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Africa'S Lost Eden

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Africa's Lost Eden

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Incredible movie Aug. 20 2010
By P. Felton - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The quality is typical of what National Geographic always delivers with the added bonus of incredible footage of crocodiles hidden in the natural grasses of the waterways, with only a single eye peaking out, laying their eggs and hatching them on the sand, and the most amazing footage I've ever seen of an African eagle fishing. I would recommend buying it for that alone. There aren't words for how stunning the photography is in this film and the message behind the restoration project of the park and its people is even more breathtaking. You will not regret getting this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular Introduction to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park Jan. 5 2012
By Ray - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
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)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing video and incredible project May 13 2010
By ingallsra - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've been following the efforts in Gorongosa for several years. This documentary captures the overwhelming beauty of the land and its inhabitants, as well as the highs and lows that accompany a project of this scope. This DVD is fifty minutes of awe, sadness and hope. Gorongosa National Park is an example of how conservation and human development together can result in a successful, symbiotic relationship.
Very Interesting Sept. 17 2013
By Micki - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As in all National Geographic Documentaries, this is no exception, one very interesting look at Africa's lost Eden and how the effort is to restore it to its former glory.
Well worth seeing.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's not a story about a Lost Eden. It is about a Restoration Plan Nov. 30 2011
By James T. Anabo - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I thought it was really something about Africa's Lost Eden, like they were able to capture on film the last "Eden" Animals in Africa, without humans. I don't want to see humans in "Africa" or "Eden"-themed films. I waited for about an hour for the real story to begin but as soon as the bull elephant died, the story was over even before I knew it. What a total waste of money! And there's only one story in it. Oh wait, I couldn't have waited for an hour because it was just 50 minutes. The only redeeming part of this film is that you get to help National Geographic when you buy their films. When I think about that, I do not really regret buying it.