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Nothing as wild as it should be,
This review is from: Wild Caribbean [DVD] (DVD)
I am very fond of BBC's 'Wild' series. Australia, Africa, South America. That's why I bought this without hesitation.
The best part of this DVD set is... Wildlife on ONE: Iguanas (narrated by Sir D. Attenborough). That's right, the best is extra. And only that earns it an extra star. Let me tell you, why.
While the views are great on the 4-episode series, at least at first, after 2nd episode it starts repeating itself. You will see aerial view of one island at least 5 times, you get to know at least twice about a waterhole that is 120 meters deep and is there because the cave fell in. And the clips are also the same in quite some parts... The main animals who are covered in the 'Wild Caribbean' in decent detail are iguanas. The rest, the animals and sea creatures and birds are part of a ecosystem and that's more or less what you learn from it. A few bits and pieces more about some species, but not much.
The worst thing, however, is the narrating. The guy tells nothing exact, but the intonation and the wording after every third minute is that now something big is going to happen. This series definitely gets into Guiness Book of Records using the phrase 'even more spectacular' the most often.
I truly warn you: unless you know nothing of nature and need to be reminded the elementary stuff over and over again (that there are beaches in Caribbean etc) you are better off not seeing 'Wild Caribbean' part. Because it feels like it was not made by BBC, but just some tourist. No offence.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2010 11:17:46 BDT
You are of course aware that the series is focused on wilderness and regional landscapes, ecosystems and geological oddities not animal-hugging with telephoto lenses, right ?
I mean, what do you honetsly expect from episodes named "Reefs and Wrecks" "Secret Shores" and "Treasure Islands" ?
Can't go and order fish-n-chips, then whine it doesn't taste like shepperd's pie now, can we ?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2013 14:37:28 BDT
Jaak you are of course entitled to your opinion but I think you overstate your points. I personally enjoyed the narration. The laid back Caribbean lilt to his voice is entirely appropriate for the subject.
My only disappointment is that it is not available on blu-ray. There is a good BBC book to accompany the series however which you might like.
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