This spectacular introduction to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park is particularly impressive in the Blu-Ray version of the disc, which presents high resolution video at levels that approach those found on the BBC's highly revered "Planet Earth" series. (The original video may have been made in high definition format, which would go a long way to explaining the excellent image quality found on this Blu-Ray disc.) The theme of this production is the attempt to repopulate Gorongosa with wildlife, badly depleted during years of civil war and the rapine of hunters and poachers. We watch the emotional and dramatic capture and transport of elephants from South Africa, as well as the capture and transport of hippopotamuses, so that they could be replanted in Gorongosa to help rebuild the ecosystem. From these and other efforts, we watch the slow reconstruction of the entire animal population from the smallest fish to the largest lions as the park undergoes a massive transformation back towards its original state. The story is amazing, parts heartbreaking, but it's told in a clear and meaningful way. Anyone from young children to adults can watch, enjoy, and learn.
Filming (and its transfer to Blu-Ray) is simply amazing. The video approaches what we see in the BBC's "Planet Earth," but is targeted to specific life in the Gorongosa Park, of course. The close ups of huge eagles, heron, and storks, coming to fish in the lake from above, is a true videographic feat, probably filmed at some super high speed frame rate in order to see this level of detail at such slow speed (near stop motion at points, reminding us a little of the other acclaimed video "Winged Migration.") There is also some excellent underwater photography, as well. Colors are rich and saturated, and there are many arial shots of the park at different points so you can see the beauty of the locale and get a visual idea of its geographic layout. Gorgeous.
An easy recommendation to anyone wishing to learn a little about a major African park, those interested in animal repopulation methods, and those interested in how ecosystems can be damaged, this video by National Geographic should be on their short list.
Also see ...
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray]
Winged Migration [Blu-ray] (2009)