Quest For the Bay Complete Series (3 disc set)
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As seen on PBS comes the complete DVD series of this thrilling "living history" series about eight "average people" (7 men and one women) who volunteer to relive an adventure. The epic 1200 kilometer journey by the Hudson's Bay Company fur traders of 1840s from Winnipeg, to the Hudson Bay. They undertake this grueling and difficult journey through the heart of the Canadian wilderness in a historically accurate York Boat (a hand made wooden boat 40 ft. x 8 ft.) with only period provisions. Rowing 12 to 14 hours a day, carrying 180 lb. packs, shooting the rapids, and covering over 1200 kilometers, the trip will take eight to twelve weeks. The journey is an exploration of the strength of the human spirit, and a return to the real experiences when empires battled for the the wealth of the new world.
This Three Disc set features all 5, 47 minute episodes of this acclaimed series. Episode 1 and 2 on Disc 1. With Episode 3 and Four on Disc 2 and Episode 5 (the final Episode) on Disc 3.
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Top customer reviews
This is not such drivel. This is a legitimate attempt to recreate a historical occurrence. True, these are modern people, not psychologically adapted to true wilderness; kinder, gentler, and far more "civilized" than the historical York boatmen. This gets them into trouble, but they are intelligent people who learn from the experience. None of them brings an excess of psychological baggage on the trip (unlike the production the same company did after this one.) Experienced wilderness travelers and hivernants will find the series entertaining, and may be grimly amused by some of the civilized mistakes the participants make.
The series is also a visual delight, and the background music is perfect.
One the positive side I thought the cinematography was wonderful, which was a real plus, as I never tire of seeing beautiful renderings of the pine forests and clear waters of the north country. I also enjoyed the stories of how the project came to be and the arduous preparations required. The portrayal of the welcome the group received at some of the settlements they passed early in the trip was really touching. It really underlined the historical significance of the trip and the pride the Canadians have in their history, which I loved to see.
Bottom line for me: This was an interesting, beautifully shot production which used more monologue than I would have liked to flesh out the story. I think anyone with an interest in canoeing, camping or exploration would find quite a bit to like here.