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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: '15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out'

Dennis King Published: December 10, 2013

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out”

Year end is the time we usually make resolutions, update out various life lists and generally contemplate things we want to do with the rest of our lives. To that end, the restless rovers among us would do well to check out “15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

This cheekily titled travelogue package, with five discs featuring more than 13 hours of globe-hopping footage and picture postcard tableaux, is an apt Christmas gift for any world traveler looking to update a primo-destination bucket list.

Offering loads of glossy documentary footage of some of the most dazzling destinations on the globe, the series also provides in-depth explorations of its locations featuring all the must-see sights, along with valuable behind-the-scenes insights into each capital city’s customs, cuisine, architecture and landscape.

The roster of cities is pretty standard, with an itinerary featuring the expected locales (London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Washington, D.C.), plus a few more pithy and idiosyncratic choices (Dublin, Vatican City).

Combining knowledgeable, amiable and useful narration with a soundtrack of folkloric music that attempts to capture the spirit of each region, these travel snapshots will undoubtedly trigger the wanderlust of any viewer who longs to see the greatest cities of the world before “checking out.”

“15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out” is not rated and runs 836 minutes on five discs. It’s being released by Image Entertainment.

- Dennis King