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Around the World in 80 DVD's
« on: December 29, 2007, 04:48:18 AM »
My new challenge - Around the World in 80 DVD's

Watch 80 dvds, films linked in some way to 80 different countries, starting and finishing in London aka Phileas Fogg, in 80 days or less, following a specific route viewing movies in order to cross the globe. Ideal was to include as many as possible unwatched DVDs

Beginning January 1st, to finish before 21st March.

Map of journey and ongoing progress can be followed here with details of all films to be viewed en-route -,138.515625&spn=123.585916,326.953125&z=2&om=1
(Click on pins to view dvd details)

Copy of route map

1EnglandLondonJan 1st3/10
2ScotlandRestless NativesJan 1st5/10
3Norway633 SquadronJan 1st5/10
4FinlandHacking DemocracyJan 2nd6/10
5LatviaOdessa FileJan 3rd6/10
6DenmarkBreaking The WavesJan 4th4/10
7GermanyStalingradJan 4th5/10
8NetherlandsBlack Book (Zwartboek)Jan 5th8/10
9BelgiumWaterlooJan 5th6/10
10FranceAmelie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain)Jan 6th6/10
11SwitzerlandAshantiJan 7th2/10
12AustriaExtreme OpsJan 7th1/10
13CroatiaNo Man's Land (Nicija zemlja)Jan 8th4/10
14Vatican CityStigmataJan 9th6/10
15ItalyRome, Open City (Roma, città aperta)Jan 10th5/10
16SpainPan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)Jan 11th7/10
17PortugalCockleshell HeroesJan 12th5/10
18MoroccoCasablancaJan 13th8/10
19AlgeriaPattonJan 15th7/10
20TunisiaEnglish PatientJan 15th7/10
21SicilyGodfatherJan 16th10/10
22MaltaMaltese FalconJan 16th6/10
23HungaryEvitaJan 17th3/10
24Czech RepublicAmadeusJan 18th8/10
25PolandWhere Eskimos LiveJan 20th1/10
26UkraineEverything Is IlluminatedJan 20th4/10
27RomaniaCold MountainJan 20th8/10
28GreeceGuns of NavaroneJan 21st6/10
29KefaloniaCaptain Corelli's MandolinJan 23rd7/10
30CreteIn Which We ServeJan 24th3/10
31EgyptBubba Ho-TepJan 24th5/10
32IsraelMossadJan 27th1/10
33JordanIndiana Jones and the Last CrusadeJan 28th6/10
34LebanonA Different LoyaltyJan 29th4/10
35Saudi ArabiaMalcolm XJan 30th8/10
36IraqNo End In SightJan 31st6/10
37SomaliaBlack Hawk DownFeb 2nd 9/10
38U.A.E.Lawrence of ArabiaFeb 3rd6/10
39IranHouse of Sand and FogFeb 5th5/10
40TurkeyMidnight ExpressFeb 5th6/10
41GeorgiaGeorgia RuleFeb 8th5/10
42RussiaCome and See (Idi i smotri)Feb 10th5/10
43PakistanThe War WithinFeb 11th3/10
44AfghanistanKandaharFeb 12th4/10
45Sri LankaIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Feb 13th4/10
46IndiaGandhiFeb 15th7/10
47ChinaCurse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia)Feb 17th4/10
48BhutanTribe: The Adi - Series One Ep 1Feb 19th9/10
49BurmaReturn From the River KwaiFeb 20th5/10
50ThailandBeautiful BoxerFeb 22nd3/10
51MalaysiaAnna and the KingFeb 23rd8/10
52SingaporeChina SeasFeb 23rd2/10
53MalaysiaThe TouchFeb 24th4/10
54CambodiaKilling FieldsFeb 25th8/10
55LaosAuf Wiedersehen, Pet: The SpecialFeb 28th6/10
56VietnamUncommon ValorFeb 29th4/10
57Hong KongHard BoiledMar 1st5/10
58TaiwanCrouching Tiger Hidden DragonMar 2nd8/10
59KoreaOld BoyMar 4th5/10
60JapanSeven SamuraiMar 5th5/10
61PhilippinesHamburger HillMar 6th6/10
62AustraliaIncredible Journey of Mary BryantMar 7th6/10
63New ZealandWhale RiderMar 8th5/10
64TahitiMutiny on the BountyMar 9th6/10
65HawaiiFrom Here to EternityMar 10th6/10
66AlaskaOn the BeachMar 10th6/10
67CanadaCrashMar 10th8/10
68USANo Country For Old MenMar 11th5/10
69MexicoMask of ZorroMar 12th5/10
70El SalvadorSalvadorMar 14th6/10
71PanamaTailor of PanamaMar 14th7/10
72EcuadorEnd of the SpearMar 15th7/10
73ColombiaBlowMar 15th7/10
74CubaBefore Night FallsMar 16th3/10
75Virgin IslandsWeekend at Bernies 2Mar 16th0/10
76IcelandHostel Part IIMar 17th4/10
77Northern IrelandHidden AgendaMar 18th8/10
78IrelandEvelynMar 18th7/10
79WalesHow Green was My ValleyMar 18th6/10
80EnglandAround the World in 80 Days (1956)Mar 19th8/10
« Last Edit: March 20, 2008, 11:36:42 AM by richierich »


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007, 06:40:56 AM »
 :o Wow. It's a really cool idea. How long did it take to pull the list together, and how did you do it?  :clap:


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007, 01:08:59 PM »
Thanks to google maps on and off just a few hours work.
Hardest bit was trying to find some form of link for some of the more obscure countries  ;)

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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007, 01:19:54 PM »
My spot should I participate here.

It's hard to find titles in my collection for a lot of the countries. I started now with using the IMDb keyword search looking for titles.

If we do other marathons like a January marathon parallely, we could make this one open-ended. Otherwise I think it will be too much to fit in.


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008, 02:45:17 PM »
The journey begins...

When Syd (Chris Evans) learns that his ex-girlfriend London (Jessica Biel) is leaving New York without telling him, he responds by impulsively crashing her going away party. Once there fear catches up to him, rather than confront her, he holes up in the bathroom with a pile of cocaine and Bateman (Jason Statham), an enigmatic Englishman he just met. As the two engage in a drug-fueled conversation that runs the gamut from entropy to S&M to the meaning of life, Syd struggles to work up the nerve to talk to London before it's too late.

Despite being a fan of Jason Statham this was a disappointing film, miserable and self-indulgent machismo crap with excessive foul language and drug abuse without much purpose in supporting the films story. It's not your typical Statham action film, but the acting is okay albeit deep. Impossible to recommend this unless you want a downer. 3/10


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2008, 05:06:56 PM »
and through bonnie Scotland...

Ronnie and Will, two lads from Edinburgh, embark on a non-violent spree of robberies. Dressing up in bizarre costumes the duo act as modern highwaymen, robbing coach loads of tourists in the Highlands; eventually earning them the tag, the Clown and the Wolfman. In the process they become folk heroes to the locals. Their adventures make for a whimsical and gentle comedy, in the Bill Forsyth vein.

An 80's budget film, pretty poor dvd transfer but despite this the film still manages to hold it`s own and has surprisingly aged well. Worth viewing, with some really classic hilarious parts, but don't spend a lot purchasing this unless you are a nostalgic Brit. 5/10


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2008, 05:17:34 PM »
Richie, you ARE the man! Or should we call you Fogg for the next 80 days  :hysterical:


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2008, 11:39:29 PM »
Fogg is fine Rick - it's how my head feels after last night anyway  :cheers:  :stars:

And on through the Fjords of Norway...

The brave 633 Squadron have enjoyed many successful sorties, but they are now assigned a seemingly suicidal mission - to bomb a water plant in occupied Norway which is shielded by mountain terrain and guarded by heavy, anti-aircraft artillery. Their task is made even more hazardous by German air raids and the capture of a resistance leader who has been helping them.

Don't watch this expecting to be challenged. Wooden acting, posh accents, an implausible script but plenty of entertainment.
Despite the wooden airplane models repeatedly shown and the poor acting, this war film is good viewing and has a better score than Dambusters. Keep your eye out for Jonny Briggs too  ;)   5/10


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008, 01:29:28 AM »
A very thin link for Finland (a Finnish hacker) but was a documentary I was keen to watch...

How does America count its votes? From Florida and California to Ohio and Washington State, filmmakers Simon Ardizzone, Robert Cohen and Russell Michaels starkly reveal a broken system riddled with secrecy, incompetent election officials, and electronic voting machines that can be programmed to steal elections. Equipped only with a powerful sense of righteous outrage, the activists take on the voting machine industry, exposing alarming security holes in America's trusted voting machines. They even go dumpster diving at a county election official's office in Florida, uncovering incendiary evidence of miscounted votes. But proving our votes can be stolen without a trace culminates in a duel between the Diebold voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland — with America's democracy at stake.

Staggering, do we really live in a democracy and how much we believe is true is actually just manipulated political spin and wrongdoing. This revealing documentary exposes the severe security problems with electronic voting machines in the U.S. A jaw-dropping exposé which I am sure could be mirrored for many other countries voting practices. 6/10


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2008, 03:54:19 AM »
My wish list is now +1  :thanks:


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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2008, 12:06:41 AM »
A quick trip through Latvia...

The plot begins on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Peter Miller, a young German reporter happens to see an ambulance on a highway. He chases the ambulance and discovers it contains an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who had committed suicide. The reporter obtains the diary of the man, which contains information on his life in the World War II camps, and the names of members of the SS who ran the camp. He makes up his mind to hunt the Nazi Eduard Roschmann who is mentioned in the diary, not just for a sensational cover story, but for a more serious personal reason.

Another powerful post-holocaust movie, superbly directed and acted. Based on thriller writer Freddie Forsyth book, the film masterfully blurs fiction and reality, mixed with tense action and suspense, to make a gem of a production. Recommended 6/10


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2008, 10:08:23 PM »
a trudge through Denmark

In a small coastal village, young and naive Bess marries an oil rig worker despite a strict community's opposition. It is a marriage of spiritual and sexual bliss until an accident severely paralyzes him. Out of open-eyes self-sacrifice and love, she ignores her own safety in the hope that a miracle will bring her husband back to her.

Filmed like a low-budget documentary, a naive young woman who believed her desire to reunite with her offshore oilrigging husband caused the accident that paralysed him. She repents by submitting to his wish that she sleep with other men. The more she degrades herself, the healthier he becomes. Emily Watson is brilliant (clothed and naked), but the movie itself, whilst being gritty and original, was not to my taste, so I could only give it a 4.


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2008, 10:46:18 PM »
I had difficulty getting through that one as well.

Next stop: Germany!


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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2008, 02:31:57 PM »
durch kaltes Deutschland

This film is a gritty, devastating retelling of the battle for Stalingrad during World War II, in which more than a million and a half soldiers lost their lives. Told from the point of view of the German soldiers, who were under orders to neither retreat nor surrender, this film realistically portrays the brutality of combat.

Having read so many good reviews for this film, I felt slightly disappointed afterwards. It certainly would have more impact in it's original language, the dubbing sounded Monty Pythonesque and detracted from the films moving content. Graphic war scenes, harsh and bitter tale from the soldiers perspective, the film just didn't quite have enough to make it a classic IMO  5/10

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Re: Around the World in 80 DVD's
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2008, 08:41:27 PM »
A pleasant jaunt through the Netherlands...

September 1944 - Nazi Occupied Holland'. When her temporary safe house is destroyed by a bomb, the beautiful young Jewish chanteuse Rachel Steinn joins fellow refugees in an attempt to reach safe Allied territory by boat.
Tragedy strikes when a Nazi patrol intercepts their escape, ruthlessly killing everybody onboard including Rachel's family; only Rachel escapes the massacre. Embittered and desperate for revenge, she joins the Resistance where, assigned a new identity as the blond Ellies de Vries, she is charged with infiltrating the German Security Service by seducing senior officer Muntze (Sebastian Koch).
Twenty years in the making, this stunning, sexy war film from the internationally acclaimed blockbuster director Paul Verhoeven ('Basic Instinct', 'Total Recall', 'Starship Troopers') is an epic and moving tale of great courage and fierce emotion - played out against the dying explosive months of WWII.

Now this what makes marathons so appealing, a film that has sat on the unwatched backburner for ages is finally watched, and it's a real masterpiece. Paul Verhoeven's return to his homeland is marked by this excellent movie, and a reason to forgive him for Showgirls. Brutal,sexy,bold and revealing, these stories should be told, and viewed from a Dutch perspective, culminates in a wonderful viewing experience.  Highly recommended. 8/10