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Great Barrier Reef, The (Blu-ray)

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  • Actors: Monty Halls, Karl Stefanovic
  • Directors: James Brickell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5ACNQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Len Oshman on April 20, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The usual BBC quality just isn't here . An annoying host,multiple high speed scenes,and a very dumbed down script.
There are some beautiful scenes but it feels like it was written for children. Underwater scenes of the narrator in scuba gear ,talking to the camera are very annoying.
It's not unwatchable,but I have no desire to rewatch the shows.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2013
Format: DVD
The photography of this area is absolutely beautiful. Monty Halls is our personal underwater guide who has been exploring the reef for 20 years. He loves the area and his enthusiasm shines as he explains what we are seeing. There is an addditional narrator for the overall movie. I love that we get a firsthand account and not a cold naration as some nature movies can be. The movie is divided into 3 parts. The reef itself; The 'desert' channel area between the reef and mainland; and finally, beyond the reef edge. Children who love the "grose" stuff will like part 2. The camera gives us so much detail: a shipwreck bursting with colorful life, Microscopic life of both coral and plankton, and the interaction of so many creatures living among the coral, on channel floor, and beneath the mangroves. We are also shown Birds, crocodiles, snakes and 'lizards' turtles and sharks of course. The music and video are well choreographed and the color is bright and clear. The movie is mainly observation, very little opinion or evolution for those who are concerned with that. The one slight negative is that it is occasionally difficult to understand when Monty Halls talks underwater through his mask. It doesn't happen that often and his comments are so brief that it is not distracting. His enunciation is good and his volume is loud, but the slight muffling combined with the accent may make it difficult for some to understand him. We are grateful for this beautiful presentation that allows us to view nature in a locale we are not able to visit personally. Overall time 185 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By White Chicken on May 17, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is a solid production and was enjoyable to watch. I absolutely loved the time lapse sequences and there are some great underwater shots. I would say 4 stars and not five because it does not quite live up to the great Planet Earth, Africa, Frozen PLanet or Life but still worthy of being in your collection. I actually found the narrator refreshing and it cetrainly did not hurt the production at all. Overall there are not quite as many jaw dropping shots as seen before in the epic works. Highly recommended.
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I put this up on my second screen, intending to do odds and ends on my primary screen, but very quickly found myself giving the film my undivided attention.

In no way do I agree with any prior criticisms of either the underwater voice, which I found totally appropriate, of the use of high speed photography, which was both essential and in my view, ultra professional. Some of the stuff shown here has never before been captured (e.g. parrot fish building its nightly mucus page) and other stuff just blew my mind, such as the rare coral spawning, the launching of male and female eggs from coral.

I had no idea, plain and simple. This film is educational, entertaining, and enchanting.

This is, as another reviewer has noted, three movies in one, to which I would add: 185 minutes, with each of the three segments roughly 60 minutes in length.

For myself, I could only marvel and the hundreds of hours it must have taken, of patient seemingly endless toil in filming, and ultimately the hundreds of hours doing the editing to get to this quite formidable, RIVETING, offering.

Highly recommended. Not only ideal for children, but a very fine -- an extraordinary -- view for adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on April 17, 2014
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Some folks may have issues with the way the BBC presents Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but if you are interested in the educational content you will find this film well worth the price. I see a great opportunity to learn and understand more about one of nature’s best known wonders in the world. There is great photography here as well as animal life and the role it plays within the reef. I recommend this film and it also has great value for the class room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt615 on March 12, 2014
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Highly recommend. Excellent cinematogrophy. Unbelievably beautifully detailed video underwater and above. Amazingly interesting facts. Great for educational purposes as well as entertainment. I can not say enough good things about this DVD. I sent as gift to friends visiting Great Barrier Reef after we borrowed it from our local library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2013
Format: DVD
The quality of the camera work and the incredible diversity of marine and shore life seen in this BBC video is world class, mostly in the same league as "Planet Earth" (2006) and in some ways better. The sheer profusion of life in the reef with the explosive dazzle of color and the graceful dance and sway of the sea creatures is mesmerizing.

The presentation by Monty Hall who narrates and stars is not the best however. His underwater vocals are garbled and his presence in some places is artificial and forced. He does look the part however, healthy and macho, and he even lives up to his namesake with a bit of slapstick when he gets sand thrown sharply in his face from a green turtle covering her clutch of eggs.

The DVD is 185 minutes long and I hardly noticed the time flying by until I got to the final sixty minutes or so. Here the focus is mostly on the green turtles that lay their eggs in the sands of Raine Island in the reef's Queensland National Park. This part of the show may be a bit unsettling for some viewers especially when some of the turtles can't get back to the sea and die in the hot sun or when the tiger sharks rip apart their corpses when they are later washed out to sea. It is also not fun to watch the baby turtles scrambling over the sand to the ocean only to be snapped up, desperately wriggling in the beak of a Rufous Night Heron.

The video also shows us a bit of the life ashore near the reef including some footage of the mangrove swamps; and there's some history of the reef and how the reef affects the Australian mainland. There are many surprises including tiny pink sea horses a centimeter long, a shrimp and a fish living symbiotically together, and sea snakes that live in the anus of sea cucumbers.

I'm looking forward to watching this again...well except for the last part about the green turtles.

--Dennis Littrell, author of "The World Is Not as We Think It Is"
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