Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Globe Trekker Amsterdam|
Actor: Jonathan Atherton
Director: Ian Cross
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
The Netherlands capital, Amsterdam, has a population of just over a million people but is one of Europe's cultural centers. It is a city notorious for its liberal attitudes, alternative lifestyles and is considered on of t... more »
J. Barbre | Illinois | 10/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the episodes from PBS's Globe Trekker series. This gives a nice over view of Amsterdam with extras of travel advice. The video was shot around August/September, so the footage is of events going on at the time.
Best part about the Blobe Trekker series is not only beautiful video, But also the humor they add to it as well."
Lacking? Yes. Did I Love It? YES!
Joe Watson | Olathe, KS United States | 02/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know some of the reviewers here have blasted this DVD for not showing the real Amsterdam. Well, I'd agree with that in part. It barely touches the Rijksmuseum, and they acknowledge that the Van Gogh museum was being renovated when it was shot. They never go to Dam Square, you see one shot outside Central Station, and there's zero information on getting around town on anything other than a bike. And my gosh, WHERE WAS ANNE FRANK'S HOUSE?! With that said, however, I loved this DVD. I think Amsterdam is an amazing city. Sure it's beautiful, and sure it has some amazing culture. But what I like so much about the city is its funky uniqueness. There's nowhere else like it on earth! This DVD shows you why. The coffee shops are a fact of life in Amsterdam, and I've always thought travel shows tip-toe around them and the legal marijuana they sell. This one dives right in and shows you an Amsterdam coffee shop. Amsterdam is terribly progressive and is one of the rare cities in the world that doesn't judge human beings based on who they choose to sleep with. So why not show a vibrant gay community and the straights in the city who tolerate and live with them in harmony? There's no other city on EARTH where scenes like that could be found - not even San Francisco. The Red Light District is equally unique to Amsterdam. This DVD takes you there and shows you that, although Amsterdam is quite safe, you've still got to use good judgment in terms of where you go and to whom you speak. Will this DVD be the best you ever see to show you all the tourist spots in Amsterdam? Probably not. But will it give you a flavor for one of the world's most unique cities in a way that's far superior to other travel DVDs? Absolutely. I recommend it highly."
Not my Amsterdam!
N. Pittenger | 06/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've been to Amsterdam and it's a beautiful city. Unfortunately, this item doesn't show the beauty of the place. You'll like it if you're gay, smoke pot, and like staying in flop houses."