The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection (Planet Earth / Wild China / Galapagos / Ganges)
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Planet Earth From the makers of The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, with an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience anywhere else. Wild China An exotic fusion of natural history and Oriental adventure, "Wild China" is a series of journeys through four startlingly different landscapes, each based around the travels of a real historical character. With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the veil on the world's most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see, in pioneering images, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures. Galapagos The inspiration for Darwin 's theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals. As the western islands rise up from the sea offering a chance of life, the eastern islands sink back beneath the waves guaranteeing only death. Between the two are the middle islands; fertile, lush land in its prime that contains an incredible diversity of life. Nowhere else on the Earth are the twin processes of creation and extinction of species so starkly apparent... see it all unfold before your eyes in this stunning series filmed entirely in high definition from the BBC and the National Geographic Channel. Ganges A sumptuous series that tells the story of the most extraordinary river in the world - the Ganges. Human life and nature bustle along her river banks, in a kaleidoscope of colour and energy. From man-hunting tigers to giant lizards, here the wildlife is as diverse as the people. Traversing from the peaks of the Himalayas through frenetic cities to the teeming delta where the river meets the sea, this is a vibrant and colourful look at how the Ganges shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs of India.
- Original U.K. broadcast version narrated by David Attenborough, including 90 minutes not shown on the Discovery Channel
- Behind the scenes, deleted scenes, English, Hindi and Bengali narration
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The Ganges, which we had not seen before, was good. Planet Earth we knew was a good series. Galapagos was nice, but having seen it in person I was not blown away by it. The Wild China series was the star of the set. The photography was amazing. My husband is a biologist and usually nit-picks the narration of the nature series. He could find nothing to criticize on the Wild China series.
I highly recommend this to anyone with the video equipment to do it justice and an interest in nature series.
But aside from that technical difficulty:
Fantastic images of Earth that most of us will never live to see.
Presented in incredibly beautiful high definition.
Excellent narrators (especially David Attenborough).
If you like documentaries, or if you have the patience to try one, there's no better way to start - I'm on my third chapter of Wild China right now and my roommate has started watching them with me just because the images and accompanying soundtrack are so amazing.
If you're reading this review, then you're probably interested - buy this set, you won't regret it. Also, if you don't have a 46"+ HDTV with 1080p resolution, add one of those to your cart as well - the realism is incredible.
About 10 days ago I ordered the same product again. This time it is even worse: only two of the 19 chapters on the Disc 1 of Wild China can be played. The rest of 17 chapters simply could not loaded up. The other seven discs again are all fine. One thing I noticed is that these discs do not seem to be new since none of the plastic cases was sealed. In contrast, back in March 2011 all plastic cases were sealed. So I have to return the package for the second time.
Based on what I have encountered, or should I say endured, so far I suspect that a fairly high percentage of Disc 1 of Wild China is defective. Anyway, because of its great contents, which definitely deserve a 5-star rating, I'll try my luck for the third time.
I'll tentatively rate the item as 2-star for its poor quality control.