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Visions of Italy [Blu-ray]
Visions of Italy
Genres: Special Interests
NR     2009

From the Alps to Sicily, tour all of Italy from a spectacular vantage point Italians call their home Il Belpaese, "The Beautiful Country," and it has never looked more breathtaking than in this unique aerial tour. Shot in...  more »


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Movie Details

Genres: Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Travel
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: Blu-ray - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/18/2009
Release Year: 2009
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 07/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"STUNNING! There is filmed such stunning picture composition at every moment that this DVD set is like looking at a continually changing souvenir picture postcard. Panoramic and close-up views all come from a moving helicopter mounted camera. What a ride. What a optical experience.
____AND, the accented narrator offers so much local color in her voice as all of the detailed facts she discloses. Educational as well as aesthetic. It comes on 2 DVDs, but in 3 parts. For the Blu-ray version, a third DVD is included, "VISIONS OF THE GREAT CITIES", which I have not bought and did not come with the original "Visions of Italy (2005)" dvd set. The Blu-ray also has subtitles, and the option of music only (eliminating the narration) added since the original release.

Italy, Northern Style
____Winter Alps begins the show and then takes the viewer to Mediterranean fishing villages. the views looking from the water toward land, and helicopter elevation, is a vista few have ever seen. Delightful.
____I have been to Italy, took the train along the coast, but this DVD is even more spectacular than what I saw in person from a train. With "VISIONS OF ITALY" on DVD, you see a point of observation ONLY available via a helicopter.
____Names of locations (at least 32) appear in the corner of the scene but the narrator's pronunciation is so much more sensual (and correct) than my attempts were. Add the excellent music background and this is 5-star travel excellence all the way.
____Northern bonus segment is 21 minutes long, out of the 160 total minutes contained in both Northern and Southern Style segments.

Italy, Southern Style
____This part of the Italy experience has a romantic, exotic coastal footage with an erotic beauty, making every mile a desirable destination. It was filmed in 2001, so it is 'very current.'
____41 different locations are listed on the paper insert inside the DVD case. What a perfect preview for anyone planning an Italian vacation. Look at this prior to making out your itinerary. It's better than a travel agent.
____Having traveled Italy some, I believe this DVD offers views that are better than what can be seen in person, sometimes. Honest!
____Southern bonus material last 21 minutes. It's so soothing, with the scenery rolling by and the fine music background. Do it right, have wine, cheese, and a baguette while watching.

Visions of Sicily
____This special DVD and segment on Sicily covers territory I have never seen in person. It is lovely, and the filming is a continuation of the excellence seen in VISIONS OF ITALY. Having never seen Sicily in person, I was amazed at how modern (21st century) it looks, including excellent roads and bridges. You see some spectacular bridges. It almost looks like Disney helped design Sicily. There are, even so, many very old churches and buildings to explore visually. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

This is also available for regular viewing, or NON Blu-ray.
Worth 5-stars regardless of your video equipment.
Wonderful travel documentary. Great for schools and libraries, too."
Much Better than the DVDs
Zarathustra | Sacramento, CA USA | 09/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Visions of Italy [Blu-ray] If you have a blu-ray player buy this one. It costs less than the 2 DVDs available and has a lot more material. You could spend an entire weekend watching these 2 blu-rays. The videos are beautiful, the music is great and the narrations are excellent. Sicily alone is worth the price. Divetirti!"
Plan a trip to Sicily
Paul J. Boucher | 10/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The photography is superb. Sicily is very different than I envisioned but the video helped me make my decision to visit. It was thorough and complete and kept me interested for the entire video. I have not viewed the other DVD on Italy but will view that before I visit."
Visions of Italy
L. G. Massaro | Sarasota, FL, United States | 01/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having been to Italy, both North and South, this was a beautiful representation with a different view. My husband and I enjoyed watching the aerial view of places we visited. This is a quality DVD!!!!"