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Africa [DVD]

David Attenborough    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AF1H818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Attenborough presents this five-part BBC natural history series exploring the stunning landscapes and undiscovered creatures of Africa's five major regions. Using state-of-the-art technology, cameramen journey across the length and breadth of the continent, from the Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, documenting previously unseen wildlife behaviour, discovering strange new creatures, and uncovering an array of spectacular, never-before-filmed locations.

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David Attenborough's AfricaAn amazing new perspective on the landscapes and creatures of Africa's wildest places. This is the world's wildest continent as you've never seen it before - an intense sensory adventure from the Atlas Mountains, through the Savannah lands to the Cape of Good Hope and from the Roof of Africa and the Kalahari to where the dark rainforests of the Congo meet the Atlantic Ocean. Each episode shifting the focus onto a different region as it contrasts the epic power of the landscape with the dramatic struggles of individual creatures living there. From hidden jungles and ice-blue glaciers to erupting volcanoes and lakes of poison, Africa explores an astonishing array of previously un-filmed locations and discovers bizarre new creatures and behaviours - including some of the rarest fish in the world, exploding insects and lizards that hunt on the backs of lions. This landmark five-part series utilises the latest filming technology to reveal the surprising environments, extraordinary creatures and other fascinating secrets of an amazing continent. Executive Producer: Michael Gunton Series Producer: James Honeyborne Important information: Episode 6 of Africa considered what the future holds for the continent including the challenges posed by climate change and rising temperatures. There is widespread acknowledgement within the scientific community that the climate of Africa has been changing as stated in the programme. However, the BBC has accepted the evidence for 3.5 degrees increase is disputable and the commentary should have reflected that. The BBC removed the line of commentary from the episode repeat. The BBC have ensured that all BBC Worldwide Channels and our international partners will show the reversioned episode of Africa. The download-to-own version has also been updated. Unfortunately, it was too late to amend the initial production run of DVD and Blu-ray box sets. However, the edit has been reflected in all further

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw dropping 10 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
Having watched a number of excellent wildlife documentaries on the BBC, I was always expecting this to be brilliant, but this literally made my jaw drop at some point in each episode! The stories told are often funny, moving, and sometimes downright heartbreaking. The photography is just fantastic, and the music is like something out of a film, and completly fitting for the awe inspring, vast land that is Africa. David Attenborough's narration is of course spot on, and the behind the scenes section at the end of each episode is a fascinating insight into the amount of hard work that went into this wonderful series. It also highlights some very important issues concerning our environment, and the treatment of the African wildlife. I can't recommend this enough.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Achievement. 13 Feb 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The BBC are to be congratulated for producing another outstanding addition to their Natural History repertoire. With a big budget, this painstakingly produced six episode series has presented the viewer with almost six hours of top-class entertainment that took four years to shoot. The initial impact is the stunning effect of the photography that captures the wildlife and landscapes. The technical brilliance of the camera work has revealed aspects of the lesser known species, often small or living in a remote environment previously inaccessable or not filmed before (the Shoebill and chicks nesting, for example). The more familiar animals are pictured in mesmerising slow-motion sequences, sparring giraffes over territory, lions, black rhinoceroses and elephants establishing rank and mating supremacy.

Using starlight camerawork, the rhinos. reveal an unexpected social side, gathering at night around a waterhole, and seemingly communicating picked up by novel sound techniques. The greatest wildlife continent on the planet with its constantly changing environment, climate and landscapes are visualised in a bewildering display. David Attenborough's narration links the scenes with his umatchable professionalism and dulcet style. It is one of inspiration and information without being over educational, often told more as a story, from happy to sometimes upsetting scenes. His forecast for the continent with the changes occurring so rapidly is quite forboding. The music I found unobtrusive but may not be to everyone's taste. The 'Eye To Eye' sections at the end of each episode were revealing in the 'this is how we did it' mode. An extremely enjoyable experience that will lend to repeat viewing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As If You Have Never Seen Africa Before 8 Mar 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
You know what I like about the BBC? When they do something, they do it right, astoundingly right. Their work is original and exceptional. And when it comes to professionalism, they are the masters. I have seen so many wildlife documentaries about Africa on TV and DVDs, but this one is like no other. I have seen all the six episodes in two days and what a richly rewarding experience it was.

The episodes are arranged 'regionally' rather than by habitat. The BBC team, and in four years, visit some of the striking places in Africa from the Atlas Mountains in North Africa to the Cape of Good Hope in the south to bring us some of the extraordinary wildlife spectacles this ancient continent has yet to offer. Some of these unforgettable events are: two male giraffes fighting in Nambia, black rhinos socializing near a waterhole in the cover of darkness in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, daring lizards catching flies off sleeping lions, chimpanzees using branches to dig honeycombs out of tree barks while the young ones watching and learning, silver ants battling the scorching the brutal African sun to gather food in just 10 minutes, spectacular sand dunes shifting which took months to video, etc. Really really amazing stuff.

In the extra materials, you get to learn what patience, endurance, dedication, and professionalism it all took in order to produce such top notch film making. I really take my hat to all the BBC team members who were involved in this project.

And yeah Sir David Attenborough is the narrator (who also appears in person in some of the episodes). What a joy it was to hear his voice : )

I enjoyed Africa immensely and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in wildlife documentary films. Perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa 7 Mar 2013
By cmd77
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David Attenborough's Africa is a wonderful DVD. The photography is amazing & animal behaviour is superb... especially the giraffe fight. it arrived very quickly & was well parcelled. Would deal with e the seller again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows that wonderland that is AFRICA! 19 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Born in Africa and having lived my whole live here, this makes me better understand how privileged I am and why I will never be happy in more "civilized" continents, despite all Africa's human problems. We have to preserve Africa's wildness for future generations. These videos make that absolutely clear.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing 18 Feb 2013
By RA
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The BBC absolutely make the best wildlife documentaries available, so saying this is one of the best is saying a lot, and it is certainly one of the best. I never realized how diverse the continent of Africa is in its wildlife & terrain, some of the views of the plains are simply jaw dropping, you can see for miles & it really comes across on film. After watching this series i have an unshakable sense of how Africa embodies the yin/yang of existence, the droughts/floods, deserts/rainforests, the ebb & flow of life/death, it is all captured in this series. It is a heartbreaking & heartwarming adventure but always awe inspiringly beautiful. Thanks to the makers of this great work, truly a masterpiece.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars birilliant
this is the best documentry I watched.
Published 5 hours ago by pouria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding.
Published 2 days ago by ian martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
simply incredible footage of a fabulous country and its wildlife. Glorious in full HD.
Published 6 days ago by Elliot Hemes
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars???? no brainer
How can you even describe this?
Sensational, amazing, ground breaking
He is the best in the business by a country mile and this series is just the latest in a long line... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Alex Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant as ever. Excellent phitography.
Published 9 days ago by lala gahle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
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Published 17 days ago by Anthony ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, simply outstanding!
From the creators of Frozen Planet & Planet Earth comes Africa. This is far from Lions hunting Zebras. This shows you a stunning new side to Africa only few have seen! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa gift
Given as gift so can't say much. Fast delivery & told it's a great film as all Attenborough's works are.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs W
3.0 out of 5 stars Read fine print before ordering
As is now expected from BBC - incredible wildlife video graph with entertaining audio overlay. Outstanding presentation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Damian D. Largier
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Attenborough Success
Another excellent series from Attenborough with his famous narration style and some truly stunning cinema shots and some gems of information about a continent that is so often... Read more
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