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Africa [DVD]

David Attenborough    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 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 (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AF1H818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa DVD 5 Mar 2013
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May I thank everyone involved with this outstanding production. I think that no words could sufficiently praise David Attenborough for providing us with this extraordinarily beautiful documentary film. David's commentaries are treasured by all of us who love wildlife films and it is also educational and is wonderful viewing for everyone.
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35 of 39 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As If You Have Never Seen Africa Before 8 Mar 2013
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Attenborough 2 Mar 2013
By anon
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Always rivetting, always groundbreaking footage.Time delay footage of the Sahara dunes moving was a particular favourite.

I always feel enriched after watching Attenborough. A vast continent, a vast subject - perhaps few more episodes would have been better..............but the series was magnificent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa DVD 24 Mar 2013
By Marco
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Tthis DVD is another masterpiece of Sir David, yet. Another superb series from the BBC beautifully filmed and of course superbly narrated by Sir David Attenborough
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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted documentary series..
One of Attenborough's finest series yet. A magnificent display of the hidden natural secrets of a beautiful and diverse continent.
Published 19 days ago by Mr A Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa
I have already rated this product when I received it and I am a little bit tired of keep on getting e-mail requesting me to rate something that I have already rated it is over kill
Published 21 days ago by S. J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa
After coming back from Africa, I purchased this DVD box set, well worth a watch and worth the money :) David Attenborough makes you feel like you are there.
Published 22 days ago by Kerry Ann Saywood
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough, class as usual.
In my opinion David Attenborough has done more than anyone to bring the natural world into our homes. Africa is no exception to this opinion. Read more
Published 27 days ago by hugh embleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Popolar
Ordered this to send to a person in an old age home who was so pleased with it he recommended it to others and I ordered a second copy as a present for someone else.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Helene Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Dutch??
I received my DVDs this morning, only to find the printed literature is in Dutch, the first program "Earthflight" is in Dutch, and if you want subtitles, it`s Dutch or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a fantastic collection and soo good in BluRay :) well worth the money and would suggest this to anyone
Published 1 month ago by Mr Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable.
Hooks you in from the opening titles. Unbelievable photography & Attenborough is hilarious at times. Some heartbreaking scenes captured as well.
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa - David Attenborough DVD
As ever David Attenboroughand his team come up trumps. Stunning commentaries and photography. Almost makes you believe that you're there!
Published 2 months ago by bazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding
I have always enjoyed wildlife programmes, but this is on a whole new HD level. My TV came to life and I have never been so glad that I bought a HD TV in my life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by EmOnTheGo
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