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Last Chance to See [Blu-ray] (2010)

Stephen Fry , Mark Carwardine , Tim Green , John Paul Davidson  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine
  • Directors: Tim Green, John Paul Davidson, Ben Southwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LY66OQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Animals on the verge of extinction

Beloved British comedy legend Stephen Fry follows in the footsteps of his good friend, the late writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), along with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to remote regions in search of some of the rarest, most threatened animals on Earth.

Twenty years ago, Carwardine and Adams embarked on a groundbreaking expedition to find some of the world's most endangered animals. This time, Stephen Fry takes up the challenge with Mark to see how those animals have been faring and which, if any, have survived.

From the Amazon's steamy jungles to New Zealand's icy mountain tops, they seek some of the most remarkable creatures on Earth. Last Chance to See is an entertaining, informative and thought-provoking adventure - and a unique insight into the fascinating world that we are in danger of losing.

Episodes: Amazonian Manatee / Northern White Rhino / Aye-Aye / Komodo Dragon / Kakapo / Blue Whale

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best tribute I can pay: Doug would have loved this. July 26, 2010
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A little more than 20 years ago, sci-fi/comedy writer Douglas Adams (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, etc.) joined forces with zoologist Mark Carwardine and traveled the world looking for the "last chance to see" animals at the ragged cusp of extinction. The result was Last Chance to See, one of the finest books I've ever read, and easily the best work of nature/travel/conservation writing.

This BBC series of 6 shows, presented by actor and polymath Stephen Fry and the same zoologist who accompanied Adams, Carwardine, retraces the steps of the earlier expedition in an effort to see how the animals are now faring. I can think of no greater compliment to pay this effort than to proclaim that Adams, who died in May of 2001, would have been "over the moon" to see this movie--although he would undoubtedly be horrified to discover the state of some of the animals he came to cherish, not least the Yangtze river dolphin, which has since been declared officially extinct.

Fry, who was very good friends with Adams is a natural stand-in for the role of wry, wise, innocent, awe-struck and witty commentator that Adams formerly played. It is Fry's child-like enthusiasm, his touching vulnerability (wed to a remarkable gameness in the face of genuine dangers and discomforts), and his brilliant comments (could really have come up with "kiwi-pedia" on the spot when referring to a source of information about the flightless bird?) that make the series especially compelling.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good to watch as it was to read August 9, 2010
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Usually movies and tv shows that are based on good books never come close to being as good as the original books. Last Chance to See is one of those rare projects that proves that it's actually even possible to do so. Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine and the others behind this project should be very proud, they did justice to Douglas Adams's adventurous, humorous, and truly poignant book. Mark Carwardine's knowledge and excitement is there to back up Stephen Fry's naivety about and enthusiasm for the world's animals, just as it was 20 yrs ago for Douglas Adams.

To come back, 20 yrs later, and see how the animals from the book have fared were in some cases, like the Yangtze river dolphin, incredibly sad and in others, like the kakapos, incredibly hopeful. Last Chance to See shows how easily and unthinkingly an entire species can be decimated, removing forest to plant palms for oil, but it also shows how hard and diligently people work to save a species. It saddens you to see the damage humans cause but in the end Last Chance to See leaves you with some hope.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem November 2, 2010
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As someone who worked for some years as a volunteer in a zoo, I found Stephen Fry's expedition to try to find animals on the brink of extinction had an extra poignancy. The Species Survival Plan is doing a good job in making sure that zoos are able to preserve a number of rare animals, but this series shows that increasingly captivity is going to be the only place in which we see some of nature's most exotic creations.

Naturally, being Stephen Fry, the series is laced with humor, not all of which is intended. Fry is one of the few people to whom I can point as evidence that there are individuals more clumsy than myself. In the first episode he manages to fall into a boat and shatter his arm, and later, while attempting to entice an aye-aye (a nocturnal lemur) by offering it an egg, Fry ruins the treat when he treads on the egg. All his tribulations (living rough is not one of his preferred lifestyle choices) he endures with stoicism, while his partner, a naturalist, raves about the wonders of the jungle.

It's an educational and entertaining series. The only pity is that Douglas Adams, on whose book the trip was based, couldn't be there too. I'd have loved to see him and Fry on the trail together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance to See September 13, 2012
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Absolutely beautiful, endearing, thought provoking, entertaining, wonderful work to bring awareness to the plight of so many rare and endangered species. A real find and more than worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental education for "everyman" - loving it! March 21, 2012
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Our family is really enjoying this show! My husband and I especially find ourselves bursting out in laughter at many of Stephen Fry's off-handed comments along the way. What an ideal pair these two are! A hit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance to See DVD January 12, 2011
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I love this DVD! Stephen is terrific, as always. The info is often heart rending; the photography wonderful; the message poigant. A good incentive effort to get us involved in solutions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the book will like this May 19, 2014
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Last Chance to See was a book written by the late Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide ot the Galaxy) and naturalist Mark Carwardine.
This DVD is a recording of an expedition, decades later, undertaken by Fry (a friend of Adams) and Carwardine to update the status of some of the endangered animals Adams visited, and others. Fry's ad-lib wit is every bit as sharp as Adams' print prose. Of course, much of it is gallows humor, since the human race continues to do a largely poor job in protecting wildlife from human encroachment and depredation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance to See (DVD)
Great documentary, something one can watch over and over and still get something out of it. Sad that our world is changing (not for the better) and so many beautiful animals will... Read more
Published 3 months ago by fussbucket
2.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Fry spoiled it for me
First, it needed to be cut quite a bit. But what really bothered me was Stephen Fry's self-centeredness. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Stephen Fry has been around for a long time and his rare brand if humor and knowledge is very entertaining.
Published 14 months ago by Peter Spear
5.0 out of 5 stars All but one episode
This is top drawer interesting television - funny in spots, always informative. There was one follow up episode on the white rhino, but the original 6 episodes are great. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great personalities and photography
I watched the series publi television and wanted to show it tour grandson, who is interested in all wildlife and has a quirky sense of humor--like Stephen Fry. Read more
Published 16 months ago by moseyon2me
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance to See
I appreciated the positive tone of this treatise and informative show on endangered animals. Sometimes nature programs can be so hopeless and depressing. Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Sister Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I heard Douglas Adams talking about his book, Last Chance to See, on youtube and immediately afterward I bought the book and when I saw Stephen Fry had gone back with Mark to make... Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by J. M. Swett
5.0 out of 5 stars All the review are right, amazing
So I read all the review before getting the blu-ray. I'll admit if there are only a few reviews that I wonder if there's some bias in the reviews. Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by RKC
5.0 out of 5 stars It's heartbreaking...and heartwarming
Last Chance to See is that rarest of nature programs: it provides a glimpse into not only the animals, but also the people surrounding the animals. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by Eric DiPier
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Stephen Fry is a fantastic presenter - knowledgeable, smart, funny, and often human in his approach and responses. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by PompeyCauldron
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