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Stephen Fry travels through each of America's states in his black London taxi to discover, in his own charismatic style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life. His journey across the vast country takes him to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, a brothel in Nevada, an Amish community in Wisconsin and the lava fields in Hawaii. He also goes hunting in New York State, sailing on an America's Cup yacht in Rhode Island, basket weaving with Navajo Indians and meets environmental activists in Oregon. Proud citizens show Stephen their country as he drives across the continent, uncovering the differences that make each state individual and the similarities that make America distinct.
Episodes: New World / Deep South / Mississippi / Mountains and Plains / True West / Pacific
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If I have a quibble, it's that this should have been at least four DVDs, not two. I realize it was made for British television, but I wish they would release this as an extended version. Covering almost all fifty states in two DVDs sometimes makes it feel rushed. I could have used a lot more coverage in some areas; Fry is extremely interesting to watch no matter what he is doing.
By the way, he wrote a companion book that I highly recommend; it's not a strict repeat of the documentary but rather goes into some additional details to what is covered in the documentary, and sometimes adds new stuff not even in the DVDs. It is worth buying both.
You can buy this in a format compatible with US DVD players.
I recommend this to anyone who likes Stephen Fry, or the type of travelogue he's presenting - it was relaxing and great fun.
He visits rodeos, Native American tribes, gets some home cooked soul food, and visits the famous "Mustang Ranch," goes swimming with the sharks, and ends up on top of a volcano, among other things. It's really entertaining and fascinating to watch as you'll discover things you never knew about America.
If you enjoy travel shows and want to learn more about the USA, I highly recommend this DVD set. It's 6-hours, split into three shows per DVD, so you can watch one show at a time. There aren't any special features unfortunately.
I would suggest it for anybody who loves history, culture, and the US of A!