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Visions Of Europe (Acorn Media DVD set)


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



The popular Visions Of series finally gets a box set on DVD, even as one smaller set on Blu-ray hit the market a few months ago.  Of the six titles in this set, we have already covered four of them, as these links will show:


Italy Blu-ray



France DVD



Germany DVD



Greece DVD




The new volumes are on Austria and Great Cities of Europe.  Cities is an amusing (and amused) look at the various cities previously covered with a closer look at living in them.  It is a nice change of pace from the series and its usual approach, feeling like a very laid back Lifestyles Of the Rich & Famous without getting into figures and having a calm U.S. narrator.  The Austria volume is the equal of the previous releases, showing a plethora of great landmarks, resorts, locations and other structures worth seeing, adding the glory of HD to the travelogue vernacular.  This has one soundtrack with narration and is also one of the discs with extra footage.  It took a while to catch up to it, but it certainly belongs in this box and is a nice wrap-up to this set.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image ranges from some sharp images to some soft ones throughout the six discs, all originating in 1080i High Definition digital shooting.  Needless to say Blu-ray does a better job, but these DVDs still have their moments considering the limits of the format.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is not bad but nothing sonically amazing either, but in combination with the images and narration (where applicable) works just fine.  Extras on the country-specific discs are more bonus footage, but that is all.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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