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- Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
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- Studio: Kultur
- Release Date: Sept. 26 2006
- Run Time: 330 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000H6SXS8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,427 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn (Special Tribute Edition)
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Gardens Of The World with Audrey Hepburn: The Tribute Edition is a beautiful collector's series filmed on location, featuring some of the most beautiful gardens from around the world. Audrey Hepburn is as elegant as ever as she guides you on this magical journey and walks you through each of these magnificent landscapes, quoting some of her favorite authors and poets, and sharing her love and knowledge of gardens. Audrey Hepburn won an Emmy® Award for “outstanding individual achievement” in the making of this program. Narrated by renowned actor Michael York. With added bonus features and footage.
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I bought this DVD because I'm a Hepburn fan and her participation in this project certainly lends the entire undertaking a touch of class. She introduces each segment, reads poetry (and Anne Frank), converses with gardeners, and makes observations of her own--usually as she drifts in or out of the picture wearing elegant Ralph Lauren outfits and swinging a straw basket or plucking a bloom or two. (Watching the episodes in quick succession, I realized how true it is that she always favors her left profile.) In some episodes, however, she is barely on screen at all. As these shows were taped the year before her death, I suspect her participation was limited by the state of her health and that she was not able to fly to every location.
Although the shows would have been much poorer without Ms Hepburn, they are substantial in their own right. I found the episode on "Tulips and Spring Bulbs" especially informative. The bulk of the script, it should be noted, fell into the lap of the narrator, Michael York. He rose to the occasion as best he could, but some of the text he was expected to read was surely not written to be read aloud by any human being. (One amusing moment occurred when Mr. York, using his best Oxonian English, referred to George Washington as "OUR founding father.")
The theme that seemed to run through all the episodes is that gardening is a delicate collaboration between man and nature. As Ms Hepburn states, quoting gardener Anne Leighton (?), "A garden, to be a garden, must represent a different world, however small, from the real world....Gardening offers man a chance to regulate at least one aspect of his life--to control his environment and show himself as he wishes to be."
THE PRODUCTION OF THESE DOCUMENTARIES IS EXCELLENT IN EVERY ASPECT OF IT, FROM VIDEO QUALITY AND CONTENT, FUNCTIONAL WORLD CLASS MUSIC INTERSPERSED PROPERLY WITH THE NARRATIVE, DVD MENU DESIGN, TO PHOTOGRAPHY. THE IMAGES OF THE GARDENS AND FLOWERS ARE REALLY AMAZING. THE CONTENT OF THE NARRATIVE IS VERY INFORMATIVE, PROPERLY BALANCED WITH DETAILS BUT WITHOUT BEING TOO BORING, JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP THE VIEWER INTERESTED, AND AS MRS HEPBURN SAYS "...HOPEFULLY TO SOW THE SEEDS OF LOVE FOR THE FLOWERS AND THE THE GARDEN...AND LIFE..." WHETHER ONE IS AN EXPERT OR NOT, THIS IS FOR EVERYBODY TO ENJOY AND ELEVATE ONE'S VIEW OF NATURE AND ADD A NEW DIMENSION FOR A BUSY LIFE.
HAVING CREDITED THE PRODUCTION, IN THE END WHAT RAISES EVEN TO HIGHER LEVELS IS THE HOST. MRS HEPBURN IS AS GRACEFUL, ELEGANT, AND CHIC AS EVER BEFORE, OR MAYBE EVEN MORE, BECAUSE AS SHE AGED, SHE PORTRAYS AN IMAGE OF A PERSONA WITH HUMILITY AND HUMANITY THAT ONLY EXPERIENCE IN LIFE CAN MAKE IT BELIEVABLE. SHE IS ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT CAN DELIVER A SPEECH ABOUT FINE ART, GOOD TASTE, SOPHISTICATION, AND STILL GRAB THE ATTENTION AND STIR INTEREST IN THE VIEWER SO EFFECTIVELY BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WITHOUTH BEING PRETENTIOUS.
WHEN ONE LISTENS TO HER IT IS A PLEASURE FOR ALL THE SENSES, NOT JUST TO THE EAR THROUGH HER UNIQUE VOICE, BECAUSE THE VIEWER IS LEAD TO PAY ATTENTION TO HER DEMEANOR AND EXPRESSION AS WELL, AS IF SHE HAD A SPECIAL KIND OF MAGNETISM. ALTHOUGH SHE COULD HAVE BEEN MY GRAND MOTHER, I CONSIDERED HER A BEATIFUL WOMAN EVEN IN HER 60'S; THIS SHOWS THAT THE CONCEPT OF BEAUTY IS NOT BASED JUST ON A PHYSICAL ASPECT BUT RATHER ON THE WHOLE PERSONA THAT EMANATES FROM WITHIN THE BRAIN AND THE HEART THAT REFLECTS ALL ASPECTS OF BEAUTY INCLUDING THE ONE THAT IS PERCEIVED BY THE EYES.
THESE WORKS PAYED A FINAL HOMAGE TO HER BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM THIS WORLD, WHAT THE FAIREST LADY OF THEM ALL DESERVED.
I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT I HAVE BECOME A FAN OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR, BUT WAS SHE REALLY A TYPICAL HOLLYWOOD STAR? FAR FROM IT, SHE WAS A STAR IN HER OWN UNIQUE WAY.
I TOOK NOTICE OF HER VERY RECENTLY, ALTHOUGH I HAD HEARD OF HER BEFORE, BY WATCHING "MY FAIR LADY". FROM THAT FILM ON, I BECAME A FAN AND AM STILL IN THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING ALL OF HER WORK.
EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN OF AUDREY THESE WORKS ARE A FINE PIECE OF ART THAT WILL ENRICH YOU MORE THAN ANY MOVIE HOLLYWOOD IS PRODUCING TODAY. AFTER WATCHING THIS DVD, YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER YOURSELF, FEEL CURIOSITY FOR NATURE AND ITS BEAUTY, MUSIC, POETRY, TRAVEL, AND IN GENERAL THE NEED TO LEARN MORE SUCH AS LANGUAGES, AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I FELT.
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