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 Entertainment, c2007.
ISBN: 1417229608
Branch Call Number: DVD-ED 551.415 EXP436
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (357 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Deserts


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Apr 19, 2018

I loved it! Fasinating topic and journey! Well-done! Personal, warm, thoughtful commentary about the interesting people he met in the various extreme places on the journey, mostly done on their trusty motorbike!

What a very difficult, very challenging journey through many countries around the world to see different kinds of deserts! Exhausted, yet, very adaptive and resilient! Symbolic of the many ethnic groups they met around the World, living on the very extreme landscapes, coping with extreme, often punishing climate! Scarcity of water, gas, mechanical parts and other necessities makes it a big challenge of using any transportation, and just plain living in many of these places!
Yet, many ethnic groups have done so for many generations and continue to do so! Their reliance on the various animals is ever present in the rural communities! There are many domestic animals and wildlife in this Documentaty!

This Couple, Martin and Elke are experienced travellers and campers! They speak several languages altogether! Most people they meet are warm and helpful, helping them with water, food, shelter, translating, teaching about various historical, religious, cultural aspects of their communities!

Some Countries have suffered greatly from Taliban and other wars, incl European led, leaving much devastation in their wake! Important historical sites oblitirated, people devastated from losing their homes and lands, loved ones tortured and killed, loss of work, etc etc! The live mines are still posing daily danger and soldiers are working at dismantling them! There is a bridge built right on top of the abandioned tanks! The tanks ought to make a sturdy foundation, right!?

Each story is unique and some ate truly heart-wrenching! Martin shows much warmth and caring in retelling them and trying to find a way to help these people, even if in a small way!

He and Elke, his companion and camera person, travel through many dangerous landscape places and touchy political climates, as well, where kidnappings of foregners are common! The govts and leaders of these colmmunities provided escort through some places!

There is so much to learn in this Documentary! It is packed with much info on the cultural, political, social, geographical and scientific, etc aspects! Martin made it personal, as if we were travelling with him around the World, and experiencing the challenges along with him, meeting personally many fascinating ethnic people and seeing the desert landscapes with our own eyes!

The Conclusion of this Documentaty is very amusing, as it is striking and memorable, with Martin ending his journey of the Sandy, Hot Deserts and now he and Elke are back in the Snowy, European, Germanic Country in time for Christmas, with a policeman being dumbfounded on the condition of his Bike! The policeman was not amused! The European law and govt have different priorities than the People surviving in the Desert! Never-the-less, it was hilarious! I will leave you to find out the particular details! Bon Voyage!

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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