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Lucky enough to have seen the first three (To date) episodes in this
wonderful new BBC wildlife series I can safely say that the BBC still
rules the genre. This series explores not just the wildlife, which it
does with brand new spectacular scenes, but also the relationship of
the ecosystem with the geology and unpredictable weather systems and
natural events. The production team have taken extraordinary measures
to provide us with breath-taking scenes and amazing footage, using the
latest technology and techniques. So far this season has kept my
family, including our 4yr old granddaughter fixed, silently to the
screen! The addition of the "Eye to Eye" excerpt at the end of each
episode goes a little way to help us understand how these production
teams make these shows, and for me, I always look forward to seeing
what they are prepared to do to get "the shot of a lifetime."
Since the first episode to last - its an amazing ride , with vast
scenery and good depth of knowledge of Africa. Not only it shows the
wildlife but it shows how the change in climate and world population is
affect each one of them. It also very elegantly shows the local people
and how they are trying to help the biodiversity. David did very well
on narrating and presenting the wildlife. The story of some animals
really touch you heart.
An as a Bio scientist myself - its was amazing to see yet another making look of Africa it was time we just get to see Africa since it so vast.
The series director and producers and rest of the crew definitely did a master piece on this, i remember looking forward for each episode and truly sad its over...for now.
Its truly a beautiful series.. Deserves a title next to Planet Earth.
David Attenborough does it again.I personally have been hooked on his
documentaries for more than a decade (pardon for being young) and I
have to say no other man can come close to his interpretation of
nature's wonders.Since the flawless "Planet Earth", David has continued
to amaze with this interpretation and that certainly did not fail in
Yes, we finally get to see more from Africa rather than just a big pile of desserts.The variety of climate changes,animal adaption and human construction at its peak is displayed in the most brilliant way you can describe.And of course the cruel fate of the residents due to climate change and increase number of predators really gives you a heart breaking image as to how bizarre and ferocious life can be when it's instinctively based on the three basic surviving methods, "Water,Food,Shelter".
In conclusion,I have to say that "Africa" ranks as one of the top documentaries ever done by BBC and that's saying a lot because BBC has done quite some documentaries which brought nature interpretation to a whole new levels.
Personal rank : 10/10.
Planet earth has held the title for a long time as the best of Attenborough but ever since Africa has been released i personally have come to the conclusion of this series superiority, the updated camera work, the general renewal and new insights to animals behavior as individuals and as a society. Episode 4-Cape has raised the bar for all environmental/educational series to come, the diversity within each episode gives a viewer a sense of Range, scale and mass of the ecological system that is being reviewed and recorded. the variation from each environment allows a comparison to be made from Blue Whales to Monkey Beatles. the 'Eye to eye' segment of each episode allows the viewer to get an insight into the difficulty of the recordings and techniques used. The new best of Attenborough!
David Attenborough's wonderful voice narrates another incredible BBC nature series. Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, and now Africa, each takes us on a High Definition trip to some of the most amazing places on Earth. If I had to choose one of these series as the winner for the most breath taking camera work, I would have to give the honour to Africa! If I had one grouch about most nature series it would be in the grisliness in showing predators bringing down and sometimes tearing apart their prey. Africa manages to show predators at work without the overt gore. The only thing that stymies me about all of these incredible series is why they felt it necessary to release an Americanized version of each with Sigourney Weaver, Oprah, Alec Baldwin and now Forest Whitaker narrating. Attenborough's narration is as clear and concise as ever, and I would think understandable by the American viewing public.
Terrific 6 hour documentary mini-series on the land and (mostly)
animals of Africa's various geographic regions; from the ocean waters
off the Cape of Good Hope, to the stunning, endless Sahara desert.
Fantastically photographed, as all these BBC nature series tend to be,
and hosted with his usual humanity, passion and insight by David
Attenborough. It's important to note that Attenborough is not just
narrating, but he writes his excellent verbal sections himself. Also,
as with other BBC nature series, each of the 6 sections is accompanied
by a mini 'making of' documentary, which are often as fascinating and
compelling as the main program.
Everything 'educational' television should be. Fun, moving, beautiful, full of new information and animals you haven't heard or seen before - even if you've seen a lot of these docs - and reminding us of how important it is to save the amazing animals and wild places that strain under the ever heavier pressure of the demands of the human species. Great for adults or any kids not too young to be frightened by occasional honest (and sometimes heartbreaking) examples of animal death in the wild. And a great ad for the visual splendor of blu-ray.
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