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BBC Atlas of the Natural World - Africa/Europe (Wild Africa / Congo / The First Eden / Europe - A Natural History)

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From the BBC's internationally renowned, award winning Natural History unit comes the second release in this extraordinarily ambitious undertaking. BBC Atlas of the Natural World is a unique survey of life on Earth in all its remarkable richness an beauty. This six-disc set brings together four landmark BBC series that combine to give one of the most comprehensive portraits of Africa (Wild Africa and Congo), the Mediterranean (The First Eden) and Europe (Europe: A Natural History) ever assembled. In over 12 hours of programming reaching back over three billion years, viewers will examine the birth of these vast continents from the dawn of time and examine how the rise of human civilization has forever changed the landscape.

Special Features:

Documentaries: The Nile (2x50)

Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians

The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood

Documentary: Spirits of the Forest:

Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife

Documentaries: Scandinavia:

Lands of the Midnight Sun - Every year seasons transform the fjords, forests & mountains of Norway & Sweden; each season brings challenges & harvests to man & nature.

Fresh Waters, Salt Seas - From the polluted Baltic to the overfished Arctic the relationship between man and nature has changed and the future is uncertain.

Documentary: Fire and Ice - A film about how Iceland's wildlife, including puffins and Arctic foxes, survives volcanic eruptions and scalding geysers.

Special Features

Documentaries: The Nile (2x50) Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood Documentary: Spirits of the Forest: Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife (RT: ~ 50 min) Documentaries: Scandinavia: Lands of the Midnight Sun - Every year seasons transform the fjords, forests & mountains of Norway & Sweden; each season brings challenges & harvests to man & nature. Fresh Waters, Salt Seas - From the polluted Baltic to the overfished Arctic the relationship between man and nature has changed and the future is uncertain. Documentary: Fire and Ice - A film about how Iceland's wildlife, including puffins and Arctic foxes, survives volcanic eruptions and scalding geysers.Documentaries: The Nile (2x50) Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood Documentary: Spirits of the Forest: Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife (RT: ~ 50 min) Documentaries: Scandinavia: Lands of the Midnight Sun - Every year seasons transform the fjords, forests & mountains of Norway & Sweden; each season brings challenges & harvests to man & nature. Fresh Waters, Salt Seas - From the polluted Baltic to the overfished Arctic the relationship between man and nature has changed and the future is uncertain. Documentary: Fire and Ice - A film about how Iceland's wildlife, including puffins and Arctic foxes, survives volcanic eruptions and scalding geysers.Documentaries: The Nile (2x50) Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood Documentary: Spirits of the Forest: Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife (RT: ~ 50 min) Documentaries: Scandinavia: Lands of the Midnight Sun - Every year seasons transform the fjords, forests & mountains of Norway & Sweden; each season brings challenges & harvests to man & nature. Fresh Waters, Salt Seas - From the polluted Baltic to the overfished Arctic the relationship between man and nature has changed and the future is uncertain. Documentary: Fire and Ice - A film about how Iceland's wildlife, including puffins and Arctic foxes, survives volcanic eruptions and scalding geysers.Documentaries: The Nile (2x50) Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood Documentary: Spirits of the Forest: Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife (RT: ~ 50 min) Documentaries: Scandinavia: Lands of the Midnight Sun - Every year seasons transform the fjords, forests & mountains of Norway & Sweden; each season brings challenges & harvests to man & nature. Fresh Waters, Salt Seas - From the polluted Baltic to the overfished Arctic the relationship between man and nature has changed and the future is uncertain. Documentary: Fire and Ice - A film about how Iceland's wildlife, including puffins and Arctic foxes, survives volcanic eruptions and scalding geysers.Documentaries: The Nile (2x50) Crocodiles and Kings - Examines the Nile through the eyes of the ancient Egyptians The Great Floods - Ancient Egypt was built on the promise of the Nile's annual great flood Documentary: Spirits of the Forest: Madagascar - The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar, a treasure house of weird and wonderful wildlife (RT:

Product Details

  • Actors: Fergal Keane, John Lynch, David Attenborough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 1055 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ROA01S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "BBC Atlas of the Natural World - Africa/Europe (Wild Africa / Congo / The First Eden / Europe - A Natural History)" on IMDb

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By A. Cottrell on February 3, 2008
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It might seem somewhat petty to withhold a 5-star rating from this set for one complaint, but for people buying this chiefly for David Attenborough's "The First Eden," it's a pretty big complaint: It's not complete. The 4th episode, "Strangers in the Garden," is not included -- at least nowhere that I can find. Very strange, considering there are so many extra documentaries; you're not merely getting the four main programs, but also shows about the Nile, Madagascar (mainly lemurs), Scandinavia, and Iceland. Couldn't one of them have been left out to make room for the final episode of "The First Eden?" Or even better, would it have been that much more trouble to spread "The First Eden" over two discs and supplement it with another documentary like they did with the other programs?

Other than that one problem, this set is magnificent. If you liked "Planet Earth" and/or the various Attenborough "Life..." series, you can't miss with this set. At over 1000 minutes, this what you call bang for your buck. Don't hesitate, unless you're only interested in getting the complete "First Eden."
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I knew prior to ordering this set, sight unseen, that it would be very good but it surpassed my expectations. The BBC is probably the foremost producer of outstanding nature documentaries and in this series lies the proof. The BBC Atlas explores how geology, and human history among other factors formed the Continents as we know them today. It covers how humans altered and adapted to life in Africa and Europe with fabulous visuals and amazing photography. Ranging from pre-history right up to the 21st century we see how man and animals have co-existed through the ages and adapted to the environment as it has gone thru various changes. All the various narrators of segments are excellent, especially Sir David Attenborough. I highly recommend both sets.
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would be perfect but one disc (Congo) never played so............the other 5 discs are wonderful as is this whole series from the BBC. I was overwhelmed by material and this disc went into a 'later' column and then I spaced it. I have other parts of this series and I only need a S.America, I think. either way: BBC rules !!!
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I'm not sure why this Africa feature is packaged with a DVD about European wildlife. Regardless, the Africa portion of this documentary is great. Each episode covers a different ecosystem on the African continent. The episodes discuss the environmental changes that have given rise to each species. I prefer looking at individual ecosystems on one continent rather than the "flying around the world" approach of Planet Earth. With that said, this documentary is much older than Planet Earth (first produced in the late 1980s), so it simply doesn't have the HD quality viewers are used to. Regardless, there are still some amazing scenes, such as sea lions sneaking up on gannets in the water and hippos fighting each other with bloody jaws. Also, the enhanced mode is actually informative and not too intrusive, mentioning interesting facts about the animals. Definitely worth checking out.
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By Horace Akeya on December 22, 2012
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I ordered this video because I love to watch wildlife, and I loved it. I don't know how to do the half a star so I went & went ahead and did a 5 star. The only thing about this video is that the music kind of covers the narration, the narration is kind of weak. That's the only thing I have to say about this video. I love this otherwise. Now I'm not going to tell about what's in it or how it is, or tell about what episodes are in there, the titles are already on the product description when you look at it. This is a great wildlife video, otherwise I would write something else. You won't regret it, I promise. Buy it, and have a great time watching it over and over again.
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Hugely disappointing. Might have been a more accurate description to call it a History of the Worlds Beginnings or something. I found the majority of this incredibly boring. I purchase the nature DVD's, to watch and learn about large animals, in particular, and watch them several times over. I'm having trouble getting through this one and I'd have to be pretty bored before I watched it again.
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