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Wild Pacific [Blu-ray] (2009)

Benedict Cumberbatch  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 353 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Six episodes on two discs
  • Each episode concludes with a special 10-minute making-of video diary

Editorial Reviews

This landmark series explores the sheer scale and majesty of the largest ocean on Earth, the isolation of its islands, the extraordinary journeys wildlife and humans have gone through to reach these specks of land, and what happened to both after their arrival. Unimaginably vast, the Pacific is 99% water and only 1% land - you could fit the whole of the world's landmasses into it and still have enough room for another Africa! The distance between these islands can be huge - literally hundreds or thousands of miles - but somehow, life made it there. Isolation does curious things - animals evolve and adapt in strange ways. Witness flesh-eating caterpillars, giant crabs capable of opening coconuts, geckos that can breed without any need of a male, frogs that have never been tadpoles... Beyond cliched images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches, this is the real, immense and surprising South Pacific.

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113 of 126 people found the following review helpful
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For the hi-def nature lover, this is another gem from the BBC, but not an unblemished gem. It has its fair share of problems both structurally and technically. Here you'll get 6 episodes divided onto two 50 GB discs, with a total runtime of 353 minutes. That's nearly 6 hours of footage, so you'll definitely get your fill of naturey goodness. It's 1080i here, not 1080p. From 6 feet away, it's not a problem, but randomly sampling a scene from 3 feet away, I did notice noise in darker areas and judder in fast-moving scenes like pans of palm leaves and waves.

To sum up the series, it shows some of the very amazing and unusual birds, insects, fish, and mammals of some of the 20,000 islands dotting the Pacific. But it also shows a heck of a lot of people. Despite the title being "Wild Pacific", humans are in every episode. I found out when I popped in the disc that the original (and more accurate) UK title is "South Pacific", and I was definitely misled by the name change for the US market. With every episode, the story keeps going back to one of the traditional societies of the islands, lost colonists/sailors, or modern people.

There's still a lot of informative and entertaining footage, including rare glimpses of animals, impossibly close shots, and more of that signature stunning photography that we've come to expect from the BBC. I particularly liked the cloud fly-throughs and beautiful aerial shots of atolls, pristine aquamarine lagoons, and islands that are scattered throughout the segments (on "Ocean of Volcanoes"). There's also some lush underwater photography (corals, lava, and fish). These I enjoyed the most. But it's not all animal eye candy and idyllic seas, tranquil islands, and forests.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent BBC Documentary! July 16, 2009
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Wild Pacific is another excellent BBC documentary. This 2-disc set features six episodes. Wild Pacific covers the remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, the wildlife on the islands, the formation of the islands, the sea life, and the problems man has created. The video quality on the Blu-Ray is very good. The sound quality is disappointing. I don't understand why a new documentary would have a Dolby Digital 2.0 sound mix. I had to take a star off for the sound. Overall, if you like the other BBC documentaries such as Planet Earth and Galapagos, you will definitely like this release.


As the other reviewer noted about the sound, this Blu-Ray is indeed DTS-MA 5.1. I was watching the documentary in 2.0 since my receiver was defaulting to stereo sound. I watched an episode in the DTS 5.1 track and this by far, is the best sounding BBC documentary on Blu-Ray. The packaging is mislabeled as stereo sound.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent July 14, 2009
This DVD is fantastic, lots of nature information and unusual rare flora and fauna! Mike Rowe as narrator at his best. Great watching for people who like water, and nature. Some sad scenes of course, this is REAL reality, not those fake shows that pass for reality. Highly recommend as an addition to anyone's library!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Doc! With 5.1 DTS! July 21, 2009
By The Guy
Another awesome BBC nature doc. The film explores not only the animals of the pacific but also the people of the many islands. I want to make a few things clear:
1. The video quality is very impressive (like all BBC docs), but it's 1080i (like all BBC Docs) not 1080p.
2. I know the previous reviewer said stereo only but the audio is a 5.1 DTS track. For some reason the box says 2.0, but it's full 5.1 surround.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC raises it's own standard April 15, 2010
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This review is for most everyone else out there. I'm NOT a videofile so sifting through the barely discernable minutia of digital high def technical mertis and / or pitfalls is not my forte. The disc looked great on my plasma from start to finish, even the underwater footage. And Speaking of footage, there were many UNMATCHED camera shots here, even comapred to BBC's magnum opus, Planet Earth. I found the narration fine. As far as editing, the chapter selection needed some re-organization but as far as complaining about how long shots were held on someone's personal wish list? come on. Let's face it, after Planet Earth, it's hard for any nature program not to seem redundant, yet you don't feel that here. The human element as described clearly leaves the viewer with a new appreciation in some areas and a return to reality in others. So no - it's not all about critters, it's a better over view on ALL the elements influencing this previously poorly understood area of the planet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite BBC Blue Ray September 3, 2010
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I own BBC's Planet Earth, Life, Nature's Most Amazing Events, and Wild Pacific. All of them are enjoyable. Life used some footage from the other series. Wild Pacific is my favorite out of the BBC Blue Ray discs that I own. The video and sound are just fabulous. If you love beautiful natural scenes and are curious about the South Pacific then this disc will appeal to you. My only regret is that the series is not as long as Planet Earth. They could have covered Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, and the other islands in more detail.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 31, 2010
I have not purchased it YET, but I saw the video series on Discovery Channel and I loved it. I am a high school science teacher that will definately use this in my Wildlife Biology course and my Environmental Science Course. I see great applications. I just wish more companies like Discovery and History and the likes would produce new science videos... I am tired of looking at videos produced in the 70's and 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent production on a fascinating topic. Typical of the great natural history productions of the BBC.
Published 1 month ago by W. Allen Haase
5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific in many dimensions
Excellent documentary. I would have left the original "South Pacific" title instead of "Wild Pacific" because it is not all the Pacific it explores, but the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krypto
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love traveling around the South Pacific while sitting on my sofa.
I can't yet afford to travel there often, well, other than one or two trips each year, so this is the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DJ Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly one third of our earth's surface. Must view this.
As a resident of Hawaii, loving and living In the middle of the Paciific, I am enthralled.
Published 2 months ago by Paula Tissot
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
I found Wild Pacific to be very enjoyable indeed, with beautiful photography and an interesting and informative narration. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RRE
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Very discouraged when I opened the package and found the british version called "south Pacific". The only difference between the two of them is the narrators. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Sedlak
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Pacific rating
Highly recommended viewing. very informative. Will keep it out to watch over and over. especially about 10000 islands/ thank you
Published 7 months ago by J. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Pacific
We very much enjoyed this DVD & also bought it for friends. They also said they very much enjoyed it & have now passed it on to other friends.
Published 7 months ago by Barb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great....
Amazing. I hope to see more on these remote islands in the Pacific. I enjoy mostly the life of the people who are living in these places. Very interesting series.
Published 7 months ago by TroyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile
To put it most simply, Wild Pacific is a BBC documentary. If that isn't a sufficient explanation of quality then you've probably not seen many BBC docs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. K. Baldwin
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