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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 Collection, The (DVD)

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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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 2138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3LIQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By H. Nelson on April 18, 2009
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"The Michael Palin Collection" compiles together all of the travel series Palin has made over the past 20+ years. Previously best known as part of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Palin brings an easy wit and disarming everyman style to the programs, as he journeys through some of the most remarkable places on earth. What's particularly notable is how decidedly apolitical Palin's approach is; he simply meets ordinary people, most of whom do not seem to see him as any sort of celebrity, and has as many experiences as he can.

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.
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The PALIN TRAVELS are the BEST armchair traveling you will EVER do. Period. The GOLD STANDARD.
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!
Highest Recommendation.
*NOTE- His presumably LAST travelogue, BRAZIL, is not a part of this set.
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This is the way to go! Even though we already owned Michael Palin's "Himalaya" and "Around the World in 80 Days" individually, we always wanted the full set of his filmed adventure treks. I could have gone about buying the rest of his travel movies separately, but I needed them right away for a Christmas gift. This is a beautifully packaged boxed set, and the extras on the DVDs are interesting, intriguing, and enlightening, especially the newer Michael Palin interviews. I highly recommend this collection.
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If you're a Palin fan and don't have any DVDs of his, this is a no brainer. Mr. Palin has a special wit! Maybe it's my imagination but the DVDs seem to be a bit more positive than the companion books. It is uncanny that while I'm watching the DVDs or reading the books the country he's in will be in the news, albeit at a distant date. The DVDs are pristine as they can be given the source material.
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Michael Is Awesome! I had no issues with any of the DVDs and got weeks of entertainment binge watching this DVD set. I will definitely watch these again. It's a tough show to catch on TV, almost never airs on anything, never seen it on Amazon Prime or Netflix. If you enjoy Michael or his show, this is sort of one of those "Must Haves"
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I've loved Michael Palin since his Monty Python days, and I've enjoyed all of his travel series. This collection puts them all into one nicely boxed set. I hadn't seen New Europe, and I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting and colourful it was, which was his reaction as well.

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.
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