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Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: May 25 2010
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003B2C99O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,772 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 23 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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a wonderful view of Canada with a great laugh along the way. highly recommend this movie.
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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., visiting isolated communities, traveling on boats & planes & trucks and meeting lots of interesting people on the way. After the first 10 minutes, he'll make you wish you could pack a bag & take off on a road trip with him. It really is fun to watch: he bubbles over with delight at each new sight or experience. "Isn't this wonderful..." His cheer is contagious and he has an infections enthusiasm for the adventure. While "having a laugh", he also expresses a great respect for the land and people he visits. The vast panoramas of the Arctic draw expressions of wonder, and he raves about how nice the people are. There is some humour, and it all seems very genuine and spontaneous. The music is fun, and the photography is pretty good too. There are some terrific aerial sequences.
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.)
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Love it. Connolly brings such joy of life to his trip. He inspires others to follow.
I hope he does more.
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A good view with beautiful scenery presented in a personable way by Billy Connolly. Very interesting to see bits of the landscape most of us are unlikely to get to.
Looking forward to Connolly's next one across Route 66.
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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 interest level up. Connolly is a genuine and enjoyable man whose enthusiasm for his journey is infectious in both his encounters, and with the viewer. With 4 episodes it is not too long, and you can easily watch the entire thing on a lazy weekend afternoon. A terrific ride through parts of my country I will likely never see for myself. Highly reccommended.
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