Discovery Atlas: Complete Collection

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Discover the global event that promises to inspire viewers through captivating photography, the highest quality production values, the latest in high-definition technology and compelling stories that epitomize the heart of a country and its people. China:Join rice farmers tilling the land their ancestors have worked for 18 centuries and explore the countryside where monks teach their 500-year-old discipline. You’ll share in the Olympic dreams of a 12-year-old gymnast and le… More >>

Discovery Atlas: Complete Collection

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  1. Update Dec 1 2009: As I said below on (Aug 12 2009), I only saw the Brazil and Italy episodes on a standard TV when they aired on the Discovery Channel. I was blown away. But after hearing how these and other episodes have been hacked away to less than half of their original running times, I’m dropping my rating of “Discovery Atlas: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]” from 5 stars to 2 stars. If you don’t mind these summaries of the 4 episodes and want to see the summaries of other episodes that aren’t unavailable individually on Blu-ray anwyay, then go ahead and get it. I’ll probably get it because the price is right, and I’d like to see the other episodes, albeit shortened.


    I’ve only seen the Brazil and Italy episodes in standard definition on a CRT TV when they aired on the Discovery Channel, but I’m giving it 5 stars anyway. AMAZING! I love how they show a lot of the beauty of each country AND personalize it by following a few people from each country so we can kind of see it from their perspectives. So as such, it’s not intended to be a history or geography lesson, but rather a flavor of life in those countries with the beautiful cinematography we’ve come to expect from Discovery.

    Anyway, since the Discovery Atlas series is currently only available on Blu-ray as independent episodes/countries, I recommend you view the descriptions and reviews of the individual episodes/countries for the series.

    I can’t wait to see the entire series on Blu-ray!


    Since Amazon is missing much of the description (like which countries are included in this set) and the “update product info” link doesn’t allow people to include a true DESCRIPTION, I’m including it in review format.

    From the series’ website (please note that Japan is missing from the description, so is it included in this set or not?):

    India – India is one of the world’s rising superpowers. A vast population and landmass, a weight of history and culture that stretches back for millennia. Meet the people that make this great nation.

    China – Coupling insightful storytelling with spectacular and ground-breaking photographic techniques, ”Atlas: China Revealed” brings alive the fascinating and complex contemporary life of one of the greatest nations on earth.

    Brazil – Brazil is a beautiful country surrounded with beaches, jungles, and landscaping mountains. ”Atlas: Brazil Revealed” plunges into this vibrant country and discovers that the native people are just as interesting and colorful as the land itself.

    France – France is a country where life itself is an art form. Food, drink, history and tradition are taken seriously. An explosives expert, a radical chef and a man who scales skyscrapers are among the people who share their country and what it means to be French.

    Australia – Its the only country that is a continent. Its one of the driest places on the planet and spans over 4 million miles with over 22,000 miles of coastline. Australia has become home to over 20 million people surviving in a vast and absolutely amazing land.

    Italy – Throughout one Italian year, the program tells the stories of unique characters and displays Italian life within the natural cycle of the seasons. While taking this journey, watch the individual storylines unravel the lives of ordinary Italians.

    Mexico – From the famous single cry, ‘Viva Mexico!’ that sweeps the country every Independence Day, to the spectacle and pageantry summoned by reverence for the Virgin of Guadalupe, ”Atlas: Mexico Revealed” is a journey into the heart of this amazing country.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. As pointed out in the other reviews, these episodes are “cut” – and by quite a bit. Image/Discovery originally released the Atlas titles in single-episode Blu-Ray discs retailing for the same price as this collection. The individual sets didn’t get far, only releasing 4 countries (Italy, Australia, Brazil and China). To give you an idea of how much is cut, the original Blu-Ray discs listed runtimes of just above 100 minutes (the new episodes are a little less than half of that). Despite this, I still gave the overall set a very good score because the episodes are still very good in their shortened form, and most of these are previously unreleased on Blu Ray (and for the ones that have been released, you’re getting EVERY episode for the same price as what you originally paid for one episode. The shortened episodes work nicely as they don’t feel overly long, and still contain a very good amount of content (several stories, landscapes, etc..)

    If you don’t mind the edited episodes (I never saw them on their original airings, so I’m not sure exactly what I’m missing (other than from what I saw on the 4 previously-released Blu Ray discs)), this is a great set at a great price.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Have some of the series in Blu-ray, such as Brazil, but these are only about 43 mins. No where does it say they are edited. Save your money and buy the country separately. They have some extras, but still almost half the footage from the originals are missing.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Don’t buy this version is not really complete! I watch the France, China and Italy documentary and there are not complete. The original versions of these documentaries are more than 100 min long. On this version they only last like 40 min!! I suggest buying each individually. Is not fair that they sell us a documentary that says “complete collection” on the cover when is not true.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. I agree with most of reviews here that these shows are heavily edited. I saw the Brazil Atlas and it was 2 hr on discovery channel with commerical. and if you look at the Brazil Atlas Blu-ray you’ll see that it has the running time of 94 minutes too. i really like how the show look at different people of each country so that not only you learn about the country, but its people, culture, and ways of life.

    I like this show very much- i only got to see Brazil on TV so I dont know what else i miss with the rest of the shows.

    if you never seen this show, then you’ll be amazed and love this series- especially in hi-def, but if you saw them before on tv or stand-alone dvd/blu-ray- you’ll be very disappointed… you’re missing more than half of the original show!
    Rating: 2 / 5

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