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Expedition Africa [Blu-ray]
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- All eight episodes
- Behind-the-scenes documentary: Expedition Africa: The Making of History
- Additional footage: Stanley and Livingstone, The Maasai, Wild Beasts, Disease and the Elements, Survival Strategies, Dangers of the Wild
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Many reviewers are hating upon Pasquale, yet fail to understand that it was his job to lead this expedition. He was the Navigator with all the experience and knowledge. Pasquale had to push everybody forward, including the porters. Each member of the party had a specialized job to do. One was the Survivalist, who had to know which foods to eat and which trees to avoid burning in a cooking fire. One was the Wildlife expert (Mireya) and the other was the Journalist (Kevin).
Yes, there was a lot of bickering, but what reality show doesn't have that? This expedition faced hunger, thirst, torrential rains, sickness and Malaria, personality clashes, whispers of mutiny, snakes, wildlife and a host of other dangers as they made their way across Africa. It's as near to the real thing as most of us will ever get. This is a DVD that we'll rewatch over and over for decades to come.
The concept is great, recreating Stanley's expedition to find Livingstone. But the reality show format gets old quick. There is too much time spent listening to the latest "drama," some of which appears to be made up or exaggerated.
I felt that of the four characters, Benedict and Kevin were weak. Kevin was billed as a seasoned war correspondent. He seemed way out of place and in over his head. So, the billing seems exaggerated. And Benedict just seemed to not be focused or engaged.
I also did not like that much of the journey was covered by car (to be able to cover the 970 mile journey in 30 days).
The travels across Tanzania were interesting enough to get me to finish the DVD. But I was left wanting much more.
Constant cutaways from the group to people being interviewed separately and complaining about each other. Very very VERY annoying! Then, the group footage got worse, and showed yet more stupid conflicts, and then yet more interviews and complaining. I'm guessing if a group really acted this way out in the wild, they'd all be dead pretty soon.
This film was, I thought, supposed to be important.. tracing the expedition to find Dr. Livingstone.. something that I think should have been treated with respect.
But just about all I saw was stupid reality tv drama, with poor editing and overly intense music. I could have done without any of the music. A good expedition program would not need ridiculous background music to be exciting. And, a bad show, like this one, is made even worse with dramatic music.
I'm used to PBS and BBC programs.. shows generally done right, not this garbage.
Very very disappointing. Good thing I got this from the library and didn't spend any money on it. Bad enough to waste my time. Would have been even worse if I'd wasted my money as well.
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I've watched this twice on the History channel and I loved it. I got tired of waiting for it to return to t.v., so I bought it. No regrets either!Published 3 months ago by Anne~1536
Wonderful product and great turnaround on purchase. Pleasure doing businessPublished 23 months ago by Derek Woods
I found this worldly band of explorers to be intriguing on many levels. The expedition was as astounding as that of Stanley.Published on January 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
If you're interested in history, then pass on this production, as there's very little of substance in it. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by J. L. Newman
I have to admit. I enjoyed the series when it was on the history channel and jumped on it when i saw it for $4.00 on Amazon. It is what it is. Nice scenes will lots of arguing. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Bradd
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