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Africa's Lost Eden

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It was once known as the place where Noah left his Ark : 1,500 square miles of lush floodplains in central Mozambique, packed with wild animals. But 15 years of civil war has taken a heavy toll and many species have been almost completely wiped out.

Journey with National Geographic to Mozambique s Gorongosa National Park and discover what is being done to bring this African oasis back to its former glory including perhaps the most ambitious restoration effort ever attempted, with elephants, hippos and scores of zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo being relocated into the park.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031L5CPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The quality is typical of what National Geographic always delivers with the added bonus of incredible footage of crocodiles hidden in the natural grasses of the waterways, with only a single eye peaking out, laying their eggs and hatching them on the sand, and the most amazing footage I've ever seen of an African eagle fishing. I would recommend buying it for that alone. There aren't words for how stunning the photography is in this film and the message behind the restoration project of the park and its people is even more breathtaking. You will not regret getting this.
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This spectacular introduction to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park is particularly impressive in the Blu-Ray version of the disc, which presents high resolution video at levels that approach those found on the BBC's highly revered "Planet Earth" series. (The original video may have been made in high definition format, which would go a long way to explaining the excellent image quality found on this Blu-Ray disc.) The theme of this production is the attempt to repopulate Gorongosa with wildlife, badly depleted during years of civil war and the rapine of hunters and poachers. We watch the emotional and dramatic capture and transport of elephants from South Africa, as well as the capture and transport of hippopotamuses, so that they could be replanted in Gorongosa to help rebuild the ecosystem. From these and other efforts, we watch the slow reconstruction of the entire animal population from the smallest fish to the largest lions as the park undergoes a massive transformation back towards its original state. The story is amazing, parts heartbreaking, but it's told in a clear and meaningful way. Anyone from young children to adults can watch, enjoy, and learn.

Filming (and its transfer to Blu-Ray) is simply amazing. The video approaches what we see in the BBC's "Planet Earth," but is targeted to specific life in the Gorongosa Park, of course. The close ups of huge eagles, heron, and storks, coming to fish in the lake from above, is a true videographic feat, probably filmed at some super high speed frame rate in order to see this level of detail at such slow speed (near stop motion at points, reminding us a little of the other acclaimed video "Winged Migration.") There is also some excellent underwater photography, as well.
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I've been following the efforts in Gorongosa for several years. This documentary captures the overwhelming beauty of the land and its inhabitants, as well as the highs and lows that accompany a project of this scope. This DVD is fifty minutes of awe, sadness and hope. Gorongosa National Park is an example of how conservation and human development together can result in a successful, symbiotic relationship.
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