Travel at a glance
Shubho Bandyopadhyay | Canada | 02/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Travel the World by Train [10 DVD set] takes you to 55 counties of five continents. Instead of reviewing each and every volume this review only covers the general aspects of the DVD set.Each journey starts with a map of the travel route. Generally the journey starts with a very brief overview of the starting station. Then the camera follows the train from inside the compartments, through the train windows and sometimes from outside. You get a fairly good glimpse of the train route. The camera work is always not the best and I wish that there were better editing of balancing the light in some of the shots. It is important to pay attention to these minute aspects in a travel video.
Sometimes when the crew took the night trains they completely ignored the exciting places they passed on the way (for example, a beautiful part of the Canadian Rockies). The camera pays lots of attention to the activities of little children inside the trains. It also pays a great deal of attention to the pantry car and shows you the exciting food they serve. The background music, most of time the local music, match nicely with the journeys.
In most of the videos you might feel that they rushed and finished the journey too fast without showing you much details, but what more could you expect from a 10-set (~ 10 hours) DVDs covering 55 countries! Overall the set is enjoyable and will give you a fairly good glimpse of world's some of the most scenic train routes."