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The Great Rift: Africa's Greatest Story [Blu-ray] (2010)

Hugh Quarshie  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Quarshie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ONR38C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The producers of Life, Galapagos and Yellowstone bring us The Great Rift. Visible from space, Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs four thousand miles from the Red Sea to the mouth of the Zambezi – a diverse landscape of erupting volcanoes, forest-clad mountains, spectacular valleys, rich grasslands, vast lakes and mighty rivers. Home to the greatest concentration of animals on earth – lions, crocodiles, elephants, hippos and flocks of flamingos – and pastoralists such as the Maasi – this is a land of constant geographical turmoil. It will take you to another world – a world of exotic extremes, where the forces of nature have shaped the landscape and so created a hotbed of evolution. It is the very cradle of mankind.

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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the BBC Natural History Unit August 26, 2010
By V
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If you've seen any of the other HD nature documentaries from BBC (Planet Earth, Life, Nature's Most Amazing Events, etc), you already know what to expect from this series. There is nothing groundbreaking here, just more of the amazing, high-quality, exciting nautre scenes that, frankly, only BBC knows how to deliver. While I wish David Attenborough had narrated the series, simply because no one else has that kind of gravitas, Hugh Quarshie's narration is decent and takes nothing away from the presentation.

East Africa had already been pretty well documented before this series. I have also traveled there. And still, in shot after shot, this series showed me things I had never before seen.

If you're a fan of high-quality, serious, beautiful nature documentaries, pick this up right away.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow -- amazing images, good story April 22, 2011
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This DVD has the best video images I have ever seen. I viewed this on a 53" Sony Hi Def TV. The images were solid, the color intense and many scenes appeared nearly three dimensional. Over and over again we replayed a section just because of the quality of the image on the screen.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful video October 8, 2010
By Ron
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Another outstanding documentary with a combination of great photography and good information about the geological and ecological development of this area of Africa. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular, just like the Rift Valley itself May 29, 2011
Having just been in Tanzania at the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, we could especially appreciate the content and visual quality of this 3 hour documentary about the Rift Valley. The footage and sound are amazing. How they get so close to the animals is a mystery. Clearly the film team is highly professional and accomplished. The information content is exceptional and this DVD provided hours of entertainment and fascination for the whole family even for our 2 year old niece. A wonderful DVD to have in the library. Well done BBC.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Breathtaking & Also Heartbreaking July 18, 2012
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The BBC's The Great Rift is an amazing journey through one of the most diverse and unique regions on Earth, located in eastern Africa. The various animals and plants there presented in the documentary are astounding and really reminded me what a wonderful world this is. The facts presented also show just how vulnerable and fragile all these amazing places are. It is narrated by Hugh Quarshie, who some people may remember from his role in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace as Queen Amidala's Captain of the Guard.

The BBC has a long history of making great documentaries and this one does not let down the tradition. The cinematography is sharp, the locations are amazing in their remoteness and each episode is followed by a short anecdotal section showing just how much work the crew put into getting the footage they shot. The presentation is broke into three parts all telling the story of the Great Rift from different angles. One focuses on the geological aspect, describing how fire and lava have played a role in forging the shear valleys and mighty volcanoes. The next talks about how water and lack of it have affected the evolution of plants and animals in the area. The third and final installment talks about how the grasslands that make up most of the area came to be and in turn affect everything in and around them. It is an astonishing story to say the least.

I can't lie about the fact that I am a huge fan of the BBC's natural world documentary series. Like the others, The Great Rift looks amazing on the HD release and really catches your eye. The only downer to the whole thing is just how threatened it all is by human encroachment. I recommend this movie with 5 stars for anyone who loves nature for what it is and for everyone else who may not know the natural world that is out there. I hope it brings the wonder to everyone that it brings to me and opens eyes and hearts to taking the preservation of the natural world more seriously.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When it comes to nature films, NOBODY does it better than BBC's Natural History Unit! The photography is superlative high definition, the content very interresting and informative, plus, I personally prefer the original BBC versions with British narrators than Discovery Channel's re-issued "Americanized" versions which replace the original voice with voice-overs using American actors instead! Why would they do that? England IS where the English language comes from, don't cha know?
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Video, Very Nice March 7, 2011
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A great video to watch. A great and different view of the African Wild-Life, not just your usual lions and such, Silver Back Gorillas, and much much more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa... February 8, 2012
This producer is good and really good and no wonder it is part of the BBC Earth collection. His other productions are as astonishing as this. You want to learn about Africa topography, nature and ecosystem, this is the one to watch. Double Bravo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo educational!
I think every student should watch this movie. It is biologically and geographically the most relevant documentary I have ever seen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandy Reeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine product from the BBC Natural History Unit
Yes it is possible to get 'animal documentary overload' but the chances of it are minimalized if you stick to quality organisations like the BBC Natural History Unit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars great rift review
Best i have watched in awhile.. since planet earth released i suppose. not just another nature movie will recommend to friends
Published 7 months ago by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Documentary
A great one to add to your collection. This one explores the great rift and the animals around it. Make for a wonderful evening watch before bed.
Published 10 months ago by kitzutsuita
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa the Great Rift
Good documentary about Africa - excellent cinematography - haven't figured out the DVD casings meaning? Overall, if you like documentaries its worth the money!
Published 13 months ago by M. Hugo
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenes; fascinating animals and magnificent landscapes
This series has a nice mix of both fascinating animals and magnificent landscapes.
Broken into 3 parts, it can be easily enjoyed over a span of several days.
Published 14 months ago by Nathan Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary.
This film is beautiful and fascinating. I knew a little bit about the Great Rift before, but I learned a lot of new things about it through this documentary. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrea Kaitany
3.0 out of 5 stars Academic, and entirely evolution based.
I did not like this film very much, it was very slow and academic, (which is not what I was expecting).
Published 19 months ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars nature film
if your into nature films it is not a bad movie lots of pretty scenery and animals to see how they live
Published 22 months ago by Carolyn Sariego
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great video, I love this video I'm sure that I will buy another video dealing with information like this one. Love it.
Published on April 19, 2012 by Sean M. Parson
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