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  • Actors: Narrated by James Earl Jones
  • Directors: George Cassey
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Hungarian (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Czech (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VJHM6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Africa: The Serengeti (IMAX) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Africa The Serengeti takes you on an extraordinary journey to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed: The Great Migration. Journey with more than two million wildebeest, zebras and antelope in their annual 500-mile trek across the Serengeti Plain

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This spectacular IMAX documentary has been meticulously transferred to provide one of the most stunning DVDs available, with image quality so vivid that it seems almost three-dimensional. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the images themselves are amazing, consisting of some of the finest nature cinematography you're ever likely to see, following a year of seasonal change in the "circle of life" of East Africa's Serengeti plain. Photographed entirely on location in Kenya and Tanzania, the 40-minute film chronicles a natural phenomenon that few humans are privileged to witness in their lifetime: the annual great migration, during which over two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope travel 500 miles across the plain to ensure their survival. It's an awesome display of natural wonders, and of course there's danger as well as beauty, with lions, crocodiles, and cheetahs among the predators of migrating wildlife. The images range from wondrous to horrifying to hilarious, forming a portrait of life and death that remains powerful even after repeated viewings. The DVD is truly intended for a global audience, with eight optional audio tracks in English (narrated by James Earl Jones), Bavarian, French, Castilian, Catalan, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

Thank goodness that documentaries have come so far in terms of their presentation.
William B. Dwinnell IV
I would recommend this video to anyone looking to see what the experience is really like, either before or after going in person.
Justin Paull
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2005) is perfect in picture and sound quality.
Stephen Pletko

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: DVD
This documentary of the vast Serengeti which spans from Tanzania to Kenya is a visual feast, and follows the incredible migration of the million wildebeest and several thousand zebra that journey from the dust of the southern drought to the vegetation in the northern regions. Along the way they pass by many predators, with some of the herd falling prey to them. We also see many diverse species of the area, among them a baboon community, the majestic beauty of a herd of elephants, and many scenes of maternal love that are endearing, even with the ungainly and massive black rhino.

We see a hungry cheetah dash after a gazelle, the lions at play and as rulers of the plains, visit with the handsome Masai tribe, and view the incredible vistas from a hot air balloon. The most memorable scene in the film is on the wildebeest's return to the south, where they must get across a river flooded by the rain. The crocodiles lie in wait for this event, and many from the herd also perish from exhaustion. The size and scope of this river crossing makes it an image one will never forget. The cinematography by Andrew Kitzanuk is spectacular, and makes this one of the best documentaries I have seen for sheer viewing spectacle on the subject of African wildlife.

Written, directed and produced by George Cassey, the emphasis is on the poetry of the land, rather than a long list of facts and figures. Narrated by James Earl Jones, his sonorous voice is always easy on the ears, as he says things like "Life streams across a land suspended in time." Also nice to listen to is the lovely score by Hans Zimmer and George Cadebe, which includes some haunting vocals.
Recommended viewing for any animal and nature enthusiast, the total running time is 39 minutes.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I recently travelled to Africa and bought this video prior to leaving. Not only is the video completly accurate in its portrayal of the magical Serengeti, but the cinematography is excellent. In addition, children just LOVE it! My 3 year old neice couldn't stop watching it. Disney is nothing compared to this video! I recommend it highly!!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
My 3-year-old enjoys this almost as much as I do. As someone who has always dreamed of going on safari one day, my reverence for the wildlife of Africa has been taken to new heights with this film. Yes, it's only 40 minutes or so but it's a perfect example of Quality over quantity. The film is exquisite from beginning to end and the music, combined with James Earl Jones' perfect voice, makes for a spine-tingling journey. I've owned the film for just under 2 weeks and have watched it at least 5 times. It is stunning! The migration of the animals is an amazing story and I was particularly moved by the final "scene". Again, the music and narration tie the beautiful photography together wonderfully. I am so happy to have found it and am buying several copies for friends and my parents...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jbug on December 8, 2007
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
How could you go wrong with James Earl Jones doing the narration? I have the standard version of this disc. It was one of the earliest to transfer to dvd. It came in a cd size case (eventually the size of the case was enlarged to prevent confusion with cds). Having both versions made it possible to do a comparison. What a difference the high definition (Blue Ray) version makes. It's like night and day. The HD version is much sharper, clearer and colorful, just what you would expect from the new HD format. I wanted to toss the sd version in the trash but I'll keep it to show folks the difference between HD and SD movies.

The sd version had so much LFE (bass) that I had to turn the sub down quite a bit. In fact, it has too much LFE. The Blue Ray disc has a much appreciated toned down version. As far as the movie goes, it does an excellent job of showing the great migration of animals in Africa. I am a big fan of "nature documentaries." and this is one of the best. It is not too long or too short but when I get into a good documentary such as this, I always wish it wouldn't end.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Monnard-Roden on August 16, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this movie just after returning from the Serengeti, and I sat there for the entire show without stirring. I had tears at scenes, and utter amazement at others. Brilliant movie, spectacular scenery - exactly what I saw when I was there, and very moving. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who is interested.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Meece on August 30, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is ok for a documentary. It is meant to show life on the serenghiti and has James Earl Jones narrating. However, this movie showcases, primarily, the great, annual Wildebeast migratation. I know how important this migration is to all life on the African plains, but come on! It spends only about 5 minutes, randomly, on other animals. What about the display of male African elephants during breeding season? Or Jaguars carting food in trees to hide from other predators? How about the structured but seemingly chaotic feeding of Crocs? Nope, wildebeast dominate this movie. If you want a movie on migration, this is it. If you want a movie that showcases a variety of animals and behavior, look somewhere else.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. LAFERLA on December 8, 2003
Format: DVD
This is one of the DVDs in my collection that gets played over and over again. It is such a wonderful film. If you have a large screen television or better yet, a front projector, this is a must have. It is so beautiful. The narration, the cinematography, the music, the story, the nature are wonderful.
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