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South Pacific [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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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 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.
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.
The colour is very rich, turqouise water, white beaches, shades of green, you have to see to believe it. On top of that some of the most pristine coralreefs there are in existence today.
You learn a lot, like f.e. the history and tragedy of the stone sculpures on the Eastern Islands. The origins of basejumping, underwater-volcano explosions, cave-explorations, and many many more astonishing pictures and informations.
Get it and enjoy a picture perfect ride in the South Pacific.
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] 
I wasnt dissapointed !! This is by far one of the most stunning DVDs I have watched on the natural world
The footage is amazing, although I take the point that some footage has been recycled over episodes and perhaps used from elsewhere. But this is an old BBC trick and you come to ignore it when you watch enough nature BBC documentaries
Benedict Cumberbatch (the amazing actor in the TV series Hawking) is a fab voice-over for the series. You watch in awe at the quality while marveling at the smoothness of the narration
I really have very little else in my recent Blu-ray collection that gets so many 'wows' from my friends and family as this DVD
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Very disappointed, not least because whilst I ordered this item, I didn't expect to have to watch Mitzi Gaynor et al yet again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by squodgy
The photography is great. The rest, including the narrative, is a three out of five. True, the regular narration and comments fit well into this documentary on the islands of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by swan123
Another winner from the award winning BBC Natural History Unit, not your normal Wildlife documentary, but a different slant on life in the water, stunning cinematography and would... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Eric Woods