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This Caroline Quentin travelogue isn't perfect, but it sure is pretty....
Acorn Media / 176 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: November 6, 2012
Surprise, surprise: you will want to visit southwestern England after viewing Cornwall. Less a documentary than a 'what to do while you're there' travelogue, this tour - led by author Caroline Quentin - takes viewers through many of the region's quant villages and panoramic seascapes with a distinctly Anglophile-via-PBS feel.
There is a dark side to this, though. While the photography and overall impression of Cornwall is solid and engaging, whatever storytelling it holds doesn't exactly deliver. Quentin herself is not without enthusiasm for the area (it's clear she loves the place), but her cadence and delivery becomes woefully repetitive after a while - and this set runs almost three hours. I hate to dog the woman in this regard, but facts are facts.
But for those who would love to stroll the meadows of Cornwall but don't have the ability to do so this holiday season, a DVD release like this one might have serious draw. You might not make it through the entire show - again, a little goes a long way as far as Quentin is concerned - but even just a taste of the wondrous beauty at hand in Cornwall is enough to make your appetite for travel escalate significantly.