Exploring the Deserts of the Earth

Exploring the Deserts of the Earth

DVD - 2007
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"A filmmaker and a photographer document their travels as they attempt to cross all of the world's deserts on a motorbike in 900 days. Experience the beauty of the Arabian, Asian, Australian, American and African deserts as their adventures reveal the landscapes and cultures of these unique environments. From the gypsum dune fields of White Sands in New Mexico to the famed Deshnok Temple in India to the harrowing Skeleton Coast of Namibia, their journeys will open your eyes to the wondrous allure of these extreme living spaces."--Container.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : KOCH Vision, c2007
Edition: Standard format
ISBN: 9781417229604
Call Number: DVD 551.415 EXPL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (357 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Martin, Michael


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Jan 06, 2018

This looked good and I expected to quite like it -- I assumed this might be more like the David Attenbourgh "Planet Earth" series... better crafted. Instead I shut it off within 15 minutes because I found the narrator's voice pervasive -- mixed too loud over the rest of the sound and too much speaking. I see this sometimes with -- for example -- singer/song-writer musicians ...... they write great songs but themselves have poor voices, and yet they fail to see this and insist on singing their own songs (eg. old Neil Young ... no, wait, CSN sounded far better w/o him then too). My understanding is that the guy (Michael?) on the motorcycle in this thing is the narrator ... by narrating it himself he's both the expert on the experience and working without an editor who would have brought a better finished product. Maybe I'd have liked this better had I put my TV on mute .... maybe played Dark Side Of The Moon at the same time.

Dec 11, 2016

I found this documentary very interesting. What an amazing journey! I will watch this documentary a second time. Very good photography.

Dec 08, 2015

You know, had this desert-documentary's producer/writer, Michael Martin not been so keen on having his actual physical presence be so conspicuously present throughout a good part of this program's 6-hour running, then, yes, I might have actually rated it significantly higher.

It also didn't help matters much that Michael's screen-persona was certainly less-than-compelling. I mean - Put, plain and simple - I found Michael to be definitely something of a bore.

But - On the other hand - Yes. This was a very well-photographed documentary that covered Michael's 900-day, 5-continent, motorbike journey (with camera-woman, Elke Wallner, on hand) across this planet's most famed desert-lands.

From images of vast sand dunes, to shots of unique plant and animal life, to footage of the unconventional lives of the various peoples who inhabit some of these uninhabitable regions of the globe, this travelogue certainly had its notable moments, which did somewhat compensate for the likes of Michael's most-unwelcome presence.

One of the most authentic travelogues available...very informative and beartifully photographed. Great armchair travelling.


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