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Stephen Fry: In America (2 Discs)

Released on 17 November 2008

Featuring: Stephen Fry, Stephen King & George Bush

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"I could have been American; after all, I was nearly born there. So I wanted to find out what it is that makes the United States of America so unique, so diverse, so very American..." - Stephen Fry

Britain's comic genius, Stephen Fry, travels around each of America's states in his black London cab in order to discover, in his own inimitable style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life.

His journey across the vast country takes him to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, lava fields in Hawaii, an Amish community in Wisconsin and a brothel in Nevada, as well as hunting in New York State, sailing on an America's Cup boat in Rhode Island, basket weaving with Navajo Indians and meeting environmental activists in Oregon.

Stephen is shown the country by its proud citizens as he drives across the continent uncovering the idiosyncrasies that makes each state individual and the similarities that make America distinct.

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 Average rating (7 reviews)

 Interesting and captivating.

| | See all LewisT24's reviews (1)

I firstly feel the need to say that the individual who gave this dvd 3 stars is lame, and that is not just due to a contrast in opinion.

The whole idea of a documentary is not to sell a country. In fact, most good documentaries don't sell anything. Not all tv is commercial rubbish. This documentary in particular, i couldn't respect stephen fry more for doing it.

America is a country that some people have very narrow minded opinions about. It is not all fake, disneyworld and beaches, and nyc. There is some gorgeous landscape, huge diversity and a range of cultures throughought each state. No, this series doesn't make america to be the perfect place to live, but it gives a very realistic viewpoint on state-wide america, and that's what i want out of a documentary. Even if it wasn't all positive, i still want to go to each state, more than i ever have before.

I quite like stephen fry, not a huge fan, but i do enjoy this series, very much so.

 Another Brilliant Fry-ism!

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I can't beleive someone earlier rated this a 1. Obviously someone with no intelligence nor marvels at the brilliance of Stephen Fry! A brilliant series with Fry. I hope he does more continents.

 Steven Fry in America

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I found that this series was quite boreing, Steven is a very intelectual man and at times his illness ( which I have ) showed by putting himself down and lacked confidence. The series seemed to be a conquest of all the states as fast as possible, focusing on issues which would not sell USA to me. Maybe if he had talked to Michael Palin and Alan Whicker he could have portrayed the series in a better way. This in no way is a slant on a very clever man, who like me gives over a strong sense of lack of confidence, the idea of these travel documentaries are to sell the country to the public, nice try Steven, I admire your courage, maybe if the series had been twice as long and spent more time on more interesting subjects. Never did find out how he broke his arm and suddenly its better again

 The national treasures gets his own series but its too short

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Stephen Fry is a funny man, and very knowledgable but 6 hours to go through 50 plus states is just not enough, the bbc really diltued this series. Still it was very interesting and focused on some strange aspects of america like a 50,000 capacity stadium for an (american) football game.

Its a good series but not something i would desire on dvd. If you like stephen fry then this is worth it, if not, let it pass.

 Decent Viewing Of A Huge Country

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I really enjoyed watching this the last few nights. I have been to America many times and seen a small part of it. It is amazing that he made it to all 50 states. He went to some unusual places and did not do many of the typical sights or tourist spots. He also had to breeze through very quickly as the series is only 6 hours. It was still very enjoyable, he is very interesting to listen to and I will certainly buy the book. If you are interested in America you will see parts of it, learn some history and experience Stephen Fry's wit. I would say he is a talented man and well done to him and the BBC.

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ActorsStephen Fry, Stephen King, George Bush, Steven Speilberg, Bill Gates, Aretha Franklin & Arnold Schwarzenegger
CertificateExempt from Classification
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
SubtitlesNone listed
Duration5 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.