a friendly way, and he gets answers. There is very little controversy in these series. They're mainly fun, interesting for a bit of culture and local colour, some armchair adventure for the rest of us, seen through the eyes of someone we've known for many years. Sometimes I wish we could spend more time in certain locales or get more depth, but that's not what these are about. All of the journeys Palin has undertaken for the BBC are done with a time constraint, often with restrictions on modes of travel such as no airplanes. The point is to cover the distance and see the vast array of lands and people along a given route, from pole to pole or around the world in 80 days, or his trip around the Pacific.
The earlier series, such as Around the World in 80 Days, hold up well against the more recent shows, and the interviews with Michael Palin provide some background into how the shows were done, some of the challenges faced while filming, and even some personal crises along the way.
The wonderful thing about Michael Palin is his sheer delight in everything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael Palin is the best! I got the DVD set for my husband for Father's Day. We watched most of the series years and years ago on PBS. We love this series. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Retired and loving it
Michael Palin is my favorite travel TV show host. I've seen all of his travelogues in the past, and wanted the entire collection to watch at my leisure. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
I'm watching these in order from the first show (the one with him riding trains to his childhood home) and now I'm on Full Circle which is the only one I'd seen previously. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bobby Brady
Four stars for the collection. Wish I could have watched it all. I couldn't because there were defective / unplayable DVD's in the collection.
I didn't get what I paid for. Read more
Michael Palin's lighthearted approach to travel, even when difficult is delightful! The whole collection is wonderful!Published 5 months ago by Bernard D. Smothers
The shows are great but only 3 stars as the last disc, last episode on the "pole to pole" series is unplayable. All I got was a loud "whirring" sound. Read morePublished 6 months ago by faz
DVD collection was a great gift but at least one dvd was bad and since it was a gift not played till this last week and bad dvd discovered. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue V. Nordman