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Equator 1: Power Of An Ocean (As seen on Discover HD & Animal Planet) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Equator 1-Power of An Ocean , Peter Hayden , Shinichi Murata  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Equator 1-Power of An Ocean
  • Directors: Peter Hayden, Shinichi Murata
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NOQ8GW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Equator is an epic production capturing every detail in High Definition that takes viewers on a 25, 000 mile odyssey chasing the sun to some of the most extreme and diverse locations on the planet. The equator is not only the line that divides the Earth in two, but it's also a line of life and a powerful force of nature where the pace of evolution quickens.

The equator covers only five percent of the Earth's surface, but is home to 50 percent of its animal and plant species.

The equator is a species factory. Equatorial animals live constantly in warm, humid surroundings. Life is good, they can breed all year round. But the downside of such abundance is that these creatures must compete and fight for survival with half of all the species on Earth. Equator explores exactly how and why animals and plants grow faster, bigger and stranger here than anywhere else.

Just as humanity evolved under the glare of the equatorial sun on the East African savannah, it's no accident that many "hot spots" of biological significance occur along the equator. The equatorial sun is the most powerful source of energy on Earth, a force that reaches well beyond the equatorial band itself. As it beats down on the oceans, moist air rises on such a large scale that it generates the trade winds and great ocean currents that energize life on distant parts of the globe.

Power of the Ocean
The Galapagos Islands and Palmyra Island, though separated by half an ocean, were both shaped by the power of the equator. Great ocean currents, set in motion by the force of the equatorial sun, affect the destiny of animals living in both places.

Other episodeds in this series (available seprateley) are as follows
Equator: "Battle for the Light"
The rainforests of Southeast Asia are a battleground. Here, the world's greatest diversity of species fight for light, food and life. Fuelled by the sun, rapid evolution encourages cunning and strategy to help plants and animals stake their claims in this complex environment.

Equator: "Rivers of the Sun"
The mighty Amazon River is the lifeblood of the jungle. For half a year, freshwater fish flourish in floodwaters that rise among the trees and then, as the waters retreat, these fish face a six-month drought. The enduring Amazon is both a time capsule for ancient animals and a hothouse for the evolution of new species.

Equator: "Paradox of the Andes"
In the high Andes mountains of Ecuador, the intense power of the equatorial sun beats down through thin air onto a grassland world fringed by glaciers and cloud forest. Every day is like summer - and every night is like winter. Within a 24-hour cycle, plants and animals adapt to both blistering heat and freezing temperatures - but how?

Equator: "Reef of Riches"
The Indo Pacific region is home to an exuberant abundance of life. On the coral reef, every animal is an example of evolution in action. New species emerge, explained by radical and intriguing theories. Sexual selection, a tumultuous glacial history and hothouse living conditions are all-powerful forces shaping life in this region.

Equator: "Challenge of Change"
The story of equatorial Africa is a tale of two worlds: the great grassland savannahs of the east and the mighty rainforests of the west. When the creation of the Great Rift Valley tore Africa apart 40 million years ago, it set in motion an evolutionary conquest that saw predatory cats and a multitude of grazing species become the ultimate rulers of the grasslands.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Subpar July 13, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Picture quality well below average at places. Disc has two main subjects: Palmyra atoll in the pacific and Galapagos Islands. The coconut crab sequence (Palmyra atoll) very nice, but the Galapagos sequences dissappointing, especially if you have already watched "Galapagos" with Tilda Swinton. Disc not recommended on account of the really bad picture quality at places.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ripoff, pure and simple January 7, 2009
Format:DVD
"Equator" is an entertaining six-part series that aired on television (HD Theater) several times since 2006. It's being released on individual DVD's at $20 a pop, making this by far the most expensive nature series ever offered on amazon.com.

This ridiculous packaging policy is an affront to purchasers. My advice is to wait and buy the entire set for a reasonable price when it shows up on ebay or through amazon's resale vendors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the series, 1 star for the release December 11, 2010
By Howard
Format:Blu-ray
5 stars for the series, 1 star for the release, so average: 3 stars

The "Equator" series is a wonderfully filmed, written and narrated nature series. In quality is matches, if not surpasses, the later and much more hyped "Planet Earth", "Life" series's. Unfortunately, the producers and/or distributors did not market it as successfully. As to the DVD releases, they also made a few blunders:

1. the cover of these DVDs are too gaudy, it makes one think of them as cheap children films. But they are not; they are professionally made nature shows.
2. they did not release them as a box set. In fact, it is very hard to find all the DVDs in the same series.

There are:
1) Power of an Ocean: The Galapagos and Palmyra ...
2) Battle for the Light: The rainforests of South East Asia ...
3) Rivers of the Sun: The mighty Amazon River ...
4) Paradox of the Andes: In Ecuador the equatorial sun ...
5) Reef of Riches: tropical jungle and on the coral reef ...
6) Challenge of Change > the Great Rift Valley ...

One day I will add all of these to my collection.

Note to Discovery: please release a box set of Bluray DVDs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 29, 2014
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