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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 January 2012
Wildes Russland (Wild Russia) is a six piece series on the most fascinating wilderness in Russia. It includes 270 minutes of film, plus another 45 minutes on the making of, and some of the animals and some of the events shown have been captured on film for the first time.

To start with the superlatives, the filming took over 3.5 years, during which ten camera teams captured 600 hours of raw material (including 50 hours of aerial shots) and travelled over 100.000km. This means that the selection from over two hours of film for each minute shown allowed the team to really only choose the best of the best.

The landscapes are truly breathtaking, the animals shown often unique (and the handful that have been recorded for the first time shown to a much wider audience than the handful of people who travel to the remote areas of Russia, where these are found). In a way it is a nature documentary of the old style, which does not revel in scenes of nature's violence, so you will not find scenes of predators making a kill in here (with the exception of a long eared hedgehog fighting some insects, and some combative ants), meaning that there will be no need for explaining potential nightmare material away for smaller children watching it.

The six episodes focus on the Caucasus, the Urals, Sibiria, the Arctic, the Far East and Kamchatka. As the area covered spans a large part of the globe, you will find everything from the typically imagined Russian animals (bears, tigers, seals, wolves...) to antelopes and gazelles, camels, and other jungle and desert dwelling creatures, which would rarely be associated with Russia.

The quality of the filming is really spectacular and it is definitely worthwhile getting this in Blueray. Complementing it, the crew managed to find some excellently fitting Russian music, adding an extra components to merge this into a fantastic whole. The only thing slightly marring the impression of perfection, is that the commentary cannot cover everything in the short time given - capturing all the wildlife in the largest country in the world in four and a half hours means that the narrator can give the basic information on the situations shown, without engaging in detailed debate.

In terms of languages, English and German are offered, with subtitles being available only in German. Still, given that there is unlikely to be another so comprehensive effort to capture Russian wildlife any time soon, this is a must for any nature lover with an interest in the particular geographic area.
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This series provides a deep insight into the most diverse parts of Russia and the impact the conditions can have on the wildlife in the regions.
It covers Siberia, Kamchatka, Russian Arctic, Caucasus, Primorye and Urals, with each being unique and fully worthy of its chapter.
Obviously the text on the case is written German, the menus are in German and the onscreen text (very little) is in German - but the menu allows you to listen to superb English naration which really has been edited to suit the monumental extremes of what is being portrayed to you.

The breadth of what is being covered is beyond words, I simply feel the need to say 'buy it' to all wildlife fans.
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on 21 September 2012
I've seen 'Wild Russia' in National Geographic Channel and I became an unconditional fan of this amazing Documentary!
This German version is brilliant, with a changing in sequence order, two or three different scenes, but without quality loss.
Following the same pattern of 'Wild China', the secrecy of Russia's Wilderness was finally broken!

In a Filmmaking like this full of detail, it should be impossible to speak about everything. So, resuming is the least we can do...

Two CDs, six Episodes.
CD1: the Caucasus, the Urals, Siberia.
CD2: the Arctic, the Secret Forest, Kamchatka.

Some of the aquatic and terrestrial species are exclusive of Russia. Large and tiny Mammals, lots of Bird species, Reptiles, Insects, Frogs, Turtles, Fish...
This huge Country has huge Wonders, as the mighty Mountains of Caucasus between the Black and the Caucasian Seas with Mt. Elbrus as its highest Peak, 2000 Glaciers, a mini Desert, mud Volcanoes, a Home for rare and exotic Animals like the Highland Bison, the Linx, the Sirian Brown Bear, the Bee eater and the Lizard with a Serpent's head and no legs.
In the Caspian Sea, the Sturgeon, the vision of a living fossil hunted for caviar!

The Ural Mts., Europe's largest Wilderness twice the size of Germany, from the Arctic Tundra to the Steps of kasakhstan where Taiga, the inaccessible Forest of Northern Hemisphere begins.
Swamp Lands extending as far as the eye can see, where Blue Frogs try to mate everything that moves...
And where European Mink and offspring and the Ural Howl and its chicks are a lesson of motherhood.
Southern Urals and a long tradition: the creation of a special kind of Bee in a Reserve born in 1986. Two brothers are the keepers of this important Piece of Forest and its Honey, while Brown Bears are the unconditional 'thieves'!

The 'unspeakable' Secret Forest of Ussúria in the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the most diverse Ecosystem of Russia, Home of the emblematic Amur Tiger and Leopard, the Himalayan Black Bear, of over 450 Bird species, the largest Howl on Earth, Seals and Harlequin Ducks.
When the Monsoon arrives flooding the Land and enraging the Rivers in minutes, strong winds blow in the Region preventing Birds to take off!
It looks like Mangrove Swamps and Lagoons forming along the shore, where the peculiar Snake Head Fish (it breathes air) and the no less peculiar Chinese soft shell Turtle feed.

I've always thought of Siberia as a rough, frozen and lifeless Place, but Spring and Summer bring an explosion of Flora and Fauna deserved to be seen! Its Rivers like Keta River and Lakes like the Great Baikal of bright green waters are full of Life!

Among the Bearing Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Hokhotsk and Siberia, There's Kamchatka, fighting an eternal duel between Fire and Ice!
Home of the majestic Steller's Sea Eagle and over 10.000 Brown Bears, it has the highest levels of volcanic activity.
Entire Valleys filled with steam from hot springs and Geysers, 160 Volcanoes 29 still active, make this Environment look like a pre-historic World where only the toughest survive!
But when Spring replaces Winter, Nature awakes from hibernation transforming the Peninsula in a sumptuous colored Place!
The Valley of the Geysers sculpted by water and steam was the amazing proof of this. Few places on Earth could rivalize with it! But in 2007 a catatrophe of millions of tons of mud and rock buried the Valley, and these are the last images we have of this remarkable SPA, where even Bears lied into the sulfurous waters to profit from its benefits!

Who knows Yellowstone are not oblivious to this! It can happen any moment!

Around the Rimsky Korsakov Archipelago where Russian Territory ends, the shining waters hide curious and exotic living treasures!

While the elusive Autumn comes and fall colors blaze from the Mountains and extend everywhere, all Life in the Taiga absorbs as much nourishment as possible preparing to dive in the long cold seven months of Winter.

10 Camera Teams made this Voyage possible!

As it was said before, subtitles only in German and two Narrators. Fortunately the English Narrator is Sir David Attenborough.
A very adequate and beautiful Soundtrack.

Although in German, the 'making off' is worth to be seen because we can understand the difficulties these Men went through working in such rough terrain!
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on 26 April 2012
I had purchased many documentaries thus far and I must admit that Wildes Russland (Wild Russia) belongs to similar category as BBC Life/Planet Earth. Amazing picture quality and great audio too. A must have if you are into nature documentaries. (Note: This blu ray disc able to play on Region A players)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 January 2012
Wildes Russland (Wild Russia) is a six piece series on the most fascinating wilderness in Russia. It includes 270 minutes of film, plus another 45 minutes on the making of, and some of the animals and some of the events shown have been captured on film for the first time.

To start with the superlatives, the filming took over 3.5 years, during which ten camera teams captured 600 hours of raw material (including 50 hours of aerial shots) and travelled over 100.000km. This means that the selection from over two hours of film for each minute shown allowed the team to really only choose the best of the best.

The landscapes are truly breathtaking, the animals shown often unique (and the handful that have been recorded for the first time shown to a much wider audience than the handful of people who travel to the remote areas of Russia, where these are found). In a way it is a nature documentary of the old style, which does not revel in scenes of nature's violence, so you will not find scenes of predators making a kill in here (with the exception of a long eared hedgehog fighting some insects, and some combative ants), meaning that there will be no need for explaining potential nightmare material away for smaller children watching it.

The six episodes focus on the Caucasus, the Urals, Sibiria, the Arctic, the Far East and Kamchatka. As the area covered spans a large part of the globe, you will find everything from the typically imagined Russian animals (bears, tigers, seals, wolves...) to antelopes and gazelles, camels, and other jungle and desert dwelling creatures, which would rarely be associated with Russia.

The quality of the filming is really spectacular and it is definitely worthwhile getting this in Blueray (Wildes Russland - Die komplette Serie [Blu-ray]), if your player supports it. Complementing it, the crew managed to find some excellently fitting Russian music, adding an extra components to merge this into a fantastic whole. The only thing slightly marring the impression of perfection, is that the commentary cannot cover everything in the short time given - capturing all the wildlife in the largest country in the world in four and a half hours means that the narrator can give the basic information on the situations shown, without engaging in detailed debate.

In terms of languages, English and German are offered, with subtitles being available only in German. Still, given that there is unlikely to be another so comprehensive effort to capture Russian wildlife any time soon, this is a must for any nature lover with an interest in the particular geographic area.
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on 29 November 2009
If you do love good BBC nature films like Planet Earth, South Pacific, ..., this new edition (shown already on German TV) is a absolute must for you!
Several of the filmed nature scenes and animals are absolutely unique.
There does not exist any comparable edition about nature in Russia.
You can enjoy narration in English and there should be no regional code restriction!
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on 15 December 2012
The photography is brilliant, their use of light is outstanding and the scope of the project is enormous, the English narration is a bit stilted but that will be because of the loss that always occurs when something is translated from one language to another.
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on 6 October 2013
"Wild Russia" is a German documentary series in six parts. It deals with the wildlife of Russia, and is truly spectacular. Indeed, it might be *the* most spectacular series of wilderness documentaries I've ever seen.

The six episodes take us to Kamchatka, Ussuriland, Siberia, the Caucasus, the Arctic and the Urals. Pretty much everything has been included in this series, from Amur leopards and Siberian tigers to more "regular" animals such as brown bears, foxes and wolverines. Or "a crazy quilt of creatures" (sic), to quote one of the narrators. There is also a special episode following the camera crew as it was taping the series, often under pretty dangerous conditions.

The most memorable section shows the Stellar's Sea Eagles in Kamchatka. To survive the winter, these huge raptors gather at a lake full of frozen, dead salmon. The scenery is suitably dramatic, with an active volcano in the background. Another memorable moment: moose swimming across a wide river in the Urals. The German team even managed to film the ultra-rare Siberian white cranes!

This is *not* a review of the DVD shown on this product page, which I haven't seen. "Wild Russia" has been shown on several English-language TV networks, with different narrators. Judging by the title, this is actually the original German version. This is a review of the series itself, which I have seen both on Swedish television, and on Youtube, where it's temporarily available free of charge.

For the series, and the secret forests of Russia: five stars!
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on 3 February 2015
This German production features several chapters that correspond to regions of the vast nation of Russia. A large variety of species are seen, all in high definition video. In addition to the German, there is an alternate English-language soundtrack, but no English language subtitles, which is a disappointment for me.
For anyone interested in the wildlife of Russia, from Europe to the Far East, this is very good.
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on 15 September 2014
Be warned: a beautifully shot film is horribly marred by the quite awful English narration. Pedestrian, and utterly lacking in 'feel', it is an object lesson in how crucial the voice is to viewing experience. For this reviewer, the jarring continued till the end, and was inescapable.
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