Have you always dreamed of taking a tour of Europe but can’t find the means to make it happen? Now you can do it from your living room, thanks to Acorn Media’s travel series, Visions of Europe. Newly released on DVD in October 2009, this 10-disc boxed set has over 15 hours of footage from the popular television series. The set includes: Visions of Italy, Visions of France, Visions of Greece and Visions of Germany, as well two new releases: Visions of Austria and Visions of the Great Cities of Europe.
The series is filmed in high definition from helicopter-mounted cameras. These aerial shots offer exquisite views of Europe’s greatest treasures. The audience can experience fantastic sights of remarkable places like Tuscany, the French Riviera, Athens, and the Black Forest in a way not even accessible to most tourists. The shots are so crystal clear that this is surely the closest thing you can experience to actually being there. The only unfortunate aspect of the shot quality is the constant motion. The aerial shots create a panning sensation that, while steady, could easily cause a bit of queasiness for those who are sensitive to motion sickness. This is definitely a documentary that focuses on the geographic beauty of these fantastic travel destinations. It is not the best choice for those looking for more personal interviews or local hot spots like one might see on the Travel Channel's series, Passport to Europe.
For those who are planning to travel to Europe in the near future, this boxed set is the perfect way to narrow down your travel plans. Each title in the set is broken down into multiple disks for your viewing convenience. Visions of Italy, for example, includes three different discs: The Great Cities, Northern Style and Southern Style, and Sicily. Each segment of this documentary set is also narrated and complemented by beautiful music that is fitting for that particular country. The segments also incorporate bonus footage that was not originally aired on television.