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David Attenborough (as good as ever) provides the narrative, explaining how plants and animals adapted to the environment during the 60 million years the island was cut off from the rest of the world. As for the music, all too often BBC programmes are spoiled for me by excessively loud and inappropriate music. In this case the music, much of it composed specially for the series, actually adds value to it. If I was allowed to keep only one wildlife series I think "Madagascar" might be it even though it does not feature my favourite animals - the big cats.
However, along with the beauty there is a sombre tone. We see the scattered remains of the elephant bird that began to disappear when man arrived.Read more ›
But there is also interesting birds, insects, a tortoise, and a curious blind fish that swims upside down!
Filmed is stark reality blu-ray and narrated off camera by David Attenborough (he does appear briefly at the very beginning and end) it is a great addition to any nature/bbc collection.
The extras are also worth watching, interesting is The Giant Egg, which chronicles Attenboroughs now 50 year old excursion to the island with vintage film clips and newer ones too.
In several spots I found myself wishing for less musical accompaniment. The music, as it is, is suitable in style but I prefer to hear the natural "music" of the surroundings: the crunch of leaves under a lizard's foot, the wind in the trees, the rain, the animal calls ...& so forth. These are still present with the music overlaid, but I prefer only the natural sounds alone.
Aside from this, I have no complaints and can give this set my highest recommendation.
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By far one of the better documentary I've seen. The quality was amazing. I got this on such a good deal that it was totally worth the purchase. View this on an HDTV.Published 2 months ago by kitzutsuita
Watching this documentary uplifted my understanding of nature after watching the various mind-boggling feasts of evolution is this forgotten corner of the world.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
You can never go wrong with a David Attenborough documentary all of his are excellentPublished 5 months ago by chistina
3 episodes--each an hour long--and exploring different aspects of the island. Loved every bit. If you like BBC's other stuff (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, etc), you'll love this.Published 8 months ago by Douglas E. Rice
Animals are great. These are beautiful, the photography and stories are wonderful.
Outstanding video. Excellent program about a seriously endangered region. The best presentation on Madagascar that I have seen.Published 9 months ago by Tony F