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Regarded as a goddess, described as the nexus of the natural and spiritual worlds, and variously known as "The Daughter of the Mountains," "The River of Life," and "Ganga Ma" (Mother Ganges), the river begins in the Himalayas (the exact source is uncertain; four sacred sites are visited by Hindu pilgrims). Fed by numerous streams, snowmelt, glaciers, and rain, it makes its way westward across the plains of the Indian subcontinent, passing through Rishikesh, Varanasi (known as the holiest city on the river), the teeming metropolis of Calcutta, and the forbidding delta forest known as the Sunderbans before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Along the way, we see an astonishing variety of animals: snow leopards, hawk-like lammergeiers with their ten-foot wingspans, langurs and macaques, mahseer (the world’s largest carp, weighing up to 50 kilograms), peacocks, otters, cranes, tigers, rhinos, and on and on. Meanwhile, the Hindu reverence for nature is constantly apparent--especially in a village where deadly cobras roam freely in the streets, virtually ignored by the residents (who consider themselves virtually immune; bites are frequent, but no one seems to die from them, a strange anomaly in country where twenty thousand people are killed by snakes every year). The cinematography is never less than gorgeous, whether it’s a closeup of a rhododendron or a panoramic mountain vista; frequent use of time-lapse photography only adds to the grandeur (cf. an incredible sequence depicting the arrival of the summer monsoon). Expertly narrated by Sudha Bhuchar, Ganges combines bravura technique and sheer artistry to create a genuinely inspiring viewing experience. Extras include a "making of" mini-doc and deleted scenes. --Sam Graham
- Deleted scenes
- English, Hindi and Bengali narration
Top Customer Reviews
following the course of the Ganges in 3 episodes they explore the people places and wild life of the regions bordering the river.
The scenery of the mountains is simply amazing on Blu Ray, the full force of the spring melt is captured and conveyed almost as if you were there. Amazing film work and worth watching at least twice I feel.
The documentary overall was quite good, it not only focused on the physical aspects of the river (how it effects the environment) but its spiritual significance as well. The photography in this film is amazing.
The Blu-ray presentation was stunning, and the level of detail and color was really heightened. It really made the documentary come to life. And surprisingly for a documentary, the DTS track was quite good, and the narration and music did a good job enhancing the experience. I don't think we would be as involved in the events if we were watching it on DVD.
Anyone interested in India or history in general should check this out!
* BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
* Region Free
* English DTS 5.1 Surround
* Hindi Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* Bengal Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* English SDH
* Deleted Scenes
Documentary is divided into three distinct parts. First part depicts the inception of Ganges, the glaciers that fuel it, the religious believes that surrounds it origins. Second part depicts the 1500 mile run though the Indian plains and the final part explores the delta when Ganges merges into ocean.
Throughout the run the documentary also discusses flora and fauna around the Ganges, people who live around it and how they are dependent on it, perils that animals (who are dependent on river) are facing in the wild. All this knowledge is packed with wonderful cinematography, panoramic shots and an equally potent sound track.
Only thing that I believe missing in the documentary or perhaps could have been added as an extra feature is the dangers that the river (also the life who lives around it) is being exposed to due to over pollution and over consumption.
Nevertheless, this is definitely recommended for all.
The Ganges originates in the Himalayas, so some of the movie takes place in northern India (near Tibet). It travels through the harshest deserts in the world and eventually makes its way to one of the most densly populated regions of the world. The contrasts are amazing. This movie is well worth the price.
Bottom Line: Well worth the investment and something you will watch more than once as well as invite others to watch.
Ganges, however, hits all the right notes and is as good as anything in the BBC Earth lineup. It features not only terrific secenery, but also blends in aspects of people living along the river banks at its various stages, and the wildlife that thrives in the delta near the ocean. All-in-all I's say it's formula is a successful mixture of Planet Earth, Human Planet, with a pinch of Earth: The Biography.
I was sceptical going in, as this is one of the lesser known BBC Earth Productions. But I am happy to say my scepticism was absolutely misplaced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disc damaged and won't play at all, please send return sticker. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by Kevin J Doyle
Beautiful photography, superior sound track, extremely well-written and narrated. Overall, a magnificent film.Published 11 months ago by C. Solomon
Excellent overview, somewhat slow starting gets going in parts two and three. Good focus on the human element.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great price and great Quality documentary. Beautifully done.Published 13 months ago by AP Jack Of All Trades
I wouldn't call this stunning or great, not compared to National Geo stuff, one thing that was very disappointing is they did not follow the river through the populated areas. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Fantasia
So far so good. Haven't finished this yet but so far its a good documentary. Was only $8 so couldn't go wrong.Published on January 4, 2014 by Jason D.
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Japan and North America are part of the same region as far Blu-ray discs are concerned, whereas for DVD, North America was region1 and Japan was region2.
no worries for you then, all blu-ray discs from Amazon US will play in Japan.
Jun 28, 2008 by J Muz | See all 3 posts