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Jacques Cousteau - River Explorations
Jacques Cousteau - River Explorations
Actors: Rod Serling, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco
Director: Joe Thompson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 0min

The Danube...the Mississippi...the Amazon. The names breathe adventure and excitement, history and culture. Renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau and his team travel three of the world's great rivers and take you along for ev...  more »

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Actors: Rod Serling, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco
Director: Joe Thompson
Creator: David E. Blewitt
Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A Masterpiece from Captain Cousteau
L. Lobo | 03/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Cousteau Amazon series is monumental and worth five stars in itself.

The picture quality of these excursions is not perfect but I think it gives a feel for the time in which they were created. I can't remember seeing any better picture when I first saw these in the early eighties. Back then you were lucky to have more than a 19 inch color set. So if you're not spoiled by HD/enhanced everything, these are fine. I'm happy to have any of Cousteau's work available in this permanent form.

The refit of Calypso in preparation for the Amazon reminds of my days as a member of "Friends of Calypso" in the Cousteau Society. One benefit of that was to receive small piece of wood taken from planks removed from the hull of Calypso. I still have it.

What young man of those times did not take SCUBA training and not dream of signing on to crew the great ship, I know I did. So relive those wonderful days and have those dreams all over again.


(This set comes from Amazon in three double-disc thin cases, which together use only .75 inch of shelf space. -- If you have the other Cousteau sets in thick cases, buy double-disc thin cases and transfer them. It takes some work to do, but when complete all three sets will fit in 2.25 inches.)

(From the package)
Discs 1 & 2


I. The Curtain Rises
Jacques Cousteau explores the old (abbeys, castles), the new (dams, industry) and the timeless (a living ecosystem) on the river that carries the history of Europe.

II. Charlemagne's Dream
Centuries ago, Charlemagne dreamed of a canal linking the Rhine and the Danube. Now that canal exists, creating a passage from the North to the Black Seas.

III. The River Cries Out
A glassy staircase of 16 terraced lakes...the royal stag and the Carpathian bear: the Danube and its tributaries display these wonders and more.

IV. Rivalries Overflow
The Cousteau team encounters nuclear and industrial pollution, fished-out waters, rusted-out vessels and the horrors of war.

Discs 3 & 4


* The Mississippi - Reluctant Ally
Ice and wetlands. Jazz and agribusiness. Cousteau becomes a modern-day Huckleberry Finn to explore the Father of Waters.

* The Mississippi - Friendly Foe
Cousteau and crew retrace the path of pioneers along the Missouri, then voyage past modern locks and classic paddle-wheelers on the mighty Mississippi.


* Calypso Countdown: Rigging for the Amazon
Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a Cousteau production? Find out as the Calypso is readied for an Amazon adventure.

* Journey to a Thousand Rivers
One thousand rivers converge into the Amazon, the world's largest river system. A remarkable journey through this still-mysterious kingdom begins.

Discs 5 & 6


* Shadows in the Wilderness - Indians of the Amazon
Threatened by the encroaching modern world, Amazon's self-reliant and diverse tribes struggle to preserve traditional ways of life.

* River of Gold
Gold fever strikes the Amazon Basin, turning lush acreage into wasteland and people into exploited, desperate laborers.

* Blueprints for Amazonia
Can Earth's largest liquid kingdom be saved and its peoples and riches protected? The Cousteau expedition contemplates the past and future of the Amazon.

* Legacy of a Lost World
Pierce the farthest reaches of the Amazon, our planets greatest treasure trove of biological diversity, now menaced by profiteering humans.

* Snowstorm in the Jungle
Jean-Michel Cousteau embarks on a special mission: investigate the Amazon's dangerous, deadly underworld built on a foundation of white gold - cocaine.

An Interesting Collection that has been Under-Valued
Read Rover | FL | 07/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As I write this review, one may purchase a brand new copy of this beautiful DVD from a 3rd party seller on Amazon for less than $5.00, including shipping. I find this to be an almost criminally low price as all of the other Jacques Cousteau DVD collections are priced much closer to the $40 range!

Full of the amazing and educational imagery you have come to expect from Jacques Cousteau, this set will not disappoint you and you family. Regardless of the "gossip" concerning Cousteau's relationships mentioned in another (unfavorable) review here on Amazon, I feel this set is a great investment. Anyone growing up watching Cousteau's adventures will surely appreciate this installment about his explorations for the Mississippi, Amazon, and Danube Rivers - just to mention some of the content on the fabulous 6 disk set!