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  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC VID
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043SS2DC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three years in the making, and from award-winning National Geographic cinematographers, Great Migrations takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.
Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff-blinds, on ice floes and underwater, Great Migrations tells the formidable, powerful stories of many of the planet's species and their movements, while revealing new scientific insights with breathtaking high-definition clarity. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.

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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on January 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The picture, sound and photography are quite outstanding, but the editing ruins it for me. Unlike the BBC nature studies, where stories are presented in a logical time frame, NG have chosen to offer their stories chopped up into mini cocktail bites in an ad-hoc fashion. This is intensely irritating as one is just getting interested in an animal's struggle when the scene suddenly jumps somewhere completely different. There is no way to view the whole event, one must just wait for the next bit to pop up somewhere else later. Crocs attacking the unfotunate wildebeest for example probably turn up a dozen times throughout the programs and never do we get a full and continuous report on this.

The narration is not well written in my view and is not helped by a somewhat pompous presentation. The credits are another oddity: so speedy they cannot be read without frequently using the pause button. There is no point at all to offer data like this.

This a deeply disappointing release. So beautifully photgraphed but so stupidly put together. I strongly suggest renting or watch it on your local NG channel before buying. If you can stomach this hodge podge of wild life cocktail sticks then go for it.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Karns on November 17, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Nat Geo's nature documentaries since the days when Richard Kiley narrated them on PBS, and I have many nature docs on Blu Ray, but even though I have only watched the first episode of this excellent series I would rank it in the top 5 of my collection. Picture quality is excellent as is AQ. Some of this animal behavior has been seen before, but it is presented in a very compelling way with excellent narrative spoken by Alec Baldwin, who also does the "Planet Carnivore" narration for Nat Geo Wild channel. I rate my experience watching nature blu rays by the "Wow" factor, that is, how many times did I say "wow" while watching and in the first episode it was at least 5 times, which is good. I am very much looking forward to viewing the remaining episodes and the behind the scenes pieces as well. I would highly recommend this blu ray to anyone who loves nature documentaries, it is really excellent.
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72 of 88 people found the following review helpful By kestrel22 VINE VOICE on November 15, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Reviewers: if you love this series, please add your review to bump up the lousy and rather inappropriate comment of the two-star rater. This is NOT a BBC rehash, it's a National Geographic documentary that focuses on the perils and hazards of the migrations of a variety of wildlife, from tiny to huge. While a Mare river crossing might be just that, each one is different and dramatic and most definitely traumatic for the faint-at-heart. It's nature in all its glory and brutality, and it shows how humans have added to the dangers with our ever hungry encroachment on migration routes that have existed for thousands upon thousands of years.

I highly recommend this well made, excellently filmed documentary.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BPDaily on November 18, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This documentary mini-series is far from an arrangement of footage seen in popular series Planet Earth and Life. As an owner of not only those two series, but also several other BBC Earth productions I was hesitant to give this a shot. It not only didn't disappoint but instead left me thrilled with the beauty of the footage. The presentation is maybe slightly overdramatized in comparison with that seen in some of the BBC documentaries, however the photography is as breathtaking as anything shown in those series. Alec Baldwin is an adequate narrator.

Bottom line, this is a must-own for any nature lover.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Gajowski on November 19, 2010
Format: DVD
Glorious! Absolutely stunning photography. National Geographic does it again. This is a very moving series that brings home the preciousness of life on this planet through the very real day-to-day struggles of many different species -- mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, etc. -- in many different climates and wildlife habitats. One cannot view this series without gaining increased respect for the other creatures with whom homo sapiens shares the planet. I'm buying it for everyone on my Christmas shopping list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tropical Derilect on November 30, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is top shelf natural history film making at its best. I highly recommend it as a gift for any nature lover. The footage is jaw-dropping- see it in hi-def if you can! The technology used in making this series is cutting edge, including super high-speed (phantom) technology and amazing macro for close ups. There is a lot to learn here- if you look at the web site, you'll see that NatGeo consulted with some top migration scientists. In the end, the power and grace of the animals will leave the most lasting impression.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jonadine on November 21, 2010
Format: DVD
This series is absolutely breathtaking. We have the Planet Earth complilation as well, and love both collections. Rating this beautiful glimpse of nature a "2" is just ridiculous. Perhaps if that reviewer watched the "Behind the Scenes" portion of the series and realized all the work that the dedicated, talented staff put into making this gem they might change their mind. We HIGHLY recommend this series and will be purchasing several as Christmas gifts. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Nalbach on October 15, 2011
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I was truly impressed at the incredible lengths the film crews went to in order to reach and capture the footage that I enjoy so much. This behind the scenes video is an eye-opening experience that generates intense respect for the photographers who regularly risk their lives to "get the shot". Throughout this footage there are many instances where people, individuals or even entire crews, almost die. Normally we do not see or hear about the struggles that these people face. That blindness to their sacrifices can lead to an overly critical spirit as we try to "armchair quarterback" their work.

This behind the scenes video was a brilliant and visceral look into the lives of the crew taking the footage, and contains many very candid moments that drive home the reality of what they are trying to do. As a Christian I know that many other Christians may not appreciate the bleeped out profanity often caught on camera, but these are real people facing dangerous situations. These people have emotions and are being pushed past the breaking point in many cases. Most of us cannot imagine the fear of not being able to find our way back home, the aggravation of getting repeatedly stuck in a war-torn land that no one knows how to navigate, or the frustration of waiting all day every day for almost a month to shoot a single hunting sequence.

These expeditions are very expensive, and the photographers risk both their lives and reputations on each excursion. What happens if they do not get the shots? How will they handle unforeseen circumstances that threaten to block their efforts? These are legitimate questions that we often overlook. These folks do not pick their shots from a catalog.
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