New Europe

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Travel Documentary hosted by Michael Palin and published by BBC in 2007 - English narration

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Michael Palin explores the countries that were, for much of his life, hidden behind the Iron Curtain, and now are very much part of the New Europe of post-Soviet times.

[edit] War and Peace

In Medjugoree Michael encounters a visionary who first started having visitations from the Virgin Mary 25 years ago. In Dubrovnik he meets with lute maestro Edin Karamazov who made the recent 'Songs from the Labyrinth' album with Sting. Michael ends this visit with a sheep sacrifice which heralds an afternoon of music and hospitality typically Balkan.

[edit] Eastern Delight

Michael makes a remarkable visit to Göreme, where the rocks have been carved to form homes and some of the most remarkable churches of the early Christian era. Leaving the Cappodocia region by balloon, he sails east towards the borders of the New Europe, which if Turkey were to join the European Union would include Iran, Iraq and Syria.

[edit] Wild East

Michael travels from Transdniester, a breakaway state from the Republic of Moldova, to the Vaser Valley in Romania, where he joins 80 lumberjacks as they board a wood-fired steam train. He finally ends up at Bran Castle in Transylvania, the ancestral home of Vlad the Impaler and alleged home of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

[edit] Danube to Dnieper

Michael travels by road, rail and river through Hungary and the Ukraine, ending in the Black Sea resort of Yalta. Along the way he visits Budapest's 'House of Terror', a National Park in Hortobagy, an area which Attila the Hun was reputed to have rampaged across, and ends up meeting a Leeds market trader who married the Ukranian prime minister's daughter.

[edit] Baltic Summer

Michael travels from Tallinn in the north, through Latvia, to Lithuania in the south, sailing into the Baltic from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, formerly East Prussia. In Estonia he visits a pyramid house and samples the medicinal properties of leeches. In Latvia he visits one of the most secretive places of the Communist-era, the astronomical telescope.

[edit] From Pole to pole

Arriving in Gdansk via canal, Michael meets former electrician Lech Walesa who formed 'Solidarity', Poland's first independent trade union, which led to the demise of communism in that country. Heading to Warsaw he visits the Palace of Culture, Stalin's controversial gift to Varsovians. Michael then makes his own personal pilgrimage to Auschwitz.

[edit] Journey's End

High in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia, Michael skins a pig, and learns how to make sausages. He then departs to Brno to visit Tibor Turba's famous mime school, where he is asked to mime a cockerel. Travelling in a DC3, used during the Berlin airlift, he visits the island of Rugen, built by Hitler for his KDF ('Strength through Joy') programme.

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  • Release Date: 23/09/2007
  • Video Codec: XviD
  • Video Bitrate: 1647 kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 352
  • Audio Codec: MP3
  • Audio BitRate: 128 KB/s
  • length: 58:56
  • Number Of Parts: 7
  • Part Size: 744 MB
  • Ripped by REMAX

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3216 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number of Parts: 7
  • Part Size: 1.40 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

[edit] 1080p version

  • Video Codec: x265/HEVC CABAC Main10@4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 23 (~3619Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~128Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number of Parts: 7
  • Part Size: 1.54 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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