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Africa (2013)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AKIPA52
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mike Gunton Executive Producer of Life brings his next landmark series to DVD and Blu-ray with Africa! This 6-part series will amaze and awe with stunning photography and truly moving stories of survival on the continent with the most diverse animal life anywhere on our planet. Premiering simultaneously in the UK U.S. and Australia it promises to be a worldwide phenomenon on a scale not seen since Planet Earth.

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213 of 223 people found the following review helpful
The title for this review seems a bit much, but let me quickly explain why it's not hyperbole or meaningless oversell. I help at my friends video store, which hosts a giant collection of Blu-ray features. I own many, but I should specify the only Blu-Rays I purchase, mostly due to replay-ability, are nature documentaries. My modest collection boasts over 75 Blu-ray nature documentaries: BBC, Nat-Geo, Discovery and other independent sources. I've been collecting nature Blu-rays since the evening I installed a compatible drive in my computer. The PC is linked via 1080p HDMI connection to a large LCD screen. The reason I'm telling you this personal information is so you know I'm serious about the genre. I'm critical. It takes a lot to blow me away since I've viewed so many astonishing, eye-popping nature documentaries over the years. Other people collect guns, stamps or shoes. Well, I collect nature documentaries.

This is, without question, the best nature documentary ever made.

It's better than Life.

It's better than Planet Earth.

It's the reason why you should own a Blu-ray player and a high definition television.

I pre-ordered this series several months ago. Then, like a child waiting for his package to arrive, I eagerly paced my friends store for the delivery to be made yesterday. I'm an avid follower of anything David Attenborough produces -- a God for us nature doc enthusiasts. If you want to hear the highest degree of natural obsession, but described in as fascinating a way as listening to Indiana Jones tell tales of adventure, listen to Attenborough discuss filming on the extra interview footage, Disk 2. He'll give you a sense of where the genre as a whole has evolved from and how modern technology innovated how we study nature.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, surprisingly superb March 2, 2013
I've been watching nature documentaries for decades now, so I approach these newer ones with weary skepticism, especially since the wave of glossy 'remake-upgrades' started by Planet Earth. In this specific case, the topic is the wildlife of Africa, which has been covered in almost every major BBC documentary so far, as well as hundreds of other docs, and it has also been the focus of the very good 'Wild Africa' series (also by the BBC).

The one detail with 'Africa' that gave me hope was that it was produced by Mike Gunton, producer of arguably the best of the new breed of documentaries: 'Life'.

I am happy to report that this one is just as good as Life, if not better.

The approach here is to find footage of surprising, educational and entertaining animal behaviour not seen before and film it in dramedy style as with Life. In addition, the documentary masterfully combines summary information on the natural history and climate to provide a complete picture of nature and wildlife in each habitat as an integrated whole.

A typical scene in this series will describe the available food in a region and the challenges specific to that habitat, then introduce a native animal cast, and film a little dramatic, unusual, surprising or funny sequence, such as monster armoured crickets with poison blood attacking baby birds, or a lizard sneaking up on sleeping lions to eat the flies off its face.

If you ever walked in nature, you should know about these moments when you observe animals you already know doing something surprising. Well this series is like a condensed compilation of these moments, some thrilling, some sad, some very amusing. And this is backed by carefully chosen music and narrative to enhance the drama or comical aspects.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Incredible BBC Nature Documentary!!!! February 23, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Africa is the latest incredible nature documentary from the producers who brought us Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, and Human Planet. Africa is narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough. Unfortunately the Discovery Channel airing of Africa used a different narrator. This Blu-Ray is the original uncut broadcast with Attenborough. The Discovery Channel cut out scenes for commercials during the hour long broadcast when it aired.

Africa is a 6 part series which includes: Kalahari, Savannah, Congo, Cape, Sahara, and The Future. Each episode is stunning. From forest elephants to kick-boxing frogs, the animals of Africa come to life in stunning high definition. The cinematography in Africa is amazing. This is definitely one of the best BBC nature documentaries to date. This Blu-Ray is a must have for anyone who enjoys nature.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better March 14, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying I am addicted to BBC nature films. I was joking with my brother that my son hears more of David Attenborough's voice than his own father's on a lot of days.

After Planet Earth I was blown away and thought it couldn't get any better and was equally impressed by Frozen Planet. Madagascar is incredible as are the Galapagos, and I've probably seen Wild Pacific 20 times now.

Even after countless hours of watching all of the above and others I was still glued to the TV for the entirety of Africa. There are some disturbing and tear-jerking scenes, but as usual the production is incredible, the narration is perfect, and the footage is unsurpassed. This is my new favorite!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but it was just a tiny bit boring at times
Reminded me of Planet Earth, but it was just a tiny bit boring at times.
Published 2 days ago by Andrew Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photography. Fascinating information
Blu-ray version plays in US blu-ray players. Excellent photography. Fascinating information.Stunning sound. David Attenborough's narration makes it all the better. Superb! UPDATE. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Book Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Birds & Bugs
The cover of this disc made me believe that I would get to see animals. However, this was mostly about birds, bugs, moles and currents. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Duffer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Imagery
This blu-ray includes incredible images of scenes throughout Africa. I originally purchased this for my nephews (5 and 3), because they love watching animals/animal shows;... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A BBC Nature Blu Ray, Need I Say More...Awesome!
The disc plays fine though I have not watched the full 2 discs but more or less skipped around. OK, so what does that mean? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Gil L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series crystal clear resolution.
Published 11 days ago by G. John Grieco
5.0 out of 5 stars love it. well done BBC
love it. well done BBC!
Published 18 days ago by Eiko
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Travel
Sorry. The Best of Travel: South Africa brilliantly filmed but the narration was not so good for a South African viewer.
Published 27 days ago by Michael Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a video about Africa buy this one
We are planning a trip to Africa and this has to be one of the best video's I've seen. The photography and color make the scenes just pop out of the screen. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Gary P
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good documentary, enjoyed it more than the series life
Very good documentary, enjoyed it more than the series life. Not as breathtaking as planet earth but i believe thats because it was the first of its kind i had seen
Published 1 month ago by Marc M. Wijnen
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Is this narrated by David Attenborough?
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