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Brazil With Michael Palin Blu-ray Review

Brazil With Michael Palin Blu-ray

“Brazil With Michael Palin” is an educational and entertaining travel show.

Despite being aired back in 2012, “Brazil With Michael Palin” has been perfectly timed for release with the World Cup currently going on in Brazil AND with host Michael Palin in the midst of performing Monty Python reunion shows in London. So, what exactly is this series all about you ask? For those that aren’t familiar with these programs, they are your standard travel shows. In this particular 4 episode adventure, the globe trotting host Michael Palin ventures to Brazil to learn about the country’s history, culture, music, natural beauty, local people, traditions, cities (such as Rio de Janeiro and Salvador), beaches, food and drink, architecture, festivals, tribes, diversity, and wetlands. Of course, he does some touristy sightseeing as well such as visiting the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue. On top of all of that, he sets out to find out more about the country’s hardships and economics. It’s a thoroughly well rounded series to say the least.

While certainly not as spry or energetic as he once was, Michael Palin still proves to be a charming host as the witty comedian frequently steals the spotlight from the wonders around him. Whether he’s singing Elvis, reacting to a phallic statue, acting as a coffee barista, or asking a fortune teller if England will win the World Cup again, Palin never ceases to keep the viewer (and himself) engaged in his once in a lifetime travels. Sure, all of the history and factual information about the exotic locations are nothing short of fascinating, but Palin’s hosting duties help viewers feel as if they are right there alongside him on his quests across Brazil. While it may not matter to some, this approach does help separate this show from the countless other travel programs on television. It makes it feel less like someone’s enviable dull travelogue tales and more like a trip that the viewer feels closer to.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The Brazil locals look stunning in hi-def.

Audio Track: DTS-HD 2.0. How does it sound? Palin’s narration, the music, the sounds of the cities, and the conversations with various people all sounded smooth.

The only extras include ads for “Call The Midwife” and “Earth Journeys.”

Overall Thoughts: If you want to know more about Brazilian culture or simply enjoy watching Michael Palin in anything he does, “Brazil With Michael Palin” is worth a gander.

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July 8, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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