Expedition: Africa [Blu-ray]
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From Executive Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) Expedition Africa takes viewers on an adventure of epic proportions as four renowned explorers attempt to follow the historic journey of Henry Morton Stanley and his search for the “lost” Dr. David Livingstone in the heart of Africa. HISTORY™ is bringing this adventure back to life in the 21st century. The twist? These modern-day explorers will have to complete the mission with only a compass, maps and Stanley’s journals from the original undertaking. Can these modern-day adventurers survive the harsh and unforgiving African environment and succeed with nothing more than tools from the past? The explorers face dehydration, deadly animals, disease and each other, knowing that any step could be their last.
This 2-disc set includes all eight heart-pounding episodes of the phenomenal adventure series, presented in stunning high definition Blu-ray for the ultimate immersive experience.
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Constant cutaways from the group to people being interviewed separately and complaining about each other. Very very VERY annoying! Then, the group footage got worse, and showed yet more stupid conflicts, and then yet more interviews and complaining. I'm guessing if a group really acted this way out in the wild, they'd all be dead pretty soon.
This film was, I thought, supposed to be important.. tracing the expedition to find Dr. Livingstone.. something that I think should have been treated with respect.
But just about all I saw was stupid reality tv drama, with poor editing and overly intense music. I could have done without any of the music. A good expedition program would not need ridiculous background music to be exciting. And, a bad show, like this one, is made even worse with dramatic music.
I'm used to PBS and BBC programs.. shows generally done right, not this garbage.
Very very disappointing. Good thing I got this from the library and didn't spend any money on it. Bad enough to waste my time. Would have been even worse if I'd wasted my money as well.
The Good: This is Benedict Allen, writer, filmmaker, and "survivalist." Dependable, affable, steady, Allen is the sort of man that once kept the sun from setting on the British Empire.
The Bad: Well, not bad, really, just inexperienced. Kevin Sites is a journalist and the type of hopelessly middle-class American who wants to hug everyone in sight. He sees his task on the expedition as (paraphrasing) "...bringing together different people and cultures..." Sites takes upon himself the duties of union steward to the expedition's African porters. They seem amused by this.
The Ugly: The expedition's incompetent navigator, Pascuale Scatturo is physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, and personally reprehensible. And he will not, not for one moment, shut his mouth. The producers, one can only guess in an attempt at cleverness, failed to name a leader for the expedition, instead throwing together four people who met only the day before they set out from Zanzibar. Not surprisingly, the loud-mouthed Pascuale, much to the others' horror, takes on the lead role for himself. "I've lead hundreds of expeditions..." he boasts to the camera, oblivious to the fact that such a feat would have required him to lead 2 1/2 expeditions every year since he was two. I found myself waiting for the punch line, the denouement, the moment when the lion leaps out of the bush and devours Pascuale; but no such luck is to be had.
The Wild Life Expert: Mireya Mayor. If you're going to go to the bother of having a woman on a strenuous journey in the wilds it at least helps to have one that looks like a Miami Dolphins cheerleader (her previous occupation). Ms. Mayor comes off as cute, sweet, and inept, but this is due only to poor editing. The viewer should see much more of Mayor describing the animal kingdom and its habitat - it is, after all, Africa. But no, we are instead subjected to endless footage of the explorers trudging, trudging some more, then squabbling, then squabbling endlessly.
As for historical accuracy: One or another of the intrepid voyagers is continually, and plaintively, repeating that they have 900+ miles to cover in only 30 days, before the rainy season sets in. Wait a minute, that's 30 miles per day... with a baggage train... in that terrain? What did I miss? What I missed, probably while getting popcorn, was a single shot, about half way through the film, of the tail end of a Subaru Outback and the briefest of voice-overs admitting that the expedition had opted to take motor transport around the nowadays more populated portions of Stanley's route. The same Outback makes a final appearance at journey's end, Ujiji, on the east shore of Lake Tanganyika, where our heroes hug each other and any bemused African within reach, climb in, and drive into the sunset.