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Great Rift [Blu-ray]

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The producers of Life, Galapagos and Yellowstone bring us The Great Rift. Visible from space, Africa's Great Rift Valley runs four thousand miles from the Red Sea to the mouth of the Zambezi - a diverse landscape of erupting volcanoes, forest-clad mountains, spectacular valleys, rich grasslands, vast lakes and mighty rivers. Home to the greatest concentration of animals on earth - lions, crocodiles, elephants, hippos and flocks of flamingos - and pastoralists such as the Maasi - this is a land of constant geographical turmoil. It will take you to another world - a world of exotic extremes, where the forces of nature have shaped the landscape and so created a hotbed of evolution. It is the very cradle of mankind.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching Jan. 16 2013
By tornitons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Interesting in the way it explains how the Great Rift is made from north to south. It's a new way to understand how those african animals we are familiar with really live in there in interaction with this special part of Africa. It's not just another film on lions and zebras. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best BBC documentary May 20 2011
Format:DVD
Although this three part series may be stunning to some, it is quite disappointing to those who are familiar with BBC's wildlife specials. Simply not their best, and in my opinion, the weakest of them all.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am a sucker for these 'nature type' shows, and Blueray is a recent addition here, so the combination of this dvd and blueray make this an unforgettable experience. Wonderful cinematography, educational of course make this thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the BBC Natural History Unit Aug. 26 2010
By V - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've seen any of the other HD nature documentaries from BBC (Planet Earth, Life, Nature's Most Amazing Events, etc), you already know what to expect from this series. There is nothing groundbreaking here, just more of the amazing, high-quality, exciting nautre scenes that, frankly, only BBC knows how to deliver. While I wish David Attenborough had narrated the series, simply because no one else has that kind of gravitas, Hugh Quarshie's narration is decent and takes nothing away from the presentation.

East Africa had already been pretty well documented before this series. I have also traveled there. And still, in shot after shot, this series showed me things I had never before seen.

If you're a fan of high-quality, serious, beautiful nature documentaries, pick this up right away.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow -- amazing images, good story April 22 2011
By David Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD has the best video images I have ever seen. I viewed this on a 53" Sony Hi Def TV. The images were solid, the color intense and many scenes appeared nearly three dimensional. Over and over again we replayed a section just because of the quality of the image on the screen.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful video Oct. 8 2010
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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Another outstanding documentary with a combination of great photography and good information about the geological and ecological development of this area of Africa. Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular, just like the Rift Valley itself May 29 2011
By Migstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Having just been in Tanzania at the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, we could especially appreciate the content and visual quality of this 3 hour documentary about the Rift Valley. The footage and sound are amazing. How they get so close to the animals is a mystery. Clearly the film team is highly professional and accomplished. The information content is exceptional and this DVD provided hours of entertainment and fascination for the whole family even for our 2 year old niece. A wonderful DVD to have in the library. Well done BBC.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Breathtaking & Also Heartbreaking July 18 2012
By Rick Seals - Published on Amazon.com
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The BBC's The Great Rift is an amazing journey through one of the most diverse and unique regions on Earth, located in eastern Africa. The various animals and plants there presented in the documentary are astounding and really reminded me what a wonderful world this is. The facts presented also show just how vulnerable and fragile all these amazing places are. It is narrated by Hugh Quarshie, who some people may remember from his role in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace as Queen Amidala's Captain of the Guard.

The BBC has a long history of making great documentaries and this one does not let down the tradition. The cinematography is sharp, the locations are amazing in their remoteness and each episode is followed by a short anecdotal section showing just how much work the crew put into getting the footage they shot. The presentation is broke into three parts all telling the story of the Great Rift from different angles. One focuses on the geological aspect, describing how fire and lava have played a role in forging the shear valleys and mighty volcanoes. The next talks about how water and lack of it have affected the evolution of plants and animals in the area. The third and final installment talks about how the grasslands that make up most of the area came to be and in turn affect everything in and around them. It is an astonishing story to say the least.

I can't lie about the fact that I am a huge fan of the BBC's natural world documentary series. Like the others, The Great Rift looks amazing on the HD release and really catches your eye. The only downer to the whole thing is just how threatened it all is by human encroachment. I recommend this movie with 5 stars for anyone who loves nature for what it is and for everyone else who may not know the natural world that is out there. I hope it brings the wonder to everyone that it brings to me and opens eyes and hearts to taking the preservation of the natural world more seriously.
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