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Madagascar [Blu-ray] (2011)

David Attenborough  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PHSTZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madagascar [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From Executive Producer Mike Gunton (Life) comes a fascinating exploration of one of the most unique habitats in the world, Madagascar! For 65 million years, Madagascar was lost to the world, isolated, undiscovered and untouched by humans. Left to its own devices it became a hotbed of evolution, resulting in the greatest concentration of unique creatures anywhere on the planet. More than 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Recognized as one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots, this is an Alice-in-Wonderland island of eccentric animals, outlandish plants and extraordinary landscapes. It is a truly remarkable island. In this three-part landmark series from the BBC and Animal Planet, viewers will discover what makes Madagascar different from the rest of the world, and how evolution created an island rivaling the Galapagos for mystique, beauty and scientific wonder.

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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good March 11, 2011
Format:DVD
A few BBC wildlife programs are average but the majority are good, very good or exceptionally good. In my opinion "Madagascar" is in the highest category. The series was eighteen months in the making with some difficult and dangerous moments for the cameramen, including a platform high in the trees to film red ruffed lemurs, and the hair-raising nocturnal filming of fossas in the final show. The programs cover both the beautiful and the bizarre, including shell squatting spiders, pygmy chameleons little bigger than ants, Labord's chameleon that lives for only 12 weeks, fish that swim upside-down, giraffe-necked weevils, and lemurs that eat bamboo containing levels of cyanide that would be lethal for other animals. A big plus is that in addition to the fauna and flora we have stunning aerial photography of the varied and spectacular landscapes of the island - mountains, rainforests, rivers, coasts and arid areas.

David Attenborough (as good as ever) provides the narrative, explaining how plants and animals adapted to the environment during the 60 million years the island was cut off from the rest of the world. As for the music, all too often BBC programmes are spoiled for me by excessively loud and inappropriate music. In this case the music, much of it composed specially for the series, actually adds value to it. If I was allowed to keep only one wildlife series I think "Madagascar" might be it even though it does not feature my favourite animals - the big cats.

However, along with the beauty there is a sombre tone. We see the scattered remains of the elephant bird that began to disappear when man arrived.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great footage of an island paradise June 13, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a 3 part series, of course there are Lemurs and Chameleons, the most prolific of Madagascar's fauns.
But there is also interesting birds, insects, a tortoise, and a curious blind fish that swims upside down!
Filmed is stark reality blu-ray and narrated off camera by David Attenborough (he does appear briefly at the very beginning and end) it is a great addition to any nature/bbc collection.
The extras are also worth watching, interesting is The Giant Egg, which chronicles Attenboroughs now 50 year old excursion to the island with vintage film clips and newer ones too.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Judge Russell Engebretson, DVD Verdict -- "This BBC-produced wildlife documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, was filmed over a period of eighteen months. Spanning only three one-hour episodes, Madagascar is far more modest than the epic Earth series, but still delights. Two episodes, "Island of Marvels" and "Lost Worlds" are on Disc One. Disc Two includes the third episode, "Land of Heat and Dust," and a pair of extra features -- "Attenborough and the Giant Egg," in HD, and "Lemurs of Madagascar," in standard definition. Each episode explores a different area of Madagascar. Lemurs are the stars of the show, found all over the island--from the desiccated south to the tropical coasts, and the mountains between. In one area, golden bamboo lemurs subsist on a diet of cyanide-laced bamboo leaves; other lemurs cross razor-like mountaintops to reach precious pools of water; while another species deftly navigates through a forest of thorn-covered trees. Although a fertile area for wildlife photography, Madagascar is evidently a tough environment in which to film. Ten-minute clips at the end of each episode document the camera crew's difficulty in capturing images of these elusive animals without frightening them away, and the horrendous days-long rainfalls that brought production to a halt until the weather cleared. After seeing the conditions they faced, my respect for the camera crew's tenacity ratcheted up several notches. The 1.78:1 1080i image is good with a few notable exceptions. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and great photography January 15, 2013
By jadams
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is another very entertaining dvd just as I expected. Attenborough always adds interest and quality and the photography is great. I am glad to own it. However, I was a little disappointed that there wasnt a little more to this expensive dvd. It is about 95% about lemurs and little else. From the length of this production there is disappointment that the content couldnt have been a little more diverse. Are we to conclude that there is nothing of interest in Madagascar than its geography and its lemurs?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this video December 14, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My wife and I really enjoyed this DVD, "Madagascar". It has a lot of interesting wildlife (especially lots of lemurs), and many of the landscapes are spectacular. It's also a good video for families, especially if you are tired of seeing another zebra getting taken down by a crocodile and that sort of thing. Although there are a couple predators in this video, the stars of the show tend to be cute and cuddly, or at least harmless. We really liked it a lot. And the narrator is very easy to listen to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Anyone who loves nature and wildlife will love watching this DVD over and over again. I highly suggest this video!
Published 1 month ago by Alyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great videos; great island
I bought this 2 disk set in anticipation of a trip to Madagascar. I loved the videos, the narration, everything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pandora14
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Subject. Great Narration. Great Footage.
I cannot praise this one enough. In my opinion, it was as good as Planet Earth (albeit shorter).
The pace was good, the cinematography phenomenal, and the subject very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Island
What an extraordinary film. BBC/Earth has done it again by showcasing this Lost World, a biological hotspot: Madagascar. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LastRanger
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 very interesting CDs
The CDs were for my husband. He has Alzt. and it's difficult to find appropriate films which would hold his attention. But Madagascar did.
Published 5 months ago by Lydia Cutler
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful documentary!
Excellent documentary. I love that it was informative and entertaining without the need to focus excessively on predators attacking and eating their prey. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christina Schooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a really good movie. Expected from a movie with David Attenborough. Wouldn't hesitate buying again. Must have for anyone who likes nature movies.
Published 7 months ago by Terry Milum
5.0 out of 5 stars traveling via DVD
It is a purchase because of a TV viewing and wanted a copy for myself. amazing and beautiful as expected
Published 7 months ago by neuriarnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This Blu-ray was great! Anything narrated by Attenborough is great. The special making of sections were really enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Danielle Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaping lemurs and baby hedgehogs!
A wonderful documentary for Attenborough addicts like us, relaxing, interesting, gorgeous! Endless reply value. The making-of features were a nice bonus.
Published 7 months ago by Alliekat9
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