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Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World

4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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This series sees comedian Billy Connolly turn explorer, as he embarks on a rare and remote journey - attempted and failed by hundreds before him - through the treacherous Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

In Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World, Billy negotiates the much coveted passage inside the Arctic Circle which is choked with impenetrable ice for most of the year.

The fabled passage through the Arctic Ocean was sought after for five centuries as a commercial sea route and claimed hundreds of lives of those trying to discover a navigable way through, but now global warming means that for a few weeks in the summer the ice melts and gives Billy a chance to make an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime journey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Humour and Wonder July 23 2010
I've always found Billy Connolly to have an incredibly warm sense of humour, and that is on full display in this wonderful TV series. Thanks to global warming, the northwest passage is now open for several weeks in the summer. One can now travel along the northern coast of Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Connolly begins his journey in Halifax and travels north, and west. Along the way he sees sights that many of us will never have the chance to experience. It is all captured here on blu-ray, in gorgeous 1080p. Towering icebergs are as blue and detailed as you can imagine.

The isolation of these places is quite breathtaking. The real selling features of this series are the hi-def images. If you've ever romantisized about cold seas, towering icebergs, or glaciers without another human being in sight, then this disc will put you right there. It's just awesome to behold. However there is a dark undertone here, as global warming is always just beneath the surface of the beauty. By the time Billy finishes his journey in Vancouver, powerful images will be etched into your mind. Yet, this is not something to watch just once.

One of the charms of this series is that Billy genuinely seems to love people. Whether it's the humble Newfoundland fisherman, or the smiling faces of Inuit throat singers, Billy loves them all. Billy has no problem getting wet, or trying dishes that are foreign to his palette. He'll treat you to some folk music along the way, his banjo never far from his side. It is a joy to watch this film and learn about parts of our geography and culture that most of us are ignorant of. A lot of activity is crammed into each episode, meaning you'll likely take it off the shelf for another spin periodically, whenever you get romantic for the snow and ice of the north.

5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Current History of Northern Canada Feb. 18 2011
Starring Billy Connolly, I knew this had to be good. But it was better...it was excellent!

I am a 6th-generation Canadian, but I learned things about this country I didn't know before. Some of it made me laugh, some of it made me sad and some of it made me angry. Billy gets to the heart of it all by living and exploring like the native people he comes across. He shows us how life is lived in the North. He explains how it was explored and discovered.

The best of it all, is that Billy meets the locals and brings his charm and his wit to warm a story that would otherwise sound harsh and cold.

Travelling from the East coast, flying, hiking and sailing across the far North and ending at the West coast of what has to be the most beautiful country on the planet, Billy unearths the history, learns from the locals and entertains, providing hours of entertainment. The scenery is beyond spectacular!

Billy tells it like it is. It will make you laugh and it might make you cry, but in the end, you will be very glad you watched it and you will have learned something new about a very great nation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Journey Dec 11 2012
By Elaine
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This trip with Billy Connolly, is well worth the purchase.
I saw the show on TV, and made sure I purchased the DVD pack, so I could look at the journey
time and time again.
Also, is a great item to give as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Billy Aug. 11 2014
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Good old Billy. Makes a very very broad subject accessible and entertaining. You have to be in the right mood with enough time on your hands to join Billy on his trip but it's so worth it if you are interested in this kind of thing. Face it - most people won't follow in his footsteps, but those that do can only envy the man for the humour and awe he shows at just about every turn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD: Billy Connolly Feb. 5 2014
By linda
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Had to buy this, saw the series on TV and whatever he this is a real keeper. Connolly is funny and "real", enjoy whatever he does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Jan. 14 2014
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Great doc. Teaches you about your country and make you laugh.
Billy Connolly is funny as usual and entertaining as always.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Oct. 19 2013
By stella
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This such an entertaining and informative series...saw parts of Canada that I would have had the opportunity to travel too...Bought 3 copies...2 as gifts and one for us!! highly recomended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Journey Dec 6 2012
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I enjoyed the "trip" and his commentary. Great photography and scenery. Wonderful people. I would love to travel there myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Come with me; we'll have a laugh"
I had not heard of Billy Connolly before seeing this video. Beginning in Nova Scotia, he travels across the "top" of Canada through the Northwest Passage to B.C. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2011 by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and informative documentry
Billy Connolly gives us a funny and informative look at the northwest passage. from begining to end you can see the impact this trip made on his way of thinking and I would like to... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2011 by vaclem
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian North - Brilliantly!
Few personalities today are as engaging, and engaged, as Billy Connolly. He connects with everyone he meets, even when they have no idea what he is talking about, and they smile... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2011 by big.macm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipping!! Thanks!!
Product wasnt in stock right away but once it was, i recieved it is about 2 days. It was great!! Thank you!!
Published on Feb. 2 2011 by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Another side of Billy
A refreshingly different side of Mr Connolly. His warmth and love of people comes shinning through. He is genuinely interested in the land and its inhabitants and has a great... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2011 by Miss mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show about places I will likely never see.
My parents, fiance, and I all thoroughly enjoyed this show. The narrative was terrific, and filming was spectacular, and the pace kept the show moving forward so as to keep your... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2011 by zan19dre
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