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Regarded as a goddess, described as the nexus of the natural and spiritual worlds, and variously known as "The Daughter of the Mountains," "The River of Life," and "Ganga Ma" (Mother Ganges), the river begins in the Himalayas (the exact source is uncertain; four sacred sites are visited by Hindu pilgrims). Fed by numerous streams, snowmelt, glaciers, and rain, it makes its way westward across the plains of the Indian subcontinent, passing through Rishikesh, Varanasi (known as the holiest city on the river), the teeming metropolis of Calcutta, and the forbidding delta forest known as the Sunderbans before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Along the way, we see an astonishing variety of animals: snow leopards, hawk-like lammergeiers with their ten-foot wingspans, langurs and macaques, mahseer (the world’s largest carp, weighing up to 50 kilograms), peacocks, otters, cranes, tigers, rhinos, and on and on. Meanwhile, the Hindu reverence for nature is constantly apparent--especially in a village where deadly cobras roam freely in the streets, virtually ignored by the residents (who consider themselves virtually immune; bites are frequent, but no one seems to die from them, a strange anomaly in country where twenty thousand people are killed by snakes every year). The cinematography is never less than gorgeous, whether it’s a closeup of a rhododendron or a panoramic mountain vista; frequent use of time-lapse photography only adds to the grandeur (cf. an incredible sequence depicting the arrival of the summer monsoon). Expertly narrated by Sudha Bhuchar, Ganges combines bravura technique and sheer artistry to create a genuinely inspiring viewing experience. Extras include a "making of" mini-doc and deleted scenes. --Sam Graham
- Deleted scenes
- English, Hindi and Bengali narration
Top Customer Reviews
following the course of the Ganges in 3 episodes they explore the people places and wild life of the regions bordering the river.
The scenery of the mountains is simply amazing on Blu Ray, the full force of the spring melt is captured and conveyed almost as if you were there. Amazing film work and worth watching at least twice I feel.
The documentary overall was quite good, it not only focused on the physical aspects of the river (how it effects the environment) but its spiritual significance as well. The photography in this film is amazing.
The Blu-ray presentation was stunning, and the level of detail and color was really heightened. It really made the documentary come to life. And surprisingly for a documentary, the DTS track was quite good, and the narration and music did a good job enhancing the experience. I don't think we would be as involved in the events if we were watching it on DVD.
Anyone interested in India or history in general should check this out!
* BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
* Region Free
* English DTS 5.1 Surround
* Hindi Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* Bengal Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* English SDH
* Deleted Scenes
At one point trying to praise Muslim invasion of Bharat varsha by bloody Moguls, the narrator, compares Hindus to Muslims and claims that Moguls had better scientific know how (and praises the Moguls heritage) "Their scientific heritage compelled them to understand and master it". Now, to be fair, Moguls might have had better weapons and the desert culture of "kill or conquer", but certainly not scientific mind or achievement. Here is where the biases of the producer (or script writer) sets a negative tone degrading Hindus. And this is unacceptable, to me, because it not a correct interpretation.
It appears to me that these producers or script writers are totally against Hindu beliefs (at least they come across so naive or completely misinformed). To me they are ultra liberals trying to defame Hindu faith. And they (DVD) show this village where the snakes freely roam about and nobody kills it. What is that got to do with Ganga (Ganges)? I feel, the producers are deliberately putting footage to embarrass the average Hindu. If there is any faith / religion (way of life) that values life (not just human life), then it is found in India.Read more ›
On par qualitywise with the planet earth series, this blu ray is excellent.
If you like nature/travel doc's this is one you will want to add to your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Documentary and the Audio and Visuals are stunning.Published 3 months ago by rohan prakash
Disc damaged and won't play at all, please send return sticker. Thanks.Published 7 months ago by Kevin J Doyle
Beautiful photography, superior sound track, extremely well-written and narrated. Overall, a magnificent film.Published 17 months ago by C. Solomon
Excellent overview, somewhat slow starting gets going in parts two and three. Good focus on the human element.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer