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Galapagos [Blu-ray]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best documentaries ever produced Sept. 6 2008
By Toast
Format:Blu-ray
If someone had told me 15 years ago that one day I would be able to see Galapagos islands in all their glory without visiting them, i would not have believed them. this is definitely something that justifies 1080p HD sets and blu ray media.
Video: Like i mentioned above the video is simply jaw dropping, each episode (three in total) is more revealing that the one it follows. The textures the colours and the sharpness is even and equals to that of some of the best documentaries ever made in imax etc.
Narration: Tilda Swinton does a reasonable job with the narration, her voice is smooth but there were times when i felt it didn't really go well with the scene that she was narrating for. Not much complain here as she is mostly in line and keeps the tempo.
Audio: in my opinion that's the only weak link in this blu-ray disc. I was expecting amazing Planet Earth likes orchestras and atleast 5.1 sound but to my surprise the sound was only 2 channels which doesn't really deliver the punch. As most people who have hd sets and blu ray players also have 5.1 or above sound system.

All in all its a must have documentary and even though audio is a little disappointing the video is simply so amazing that at most of the times you will be too absorbed in it to even notice the lack of rear channel audio. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Galapagos DVD more than you'd expect Nov. 2 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I got this with an idea of "well I've seen this already but...", boy was I wrong, only now do I have an understanding of these incredible islands. This is a great 3 part series, detailing every major island, the sea life, and of course the tortoises. Incredible photography and very well written. Some disturbing footage of the plunder by the early sailors, and some disturbing animal scenes too.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible photography of Galapagos March 23 2008
By Sailor
Format:Blu-ray
This is the kind of film footage that merits buying the blu-ray. It is spectacular! When watched on a large-screen plasma TV, the experience approaches that of a real theatre. The photographers deserve a lot of credit for their many thousands of hours of work that it must have taken to produce the exquisite footage. There are actually three separate episodes. The narrative in the first episode is okay - not great but it suits the photography. Unfortunately the narrative in the second and third episodes becomes a bit banal, and you have to rely solely on the visual material to entertain. Also, the soundtrack is only in stereo - the music is well chosen to suit the film footage and should be upgraded to at least home theatre 5.1 quality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, and high scientific value July 10 2009
By Eric Lawton TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
As other reviewers remarked, this really justifies the Blu-Ray technology. The detail in the photography is remarkable. But the greatest value is the understanding which the movie brings, of both the unique wildlife and the fascinating geology of the Galapagos. I had a much stronger grasp after the movie of how the Galapagos islands have grown and weathered away, forming a great chain of islands at the crossroads of important Pacific currents, and how that has influenced the evolution of the unique land plants and animals, and the long distance air and water travellers which make the Galapagos part of their annual voyage in search of food and mating opportunity. A very worth-while film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular and breathtaking June 15 2009
Format:Blu-ray
This Blu-Ray production was filmed mostly in HD although there are some clips that were recorded before there were HD cameras available. The sound is in stereo and the narration by Tilda Swinton was clear, although as you watch the episodes there are some overlap in the information portrayed.

What's really cool is you will experience the twin actions of creation and extinction that you will see no where else. From the great mass of fishes in the sea giving way to the seals, to the slow yet majestic Galapagos tortoises, the animals are beautifully depicted!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling story May 20 2011
Format:DVD
Galapagos is everything you'd expect from a BBC earth documentary: beautiful imagery, spot-on narration, extremely informative in an entertaining setting. The story of the Galapagos islands, and why they are so unique, is made very clear. The explanations are thorough, if sometimes redundant, and the visuals allow an exotic escape.

Galapagos would not necessarily be the right place to start for someone who's unfamiliar with other, more complete BBC documentaries (such as Planet Earth); but for the veteran viewer, it is not to be skipped.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 19 2011
By huffam
Format:DVD
This is a beautiful program about the Galapagos Islands, containing information about the geology, flora and fauna, and history of the islands, and is well balanced in its approach. It presents a lot of factual information in a gorgeous way, and is highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See what Darwin saw Feb. 9 2009
Format:DVD
I initially saw this on TV, but bought it for a friend for Christmas as she had been to the Galapagos and thought she would like to have it to remember her vacation. It's fascinating to see the differences in the various islands, and the changes evolution has made on the differnt species of birds, lizards and tortoises.An excellent series especially appropo in this anniversary of Darwin's birth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos-Islands that changed the World
Very good film depicting the history, wildlife, and geology of the Galapagos Islands. A must see if you wish to visit the Galapagos
(and you definitely should!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helmut Epp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great In Every Way
I wish I had watched this before I was in the Galapagos. We watched a part of their DVD on board travelling to one of the islands. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Barry Wilder
3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting but lacking
i was all excited when i saw that this was available. i have been looking for a great dvd on the galapagos and was jipped a few times. this was alright. Read more
Published 19 months ago by kao83
5.0 out of 5 stars An Must Have Documentary
First off I must say for just one disc the price is a touch on the high side, but this documentary doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published 23 months ago by *lord Allan
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor as a documentary but somewhat average as a work of art
For one thing I rented this 3-parts documentary cheaply from a videoclub so I figure I didn't really lose anything even if I didn't really like it... Read more
Published on May 4 2012 by Jo Blo
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This is a lot cheaper than visiting Galapagos and you get to see many things you can't in person but... Worth the purchase!
Published on March 13 2012 by Dave Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Informative, some beautiful footage. If you've seen "Planet Earth" do not expect the same outstanding quality of film footage, but there are some incredible moments on this DVD. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2012 by lavender75
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Shipping
After not receiving the item, I phoned Amazon and was told that they have no control over the U.S. or Canadian Post Office - really??? Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2011 by John McGill
2.0 out of 5 stars A film with a hidden agenda!
I thought this would be a film about the Galapagos Islands, not a film about Charles Darwin and his crazy evolution theories! Read more
Published on March 18 2010 by Sephora Kardas
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