Visions of Europe
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(Sep 20, 2011)
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VISIONS OF EUROPE/Acorn
See the wonders of Europe from a spectacular vantage point “Gorgeously filmed” —The Wall Street Journal
From one of the most popular series on public television, these stunning productions provide the ultimate in armchair travel. Shot in high-definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, even familiar sites take on a whole new dimension. Informative narratives and soundtracks of classical, popular, and traditional music complement the views.
Take an emotional visit to your family’s homeland, revisit favorite sites, or take the trip of a lifetime without leaving home—whatever your inspiration, you’ll never have a better view. Most programs include bonus footage not seen on public television and main program audio options (music and narration or music only).
INCLUDES THESE 12 PROGRAMS
Visions of Italy: Northern Style
Visions of Italy: Southern Style
Visions of Italy: Sicily
Visions of Italy: The Great Cities
Visions of France: Provence
Visions of France: The Riviera
Visions of Greece
Visions of Greece: Off the Beaten Path
Visions of Austria
Visions of the Great Cities of Europe
Visions of Germany: Bavaria
Visions of Germany: Along the Rhine
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The first thing, and to no one's fault but my own, is that a lot of these European cities look almost identical since I have never visited. I studied abroad in Italy, so many of the towns look familiar and were a delight to see from bird's eye view; but in other cases, it just felt like I was seeing the same five cities over and over again. One thing I wish they would have done was point out the monuments or location of the town they were flying over. If they simply told the viewers where the place was, we could start to find associations and make sense of what we are looking at. Oh well, at least the footage is beautiful.
Commentary is, for the most part, lacking. Though not always, narrations can be so devoid of substance that it acts as an annoyance more than a supplement. They will repeatedly point out "Hey! what a sunny, peaceful day!", "enjoy the wine here, it's good!". I see that other reviewers have stated that the commentary is sleep inducing and I agree, I can not finish any of the shows without falling asleep once.
Music. Possibly the worst part of this series. The selections themselves aren't bad, they are in fact quite authentic to the context that is being used. What's horrible is that the shows replay the same five tracks for 1-2 hours. Especially the French one I think. It plays the same 2-3 songs for the entirety of the show...and trust me, you will notice. This, combined with the monotonous commentary and cookie-cut towns, I felt like I was stuck in limbo.
All said and done, I do like the series. While there are many travel shows, there aren't many that focus just on aerial views, and in such high quality. I think once I have visited these locations, the episodes will be much more satisfying to watch.