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South Pacific [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Benedict Cumberbatch , Mike Rowe    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Rowe, Richard Wollocombe, Mark Brownlow
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001X22XLS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

One Ocean. 20,000 Islands. A Quarter of The World’s Water.

The extraordinary wildlife, culture and history of this immense, fascinating ocean and its myriad islands are revealed in stunning detail in this acclaimed BBC series.

With its coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and dramatic oceanic atolls, the South Pacific is the archetypal paradise. But from the shores of Hawaii to Easter Island and a thousand tiny remote islands, this ocean holds some of the most bizarre and intriguing surprises on Earth…

The incredible photography and discoveries of this series capture the amazing natural sights of the region: from erupting undersea volcanoes to jewelled tropical reefs and from tiger sharks catching albatross chicks to giant crabs opening coconuts. It reveals how the islands’ isolation has helped evolve flesh-eating caterpillars, vampire bugs with antifreeze in their veins, a strange nocturnal parrot with a mating call like a bull frog and the fascinating monkey-tailed skink.

South Pacific also tells of the people whose ancestors journeyed thousands of miles to the islands. Some acquired new survival techniques such as the palolo worm-harvesting Samoans or the Solomon islanders who fish with spider webs and kites, while others developed bizarre rituals such as the Pentecost land divers who leap from 25-metre wooden scaffolds.

With incredible natural spectacles, dramatic footage and fascinating stories, South Pacific will change the way you view this ocean forever.

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This landmark series explores the sheer scale and majesty of the largest ocean on Earth, the isolation of its islands, the extraordinary journeys wildlife and humans have gone through to reach these specks of land, and what happened to both after their arrival. Unimaginably vast, the Pacific is 99% water and only 1% land - you could fit the whole of the world's landmasses into it and still have enough room for another Africa! The distance between these islands can be huge - literally hundreds or thousands of miles - but somehow, life made it there. Isolation does curious things - animals evolve and adapt in strange ways. Witness flesh-eating caterpillars, giant crabs capable of opening coconuts, geckos that can breed without any need of a male, frogs that have never been tadpoles... Beyond clichéd images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches, this is the real, immense and surprising South Pacific.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Paradise? 8 Oct 2010
Format:Blu-ray
First of all lets go through some of the negatives I have read about this phenomenal mini series. The narration is cited by some as being bland and monotone - Benedict Cumberbatch in my opinion is only second to the sublime David. A. His voice is soothing and is description is perfectly concise and factual. Score - Some people believe it reminds them of Africa but it is fitting as it is definately in keeping with the tribal aspects of the south pacific (which are also given some attention throughout the series). Third - repetitive sequences. Whilst these do exist, I find this is commonplace in wildlife series (see Blue Planet and Planet Earth)- its simply a way of ensuring that stragglers can understand everything rather than assuming everyone has either followed the series from the first minute or has an encylopedic knowledge of marine bio-diversity. Who cares if they repeat huge sharks attacking struggling chick albatrosses learning to fly, flapping in dangerously shallow waters? Not me.

This is what makes the series staggeringly great value. It covers history and the influence of man, evolution and how certain species migrated across islands when it could have been quite easy to focus purely on marine life. After all, only 1% of the south pacific is land. The aerial shots provide an excellent sense of scale and the last episode provides a fitting analysis of how procarious and precious the south pacific is to everyone. I deliberately avoid going into details about certain episodes because I don't want to ruin it for anyone....

Finally, the Diaries section at the end of each episode is a great (and for me unexpected) addition because, like the immense Planet Earth series - we fully appreciate the lengths, timescales and risks taken by cameramen to bring never-before-seen shots. Who would have thought filming the inside of a big wave had never been done before?

Simply breathtaking this is an essential in Blu-Ray format.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely treat 2 Aug 2009
By Sam M
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and it is definitely more than just a documentary series. Some of the footage is absolutely breathtaking and groundbreaking given that there are new grounds being conquered here.
Every episode has its own functional theme and has a quirky little diary series at the end which acts as a documentary on the series as such.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an inkling of interest in the South Pacific islands.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 10 July 2009
By S. Hall
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Outstanding natural history series. Combines the fascinating photography amd information about indigenous species found in David Attenborough's programmes, with wider ranging, and thought provoking, anthropological and geological facts and theories.

The photography is unsurpassed. I could sit and watch the underwater shots of breaking waves in the first episode again and again, and the aerial footage throughout the series is beautiful.

It might be helpful to have an atlas to hand, as most of the aerial shots make it very difficult to work out exactly where a lot of the small islands are located, but this is my only tiny criticism of the whole series. I already have a waiting list of people wanting to borrow the DVD's!South Pacific [DVD] [2009]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NATURE DVD 29 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
Plenty of information given in this DVD If you are interested. Its a bit like going on a package holiday so much to see and digest.You can learn so much about a fantastic area of the world which most of us will never see in real life.So many Islands to visit with their wildlife some of which are not found anywhere else. Brilliant photography and informative background help to keep one entranced at the many different types of life. Watching in your own front room without the humidity and the heat of the area helps to add to the enjoyment.The BBC have once again given us bugs,fish and plants in abundance with their weird and wonderful facts and the way they live.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars special 17 Jun 2009
By calla
Format:DVD
I have watched wild life programs all my life,but i have yet to see such brilliant photogrophy,the clarity of some of the shots are quite simply breath taking.South Pacific takes you away from the ugly side of the world we live in,and takes you into our real world whitch is, beautiful,absalutely mindblowing.The narration is not Sir David, but its done with heart and feeling,do yourself a favour and take a dip into the real world in whitch we live..
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Enza
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What makes this documentary series ground breaking is its breadth of vision. Not only are we introduced to the variety of life of The South Pacific, but also both the geological and anthropological curiosities of this little visited corner of the world. The cinema-photography proves those people wrong who thought that "Planet Earth" set the bar too high for subsequent documentary film makers. Another triumph for the BBC.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring 6 Jun 2009
By RB
Format:DVD
A fabulous, calming, enormously interesting series. These are aspects of the 1000 islands that one would never get to see through travel alone...and a beautiful soundtrack too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Journey 19 Sep 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is by far the best and most brilliant BBC release in some time, having taken a dive in titles such as Wild China. Blu Ray transfer is spot on (unlike Ganges and Wild China which is rife with artifacts) and the disk as a whole is insightful though the music can become a bit repetitive after watching a few episodes in succession (if you should do that). Weird creatures and beautiful photography makes this a worthwhile addition to your collection and comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Superb photography, music and commentary. Can't speak highly enough of this series. Also on the DVD extras in the form of Diaries which show how some shots were done and how long... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series on the south Pacific
Great series on the South Pacific. Beautiful scenery and photography, while very informative narrative.
Published 8 days ago by CN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this to hear his voice but so good anyway
Published 21 days ago by cumbercookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting
Published 1 month ago by Charles Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great dvd
Published 1 month ago by W.C.Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Man that voice
This documentary really is a dream come true - beautiful, stunning photography, interesting facts and insights, and all of it narated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hester Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
A beautifll DVD visual context is amazing - every aspect of the South Pacific covered in a truly breathtaken way
Published 5 months ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic .a real insight into another world
if you like travel or far off places this will make you give you the birds eye view that you wouldnt even get even if you went there!
Published 7 months ago by Simon Francis William Goding
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTH PACIFIC (DVD)
This DVD is absolutely AWESOME!! I would highly recommend to ANYONE who hasn't seen it to WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go buy it NOW
Published 8 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!
Astounding photography! I have a TV that can upgrade from HD (blu-ray) to 3D and and this series is no less than jaw-dropping. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Clipperton
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