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Amazing Thailand
Amazing Thailand
Director: Mike Shiley
Genres: Special Interests
2002     1hr 13min


     
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Director: Mike Shiley
Genres: Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Travel
Studio: Shidog Films
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 05/09/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 13min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0

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Movie Reviews

From the Heart!
Siamese MMA | U.S.A. | 03/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am Thai and I believe that this documentary (or travel diary) was made from the heart of someone who took extensive efforts to learn and assimilate another culture. At least it was the feeling that I got. Someone made an issue of Thai words being mis-pronounced. The pronounciation was not perfect, but I knew exactly what he was referring to. Getting the correct tone is difficult. However, I do not see it as bad pronounciation, but rather as a testimony to the extent that someone has taken to even pronounce it as good as it was pronounced given that the narrator was not a native Thai speaker. Good job and I wished that people would see the effort as opposed to trying to find imperfections in something so distant from the intent of the film. All world travelers will enjoy the personal approach. If you expected Hollywood, then this may not be for you. This is a film made from the heart for true-hearted travelers."
Excellent video
R. Collins | 08/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Summer 2006 planning a trip to Thailand we purchased several guidebooks and DVD's. While this DVD was more expensive than some others we purchased it was by far the best. Very informative with nice video segments. I agree with another reviewer that the thai words and titiles were spoken with a terrible accent however it was still an outstanding video. Well worth the price. Our Thailand vacation was an incredible trip. In addition to purchasing guidebooks I suggest reading Wikitravel Thailand on-line for extra travel information."
Response from the filmmaker
Michael D. Shiley | 12/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I would like to thank Mr. Polluck for his review of my film, Amazing Thailand. I appreciate the fact that he gave the film three stars.

He pointed out in his review that I mispronounced several Thai names and misidentified a location in Pattaya. In response, there are many ways to pronounce Thai words and I have never heard a Westerner pronounce ANY Thai word the exact same way the Thai's do. I have learned in my ten visits to Thailand that simply making an effort to correctly pronounce the word will put a smile on the face of any Thai.

As for the Walking Street issue, I acknowledge and apologize for this small error. If you look close enough, you will find mistakes in any film, book or article.

Anyway, thanks for reviewing the film and happy traveling!

Mike Shiley,
Director and Producer
Amazing Thailand"
Helpful for trip planning
Judy Tillman | 11/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Amazing Thailand is a pretty good resource. We have planned a trip to Tailand and it was useful in deciding where to spend our time."