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It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45 year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary.

In Jane's Journey, we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe), Jane's Journey is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon.

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***** [highest rating] A beautiful tribute to Dr. Goodall's accomplishments, a celebration of her spirit and an inspiration for all. --Jennifer Merin, About.com Documentaries

Fascinating & Inspiring! An engaging, often personal look at the great primatologist-turned-conservationist. --The Hollywood Reporter

Spectacularly photographed. Jane's Journey is a trip worth taking. --Village Voice

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  • Actors: Jane Goodall, Mary Lewis, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan
  • Directors: Lorenz Knauer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: First Run Features - Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QB2JR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 21, 2011
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Lorenz Knauer's "Jane's Journey" is the ultimate love letter to and about its impressive subject Jane Goodall. Goodall, as a primatologist and an environmental activist, has dedicated her entire life to the natural world and its preservation. Through Knauer's understated and extremely quiet film, the Jane we meet is so dedicated to making the world a better place that it is sometimes hard to realize that she's also a flesh and blood human being. One might even call her saintly. Less of a biography than a subtle call to arms, "Jane's Journey" is such a well-meaning endeavor that it's hard to be critical. So, for the most part, I won't. Beautifully photographed, the film is a gorgeous trip around the globe meeting people that are trying to improve their communities in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes it seems that the film lacks a bit of focus as we move from one case study to another with no real narrative hook, but I really didn't mind as long as I was by Jane's side. The film is so respectful and so calm, however, that it seems to luxuriate in a serene and quiet realm at one with nature. If you love the film, you might think this sets the perfect tone. But in truth, it can make the piece seem too reverential and sleepy.

The film starts with the 75 year old Goodall reflecting back on her life. Through her recollections and the use of personal films, we meet the girl who went to Tanzania to commune with the chimpanzees. These brief glimpses paint a fascinating, if episodic, portrait of Goodall's early career, marriages, and motherhood. We never get too close to the subject matter, though, and yet it still helps to define the major shift into activism that occurred in 1986.
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I thought I knew a lot about animal researcher, environmentalist (and social activist) Goodall - the 78-year-old icon of National Geographic articles about chimpanzees in Africa - before watching this DVD. But nearly two hours later I realized how little I knew. And, honestly, I felt like the interviewer who Goodall refers to near the beginning of the film who confused her with Dian Fossey, whose story was told in the 1988 film "Gorilla In The Mist" (with Sigourney Weaver as Fossey). Goodall reminded the interviewer that Fossey dies at the end of the film, so she's obviously a different person!

I agree pretty much with my fellow Amazon reviewer, K. Harris who pretty much covers the feature film in depth. The film is framed by scenes of Goodall making her annual two-week visit to the Gombe area of Tanzania. (She travels away from her home in Bournemouth, England more than 300 days each year!). The film is fully narrated by Goodall herself, with interviews with others in her life, inserted at the appropriate places. The first 20 minutes act as a min-biography, using vintage footage to show how Goodall first went to Africa, worked on studies with chimpanzees, married twice (and divorced twice). Though now much older, with long straight gray hair and minimal makeup, Goodall has maintained the beautiful skin and facial features that made her photogenic to National Geographic as well as her two husband.

But after the chimpanzee portion we find Goodall's other activities. She created a Foundation as well as a program called "Roots & Shoots" to get young people involved in the environment.
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had the pleasure of reviewing before on yet another DVD of Jane Goodall and my appreciation and respect for this lady is immense. If you have enjoyed anything that Jane Goodall has written about animal survival in the past, I am positive that you will enjoy her travels and paths in life and where life has taken her and the dedication she has and is giving continually to our world......Buy it as you will not be disappointed in any way I guarantee it.......Sophia
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I really enjoyed watching Jane's Journey and sharing with my class of graduate research students.

This movie is a great example of a young person following her dreams and developing the strength of character to persist in the face of hardship.

The sharing of her passion with young African school children will no doubt inspire some of them to follow in her foot steps.

Long may Jane have good health and vitality to continue her good work.

John Barnes
Bangkok, Thailand.
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This is a beautiful 111 minute documentary about Jane Goodall, an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace, tracing her life from a young woman studying chimpanzees in her 20s to the social activist in her 70s during the filming. It consists mostly of beautiful recent cinematography and music interwoven of trips done from approximately 2000 to 2009 with small bits of archival footage of her work and her life. Several moving contemplative moments as she visits a Congo refugee camp, the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, a melting glacier in Greenland, and a hippo pond in Tanzania (with her grown son and two grandchildren). Her message is despite all the problems we have, we must continue to hope and inspire the next generation. At Amazon Germany, one can order a Region B Blu-ray disc of this film that has improved video and sound (DTS-HD 5.1), which is playable on region-free Blu-ray players, but not on standard US Blu-ray players. The audio choices are English or German with optional German subtitles, but no English subtitles.
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