Long Way Round
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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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Kazakhstan is a bit humorous as the pair is greeted with local police escorts and just about every town official along the route. Mongolia is fascinating as the duo encounter people living in the most barren places of the world. The route gets very tough in areas and will satisfy adventurers' and motorcyclists' appetites for challenging situations as Ewan and Charlie negotiate rivers, bogs and very rough roads on their heavily-laden motorcycles. The route becomes almost impossible in far eastern Russia when they ride the final leg to Magadan on the "Road of Bones;" a road manually constructed by prisoners. Interrupted by rivers swollen from winter run-off, the team resorts to assistance from hardy Russian truckers who travel the route--sort of a reality "Wages of Fear (1955 movie)."
Motorcyclists will enjoy this show as Ewan and Charlie each ride an R 1150 GS Adventure, BMW's famous large displacement dual-sport motorcycle. It's an interesting study to watch their preparations for the trip and the numerous problems--mechanical and environmental--they solve to get to New York. A fascinating event is their original choice to ride KTMs, which falls through after that company feels they'll be unsuccessful. BMW steps up to sponsor Ewan and Charlie, and leaves an interesting debate for brand fans to ponder how KTMs would have fared on this trip. BMW proves their quality as the bikes motor-on under excessive loads, extreme temperatures, deep water and numerous tumbles. I'm a KTM fan, but have to concede admiration for BMW and their decision to support McGregor and Boorman on such an arduous trek.
It's real life adventure, and things get fustrating, they get angry at times, and as such, the "F' word is used. I'm glad it wasn't "bleeped out" as it would have made the entire story very dull. Some others thought getting a planning committee, a dedicated building for planning and having support vehicles were all hollywood "big buck" creations. If it wasn't filmed (taped) like it was, the viewer would never have shared in their adventure. (Those who DV tape their own motorcycle adventures know all too well the effort it takes) They had money to support the trip, so sit back and take the journey with them. Just don't plan to watch it all at once. It's a long journey around the world and it takes time. Try a couple chapters at a sitting. During the trip, they go on detours to different unique places along the way, and this really breaks up the constant riding of bikes, therefore most adults will enjoy the trip.
My wife and I are both bikers and enjoyed it so much that we waited for our upcomming anniversary to watch the final two chapters. We just didn't want their adventure to end! We'll watch it again, it's a keeper.
We enjoyed it, and thought it was one of the best DVD's we ever purchased. I'd suspect you'll finish watching it thinking the same.
BTW there were comments from others about this dvd excluding the two final episodes. The three disk set has the two final episodes included on the third disk along with the added scenes and other stuff.
Well worth the price...
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.