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Brava Italia (Travel/Special Interest/2008/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Program: B



After so much commercial and critical success with the Visions journey series to countries all over Europe, et al, a new series may be on the horizon and Brava Italia may be the first of that series.  This time, instead of the constantly terrific images of endless mountains, towns, architecture and other offerings form the given country offered, the new program has more (literally, of course) grounded footage as we see more building interiors, locations, how they function and much more.  The three hour-long episodes offered are:


The Proud Tradition

The Beautiful Life

The Eternal Country



Paul Sorvino narrates the great program and we get more interviews, including no less than Francis Ford Coppola appearing in the first episode.  By moving inward to the locales, the makers have found a way to expand their series and while the great HD shoots of the original series helped sell HDTV and offered some very impressive shots at the time when HD was new, it was time to shift gears if these productions were to continue.  Now, such HD shots are of course, more common.  Yet, by taking a new approach, the HD continues to be impressive and impressively visual.


If you like travel and leisure, or have a big thing for Italy, you’ll want to see this!



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is another nice, clean High Definition shoot, but this downtrade to DVD has some aliasing errors and slight motion blur here and there.  Still, color is good and the style it is shot in works well.  The food looks very edible too.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no serious surround information, but Sorvino’s voice is well-recorded, as are the interviews and music is mixed in without being intrusive.


The only extra is a 14+ minutes clip of Visions Of Italy, a very impressive installment from the original series.  For more on Visions Of Italy, try these links for the two formatted versions released:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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