Wild China 1 Season 2008

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Season 1
(325) IMDb 8.1/10
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6. Episode 6 TV-PG CC

From the eastern end of the Great Wall, China's coast spans 14,000 kilometres and more than 7,000 years of history. This is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities jostling traditional seaweed-thatched villages, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals stil survive. Here white dolphins, red-crowned cranes, deadly vipers, giant sturgeon and sabre-wielding monkeys struggle to eke out a living faced by competition from 700 million people; widespread pollution and over-fishing. How China is managing such conflicting pressures has lessons for us all.

Starring:
Bernard Hill
Runtime:
52 minutes
Original air date:
June 15, 2008

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Episode 6

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Charlotte Scott
Starring Bernard Hill
Season year 2008
Network BBC Earth
Producers Sue Norton, Charlotte Scott
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Excellent material and excellent quality video.
Amazon Customer
The photography is beautiful and the narration is very informative.
the panda
You learn about the people, history and natural life in China.
L.L.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By H. Le on August 3, 2008
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This is one of the best documentaries about China today. It shows the diverse topography, flora, and fauna of the most geographically and ethnically diverse countries in the world. It also focuses on the little known and long-standing efforts by China to preserve it's environment, delicate ecological systems and unique animal life. The photography is breathtaking and the extra effort to show rarely seen areas of China are amazing. I have traveled all over China and this documentary shows the land as it truly is. For people who would like a glimpse into this remarkable land and it's people, this documentary is an excellent choice.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By g_sark on August 5, 2008
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I have to agree with the previous reviewer that said: "It also focuses on the little known and long-standing efforts by China to preserve it's environment, delicate ecological systems and unique animal life." There's an example, in almost every episode, of conservation by the Chinese people, and this is not new. One of my favorites is the scene of Chinese people riding some distances on their bicycles with their birdcages strapped behind them, so they could hang all the little cages on trees so the birds could all talk to each other and not be lonely. Just recently, in the big earthquake (not this morning's, the one before) one of China's famous Giant Pandas 'Mau Mau' died when a wall collapsed on her. The keepers cried at her grave and she had a real funeral. While there is nothing quite so dramatic in this series, it is nice to see this side of the Chinese people at least alluded to.

Not mentioned in the last few reviews is the wonderful narration provided by Bernard Hill (captain of 'The Titanic'; King Theoden of Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings'). I was happy to see his wonderful voice put to such good use, and he even gets to keep his British accent!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By natascha wiegand on July 4, 2008
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This is truly an incredible documentary. I knew that there were both marvelous animals and picturesque natural beauty in China, but never like this. Each episode [8 in total, viewing time of 377 minutes]makes you gape in awe at both the vastly diverse environments, animals and human tribes that make China their home.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard on August 26, 2008
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This by the far the best documentary for your money,23 dollars that has 6 hours of documentary! might not rival to planet earth in term of depth or rival gapagos picture quality, but anyway this is great documentary regardness, this is not your typical china documentary, you won't find forbidden city or other public well know sight, but isntead this more focus at the nature beauty landscape and landmark of China, which only native chinese know, example many of the scene of the wild china are never show in tv anywhere especially not in the west, only tourism will goes to those place, this mean it actualyl gave you a trip to china really, is that good. Also this one has large coverage of the popular china icon animal panda, which i sure please many, included coverage of tibet, most people think tibet as a religion and very harz place to live , but is far more than that and is very important for the survival of human kind. This does coverage of daily peopel lives but is balance with equal animal and nature coverage.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Xin Ning on July 16, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
July 16th, 2008:
This series has just recently been shown on CBC in HD here in Canada. I only watched 2 of the 7 part series due to schedule conflict. What can I say, BBC has done it again after their masterpiece Planet Earth. It portraits the natural beauty, the special animal species, and the people who live in harmonization, in various parts of China. Some of the scenes, according to the narrative, are the first time being shot. From the 2 episodes I watched, Wild China has some of the most stunning images and the picture quality is superb. I was so thrilled to see most of the things I have never seen either in person or on TV/Moive, even though I was originally from that country.
Now I am going to buy it off Amazon and will put it along side of Planet Earth as my permanent collection.

September 13th. 2008:
Regrettably, I have to agree with some of the reviewers that the Blu-ray production is a letdown! Comparing to the original TV series I saw, the color is not as vivid, the image drifts in and out of focus leaving one wonders whether it is really HD. And the voice of narrative is boring, I like the CBC version much better with Canadian TV host/environmentalist David Suzuki. It is very disappointing that such an amazing HD program came out to blu-ray like this.

I therefore downgraded my original rating from 5 to 3.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AZ Mutley VINE VOICE on August 18, 2008
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Very impressive, covers many aspects of China's diverse scenery, and informs the viewer in detail. Missing is the usual commentary from David Attenborough that had accompanied many previous nature shows. The new chap does a good job though.

I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could, it loses half a star for video quality. I feel there are a number of scenes that are a little fuzzy or soft/out of focus compared to Life on Earth and Galapagos. Other than that another classic, worth buying as you'll want to watch more than once.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Lin on August 29, 2008
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I had originally come across some of these episodes on the Travel Channel, right before the Beijing Olympics. Once I saw a couple of the episodes, I knew I had to get the DVD set. It was just jaw-dropping, breath-takingly beautiful. The scenery is straight out of the traditional Chinese 'mountain-water' paintings, the animals were amazing, and the overall presentation was just classy-ly done. And to those who would love to have Chinese friends and family watch and enjoy, there are indeed traditional Chinese subtitles. I can safely say this is worth every penny.
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