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Exploring the Deserts of the Earth

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  • Actors: Elke Wallner
  • Directors: Michael Martin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: May 15 2007
  • Run Time: 357 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,278 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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My whole family greatly enjoyed this DVD set, it felt like we had a glimps in to an epic road trip through the deserts of the world. It is not as polished perhaps as the documentaries we have come accustomed too but if anything that increased it's charm. It appears they were so busy overloading the poor BMW with film and camera gear that they didn't bring any hair brushes (-:
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10f2a8c) out of 5 stars The Ultimate Road Trip Sept. 9 2007
By Delite Rancher - Published on
In "Exploring the Deserts of the Earth," the film makers make it their goal to visit all of the world's deserts. Michael Martin and Elke Wallner achieve this objective by riding on the back of a motorcycle on the dusty roads of five continents. The film works as a theatrical travel log of the significant stops along the way. On their journey, the two Germans spend time with Bedouins, Aussie cattle ranchers and Navajo horse breeders. While Martin and Wallner spend the vast majority of their time on back country roads, there are some urban detours to places such as Las Vegas and Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel. Most of the DVD is spent in Asia and Africa, with a significant side trip to Tibet. The footage of the Sahara and the Alashan are especially breathtaking. In the States, the travelers spend their time in the most obvious national parks like Death Valley, Canyonlands and Arches. Aside from Michael Martin's eerie resemblance to Howard Stern, there are some potential drawbacks. First, the film makers are not biologists, geologists or anthropologists. Thus there are no remarkable observations about flora, fauna, geology or people. As a result, the film feels a bit like a vacation that just anybody could have taken with enough money and time. Second, the film lacks depth. As with the Buddhism festival at Mount Kailash, there are exceptions to this limitation. Being broad rather than deep is easily forgivable when considering the project's enormous scope. The viewer needs to remember that while each chapter runs about thirty minutes, the entire running length is close to six hours. Third, the narration is not in American English. This is usually a very minor element as when pool is referred to as billiards and eggplants are called aubergines. Given the geographical nature of the film, the most disconcerting aspect for the U.S. viewer may be the extensive use of kilometers, millimeters and Euros. In the end, Martin and Wallner have documented an epic road trip. The cinematography is phenomenal. Given the rewards and trials of the adventure, Michael Martin and Elke Wallner simultaneously earn a strange mix of both envy and sympathy. "Exploring the Deserts of the Earth" is an essential viewing for desert enthusiasts, off-roaders and earthy adventurers of every persuasion.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a86b34) out of 5 stars Very good overview of world deserts - almost another star April 3 2008
By S. J. Snyder - Published on
Picture having the endurance and courage to travel the world's deserts on a motorcycle. Then throw in interesting tidbits, such as crossing the China-Pakistan border on Sept. 11, 2001. Add in professional-quality filming, and a sampling of local customs and traditions, and you have a very good DVD set, especially for the price.

In other words, this is a very good set, but it didn't quite hit the top.

No, the couple are not professional geologists, biologists, sociologists or cultural anthropologists. So, you won't get in-depth explanations of geological formations, flora and fauna or Buddhist rituals or other things. This is a travelogue as much as anything.

But, it's a good one, again especially for the price.

Other than the caveats above, I have a couple of others.

First, on their North American deserts section, they have a few minor anthropoligical and geographic errors in the part taking about the Navajos. (I grew up out there, that's how I know.)

Second, it looks like this was originally produced for German TV or something. Each segment, about a separate desert, has its own brief opening and credit-lines conclusion. Plus, most segments start the segment itself with a brief transition from the previous segment.

All this is unnecessary for a stand-alone DVD set vs. a TV show and should have been edited out. Between that and a bit of of other judicious editing, this could have either been knocked down to 5 hours, or else run at 6 hours with more depth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa144c930) out of 5 stars Loved it! July 16 2009
By Shelly721 - Published on
My family and I found this to be a great DVD set. Many times my husband and I just looked at each other in amazement at some of the things captured here. It was an awesome compliment to our recent home school study of World History and Cultures. In their travels the filmmakers have visited with many different people groups and have shown how they live. They have shown different religious practices without any bias or prejudice.
I was expecting it to be a scientific presentation of the world's deserts, but found it to be more culturally oriented. It was a pleasant surprise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10d7378) out of 5 stars Deserts of the Earth June 9 2008
By Virginia F. Butz - Published on
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I had rented this movie and liked it so well, wanted to buy it. Being I ride a motor bike made it all the more interesting, also was able to see a part of Australia we did not get to see when we were there. A must to see, very informative.
HASH(0xa12cd624) out of 5 stars If you really like deserts............... May 13 2014
By Joe M. Donahoe - Published on
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What can I say, I love deserts. That said, there are not too many DVD travel logs / documentaries out there on deserts. "Sahara" on DVD (available on Amazon !) is great. This DVD is set up more like a home movie / travel log than a more formal structured presentation. A couple hop on a BMW motorcycle and decide to ride through deserts around the world. This is not like a National Geographic or Plant Earth series DVD. The narration is OK. But the strong point of this DVD is simply the images of the different deserts - African, Arabian, Australian, China, South American, American S.W. You won't learn all that much as this format is not really even to the level of a basic documentary. It is the visual that makes this DVD unique. There is video of the different deserts which is fantastic, and this is the type of footage that is valuable simply because there are so few videos that feature this type of true desert scenery. If you are looking for an educational DVD about deserts, this is not it. But is you want to see what the Empty Quarter in Yemen looks like, this is your DVD. This DVD is for hard-core desert fans. While watching this DVD, please remember to stay hydrated.

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