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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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A lot of folks have said some negative things about these two actors over preparing, complaining, and having things that most folks would not. First thing I learned when planning my trip around the world was, that when I reach “my comfort level” then I should take off and do my trip. Well, that comfort level is different for every single person. If you are ‘Rambo’ and want to tackle paperwork and fees at each border as you get there, by all means have at it. If you take five years to prepare paperwork, visas, finances, and have your wife follow you in a van, then you have found what makes you happy and you do your trip.
The point is, very few people go around the world. These two wanted to do it but had to figure out a way to finance the trip and so the idea of a TV show was born, as an afterthought. They spent most of the trip trying to get away from the support crew to enjoy the ride, getting a sociology lesson in person, and just growing up, growing smarter and growing character.
If you read the book, you finally get to see some of what they so vividly wrote about. It’s not a Hollywood movie; it’s just a simple account of some of what went on. Need to read the book to understand.
Ewan and Charley feel like my close friends by the end of the movie. And you like them. Great lads.
The flick has all the makings of a great movie. Adventure, Friendship, (even a hit of love) Scarey and definitely funny.
These two guys are so down to earth and real that you really feel their excitement and fear, you laugh with them and worry for them. They should consider themselves lucky to be such good friends as it's not an easy thing these days.
But they are good friends and you can feel it throughout the movie.
4 months of planning; 4 months of traveling. Meeting up with their support team only at borders and checkpoints, they relied on serendipity for finding places to stop for the night, places to sleep, food other than trail food. When something went wrong with a bike, they had to fix it. When they fell ill or were hurt, they persevered. Perhaps the most poignant of episodes is the Road of Bones in Sibera. Perhaps the funniest is the Kazakhstan Mafia (?). Watch it, and you'll see what I mean.
What makes this 10 episode show so engaging is that it shows 2 men (and their cameraman - who deliberately stayed off camera for almost the entire trip) in all the ups and downs of travel, hardship, friendship, illness, and fear. The editing is superb - there is no feeling of having something cut because it makes someone look bad, and no feeling that something is edited to create more edge. This is humanity.
Occasionally, I have been sorry to finish reading a book, because it was so good, I didn't want it to end. This is the first time I've felt this way about a TV series.