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Ocean Giants [Import]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with whales, conversing with dolphins April 24 2013
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This three-hour series is essentially a more personalized update of previous BBC programs about cetaceans from Blue Planet on. It's personal in a double sense: first, it reveals to us as never before the *personalities* of dolphins (who are now known to identify each other by name) and various kinds of whales. We eavesdrop on the songs of humpback whales and the communicative sounds of dolphins with scientists who are learning more and more about the intricate patterns of these sounds and what they might mean. We admire the intelligence of their hunting techniques. We look into the eye of a right whale who looks back at us, and we wonder how she feels about the humans who hunted her parents and grandparents almost to extinction. Not that it's all compassion and intellectuality -- the series starts right off with sex and violence, bull whales battling each other for the chance to use the world's longest penis. But the series as a whole brings us much closer to our undersea cousins.

The other personalized aspect is that the main presenters in the series are the two veteran underwater cameramen, Doug Allan and Didier Noirot. The usual format for series like these includes a 10-minute "making-of" at the end of each 50-minute episode. There's no need for that here because the makers of the shots are on camera almost as much as the whales, and their personal quest to get better acquainted with these marine mammals better is the main thread of the story. The result is more low-key and informal than the usual BBC Earth presentation. It's all shot in high-def (the blu-ray is 1080i), but you don't really notice that because the unexpected intimacy of relationships comes across more clearly than the visual spectacle. It's a different sort of series from BBC Earth, and i think a highly successful one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 20 2013
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This video is fantastic for the whale enthusiast. The kids loved all the facts and information on the lives of these animals.
Now they want to go whale watching. Awesome.
Recommended for the animal lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars most interesting March 26 2013
By tornitons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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In depth explanations on the life of these large animals. Some aspects of their lives are astonishing. Now I know these beasts much better. They have no secrets for me anymore. I don't regret the purchase. I would have given it 4 1/2 stars if it was possible. It's a BBC after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Giants Jan. 5 2013
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Absolutely spellbinding, beautiful. I learned a great deal about these gentle ocean giants. It was heartwrenching and hearwarming at the same time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!!! March 14 2012
By LauraNYC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this on PBS about 2 weeks ago and was just captivated - I need to have this to show my daughter! They showed the documentary in 3 one-hour segments and I couldn't move away from the television the entire time. The documentaries were just so well done in every way - the beauty of the creatures, the more "inside" information about them, i.e any pertinent history of the particular animals, what their body language meant, the story of what was happening, etc. It was very moving (you'll see what I mean if you get this - I think I cried, and I'm not the crying kind). Get it, get it, get it!!!!! You will have no regrets!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Look At Cetaceans April 20 2013
By Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In this extraordinary, sometimes heart-stopping, documentary about the lives of whales and dolphins, the BBC's Nature show travels the world to photograph many species. Underwater photographers Didier Moreau and Doug Allen dive among them to capture remarkable footage of these underwater mammals.

The first episode focuses on the courtship, mating, and parenthood of whales, although it also gives the viewer a glimpse of the blue whale's mysterious feeding off the coast of Sri Lanka. We get up-close, underwater glimpses of the gentle orgy of the right whale and of the violent, aggressive chase of the humpback. The second episode explores the higher level thought exhibited by these creatures. From dolphins playing from bubble rings to highly evolved and group-specific hunting methods, the cleverness displayed is amazing. The last episode concentrates on vocalizations used for communication, echolocation, and hunting.

The two-disc version comes with a regular DVD and a Blu-Ray one. If you have a Blu-Ray player, take care to select the right disc because the photography is breathtaking, especially on a large-screen TV. The advantage of having both formats is the ability to watch the documentary on both types of players.

The camera men risked their lives to shoot these images. Because some species view air bubbles as a sign of aggression, the camera men often descend among them only with snorkels; one swipe of a massive tail could drown them. In the Arctic, the extreme cold, even with scuba gear, gave the camera man mere minutes before hypothermia started to set in. For viewers, their determination pays off in unforgettable footage. In true Nature style. the narrative gives such detailed information that one cannot help but become more educated about these giant marine mammals. If you have any interest in marine mammals or even animal behavior in general, this film will delight you. I loved every minute. Note: I received a review copy of this DVD.

-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a BBC documentary June 17 2013
By Ryan J. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting a typical BBC documentary, but this program is more similar to Discocery documentaries. BBC documentaries tend to focus just on the animals (until the "behind the scenes" portions at the end), while this one included a significant amount of footage of the film crew and scientists discussing the animals on location. There is nothing wrong with this style, I just prefer BBC's traditional style.

The footage was also not up to par with your traditional BBC documentary. Part of it might have to do with the color grading process which is always excellent in most BBC shows. And some of the locations you will recognize from other documentaries (after all, they aren't going to skip something just because its been filmed before).

Regardless, although this series wasn't all that I had hoped it would be, there was some pretty interesting content that I had never seen before, especially in episodes 2 and 3. If I had known about the style ahead of time I might not have bought it, but in the end I'm glad I did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Giants DVD June 7 2012
By hc3 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a 3-part DVD on whales and dolphins. I saw one part on TV and decided to order the DVD through Amazon so I could see the other parts as well. All 3 1-hr parts are extremely interesting. The DVD arrived in the mail promptly -- I should say both of them arrived promptly. I received 1 BluRay copy and 1 regular copy, even though I don't have BluRay equipment. My sister does though, and so she is enjoying that copy. Great filming of whales and dolphins in the wild...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully done. April 25 2012
By Sparkle - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so glad I made this purchase. I love how these documentaries
whether on lands or seas show us the magnificient beauty of this earth.
Whether animals or people in far away places...it is so wonderful to
see LIFE!!!
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