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Visions Of Greece (Special Interest)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Episodes: B-



Many of the tour/travelogue pieces that get made for home video and TV, can at least look good, but can be even more involving when the producers, camera operators and director(s) have good taste.  Initially made for public TV, Visions Of Greece (2002) is a two-part program that shoots every possible name location in the ancient world survivor with what was then the best High Definition digital video they could get their hands on.  The result is comprehensive and has its moments.


All on one DVD, the first episode bears the title of this DVD and features al the major name locations, while the second Off The Beaten Path installment goes out of its way to build on the first show and get into the “nooks and crannies” of the country.  This is as interesting but has almost the same camera approach.  The advantage is that we see all the lands, but I wonder if it is a problem that we eventually do not get more up close.  From these distances, we cannot see enough people or get more personally involved, and that is especially an issue when all the material runs 167 minutes total.  Greece can be argued as the character, but nearly three hours is still a long time.


However, the more you get into either of the programs, the better it gets.  One will either enjoy this as I did for the most part, or not be able to find entry into the almost non-stop journey.  For those viewers in the latter category, try to be in the mood before you watch and you will find this enjoyable as intended.


The anamorphically enhanced 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image has some detail troubles for whatever reason, but the color is very nice throughout.  On the non-anamorphic, similarly framed extra footage, detail is a larger issue and it is odd that it would not get the same treatment.  The sound is Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo throughout and has no surround information, despite a really pleasant music score. For a recent production, that is odd.  Outside of the extra footage for both segments, there are no other extras, but anyone interested in even seeing some of Greece cannot go wrong with Visions Of Greece.  The Acorn Media-release for WLIW is at least thorough.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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