Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, presented by David Adams, takes us way off
the beaten track in search of relics thought long lost in some of the most
desolate places on the planet.
presentation skills are fantastic and in some circumstances really present the
tragedies that mankind has wrought upon some of it's greatest works, the first
and best instance of this happening when David goes to see the famous Bamiyan
Buddhas in Afghanistan during the height of the Taliban Regime in that
country. Afghanistan looked tragic as there are some many wonderful monuments
there that have been destroyed by war over the centuries and the Taliban that
it was heart wrenching. From a historical viewpoint, this doco is must watch
material as the team are one of the last camera teams to actually film the
Buddhas before they were destroyed by the Taliban.
journeys take us to Africa and through Egypt. Having been to some of these
countries myself it was interesting to see it all again. Adams presentations
make the viewing interesting and actually encourage you to find out more for
yourself upon completion of the DVD. We found ourselves looking up the topics
covered afterward to further educate ourselves which is a testament to the
quality of the show.
DVD only supports Dolby 2.0, however there is no real call to go the whole hog
to 5.1. The picture is clear for most of the presentations however I did
notice that during scenes with intense fog etc that the image pixelated
somewhat. It didn't happen often however it was noticeable when it did. I
found the extras (which are the same for every episode) to be informative and
think that this is the way for future documentaries to present themselves.
Today, people want to go up and close, they want their presenters to be in the
thick of it. The days of using a telescopic lens are over and I appreciated
Adams getting up close and personal with all these people from all over the
world. He isn't scared to go the extra mile to break bread with strangers,
even cooking for them on occasion!
wholeheartedly recommend every disc in this series as it's interesting and
will keep you riveted to your seat. I also would consider getting this series
for your school children to learn a bit more about the world they live in.
is a complete listing of what to expect from these DVDs:
Journeys to the Ends of the Earth Vol. 1
AFGHANISTAN - In Search of the Lost Buddhas. Adams hitches a ride with the
Taliban to cris-cross Afghanistan: a country where few westerners dare to go.
He finally reaches the Bamiyan Buddhas, just before they are destroyed.
IRAN - People of the Flame. Adams travels the Iranian wilderness in search of
the Zoroastrians, an ancient people who have tended a holy flame for the last
PAKISTAN - The Road to Shangri-La. Adams crosses the high mountains of
Northern Pakistan in search of Shangri-La, immortalised by James Hilton in his
classic Lost Horizons.
KAMCHATKA - The Forbidden Zone. A journey through the arctic extremes of a
primeval world; through the youngest landscape on the planet....across Far
Eastern Siberia in search of some of the Cold War's darkest secrets - a
journey to the beginning of the Earth.
Journeys to the Ends of the Earth Vol. 2
The Lost City of Gold. Adams climbs the lonely Peruvian highlands to seek an
Inca artefact that has never been found: The Golden Disk of the Sun. He finds
the uncharted remains of an Incan ruin.
BOLIVIA - The Last Trail of Butch and Sundance. Adams follows the long lost
trail of two of the most wanted men in history: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid. His path leads him through the Bolivian Andes.
CAMBODIA - The Lost World of the Khmer Rouge. Year Zero. The Killing Fields.
Preserved by war in the isolated and forbidding final refuge of the Khmer
Rouge are tantalising hints of the "Asian Unicorn", the khting vor.
David Adams journeys through the dark side of Cambodia in search of this semi
GEORGIA - In Search of Jason and the Argonauts. From the Black Sea to the
Caspian, from former-soviet Georgia to Azerbajan, a quest for the Golden
Fleece through the powder keg of modern day Caucasia.
Journeys to the Ends of the Earth Vol. 3
- The Land of Fear. Adams travels across the simmering heat of the Sahara with
a Tuareg caravan, haggles for a pillar of salt and skis down the biggest sand
dune in the world. This is the Land of Fear.
- The Ancient Chariots of Libya. A vast desert country veiled from the East by
fear, prejudice and misunderstanding. Adams follows in the wheel tracks of
Ancient Rome's "chariots of fire" - the first wheeled vehicles to explore the
Sahara and discover a little-known land of exotic brilliance, ancient cities
and forbidding deserts.
ETHIOPIA - Keepers of the Lost Ark. Adams makes the pilgrimage from Lalibela
to Gonder in the northern wilds of Ethiopia, and paddles by papyrus kayak
across Lake Tana. His quest: to find the Ark of the Covenant.
- Swahili Sinbads. Adams sails by dhow from Lamu to Zanzibar, stopping off on
the beaches of East Africa to haggle and barter for his sea passage. Sinbad
- The Mystery of the African Pharaohs. Adams crosses the vast northern
Sudanese desert and sails down the Nile all the way to Khartoum. Along the way
he finds the pyramids of Meroe, silent sentinels to a long lost civilisation.
Journeys to the
Ends of the Earth volumes 1-3 Features
- Motion Menus
- Scene Selections
- Country Profile