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Visions of Britain & Ireland

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Soar over this ancient land of legendary sites and lush landscapes.

Few places on earth have so long a cultural history and so much dramatic landscape compressed into so few square miles as Wales. Visions of Wales offers breathtaking aerial views of this castle-filled country of contradictions, from the southern tip at Cardiff to the summit of Mount Snowdon. From the vantage point of a helicopter-mounted camera, you'll soar over tranquil coastal towns set against bustling cities, farms and pastureland co-existing with the roaring sea, the haunting religious grandeur of Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey, the untouched natural beauty of the River Dee tidal pools-all shrouded in mist, never too far removed from either the coastline or the past.

Shot in high definition and set to traditional music, including the famed Welsh men's choruses, with informative narration about the region's history and culture, Visions of Wales introduces the treasures of Great Britain's western annex, including Chepstow Castle, Swansea, St. David's, and Conwy.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best souveneer after my trip I've ever found. July 22 2011
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
DVD: Aprrox 290 min. incl. bonus. dolby stereo. widescreen. colour. subtitles. 2 regular size blu rays in cardboard box. Real size saver over four seperate DVd's. "Includes more than an hour not seen on public television and main program audio options (music and narration or music only."

England: Dover, Hadrians wall, Big Ben in London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cheddar Gorge, Loverpool etc. Complaints about the DVD's narrator previously reviewed made me wait for this version. Narrator replaced w/ a single voice for all four and well modulated.

Scotland: Edinburgh, St. Andrew's the home of golf, Dundee, Loch Ness, Isle of Mull, Glasgow and more. Omits the islands w/ Scara Brae.

Ireland: Galway, Glenddalogh medieval ruins, Blarney castle, the Burren and Dublin in Eire; Giant's Causway, Belfast in Norhern Ireland, and more

Wales: Chepstow, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff, Swansea, Carew Castle, Pembroke, St. David's and more.

I prever the Visions set as a souveneer because it omits the travller tips like Rick Steves or Rudy Maxima. This series is prefect for a souveneer of your trip. The size is optimal for those of you w/ a large collection. It brings back memories better than post cards or film. Cheaper than buying DVd sets seperately. Shot in hi def from a helicopter. Clear narration and appropriate regional music. From the box: "Take an emotional trip to you family's homeland, refisit favorite sights, realize your dreams of discovering these storied lands for the first time -- whatever your inspiration -- you'll never have a better view.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING HIGH-DEF FOOTAGE PERFECT FOR BLU-RAY July 25 2009
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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? Here is dazzling, dramatic visualization of more of the British Isles than one person could visit in months of costly travel.
British book lovers will delight in SEEing locations described in novels.

Every travel agent should have these playing in their waiting room. Every library should offer this set to its users. Great for watching while on the treadmill--walk the skies of the British Isles.

When I compare the places I have visited; this set provides a better view than what I was able to see from the ground. Also available in REGULAR or NON-Blu-Ray option.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING AERIAL VISTAS AND DETAILED CLOSE-UPS MAKES THIS DVD GR. BRIT. TRIP A VALUE July 25 2009
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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? Here is dazzling, dramatic visualization of more of the British Isles than one person could visit in months of costly travel.
British book lovers will delight in SEEing locations described in novels.

Every travel agent should have these playing in their waiting room. Every library should offer this set to its users. Great for watching while on the treadmill--walk the skies of the British Isles.

When I compare the places I have visited; this set provides a better view than what I was able to see from the ground. Also available in Blu-Ray option.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement over the DVD versions Aug. 26 2009
By Zarathustra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Visions of Britain and Ireland [Blu-ray]
The stars of this new blu-ray set are Ireland and Scotland. Ireland was lacking in the DVD version with a weak narration, poor music selection and a limited set of locations. The narration has been greatly improved, the music is great and many of the added locations have been photographed at street level to give a more balanced view. Five stars for the blu-ray Ireland. I had not seen the Scotland DVD, but this one is outstanding, with gorgeous shots of the countryside and excellent narration and music. Five stars.
England is fine, but it has too many shots of palaces and other buildings and not enough of the countryside. Four stars.
Wales has been added and is very well done, but since it is a very small country, the number of shots are limited. I spent several hours looking for the bonus shots of Wales, so I called Acorn Media and was told there are no bonus shots of Wales. The narration and music for Wales are excellent.
The major advantage of the blu-ray set, since the DVDs were mastered in HD, is the greater capacity of the blu-ray disc. All four countries fit on two disks. I'm looking forward to Greece (maybe Greece and Turkey) on blu-ray and France and Italy. I would like to see a Spain/Portugal set.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more narration June 22 2011
By RKC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
So when I purchased this, I hadn't seen it on TV and with all the glowing reviews, I thought, it would a great purchase. I will admit that the visuals are stunning. The problem is the narration. There is very little of it. I would say that it is only narrated 25% of the time with 75% being music. The product description and the blu ray itself have the music only and narration as choices so I assumed the narration track would be extensive. It unfortunately wasn't. I'm not saying I wanted someone to be talking 100% of the time but there are more shots of sites, where nothing is said (only a title at the bottom telling you the name of the site) than sites that are narrated. There are some nice little facts thrown in every once in a while but not enough to really keep our attention. I felt like I needed to get on the internet to look up the sites, just to get an idea what we were seeing. We want to the UK for a family vacation one of these days and I can see this being a nice reminder once we had gone, seen (and learned) about the sites already. But there's no substance, it's just pretty. Maybe my expectations were too high. In the end my wife fell asleep about 1/2 into Britain. It felt more like a teaser or trailer...which is probably what it's meant to be...a teaser to get you to want to go to the UK.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VISIONS OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND Jan. 12 2014
By AD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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