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A delight for a nature lover, as well as an absolutely unique portrayal of Russia's wildlife,
This review is from: Wildes Russland - Die komplette Serie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 27 Mar 2012 04:52:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2012 04:53:49 BDT
Your review for this series was very well written. Thank you! Would you please check the insert or the materials associated with this Blu-ray set to see who the English narrator is? The voice sounds like that of Sir David Attenborough's, but it cannot be confirmed without checking against the printouts.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012 08:13:21 BDT
Sorry - took me a while to see this - will check and let you know.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2012 06:50:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2012 05:38:11 BDT
From another source I've found that the English narrator is Clifford Wells, not Sir David Attenborough as previously guessed. Thanks anyway!
Posted on 4 Apr 2012 12:26:01 BDT
Your review on Wild Russia was done so thoroughly and I was so impress that I might want to purchase it. However there's a question that I would like to post, is the disc Region Free?
In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 00:52:10 BDT
This Blu Ray disc set is formatted as Region B, not region free.
Posted on 7 May 2012 23:48:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012 23:48:39 BDT
D Howard says:
Glad I found this as Wild Russia is one of my favourite series, but why oh why is it not available in the UK as I am hard of hearing and need English subtitles? Ordered it anyway as it's visually stunning.
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