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Wild China (Blu-ray)
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.]]>
Beautifully filmed and soothingly narrated by Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Wild China takes an expansive look at the fourth largest country in the world. Over a period of more than six hours, the miniseries--which was co-produced by the BBC and China's CTV--lets viewers into a world that is straddling the line between modern-day efficiency and old world traditions. Fans accustomed to travelogues with personable hosts such as quirky Anthony Bourdain or perky Samantha Brown leading them through far away places may get a little bored with the hands-off approach here. But the beauty of this production is in the country and the people, and the way the filmmakers present them in crisply edited vignettes. We see the jumping spiders atop Mount Everest, the winding grace of the Great Wall, and of course some shy pandas that many people equate with China. But some of the best moments are the simple ones--children in a classroom, fishermen working the waters, and monks meditating in monasteries. As did the Planet Earth series, Wild China makes viewers wish they were there. The film doesn't touch heavily on the politics of China, but it isn't lacking because of the omission. As it is, Wild China ends all too soon, leaving viewers longing for more for a country that once didn't welcome foreigners in. --Jae-Ha Kim
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Beautiful Bluray and very educational.Great set,Great price.Good 1080 Bluray transfer and super sound! Hours of entertainment!
The landscape is lovely, the music perfect and the glimpse of Chinese culture, from all over China, a must. Some scenes may upset the kids, and adults, but I think the knowledge gained by watching Wild China outweighs any discomfort one may feel when watching the DVDs.
Some of the shots that were captured are extraordinarily rare, and in some cases, this crew was the first to film (I will not spoil which; these are revealed). Suffice to say, we were wowed by the Blu-Ray quality: the depth of picture, the richness of the color, and the detail afforded to this nearly-lossless format (you can see individual strands of a spider's web, droplets of rain, blades of grass, reflections in animals' eyes...)
If you are at all interested in China, animals, people, or landscapes (or all of these, like I am), do not hesitate, do not pass Go... buy this documentary! There is no way you will be disappointed.
Viewing tip: Watch them all in order, then watch the "making of" special feature on Disc 2 to appreciate some of the more difficult shots.
An incredible portrait of China.
A definite must have for any nature lover , adventurer or the the curious future traveler to that remote part of the world.