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This review is from: Wild Arabia [DVD] (DVD)
this title really should be available on blu-ray to make the most of the superb photography. Great to see a series about a lesser known area though, and good footage in episode 2 of the elusive and extremely rare Arabian Leopard. The third episode is very different in character to the first two, more about the economic development of the area than the wildlife but is interesting nevertheless.
UPDATE: this title IS now available on blu-ray from Amazon as a Dutch import in English with optional Dutch subtitles -
BBC Earth - Wild Arabia [ 2011 ] [ Blu-Ray ].
If you have an HD TV and haven't yet got a blu-ray player I strongly recommend that you do for the improved quality. (They also play and upscale your DVDs). Prices start at around £50 for the player and nearly all BBC wildlife series from the last 10 years (since Planet Earth) are available, often for about half the price of new releases. If the necessary HDMI cable is not included you can buy them very cheaply online.
If you do want a blu-ray, the remastered version of the classic movie Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [Region Free] is excellent. There are also some very good BBC wildlife blurays included in the documentary section of Amazon's 2 for £10 or 3 for £17 promotions.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2013 12:41:29 GMT
Amazon Customer. Ray F. says:
Disappointed to read that this is not available on blu-ray, seems somewhat short-sighted. Can't make my mind up whether to be philosophical or to wait for a while in hope.Wild Arabia [DVD]
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 18:58:16 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 18:26:08 GMT
R. Patching says:
normally I'd agree, but the BBC are absurdly frustrating, and therefore I understand the desire to rant a bit. Anyway we know the series is of the usual BBC high quality, it's just a shame the it is not released in a high quality format
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 09:14:40 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013 21:19:36 GMT
R. Patching says:
if you believe half the reviews on amazon in regard to virtually any product then beware..... If you mail the BBC then be prepared for no reply, I'm hoping that someone from the BBC might have a look. So if that happens I would say that was plenty of justification.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 10:26:30 GMT
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Posted on 25 Jun 2013 00:50:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2013 00:53:03 BDT
A. Sunter says:
Thank you for that DaveT. I am just trying to decide if it's worth buying a blu ray player given the high cost of the discs here in NZ, so it's good to hear the quality is noticeably better. Also, if they improve the quality of DVDs as well, it is still worth getting Wild Arabia now and watching on the blu ray player rather than waiting for the blu ray disc version to come out. I will definitely look out for Lawrence of Arabia on blu ray. A fantastic film!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 10:57:41 BDT
Thanks for that. Note that modern DVD players can upscale too but blu-rays are definitely better. The BBC normally brings out blu-rays at the same time as new DVD titles (e.g. Africa) so I think they must have decided that there won't be sufficient demand for this title which is a pity.
Posted on 10 Aug 2013 22:15:20 BDT
Dhr M. E. Loman says:
It is available in blu ray. E.g. in other webshops in the Netherlands.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2013 14:07:34 BDT
It's odd that it seems to be available on blu-ray in the Netherlands as it is not available in the UK. Is that a Dutch or English language version?
It is good that the BBC's latest natural history series, Hebrides - Islands on the Edge [Blu-ray], is available in both formats.