Long Way Down & Long Way Round Complete Series - 6 Disc Set
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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman return for another unforgettable adventure this time riding the Long Way Down. Facing a brand new set of challenges the intrepid pair discover spectacular but unforgiving terrain, rich cultures and unforgettable local characters. They travel From John O Groats to Cape Town descending through Western Europe and Africa before arriving at the southern most tip of the continent. On their incredible journey their endurance, biking skills and friendship are tested to the limit. They are partnered along the way by friends and producer/directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin who were responsible for organizing the expedition and filming the documentary. This three disc special edition contains the entire extended 10 part TV series of Long Way Down with an additional two hours of episode footage. It also features new extras, including unseen and extended footage. 2 men, 4 wheels and 20,000 miles. Long Way Round is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Bonded by a unique friendship and love of motorbikes, Long Way Round documents the adventures of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their extraordinary journey around the world. From London to New York via Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, the U.S.A. and Canada, this two-disc set contains the entire TV series to Long Way Round as well as a number of extras including unseen and extended footage and exclusive interview with Ewan and Charley.
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I had read many reviews stating that the US version DVD was incomplete - only having 7 episodes instead of the full 10 episodes. I thought this double set had the full 10 episodes - NOPE!
Even though this double pack of both seasons has different cover art/photographs - don't be fooled - it is also incomplete.
I had initially watched this on N**tf**x & wanted to have my own copy to be able to share with friends & family. I don't understand why some box sets do this, but the US version stops at episode 7 - when there's actually 10 episodes. I had found the Canadian version that was compatible with US DVD players, but the seller I located through Canadian Amazon won't ship to the US. So, found a copy on Ebay & hoping that the picture of the back they posted & the research I have done will help me FINALLY land the entire season of LONG WAY ROUND!
Again, cannot stress this enough - LOVE the show, but the DVD set is incomplete & that is the ONLY reason I am rating at ONE STAR!
Their banter is totally off the cuff, and nothing (dialogue-wise) seems staged, and yet they both are hilarious! I had never hear of Charlie Boorman before this documentary, but take my word for it - he is extremely funny and totally lovable. It is refreshing to see Ewan McGregor outside of the spotlight...I always enjoy finding out that celebrities I admire have qualities that transcend the silver screen. You can see this by the way he cares for his wife and children, and his genuine love for the people he meets. Also he makes fun of Starwars fans, which doesn't surprise me and makes him even more relatable in my book.
My wife and I normally don't watch things with too much profanity in them, but I have to be honest the vulgarity is missing when Ewan and Charlie curse...we just end up chuckling. That said, parents should probably watch this before deciding whether it is suitable for their children.
My ONLY gripe with this set is that they have taken out parts that were originally included in the BBC episodes and used some of them for "extra footage". That said, at least the footage is included, and because of that I can't really complain too much. This is the reason for the star I knocked off, but to be honest it should be closer to half.
Overall, this is a great set. If you haven't seen any of this, trust me when I say that you will want both of them. The general concept is the same, but the experiences are totally different due to the diversity of cultures and scenery!
You will love the heart that these guys share for the open road and the people they meet by chance along the way. You will be jealous, I promise.
Long Way Down was my favorite though, because of the interesting people and places they encountered in Africa.
You won't be disappointed!
If you like these shows, then you have to watch "The Road to Dakar" about Charlie Boorman's attempt at one of the toughest cross country races in the world.