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

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  • 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2008
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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 By ChrisD on 15 April 2008
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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 By LMD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jens Erik Bech on 16 Dec 2007
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The material is excellent. Is it a little expensive? Not when You compare what You get.150 minutes of Galapagos exploration. Under the sea. Over the sea on all the islands. Of their geology, Darwins visit, birds, reptiles, turtles. Everything.
When You have seen the film, You have "been to Galapagos", and is able to take part in a diskussion about is on equal foot as a tourist that has been there. Only-You have seen more than him.;-)
It is 1080i-no artifacts in the film-perfect! From land, under the sea and from the air.LPCM stereo. Subtitles only english for the Hearing Impaired. That is a minor weakness, as the pictures speak for themselves.
When my son comes I shall present the HD-DVD player with this film.;-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. D. Mitchell on 6 April 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Rutter on 7 May 2008
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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 By AL.B on 12 May 2012
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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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