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Wild China [DVD]

Wild China    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wild China
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010SFSYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Beautifully filmed and soothingly narrated by Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Wild China takes an expansive look at the fourth largest country in the world. Over a period of more than six hours, the miniseries--which was co-produced by the BBC and China's CTV--lets viewers into a world that is straddling the line between modern-day efficiency and old world traditions. Fans accustomed to travelogues with personable hosts such as quirky Anthony Bourdain or perky Samantha Brown leading them through far away places may get a little bored with the hands-off approach here. But the beauty of this production is in the country and the people, and the way the filmmakers present them in crisply edited vignettes. We see the jumping spiders atop Mount Everest, the winding grace of the Great Wall, and of course some shy pandas that many people equate with China. But some of the best moments are the simple ones--children in a classroom, fishermen working the waters, and monks meditating in monasteries. As did the Planet Earth series, Wild China makes viewers wish they were there. The film doesn't touch heavily on the politics of China, but it isn't lacking because of the omission. As it is, Wild China ends all too soon, leaving viewers longing for more for a country that once didn't welcome foreigners in. --Jae-Ha Kim

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With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the veil on the world's most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see, in pioneering images, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures.

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oustanding Focus On China 10 Jun 2008
The BBC has produced an oustanding focus on China. A China you would never see on a regular tour. Magnificent diverse landscapes, the enormous contrasts of the plants and animals, the ingenuity of China's ethnic groups. Water buffalo on mountain paddy fields. Paddy fields with golden carp. Clever! I was completely captivated. The photography is superb. This will make you want to visit China. After enjoying the DVD immensely, the book was a must buy.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series 9 July 2008
I am not generally a great fan of nature documentaries but I am a great fan of China so I watched this series when it was on the TV and it was so good that I just had to get it on DVD. The series consists of six hour long episodes, each of which focuses on a specific region of China and details not only the wide variety of wildlife in the area but also information on the culture and history of China itself.

This series has been brilliantly made with some excellent photography and seems very well researched. Each episode is never anything less than fascinating and easily understandable even if you don't have much prior knowledge of the subjects covered. This DVD also includes an interested making of documentary but it is the series itself that truly impresses. Anyone who likes nature documentaries should love this series but even if your interests lay in China in general you should also greatly enjoy this show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Images 8 Jun 2009
By xm4s
I wasn't going to do a review on this disc but thought the criticism in the other reviews is too harsh and many may miss out seeing some stunning images of China if they take note of the poor reviews. Documentaries for me are about facts than entertainment but I found it interesting and entertaining. Most of the images are way above DVD quality there are some lapses in low light conditions but that's more about the photographic conditions than the transfer. I viewed on 50' Panasonic Plasma with BD played on Playstation 3. The commentary is absolutely fine too and no female commentary on my disc.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!!! 7 July 2008
By Forest
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This is the best made documentary I've ever seen. It's not just about the extremely beautiful country, but the lovely people and the way they get along with nature. The music is wonderful. I really, really enjoy watching it. Definitely an item for collection. In fact, I'm going to buy some as a gift for my Chinese friends. They would have the chance to watch it but do not necessarily without TV commercials, which would ruin it.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASTOUNDING!!! 5 Jun 2008
I have not purchased this DVD however I have watched almost all of the series on BBC2 and it is one of the best, if not THE best BBC documentaries i have seen in recent years. If you are remotely interested in this country, you have to buy this DVD. The photography is mindblowing and the beauty of this huge country is portrayed brilliantly by the makers of this series.
The defining brilliance of this series is that it doesn't just cover the nature of china, it covers some of the amazing peoples that live there, the countless ethnic groups and their lifestyles. There are many brilliant moments in this series, some of which nearly brought me to tears.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !!! 10 Jun 2008
I don't have the DVD yet,but having watched the series on BBC2 will certainly be getting a copy. The programme demonstrates all that is the best in documentary making. The photography is amazing and the narration by Bernard Hill is just perfect,as is the musical accompaniment. For anyone who is remotely interested in China and it's varied content, this is for you. You would never see as much even if you were to visit the country.I would recommend this to everyone.

Jan 2010. I now have the DVD and having watched it again can only echo my previous comments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful in every way 17 July 2009
I had watched the original TV series, then the repeat. I had enjoyed the programmes as much the 2nd time as the first, so decided to buy the DVD.
As with any BBC documentary the photography was stunning (and I find it very interesting to watch the 'behind the scenes' footage and marvel at the lengths the cameramen go to, to get their film).
I found it a perfect balance of people, wildlife and scenery. Narration by Bernard Hill ? - he's just perfect - I could listen to him anytime.
I know that I shall watch this DVD many times and highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respectful Series of China - Modern and Ancient 11 Jan 2009
By Rubedo
One of most insightful, beautiful and finally respectful views on often misunderstood culture. The narration is absolutely wonderful - it gives insights to history, development and deeper cultural roots of the Chinese people which is intertwined with unbelievably beautiful pictures of nature and wildlife of this amazing country. A series that brings understanding and joy.

It is outstanding in its completeness. It would be wonderful to see this team portraying other cultures. To enjoy the diversity of this planet and to help to learn from each other rather than to overtake and destroy another culture is so important in our time and this film certainly shows how amazingly beautiful our planet and its inhabitants are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent D.V.D. Very informative and good value for the money.
Published 2 days ago by w.j.oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC should try to make more like this - amazing
I have already seen most of this on BBC, and bought it because I don't tire of looking at it. The BBC should try to make more like this - amazing!
Published 6 days ago by jenny Cee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow where do I start to say how wonderfully fab it was
My partner and I, have just finished watching the series Wild China! Wow where do I start to say how wonderfully fab it was, I was so very amazed at the filming, photography and... Read more
Published 10 days ago by tina harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great documentary.
Published 11 days ago by S. Cui
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of its type
Probably the best of its type that the BBC has ever produced - photography of the natural history, the country and its peoples is quite brilliant! The story-teller is excellent!
Published 11 days ago by Dikda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a fascinating subject.
Published 13 days ago by Malcolm Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Life documentary covering six regions in China.
This six part documentary discusses China's wild life and the interaction of human activity on the animals and plants in six diverse ecosystems as attempts are made to retain the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Walter Yeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing..
Amazing ... there is a gold colour sheep - goat the size of a cow living there on one isolated mountain . Only 300 hundred left. I never knew a goat can be this big. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bob PenName
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gives a real insight into another side of China. Fascinating.
Published 19 days ago by B.Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition. Well worth the purchase
Excellent condition.Well worth the purchase.Very satisfied
Published 26 days ago by Chris Gerstrom
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