If the economy is getting you down, and the staycation concept is starting to wear a little thin for you, then be of good cheer, world traveler in the making, for I have a treat for you. The folks out at Acorn Media sent out a copy of the Visions of Europe box set, and if you want to really show the power of a home theater system, and its ultimate value, then you must have a copy of this.
Visions of Europe is a massive travelogue of a different sort. While many travelogues would subject you to a chipper, cheerful host (Samantha Brown, I’m looking at you) who can get a little annoying at times as they walk throughout the various places they wish to show. But Visions of Europe takes a whole different path, instead going by helicopter with a faceless narrator who takes you to all the great sights of a variety of European lands.
Set to some absolutely unbelievable music, and treating us to some breathtaking scenery, Visions of Europe is, quite literally, the next best thing to being there, as you get to see all the great tourist attractions, as well as a variety of other sights, from an angle precious few people get to see it from: above.
You will see magnificent sights with Visions of Europe, but you will also learn a great number of things about a variety of different places. You’ll learn about the history and the current culture of major cities, but also lesser known places like Lipara and Bavaria, among literally a host of others.
And just in case the learning and the beauty aren’t sufficient for you, then there’s another good reason to have this one around, and that’s as a showpiece for your home theater system. If you want to see just how potent your hardware is, you put this on. And when you can hear each octave of the classical and popular scores, and see each ocean wave ripple and leaf wave in a passing breeze, you know you’ve got some serious home theater gear that will utterly destroy anything the theater can bring out.
Admittedly, if you’re not interested in seeing the great cities of Europe and the relevant sights, then this will bore you to tears. But as a show of beauty, as an educational device, even as the new measure by which your home theater quality can assert itself, Visions of Europe will serve so many purposes it’s hard not to like it.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Visions of Europe a full ten out of ten for managing to do so much in one six blu-ray set. It’s thoroughly amazing stuff, and if you have any interest in seeing the amazing sights Europe has to offer, then this is the place to start looking.