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Disappearing World – Volume One (1970 – 1975/Network U.K./PAL Region 2 DVD Import)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: B



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review.



As technology and new trends in civilization move forward for better and worse, it has always been the case that lands, places and even people get moved, altered and worse.  Civilization is not always civilized.  However, there are also more vicious reasons this happens, but before those cases were so blatant by first world powers that should know better, changes happened in different ways.  Disappearing Worlds is a British documentary series that captured key places and times before they were gone.


Now on DVD in a four-disc Volume One collection, each disc has two of the feature-length looks at people and places we should all know more about.  They include Kurdish Dervishes, the Meo of China, Embera & Panare Indians of Colombia, “nomadic” Tuareg of the Sahara, Cuiva and much more.  Too bad when we catch up with such peoples in world news, it is usually for the worst.  This was a groundbreaking show in its time and deserves rediscovery.  Made at a time when no cable channels devoted themselves to documentary work, it turned out to be more ahead of its time than even the makers could have imagined.


The 1.33 X 1 image comes from older video masters of the original 16mm footage which can look good, but is simply held back by the age of the transfers and some work that needs to be done on the various footage.  However, this can look a generation down or two and sounds it via the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on all the episodes.  It is still watchable and involving, but we hope the film is saved and being worked on for future HD use.  There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this DVD import exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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