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.