Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World
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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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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.
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.
Having now looked him up on Youtube, I think he is a much, much better travel host than a comedian. The commentary is fun, enthusiastic, and clean. If you are unsure that a comedian whose standup routine is peppered with f-words, could present a program like this, have no fear. This series is not only a fascinating & educational look at some remote parts of Canada, it's fun and suitable for all ages. (Unfortunately some of his bad language creeps into the bonus feature, "Billy's Unseen Travelogue", which is otherwise entertaining, if a bit erratic.)
I hope he does more.
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.
Looking forward to Connolly's next one across Route 66.
Most recent customer reviews
Billy Connolly is once again in cracking form, loved this documentary as much as his Route 66 doc. I only wish now that I could buy his documentary's on Australia, and England,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by filly
Very entertaining and some great sights will purchase others in this seriesPublished 7 months ago by RayJay
Another great DVD to watch. Because I am a canadian, loved it.Published 9 months ago by Mary Nickerson
We really enjoyed Billy Connelly's DVD about his trip through the Northwest Passage. Of course, being from Scotland, we appreciated his humour. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah C Wood
If you enjoy Billy then you may like this DVD. I thought it was very hard to understand. He was quick at these places. It was not a journey to the end of the world for me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jennifer Inkpen