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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
This was the second Ganges I've ordered and both skip and freeze up at different parts of the program.......very annoying .Published 4 months ago by tuana scott
All I can say is Wonderful!!. Keeps you captivated completelyPublished 5 months ago by Michael E. Hensley
It's a beautiful CD in three parts. The first and the third parts were lovely, but the second part did not play. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Community Builder
The story of the Ganges, in three parts corresponding to the three difference geographies of the river: mountain source, clear water, and delta drainage. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frank
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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