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On the Waterways

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Narrated by Academy Award © winning actor JASON ROBARDS

For three years, the Driftwood, a 60-foot motor yacht, and its modern-day band of explorers traveled along 25,000 miles of North American waterways rediscovering the sites and sounds of a continent that has fascinated and challenged adventurers for hundreds of years. Join the crew of sailors and young filmmakers in this 13-part series as they sample the substance, the spirit and the extraordinary stories of people who live along rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

Includes the entire 13-part series:

The North Atlantic
The Western Gulf Coast
Florida
The Upper Mississippi
The South Atlantic
Lake Superior
The Hudson River & The Erie Canal
The Ohio
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
Lake Michigan & The Illinois River
The Lower Mississippi
The Eastern Great Lakes
The Mid-Atlantic


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OZ2CSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By G K Baker on September 1, 2007
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"On the Waterways" is a beautifully photographed series. It is also a journey into the realm of small, human stories. The filmmakers were young and took the time to talk to the people who lived along the shores of the places they visited. The stories they tell and the way they are told are not flashy. All of the episodes move along at a brisk pace, but at the same time it feels as though time has slowed down long enough for the viewer to enjoy the ride. This series is almost twenty years old, so there are probably a lot of things that have changed. However, this does not change the charm and the beauty of the scenes. It's a bit like looking at old photographs of a favorite vacation.
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This is a great partial recap of the voyage made on the boat Driftwood. I don't understand why the documentary skipped such large sections of their journey in the documentary. It is as though the focus was on those who paid to be included.
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I enjoyed this 13 hour PBS series so much that after checking it out at my public library, I had to order my own set. Plus I ordered a set for my 88 year old parents who now sing its praises. I told them I was sending them "on a cruise"-- Sure beats watching the usual TV garbage. It is beautifully stimulating and educational. Although it was filmed in the early '90's, it remains pertinent with its issues of pollution along our rivers, lakes and coastal waters. I think it took them 3 years of filming to travel thousands of miles on the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, the Hudson River and Erie Canal, the Ohio, the North Atlantic, the Gulf Coast et al. Nice that it is in 1 hour programs. You can watch as little or as much as you want, and replay just your favorite segments.
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This was originally a PBS series narrated by Jason Robards. As the title indicates it takes place on the interior waterways of Canada and the USA... from the head of the St Lawrence Seaway in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. I loved the series on PBS and loved having the opportunity to watch it again.
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I thoroughly enjoyed watching these videos but between the video quality from the 80's and the definite 80's style of everyone involved it's hard to forget these vids are over 20years old. Still enjoyable though!
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This set is everything the others have said about it, well photographed, well edited, well narrated, etc., so rather than go over the good parts again, here is what I don't like about the set:

Order. Instead of starting at one point (say New England) and making a loop around the area to be covered, the chapters seem randomly placed on the discs. That is to say, if you want to watch a given area (say the US East Coast), you have to keep changing discs.

Intros: The same intro appears in each chapter. The explanation of the reason for the project, the selection of crew, etc. Same for the ending and credits. Once is enough. I made good use of the fast forward button.

Agenda: I am a boater so I bought the set to watch the boating and cruising. Much of the series focuses on complaints about development and individuals who have political agendas. And subjects not related to cruising or boating.

It's worth the price and I've watched most of it (what I didn't skip over), but unlike my other waterway DVDs, I doubt I will watch it more than once.
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We saw this years ago when living in Vermont and fell in love with the series. Now 13 years later it's still as enjoyable to watch as it was then. If you want to get a fell for the places and people who live along our countries waterways, this is the DVD for you.
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Great series provides insight to history of the waterways that helped build the United States, many of the places are unknown to people who grew up in the Western United States such as myself so it was a fresh insight. Although the documentary does seem slow in places.
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