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  • Actors: Monty Halls
  • Directors: James Brickell
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4R9LG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,744 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Monty Halls presents this three-part BBC documentary series about Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using special filming equipment, including macro and time-lapse photography, the programmes explore the coral reef's intricate structure and the sealife that inhabits it, such as parrotfish and nautilus. Also discussed is the effect of weather and climate change on the reef and its wildlife. Episodes comprise: 'Nature's Miracle', 'Reef to Rainforest' and 'Reef and Beyond'.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a marvellous guide to the Great Barrier Reef. Visually stunning and presented by Monty Halls, a marine biologist, ex-marine and a diver. The series is delivered in three one hour episodes although they flow into each other seamlessly. We are informed that the Reef is over 2000km. long,created after the ice age meltdown and the only living structure on earth that can be seen from space. The reef formed by plankton polyps that form coral colonies that, with a microscopic plant, create a limestone skeleton into which they are embedded, and although only 1% of the ocean the reef is home to 1/4 of all known marine coral life. Halls may be no Attenborough but he is enthusiastic in his underwater diving and clearly delights in this project and its narration, often in close proximity to his subjects (even lying in mud sediment) It is, of course, the breathtaking, crystal clear photography that dominates this winner. Remote mini-cameras and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) take us to places not previously captured.

The food chain from plankton to small fish and increasing sizes of predators are magnificently pictured. The necessity of hiding for protection and the need for dangerous escapades for food are portrayed as a force of nature, from groupers eating algae to to bump-head parrott fish the size of sheep ripping chunks of coral to tiger sharks dismembering and sawing through the shells of turtles. The sheer numbers and variety of sea-life are a veritable kaleidoscope of action. The beautifully coloured coral produced by algae bleaches when exposed to excess heat. Other aspects of the reef and their inhabitants are explored, the lagoons, mangroves, islands and rain forests all graphically shot from the air, ground level or beneath the sea. Wonderful rocks,rivers and waterfalls.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kiyone on 19 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The great barrier reef is over 2000km long and the BBC camera crew spent over 600 hours filming underwater, so you can imagine the amazing quality and variety of footage they managed to capture. Just a few hours of that is shown here, but without a doubt they are the most mesmerising and stunning you could imagine.

The series is narrated by Monty Hall who does a stirling job and really brings the footage to life. As part of the BBC earth series great barrier reef lives up to it's forbears and doesn't let the name down, another fascinating look into a world that I could never hope to get as close to as I can with this disc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thompson on 28 Nov. 2012
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A brilliant series showcasing one of Nature's miracles. Extremely interesting and features some beautiful camerawork.
Highly recommended for any lover of Nature Documentaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Crabfingers on 2 Feb. 2014
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Love this series of films on a very special part of the world. Looks superb on Blue Ray. Monty Halls makes for an informed and level headed presenter who doesn't feel the need (thank goodness) to wildly exaggerate his enthusiasm for the cameras. He lets the magnificence of the GBR speak for itself. Brilliantly filmed and full of knowledge and information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Sally Mc" on 28 May 2013
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Really enjoy the Great Barrier reef....
Wont ever go and see it, so can enjoy it in bed ,,,,just love it...
interesting, relaxing, quite amazing....a lovely soother....
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This wonderful DVD captures the majesty and kaleidoscopic colours of the Great Barrier Reef . The photography is spectacular and the viewer is treated to everything from extreme close-ups to wonderful aerial shots of this natural phenomenon .
We get to see how coral forms, lives, reproduces and dies . Monty Halls, the presenter of this, is enthralled and conveys that to the armchair viewer. The sheer scale of the reef almost beggars belief .
At the end of the 3 hour spectacular the viewer will be left enriched .
A must see DVD for anyone interested in the natural World. Buy it and be captivated .
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Ordered 19.9.14 and received by 22.9.14. One Disc for this three-part series featuring nature in all its colour and splender on Australia's Great Barriet Reefs together with other locations which contribute to the Reefs well being. Spoilt only by the host of the series fequently believeing he can talk through a mask under water expecting the viewer to be able to understand what the hell he is talking about and quoteing facts at that, which he could so easily have said out of the water.
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My wife and I enjoyed watching this 3-episode Blu-ray. It's remarkably well filmed and visually stunning. The footage of sharks eating turtles was really interesting - they appear to have mounted a camera on the unfortunate turtle (which as already dead, it seems). My only criticism would be that it lacks a developing narrative to tie the episodes together and to differentiate them from each other. The episodes become "more of the same" after a while. Still, I am glad I bought it and I recommend it to others. I don't know if it's available in 3D but that would be really something.
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