The Price Of Paradise

Volcano DVD Series

Produced by David Lea - Living Letters Productions

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NEW DVD RELEASE

Plymouth Montserrat
The story of the life and death of the Emerald City
incuding Bonus Features and newest island developments



OUR OTHER DVD RELEASES...

The Price Of Paradise - Volume Set
The complete story of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano
featuring all eight volumes of The Price Of Paradise and
The Magic Of Montserrat, now preserved in a digital DVD format


The Price Of Paradise - Compilation
A Comprehensive Compilation of the entire eight volume series
Updated to 2007


Montserrat's Andesite Volcano
An educational film with Professor Steve Sparks
now available in five language translations


Volcano Island
Educational film for young people
featuring Professor Steve Sparks



From the first rumblings in the Soufriere Hills in July of 1995 to the most recent events...
it's all here in these exciting, educational and informative DVD's.



Plymouth Montserrat
The Latter Day Pompeii DVD
The story of the life and death of the Emerald City
A Comprehensive Compilation of Plymouth (120 minutes)


On July 18th of 1995, Montserrat’s sleeping volcano rumbled back to life after hundreds of years of dormancy. Over the next fifteen years, David Lea’s 9 part, “Price of Paradise” video series kept the Montserrat community and many others around the world informed of the incredible events taking place during those volcanic days.

Now from this extensive archive he has taken the incredible images of Plymouth and created a “video journal” that begins in the late 1800’s. He includes a drive around town in 1984, the first ash falls, evacuations, pyroclastic flows, town burning and then the endless lahars that have finally buried our beautiful 300 year old capital city.

The bonus items show before and after scenes of the devastation of the village of Harris, completely swept away by the dome collapse of February 11, 2010, PLUS a special music video that captures all the special places that we loved in the southern half of the island.

This DVD is not just an important record for us today, but it is also an irreplaceable historical document for the generations to come.

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The Price Of Paradise
Eight Volume DVD Disc Set which includes the Magic Of Montserrat
Complete video journal containing all 8 original pre-released volumes plus the Magic Of Montserrat bonus DVD (16 hours)

On July 18th of 1995, Montserrat’s sleeping volcano rumbled back to life after hundreds of years of dormancy. Over the next 8 years David Lea’s “Price of Paradise” video series (in First  Edition volumes) kept the Montserrat community, at home and abroad, and many other interested people around the world, informed of the incredible events that took place during those harrowing, volcanic days. In 2003, Lea’s Living Letters Productions released the first compilation DVD of the entire series called, “Memories of Montserrat”.

Now LLP has released all eight original volumes in a DVD format that transports the viewer through a fifteen hour “video journal” of an unfolding disaster. The story begins with the first steam vents in the Tar River Valley in 1995 and then takes you through the incredible explosions of 1997 and the deaths of 19 islanders. Evacuations, dome collapses, ash falls and blackouts make for an unforgettable story. The additional bonus DVD chronicles the magic that makes Montserrat such a special place. This is a must-see for anyone with a heart for Montserrat, a wonderful buffet of vivid memories. It’s not only an incredible record for us today, but also a lasting historical document for the generations to come.

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The Price Of Paradise
Memories Of Montserrat DVD - 2007 Edition
The story of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano
A Comprehensive Compilation of the entire eruption (135 minutes)


On July 18th of 1995, Montserrat’s sleeping volcano rumbled back to life after hundreds of years of dormancy. Over the next 10 years, David Lea’s “The Price of Paradise” video series kept the Montserrat community, and many others around the world, informed of the incredible events taking place during those volcanic days.

Now he has taken the highlights of his extensive archive and created a “video journal” that places the viewer right in the middle of an unfolding disaster. This DVD is an unusual record for us today and a historical document for the generations to come. The eruption begins with the first steam vents of 1995 that lead to the massive explosive eruptions of 1997 and the deaths of 19 people. The story continues on to the dome building phase, collapses and massive ash falls of the new millennium.

The viewer can then go to the bonus menu and choose from nine different items like: Survivors stories, The glowing dome at night, A walk through the buried city in 2003, The solar eclipse, 3 exciting days in July 1997, Books to read, Poetry, A drive through Plymouth in 1984 and a tour showing the ongoing rebuilding of the north..

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Montserrat's Andesite Volcano
A Video Field Investigation (Educational) DVD
Scientific film with Steve Sparks, four language translations on 2-disc set (52 minutes)
Revised Edition includes Japanese* translation
*in addition to English, Spanish and French languages - German language also available


This educational video was created for university students taking introductory courses in geology, earth science, and environmental sciences. However the authors feel that it will be enjoyed by a much wider audience, interested in understanding volcanoes and appreciating these great spectacles of nature. This educational DVD set contains the English, Spanish, French and Japanese versions. Two-disc DVD set has been updated with all the latest images in the English & Japanese versions.

David Lea has documented the eruption from its beginnings in 1995. His spectacular video images have become known world-wide and provide the backdrop for this unique, educational project. This 2007 Edition not only tells the story of the eruption, but also looks into the major volcanic processes of andesite volcanoes, describes the products and effects of the eruption, introduces modern methods of monitoring an active volcano, and shows the human consequences of volcanic activity on a small island community.

Professor Steve Sparks of Bristol University (UK)  explains the phenomena and then takes you on a video field trip where you will learn about the plate tectonic origin of andesite volcanoes, lava dome growth, the chemistry and mineralogy of andesite, pyroclastic flows, explosive eruptions, ash fall, debris avalanche, volcanic blasts, lahars and volcanic hazards. Spectacular and unique video images of each phenomenon are followed by explanations of the effects, the deposits,  and other hazards in the field.

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Volcano Island
(Educational) DVD
Educational film for young people (25 minutes)

This educational DVD was created for younger school students taking courses in physical geography, geology, and earth science. This 25 minute film tells the story of the eruption, explains major volcanic processes, describes the effects of the eruption, introduces modern methods of monitoring an active volcano, and considers the impact of volcanic activity on a small island community. The film includes animations to explain the plate tectonic origin of volcanoes, the nature of magma, lava dome growth, pyroclastic flows, volcanic explosions, volcanic ash and pumice, volcanic blasts, lahars and volcanic hazards. Outstanding images of each phenomenon are accompanied by explanations by Professor Steve Sparks of the causes, effects and hazards. The film can also be enjoyed by a much wider audience interested in understanding volcanoes and appreciating these great spectacles of nature.

David Lea lives on Montserrat and has documented the eruption in film from its beginnings in 1995. His spectacular video images provide the backdrop for this unique, educational study.

Professor Steve Sparks of Bristol University (UK) wrote the script that explains basic ideas about volcanoes and their hazards. He also takes you into the field to explain some of the effects of volcanoes.

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View a few screen shots from some of our
previously released Price Of Paradise volumes:
Volume 4   Volume 5   Volume 6




A Note from The Producer


Dear all,

The main reason I started documenting the volcanic activity on Montserrat is because it practically showed up in my backyard! I have lived in Montserrat with my family for the better part of the past twenty seven years. I have had a bit of experience in the "video world", having hosted a Christian television program called "Caribbean Crossroads" for a number of years.


But my greatest motivation for the documentation of the volcanic events taking place, was the need for fellow Montserratians here and abroad to know what was happening in their homeland. Many were forced to move to other islands, the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere. We sincerely hope that these videos have helped to keep everyone informed and believe that they provide historic record of what has taken place here, which will be passed down to generations to come.

Thank you for your interest.


Sincerely,

David D. Lea



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