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Wild China [DVD]
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
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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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful
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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2008
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2009
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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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 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.
BUY THIS DVD, NOW!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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
on 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
on 4 February 2012
I think the content of this film has been covered enough so I will concentrate on the Blu-Ray presentation itself. When I watched the series originally on my HD tv the picture quality was amazing but for some reason this has not transferred to the Blu-Ray. The picture quality is good, but falls way short of all my other BBC Blue-Rays and indeed, the original HD TV broadcast, definitely not HD. Why is this?
I have no technical knowledge to help me understand but I note that on the back of the case it says the video format is 59.94/16:9 whatever that means, rather than the usual 1080/16:9.
If you want real HD quality I would advise you to record it next time it is on your Sky HD box. Still good value at £6.99 but disappointing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2009
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2008
As usual the BBC have excelled in this work. A very well deserved 10/10. Almost 6 hours of stunning education for less than £15. Now I must go and see China for myself.
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