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Visions Of New York City

Acorn Media // 2004 // 55 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // July 10th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring once had a vision of battling Donald Trump to rule New York City. He lost, of course.

The Charge

A stunning aerial tour of the city that never sleeps.

The Case

Visions of New York City is part of a public television series that offers stunning images of the world's most breathtaking places. This particular edition takes viewers on an amazing ride across the Big Apple. Boasting a great selection of aerial shots and footage captured right on the streets of New York, this short but educational program has a lot in store for both regular as well as prospective visitors. After all, not many of us will ever get to see this energetic city's most famous spots from such a unique perspective.

Watching a collection of shots showcasing the most well-known buildings, bridges, and other sites in New York City may not sound very intriguing at first, but the beauty of all the aerial footage definitely makes this tour a worthwhile experience. Additionally, the program is supported by narration, which focuses on the history and architecture of all the landmarks located on Fifth Avenue, in Central Park, along the harbor and around Brooklyn, Harlem, Wall Street, Washington Heights, and many other neighborhoods. Some of the comments we get to listen to are a bit cheesy, but it's not a major issue.

Visions of New York City gets a little monotonous after a while in terms of style and structure, but the impressive footage eventually keeps things interesting enough until the end. There's enough variety between aerial and ground shots, and while the first part of the program focuses on the city during the day, the final section shows us the city by night, a nice transition that helps spice things up a bit as well.

All of the aerial shots were captured with HD cameras hooked up to helicopters, but even in standard definition, the footage looks fancy enough. The DVD boasts a solid widescreen presentation of the Visions of New York City program, complete with sharp image quality and a clean audio transfer. If 55 minutes of New York City is not enough for you, the bonus section includes 20 more minutes of additional footage. No narration here, but the footage is accompanied by music.

Avid travelers and fans of the Big Apple will certainly appreciate Visions of New York City, a simple program that offers impressive images of New York's most memorable sights. As a bonus, you may even walk away learning a thing or two about some of the locations' historical significance and architectural style.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
• 1.66:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Footage


• NY Tourism Board

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