Discover the world, one person at a time?Discovery Atlas! Journey through the heart of the picturesque country of Italy: a land stretching from the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the sun-baked semi-desert of Sicily. Ove... more »r the course of one year, follow the lives and loves, trials and tribulations and the hopes and dreams of a group of people who exemplify what it is to be Italian. Spanning the length and breadth of Italy, this film combines stunning location footage of its famous monuments and its hidden jewels. The latest computer graphics will propel you through the Italian landscape, while personal insights unravel the stereotypes and hidden secrets of what makes the nation tick. Combining stunning location footage with the latest computer graphics, this narrative propels viewers on a magic carpet ride through the Italian landscape, while providing personal insights into the lives of real Italians.« less
"I only wish that more time was devoted to the natural beauty of Italy and its cities,towns and natural coutryside, particulary in the north, as opposed to horse racing, auto racing etc."
Muru Khunti | Dinuba,CA USA | 07/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent photography and subject selection.Even though the dvd is in 1080i--on my Sony 60inch 1080P SXRD the picture quality was absolutely outstanding.I have a PS3 with Blue Ray DVD connected via HDMI cable."
John | Boise, ID | 01/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The video quality of this movie was very good. My wife and I have been to italy many times and enjoyed this film because it had many of the same places that we had been to. We have a movie similar to this one that is not blu-ray and it just doesn't hold up to the beauty of Italy. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone interested and I would also recommend a blu-ray player so that you could watch this excellent movie in it's full quality."
Andrew Lynn | Upstate | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is worth watching in HD for the stunning photography alone.
Contrary to some reviews, there is nothing wrong with the disc. Certain HD-DVD players have firmware bugs which have been fixed in newer versions, that keep them from showing several titles including this one. Connect your HD-DVD player to the internet and run the update utility under Settings."
A look at the lives of some interesting Italians
D. Marshall | Montreal, Canada Canada | 04/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Do not buy this video if you wish to be shown the Colesseum, etc. etc. - all of the tourist attractions, it is not that type of video. It is more about capturing the mood of the country, some of its background, and the prospects for the future. You will meet a man purusing his dream of becoming a gondolier in Venice; a volunteer rescue worker in the Italian Alps; we follow a member of the Missoni family preparing for their new collection; a horse jockey who hopes to participate in Siena's palio (a 90 second horserace which brings the neighbourhoods of Siena to a fever-pitch); a young Roman girl who hopes to be the country's first femae race car driver; and a young Sicilian man who is a free diver, hoping to become professional. Along the way we are told about the state of the Catholic church in modern Italy, and other vignettes of information about the country that we learn while we look in on these people's lives. And of course, Isabella Rosselini's voice is wonderful, I love it.
So you will not be told where to go and what to see in this DVD. But you will have a better sense of the country and its people, what makes them tick, where they came from, where they are going. For me that was fascinating. I did find the scene of Siena's palio a bit upsetting actually (when they say it is a dangerous race they mean it). In my mind all I could think was 'is it really worth it to risk your life for a horse race?' but this is something that is obviously very important to them.
I did not make this purchase expecting to get a tourist's tour of Italy. I borrowed it from the library first. Then I bought it knowing what I was getting. It is a DVD that I will enjoy having in my collection."