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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
Excellent overview, somewhat slow starting gets going in parts two and three. Good focus on the human element.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
The people of India and this great river are inspiring. Such beautiful country and amazing people. I love learning about other cultures.Published 20 days ago by Della Johnson
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 3 months ago by Fantasia
The Ganges is a single disc DVD product that comprises three episodes totalling 150 minutes and comes from the BBC which is somewhat of a stamp of quality all in itself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Lawrence
Very well done! Captures the brilliant colors and vibrance of the culture.Published 5 months ago by R. McClendon
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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