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Galapagos [Blu-ray] (2006) [Region Free]

Richard Wollocombe    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Wollocombe
  • Format: Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

While its title may be superfluous, Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World is a beautifully filmed journey into "the islands of the tortoise." Located due west of Ecuador, the Galapagos islands are full of gorgeous scenery and exotic wildlife. And this documentary shows it all, thanks to stunning cinematography shot from all viewpoints--the air, sea and, of course, land. The collection is both soothing and exhilarating as it allows viewers to peek in on mating albatrosses (which are monogamous), penguins fishing, and surprisingly graceful giant tortoises swimming in the ocean. The filmmakers also manage to capture a ferocious volcanic eruption that is amazing in its clarity. The problem with many documentaries lies in the narration. A documentary filmmaker hits the jackpot when he is able to get someone like Sigourney Weaver, whose crisp narration fits in beautifully with the sweeping footage in Planet Earth. While Tilda Swinton lends a relaxing quality to Galapagos, her voice at times is a bit too lulling to hold the viewer's interest. The writing also borders on melodramatic, with talk of the simmering sea and such. With visuals as stunning as this, hyperbole is unnecessary. Charles Darwin has described the Galapagos as a world within itself, and it is said that the islands were one of his inspirations for his book The Origin of Species. While the film doesn't clearly explain why the Galapagos are unlike any other place on earth, it does showcase a destination that is unlike what most of us know. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

The inspiration behind Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory - a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals. Presented in a pioneering new visual style combined with exhilarating cinematography, this series examines the spectacular variety of wildlife and evokes the different characters of the islands. As the western islands rise up from the sea offering a chance of life, the eastern islands sink back beneath the waves guaranteeing only death. Between the two are the middle islands; fertile, lush land in its prime that contains an incredible diversity of life. Nowhere else on the Earth are the twin processes of creation and extinction of species so starkly apparent... see it all unfold before your eyes.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 19 Jun 2008
By Mrs V TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I purchased this on the reviews already here and I have not been disappointed. I love watching anything to do with nature and as we are new to blu ray are very slowly building a collection. This is one of this discs you can definitely watch again and again.

Yes there is a small amount of repetition but it does not distract from the overall excellent quality of the content and narration. Also, after ordering this from Amazon I was at a well known store in town the next day and they were selling it for 30.00!

If you love nature programmes then this is a must for your collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 15 April 2008
By ChrisD
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This blu-ray disc is simply stunning. It appears more of the footage is in HD than on Planet Earth and it shows. Some of the underwater footage, the resolution and the colour takes your breath away. An absolute bargain for 150 minutes of wonder - well done BBC.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography of a wonderful place 15 July 2010
By LegendaryMrDude TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I find nature documentaries to be, by far, the best use of high-definition video. Galapagos is no exception, there's plenty of high-definition footage of one of the most remarkable places on the planet.

The series is curiously written - almost as if it struggles to find a way to cover everything that's so amazing about the Galapagos archipelago. The result is a reasonable amount of overlap which would probably not have been too noticeable if you watched it as a scheduled broadcast over several weeks but if you're watching the episodes in a much shorter time-span, the repetition of photography and, to a lesser extent, the narrative is a bit obvious.

Tilda Swinton's voice is a little under-whelming at times, but she delivers the narrative with good pace and a degree of calmness.

All in all, a great series with fantastic filming and stunning images - a wonderful advert for the tourism industry of Galapagos and a great way to almost experience the wonder of the place without going there and doing any more damage to the fragile ecosystem there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos Blu-ray 27 May 2009
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A beautifully filmed, spectacular and dramatic video that combines geology, biology and history of the Galapagos Islands. The importance of the Island cluster for Darwin's growing theory of natural selection is also clarified. Very enjoyable high definition and high quality camera work. Very worthy of a nature lover's Blu-ray collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful 6 April 2009
Format:Blu-ray
We've just watched this having just returned from a life-changing two weeks cruising and visiting these beautiful, humbling islands.

The DVD is amazing with fabulous narration, gorgeous music and breathtaking camera work. Some may think that aspects are over the top and "fairy-tale" like but this is exactly what the islands are like. Yes there is some repetition but some of the points are so central to understanding this unique place that they warrant reinforcement.

Many people have asked us to describe what the Galapagos are REALLY like. Words and photos dont do them justice. This DVD does a pretty good job. Go buy, sit back, marvel and start planning. Brilliant.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos Blu-ray 7 May 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Brilliant. The photography is first rate, the shows are very well edited and constructed. The narration is in the style of Lord Of The Rings which is a little naff but is so full of amazing facts that it wasn't a bother. The visual imagery is so wonderfully shot and seemles, viewed on a projector, it literally did take my breath away!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos - Gorgeously Captured On Blu Ray ! 12 May 2012
By AL.B
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Nothing much to be said about this wonderous and enchanting island. One of the most entertaining documentary and a remarkable blu ray disc. Picture is gorgeous on blu ray and audio is acceptable. Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Feb 2012
By DaveT
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this 3 part series. The photography is superb. Tilda Swinton's narration is excellent. The dramatisation of some scenes may not be to everyone's taste but I enjoyed it. A must for those interested in the natural history of the Galapagos. At under ten pounds this blu-ray is great value for money. My only regret is that there are no extras.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film !!
This is a great purchase for anyone into wildlife films !! Galapogas is brilliant and I would highly recommend it !!
Published 6 months ago by J. F. M. Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What a beautiful island full of awe inspiring creatures. This is my idea of a documentary that delivers the goods. thank you
Published 12 months ago by Amelia Ofori
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderdul
delightful dvd . I could not leave this dvd alone when i first had it. The quality is stunning . The content breathtaking
Published 12 months ago by chris gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars I spent a holiday on the galapagos islands
It brought back many happy memories of an extraordinary holiday. I can easily watch it over and over again and see something different every time
Published 18 months ago by M. J. Gorrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos
A lovely program working well for me!! Have always liked anything about the Galapagos islands! I shall watch and enjoy it periodically - thanks!
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Mrs Angela M Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Interesting
I'm not a massive fan of the BBC Nature productions - often finding some of them a bit long winded. However, I really am pleased I bought this one. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentary out there!!!
First of all I want to make clear that I own almost every documentary blu-ray movie you can find on Amazon. By far this blu ray is one of the best in here. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Denis Di
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos
Having seen some of this on TV I am delighted to get the whole series. Wonderfully filmed in amazing detail it is a must for all nature lovers with really rare footage of many... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2010 by Mr. P. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars GALAPAGOS AMAZING!
An amazing and interesting series,well produced and is superb on Blue-Ray.Nothing needs to be said except BUY it! RAR
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Robin Alan Rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos (Blue Ray)
As is the case with most BBC productions the content and
quality of Blue Ray is wonderful
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Herbert Chinnery
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