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Madagascar [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

David Attenborough    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FV4R5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Lying just off the coast of Africa, Madagascar is a land of misty mountains, tropical rainforests and spiny desert scrub – and home to strange wildlife, most of which is found nowhere else on earth.

Madagascar explores this extraordinary wildlife and the dramatic landscapes of one of the world's most bizarre islands.

Using the latest in filming technology, the BBC's Natural History Unit captures the diverse and rare wildlife that inhabits this incredible land, some filmed for the first time, and features surprising stories of the favourite and enduring symbol of the island, lemurs, as well as less familiar creatures.

There are frogs that turn from brown to bright yellow; wasps that pluck tadpoles from tree-nests; fish that swim upside down and the romantic life of the world's tiniest chameleon.

Narrated by David Attenborough, Madagascar is the BBC's ambitious and intimate portrait of a fascinating but perilously fragile island.

Note: This product is 1080 50i and will not play on a 60 hertz device, hence may not be playable in all devices outside UK.

Special Features

  • Attenborough and the Giant Egg documentary

Product Description

For 65 million years Madagascar was lost to the world - sat in splendid isolation, undiscovered and untouched by man. Left to its own devices it became a hot bed of evolution - creating the greatest concentration of unique creatures anywhere on the planet. More than 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Recognised as one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots, this is an Alice-in-Wonderland island of weird animals, strange plants and extraordinary landscapes. Extras Includes 'Attenborough and The Giant Egg' - a one off programme taking us back to David Attenborough's first trip to Madagascar 50 years ago.

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good 23 Feb 2011
By Derek Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
A few BBC wildlife programmes are average but the majority are good, very good or exceptionally good. In my opinion "Madagascar" is in the highest category. The diaries at the end of each programme show the effort put into making them over an 18 month period - the canoes and the unstable platform to film the reed lemurs in the first, the platform high in the trees and the long wait for the rain to stop to film the red ruffed lemurs in the second, and the hair-raising nocturnal filming of fossas in the third.

The programmes cover both the beautiful and the bizarre, including shell squatting spiders, pygmy chameleons little bigger than ants, Labord's chameleon that lives for only 12 weeks, giraffe-necked weevils, and lemurs that eat bamboo containing levels of cyanide that would be lethal for other animals. A big plus is that in addition to the fauna and flora we have stunning aerial photography of the varied and spectacular landscapes of the island - mountains, rainforests, rivers, coasts and arid areas.

David Attenborough (as good as ever) provides the narrative, explaining how plants and animals adapted to the environment during the 60 million years when the island was cut off from the rest of the world. As for the music, all too often BBC programmes are spoiled for me by excessively loud and inappropriate music. In this case the music, much of it composed specially for the series, actually adds value to it. If I was allowed to keep only one wildlife series I think "Madagascar" might be it even though it does not feature my favourite animals - the big cats.

However, along with the beauty there is a sombre tone. We see the scattered remains of the elephant bird that began to disappear, along with other species, when man arrived.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Region FREE, Just not Sony FREE 2 May 2012
By B. Wong
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Thanks for the review by Mark Twain and the comment by Sanjay, I now know why Madagascar will not work on my 2 Sony BR players. I also took my copy of Madagascar to Best Buy and it did played on 2 other brands of BR players.

I emailed Sony and then called their customer service and after some research; this is what Sony told me: Region FREE is for the European and Region Zero and 1 are for North America, and Sony is not prepared to do anything about it because it is a Region Code thing. There is no software upgrade available. I guess that Sony just did not included Region FREE into their software initially.

I gave Madagascar a 5 star rating because I know it is a wonderful product. Not being able to play is just unfortunate that I (we) have Sony players. I do not want to down grade the product.

I will advise Amazon UK about the situation and hope they will post a warning to US customers who owns Sony BR players. I have other UK BRs, and Madagascar happened to be the first one not playable.

UPDATE: Sept 25, 2012

I had just upgraded to 3D TV. I purchased the LG 55LM7600 with the LG BD620 3D player. I watched Madagascar on simulated 3D and it was a pleasant experience. The five star rating for Madagascar now stands solid.

The note Amazon UK placed just under the Madagascar title explains clearly why the Sony players will not play Madagascar. What Sony told me is just a brush off.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite nature show 27 July 2011
I've watched hundreds of nature shows, including Sir David Attenborough's complete works. I think Madagascar is the absolute best. I had to make an effort to stop at 2am so I could still go to work in the morning. It's as fascinating as Dexter.

I've already watched it twice and I've only had it for a week. Incredible landscapes, animals I've never seen in other shows. You constantly find yourself wondering how the heck they managed to film some things. The "Diaries" section at the end of the episodes answers that question. I normally don't bother watching DVD extras, but here they're totally worth it.

The show has English subtitles.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 11 Feb 2012
Wonderful show love all David Attenboroughs has bought us so much that most of us would never see
shows but this one has to be one of my favourites the animals, the glorious colours
and the conservation efforts just fabulous
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 13 July 2011
As someone who has been to Madagascar, albeit briefly, I can appreciate how fragile and beautiful this country is. This DVD was both a haunting reminder, and a poignant glimpse at what we could lose - within my lifetime. To my relief, the documentary was not doom and gloom and not forcing home the point of how fractured these pockets of magnificant wildlife are, but was instead a beautiful tribute. So beautiful, that it brought a tear to my eye, but also made me laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and amazing! 19 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great photography and a revelation of nature at work. Very well researched and presented. These breathtaking scenes and well presented narrative is highly entertaining and also very educational. It puts conservation into perspective and makes very clear why it should be top priority on this planet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars take that creationists 25 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
another amazing series, not as in depth as it could be( i like it a bit more sciencey!!!), but if you like your nature docs madagascar is a must just for the strange life that has evolved on this island from primates to trees
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Attenborough release
Excellent blu ray. Superb picture and sound. Another fantastic release of a David Attenborough series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nigel L
5.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar
I chose this DVD as a gift to my son because after watching the documentary on the BBC, I found it very educational.
I would recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Gloria Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I will watch this film over and over again. To see the wild life I will never see in my life time. To protect this island is very important, I hope it will help the World to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M.L.M. Stenning
5.0 out of 5 stars Woderfull
Classic David Attenborough. Wonderfull filming and very informative helped me greatly with the research I was doing at the time.
Published 7 months ago by Mr P A Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar
I bought as a gift for my son.. Great quality and great value for money with very quick delivery. Yes I would recommend to others.
Published 8 months ago by Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing picture
The Blu-ray picture quality is astonishing. I will order more blu-rays now. Attenborough is great as always. 100 out of 100.
Published 8 months ago by Nicholas Winstanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Island.
As always the BBC makes excellent nature programs, this one is up there with the best, stunning footage and wonderful scenery make for excellent viewing.
Published 9 months ago by D. W. Horder
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I choose 5 stars for this wonderful DVD. David Attenborough is such an engaging person and truly shows us what an awesome world we live in. Nothing equals his documentaries. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. J. E. Vesey
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