Best of Europe: France (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Rudy Maxa, the most trusted name in travel, goes beyond the guidebooks to share his authoritative "tips, trips and secret places." Now, Europe looks even better in spectacular Blu-ray. The world's most popular destinations, hidden treasures and off-the-beaten path surprises pop off the screen in spectacular high definition, making these discs a must-own collectible for millions of travel buffs. The first three discs in this collection make up the first travel series photographed in high definition. Rudy, one of America's foremost travel experts, is seen on more than 300 PBS stations every week, is the popular voice of The Savvy Traveler as heard on NPR, and is the contributing editor of National Geographic's Traveler magazine.
Program 1: Paris - Discover the real Paris, city of style, art, and pastries! You will visit the Eiffel Tower, take in the stunning masterworks housed in the Louvre, and visit intimate neighborhoods such as the bohemian Latin Quarter and artistic Montmartre.
Program 2: Provence - Explore the villages, country-sides and cities of Provence. On the itinerary are driving tours of the Alpilles and Luberon regions, visits to the delightful cities of Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, and a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis.
Program 3: French Riviera - Rudy knows all the hot spots along the Mediterranean's famous Cote d'Azur, and you will, too. Visit the beaches and superb modern art museums of Nice. Then it's on to wealthy Monaco, glamorous Cannes, and stylish St. Tropez. Your Riviera adventure concludes with a trip to Grasse to make your own perfume, and a magnificent medieval hill town.
Program 4: France's Normandy - Enchanting villages, stunning abbeys and sparkling seaports beckon. You will visit Giverny's museums, where Impressionism was born, honor the soldiers who fought on Normandy's beaches on D-day, and marvel at the awe inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel.
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Fantastic transfer on the France disc- rich bold colors, excellent detail, didn't notice a trace of video noise or artifacting. Note- the Amazon description lists this series (France, Italy, England) as being in 1:33 aspect ratio- they are NOT! Full 16x9/- glorious!
If you love the Maxa series/and or France, you will love this disc- an absolute no-brainer.
5 stars- highly recommended!
If you are buying this (notably) inexpensive feature in hopes of luxurious, stunning footage of French architecture, historical sites and beautiful countryside in 1080p... (like "Planet Earth" quality shots) take my advice and pass.
The pacing is rushed & the vast majority of the camera shots (which move along too fast for this type of feature) show unremarkable views and locations. No slow pans... no long establishing shots... few aerial views... The voice-over narration falls short as well. While he names the buildings/locations and sometimes offers a brief factoid, it fails to intrigue the listener, and only aids in the footage feeling "rushed through".
You can mute the audio, sure, but beware, your host will appear on-camera numerous times (in 1080p!) in stand-ups (that's what they call 'em in the biz) that seem to be the ONLY shots that drag on too long. Insult to injury, mon ami.
Not only would I recommend avoiding this one in the series, but ALL in this series, as I can't imagine it being any better for other locations/countries.
If you purchase it:
-The cover looks great!
-It didn't cost a ton!
-You can donate it to your local library!
-It gets 4-5 star reviews from other people!
-It's really bad
-$12 is still $12