Around the World in 80 Treasures

Around the World in 80 Treasures

A Quest for Mankind's Greatest Achievements

DVD - 2008
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Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank embarks on a five-month, 34-country world tour visiting his selection of the 80 greatest buildings, artworks, and other man-made treasures that define human civilization.
Publisher: [England] : BBC Video ; New York : BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2008
ISBN: 9781419869341
1419869345
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (9 hrs., 51 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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posie12
Feb 28, 2017

The only way to watch this is to fast forward to the treasures with sound off. The guy is so into himself!

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sparkarino
Apr 17, 2016

An enjoyable and interesting trip exploring world treasures, chosen by the intrepid Dan Cruickshank. His special touch is his knowledge of architecture and the arts. He illuminates the power of the ideas and creativity and the tremendous work done with precision and artistry that bring each beloved treasure to life.

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fdr169
Jan 31, 2014

Bopuppy is totally right, it is a pity that a program which could have been really good is not so much about the sites themselves as about its host visiting those sites.
I wonder, why BBC financed the program, it looks like it is a show shot by the host for his family's viewing.
Dan's political views sometimes are shocking, e.g. he is admiring magnificent and unimaginably expensive Moscow subway stations built in 1930s with thousands of tons of marble and statues, while in those same years millions of Soviet citizens died from state-organized hunger (he never mentions this).
I could only recommend this to people who know history really well and can tell right from wrong themselves, especially when showing it to kids -- as presented by the host, it really could give them some wrong ideas.

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marijancad
May 29, 2012

I loved seeing the various places (working on my bucket list), but I agree with Bopuppy.

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miyoch
Sep 01, 2011

I like the series. It gives you a lot of infomration on the "treasure" in different part of the world. I highly recommend it.

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Bopuppy
May 10, 2011

Dan Cruikshank ranks as one of the most irritating people on television. His commentary is often uninformed/poorly researched and he is impossible to overlook, even for a moment. It seems that in every case we only get to see the 'treasure' once Dan makes sure that he's in the middle of the picture.

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