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featuring: Benedict Allen, Mireya Mayor, Pasquale Scaturro, and Kevin Sites
420 minutes (E) 2009
widescreen ratio 16:9
Go Entertain / History Channel blu-ray region B retail
review by William N. Dyer
Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone
This is a reality TV show that might be considered a cut above the average and it could have been through the cinematography of Africa but it
failed, convincingly. The premise is that four 'explorers' retrace the epic journey of Stanley in his search to find Livingstone.
The journey is compromised from the get go when they decide not to follow the full same route, skipping populated areas (because people might
get in the way) or to divert to a more photogenic or challenging route to give us more action.
From the second episode on the first five to ten minutes are spent covering what's gone before and this becomes very tedious on a blue-ray
disc when you're viewing the episodes in quick succession.
From an organisation such as the History Channel, I would have expected something that displayed more integrity as a piece of work rather
than pandering to some false view of the attention span and mental capabilities of the audience.
The false dramas set up among the four white protagonists could only help to engender in the local population that the white man is anything
but superior. It's juvenile and pedestrian, to say the least.
This should have been a wonderful visual experience that captured the essence of Africa and its magnetic appeal to the 19th century European
explorer and adventurer.
Disc extras: six featurettes drawing heavily on the footage shot for the series.