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Africa the Serengeti [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Earl Jones , George Casey    DVD

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Serengeti miracle 27 Jun 2005
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on
This documentary of the vast Serengeti which spans from Tanzania to Kenya is a visual feast, and follows the incredible migration of the million wildebeest and several thousand zebra that journey from the dust of the southern drought to the vegetation in the northern regions. Along the way they pass by many predators, with some of the herd falling prey to them. We also see many diverse species of the area, among them a baboon community, the majestic beauty of a herd of elephants, and many scenes of maternal love that are endearing, even with the ungainly and massive black rhino.

We see a hungry cheetah dash after a gazelle, the lions at play and as rulers of the plains, visit with the handsome Masai tribe, and view the incredible vistas from a hot air balloon. The most memorable scene in the film is on the wildebeest's return to the south, where they must get across a river flooded by the rain. The crocodiles lie in wait for this event, and many from the herd also perish from exhaustion. The size and scope of this river crossing makes it an image one will never forget. The cinematography by Andrew Kitzanuk is spectacular, and makes this one of the best documentaries I have seen for sheer viewing spectacle on the subject of African wildlife.

Written, directed and produced by George Cassey, the emphasis is on the poetry of the land, rather than a long list of facts and figures. Narrated by James Earl Jones, his sonorous voice is always easy on the ears, as he says things like "Life streams across a land suspended in time." Also nice to listen to is the lovely score by Hans Zimmer and George Cadebe, which includes some haunting vocals.
Recommended viewing for any animal and nature enthusiast, the total running time is 39 minutes.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST! 4 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I recently travelled to Africa and bought this video prior to leaving. Not only is the video completly accurate in its portrayal of the magical Serengeti, but the cinematography is excellent. In addition, children just LOVE it! My 3 year old neice couldn't stop watching it. Disney is nothing compared to this video! I recommend it highly!!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving look at the "Circle of Life" 8 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
My 3-year-old enjoys this almost as much as I do. As someone who has always dreamed of going on safari one day, my reverence for the wildlife of Africa has been taken to new heights with this film. Yes, it's only 40 minutes or so but it's a perfect example of Quality over quantity. The film is exquisite from beginning to end and the music, combined with James Earl Jones' perfect voice, makes for a spine-tingling journey. I've owned the film for just under 2 weeks and have watched it at least 5 times. It is stunning! The migration of the animals is an amazing story and I was particularly moved by the final "scene". Again, the music and narration tie the beautiful photography together wonderfully. I am so happy to have found it and am buying several copies for friends and my parents...
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary 8 Dec 2007
By Jbug - Published on
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
How could you go wrong with James Earl Jones doing the narration? I have the standard version of this disc. It was one of the earliest to transfer to dvd. It came in a cd size case (eventually the size of the case was enlarged to prevent confusion with cds). Having both versions made it possible to do a comparison. What a difference the high definition (Blue Ray) version makes. It's like night and day. The HD version is much sharper, clearer and colorful, just what you would expect from the new HD format. I wanted to toss the sd version in the trash but I'll keep it to show folks the difference between HD and SD movies.

The sd version had so much LFE (bass) that I had to turn the sub down quite a bit. In fact, it has too much LFE. The Blue Ray disc has a much appreciated toned down version. As far as the movie goes, it does an excellent job of showing the great migration of animals in Africa. I am a big fan of "nature documentaries." and this is one of the best. It is not too long or too short but when I get into a good documentary such as this, I always wish it wouldn't end.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wildebeast frenzy 30 Aug 2006
By S. Meece - Published on
This movie is ok for a documentary. It is meant to show life on the serenghiti and has James Earl Jones narrating. However, this movie showcases, primarily, the great, annual Wildebeast migratation. I know how important this migration is to all life on the African plains, but come on! It spends only about 5 minutes, randomly, on other animals. What about the display of male African elephants during breeding season? Or Jaguars carting food in trees to hide from other predators? How about the structured but seemingly chaotic feeding of Crocs? Nope, wildebeast dominate this movie. If you want a movie on migration, this is it. If you want a movie that showcases a variety of animals and behavior, look somewhere else.
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