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"A must-see" —The Times (U.K.)
“Fascinating” —The Guardian (U.K.)

Explore five of the globe’s most populous cities

"A terrific subject" —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

Sprawling, noisy, and often downright dangerous, the world’s megacities buzz with energy and innovation. Today, there are more than 20 metropolises with over 10 million inhabitants. Some of them are sleek, modern, and high-tech; others filled with slums and blighted by poverty; all of them fragile places constantly on the edge. Together they are the greatest shift in human civilization since the birth of agriculture—and man’s biggest and most dangerous social experiment yet.

BBC journalist Andrew Marr visits five megacities: one of the oldest (London, United Kingdom), the fastest growing (Dhaka, Bangladesh), the largest (Tokyo, Japan), among the most hazardous (Mexico City, Mexico), and one that considers itself the new world capital (Shanghai, China). Marr discovers how the cities’ structures define every aspect of their inhabitants’ daily lives, and how these great urban centers represent the human future of the planet.

Special Features

  • 12-page viewer’s guide with a timeline and articles on the growth of a megacity, the first cities, the made-to-order city, and more
  • Biography of Andrew Marr
  • Plus the most “livable” cities and discussion questions at athenalearning.com
BBC journalist Andrew Marr has presented numerous acclaimed documentaries, including the BAFTA-winning History of Modern Britain. Marr has also written for The Independent and The Economist and has penned several books on history and politics.

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Contains some violent content and graphic images

Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Marr
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Athena Learning
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083HXKHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 13, 2012
Tens of Millions are packing into the city. Is it an opportunity or a path to disaster? BBC journalist Andrew Marr (BAFTA winner) offers an educational look at five major megacities in different countries. He shows the good with the bad, he experiences the aspects of city life that the program identifies. He keeps a happy face on all sorts of encounters from slum living, garbage sorting, slow and high-speed travel, and even dining delicacies such as grasshoppers, but not in the London sewer he walks through. He makes learning fun. Marr helped me make up my mind about megacity living...I'm not even going to visit, but millions will.

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What is the balance between efficiency and community in the largest cities? Shanghai bursts as Tokyo becomes isolated. Dhaka slums are not much different than other cities. Mexico City, king of crime, was found friendly by presenter Marr, but in the end he loves his London.

This segment looks at protection of millions in a single city from all manner of dangers--both man-made and natural (i.e. earthquakes). Marr investigates many methods to make city life safe. What new disasters lurk around the next skyscraper?

Transport infrastructure is the life blood--the arteries of megacities. Even the original waterways of the big cities can get congested. Old ideas could become the new solution. The problems of city travel are topped by the problems of food and what to do with 10-30 million people's daily waste material. Marr digs deep into this trash trouble.

A well filmed, modern documentary of the fast-pace, color, people and lights of large cities that even youth may enjoy.
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I enjoyed the good points about this film. I was hoping for more documentary and less of the wandering around casual nonsense. Maybe most of the public will like that part better but I was hoping for a little more history and true political background content. I would like to have heard about the changes in living and working conditions over the decades.I could have done with much less of how clever it was to eat really gross stuff...like grasshoppers, and trying to sleep in filthy slums. I would have liked more information on how and why the building and changes in building happened. I would have liked to have known how their cities dealt with the changes in transportation, water works, sewage systems, electrification, how they coped with the modern world, etc. We did get to see the growth of those cities and the mindset of at least some of the population. It is a dvd worth watching but it really didnt have a great deal of depth to it. It was almost like the main character was just not able to concentrate on the information and details of what I think the reality should have been
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