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Visions of Britain and Ireland

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Editorial Reviews

"The visuals--all from an aerial perspective--are stunning, a visual feast, and unabashedly romantic." --Chicago Tribune on Visions of Scotland

Some of the world’s most legendary cities, ancient sites, and verdant landscapes are captured from a stunning vantage point. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera and planned with precision for optimum lighting and angles, these programs offer the ultimate in armchair travel. Rich narrations and evocative regional music enhance the experience. Take an emotional trip to your family’s homeland, revisit favorite sights, or realize your dreams of discovering these storied lands for the first time--whatever your inspiration--you’ll never have a better view.

INCLUDES THESE PROGRAMS
England--Dover, Hadrian’s Wall, Big Ben, Stonehenge, Bath, Cheddar Gorge, Liverpool, and more
Scotland--Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Dundee, Loch Ness, Inverness, Isle of Mull, Glasgow, and more
Ireland--Galway, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, the Burren, Dublin, and more
Wales (new to DVD!)--Chepstow, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff, Swansea, Carew Castle, Pembroke, St. David’s, and more

With more than an hour of bonus footage not seen on public television


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O7R76S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 25, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The only thing better than watching "VISIONS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND" is doing the isles in person. This is next best, for sure. I've been to all 4 countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales) and this set does a magnificent job of relating the beauty of the country, architecture, cities, and historical places. It offers a vantage point obtainable only from the air. Even if you've been there, you'll enjoy this film documentation.

Each of the 4 DVDs is narrated by a person with the local dialect, but well understood. Closed caption is available on the Ireland and Wales DVDs but not necessary, except for seeing some of the spelling of names and words. The voice of the person describing what you are seeing combined with the background music, which too, relates to the particular country being shown, adds to the soothing pleasure of this travelogue style documentary.

The only warning: Only after watching, this set might influence the budget. You will want to fly to Britain and see it for yourself. It's that enticing.

The product description is deceiving in that it falls short in revealing how very much this set covers in film. For example the England DVD Scene Index lists no less than 69 locations including Stonehenge, Dover, Bath, Harrods, & so much more. 75 minutes, including 19 minutes of "bonus footage" not seen on public television.

Scotland is 88 minutes including the "bonus footage."
Wales is 58 minutes with unseen "bonus footage."
Ireland, both Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland, is 75 minutes with the "bonus footage."

Planing a trip to Europe? Watch this prior to setting your itinerary.
Genealogy minded? See where your family originated, these DVDs cover many centuries.
Incapable of travel?
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The only thing better than watching "VISIONS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND" is doing the isles in person. This is next best, for sure. I've been to all 4 countries (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales) and this set does a magnificent job of relating the beauty of the country, architecture, cities, and historical places. It offers a vantage point obtainable only from the air. Even if you've been there, you'll enjoy this film documentation.

Each of the 4 DVDs is narrated by a person with the local dialect, but well understood. Closed caption is available on the Ireland and Wales DVDs but not necessary, except for seeing some of the spelling of names and words. The voice of the person describing what you are seeing combined with the background music, which too, relates to the particular country being shown, adds to the soothing pleasure of this travelogue style documentary.

The only warning: Only after watching, this set might influence the budget. You will want to fly to Britain and see it for yourself. It's that enticing.

The product description is deceiving in that it falls short in revealing how very much this set covers in film. For example the England DVD Scene Index lists no less than 69 locations including Stonehenge, Dover, Bath, Harrods, & so much more. 75 minutes, including 19 minutes of "bonus footage" not seen on public television.

Scotland is 88 minutes including the "bonus footage."
Wales is 58 minutes with unseen "bonus footage."
Ireland, both Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland, is 75 minutes with the "bonus footage."

Planing a trip to Europe? Watch this prior to setting your itinerary.
Genealogy minded? See where your family originated, these DVDs cover many centuries.
Incapable of travel?
Read more ›
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The DVD is just wonderful, the photography is truly excellent and the accompanying audio is perfect. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in revisiting places from their childhood and or as my husband and I are doing as a substitute for being unable to go there because of our health.

We just sit and enjoy ourselves, and think ourselves lucky we could have this opportunity.... thank you AM
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This set is beautifully filmed and narrated. The music is excellent and unobtrusive, and the transfer is clear and crisp.
But the scenery! Absolutely beautiful. No video can do justice to the beauty of the Irish countryside, but this one comes darned close!
This is available on DVD, but don't do it. Get the BluRay. This is one of those disks that will absolutely justify the extra expense.

I always try to find the negatives in my reviews just to give balance but the only one I can come up with on this is that the narration is a bit outdated. They still tout the "Celtic Tiger" economy for example. But that is the worst I can say about this.
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Very sharp aerial views of both Great Britain and Ireland. Strangely I found aerial view of Britain not as entertaining as Ireland one. I don't know if its the weather or how the video was edited but Great Britain aerial shots were so-so for me. Conversely, I really enjoyed the Ireland aerial videos.

I wish this company will do aerial videos aside from Europe.
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These aerial tours are simply gorgeous. The BluRay quality is first rate and you see the countries in a way the on-the-ground visitor never could. I am always amazed at how close the helicopter seems to the scene but how infrequently people on the ground react. Sometimes the limited narration seems a bit over-the-top, but you have the option of turning it off, leaving only the music. The whole series is well worth having.
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