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Ganges (BBC Series) [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hindi, Bengali
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Ganges River (Gang Ma or Great Mother) is the holiest river in the world. Rising from the pure glacial meltwaters of the Himalayas, it flows down onto India's Northern Plain, then heads eastwards into the swamplands of Bangladesh, finally discharging a 500-km (310-mile) tongue of red silt into the Bay of Bengal. As well as filling wells and irrigating crops to sustain the cities and villages along its banks, it is the spiritual life-blood for India's primary religion, Hinduism. Bathing in the Ganges remains the lifelong ambition of many of India's believing masses, who consider the river to be a living goddess. People gather daily at her banks to murmur prayers, baptise children, wash vibrant coloured saris, drink her waters or simply die believing such acts help absolve sins and lead the way to Nirvana.

Ganges reveals the source of the river high in the Himalayas, the youngest mountain range in the world, and follows its route as it sharply incises the mountains on its journey south-east. Along the way we discover the Hindu story of the river's creation, and how it supports the myriad forms of life that thrive on its banks. With stunning, evocative images by photographer Jon Nicholson, Ganges is a true visual feast, as teeming with life and colour as the mighty river itself.

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This sumptuous series tells the story of the most extraordinary river in the world - the Ganges. Human life and nature bustle along her river banks, in a kaleidoscope of colour and energy in this dramatic BBC documentary. From man-hunting tigers to giant lizards, in Ganges the wildlife encountered is as diverse as the people. Travelling from the peaks of the Himalayas through frenetic cities to the teeming delta where the river meets the sea, this is a vibrant and colourful look at how the Ganges shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs of India..

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The story of a mighty river from source to destination.

First a word about HD. There are parts of this presentation that are NOT in HD. While this is disappointing many of the truly great parts of the presentation are and there are plenty of "wow" moments. Maybe I have become spoiled by other 100 percent HD BBC productions.

Also to be noted is that this is not always a happy story. The conflict of humans and animals is not always easy viewing. When the needs of humans meet the needs of animals there tends to lead to only one winner. Also sad to see so many animals merely picking up the refuse of humans - rather than living their more natural life.

The test of a good disc is "could you watch it over twice" - which it passes with flying colours. The disc is easy to get around and the deleted scenes/extras are watchable at least once. Lots of money has been spent and it is all up on the screen - good price point from Amazon, the original RRP being ludicrous.
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I saw the entire BBC series and the narration was simply fantastic and emotive; said with complete involvement all through the programme in a lovely voice...having visited the Ganges at Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh I was captivated by both the spectacular photography and the smooth narration said with absolute involvement...there are great rivers all over the world but the Ganges has got spirituality entwined about herself and is indeed a sight to behold; in its end the Ganges unites with the Brahmaputra (a point possibly missed?) and then breaks into tributaries to open into the Bay of Bengal sea. Seriously worth possessing in your collection.
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The three programmes follow the three stages of the river's development. The youthful, mature, and senile stages. From the source in the Himalayas to the delta in the Bay of Bengal. The last programme, set in Bengal, is the best for explaining human interaction with the river. I shall say no more, but its good for teaching Geography with, its up to date, and its the BBC at its best.
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This 'series' really was excellent - excellent narration, production, filming etc. however it just doesn't feel quite long enough to be able to cover the whole scope of the Ganges in any major detail. Unlike Michael Wood's India, or other similar series, you don't leave this one feeling better informed or with a general feel of the geography. Worth watching, but it needed more.
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This film is excellent for many reasons, not least of which is due to the cultural experience, the breathtaking scenery, and rich tapestry of life shown. The disappointment for me was that much of the film is *not* shot in high definition - making this blu-ray a misnomer. Whilst the footage is awe-inspiring, I bought this on the understanding that I would be getting an entire film in HD, and this is certainly not that.

I would recommend for educational and cultural reasons, but avoid if you are looking for an HD natural history film to add to your blu-ray collection.
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A very beautiful DVD with exceptional images - but definitely focused on Nature and wildlife, not on people or cities. Important places like Calcutta and Benares are rushed over. Lots of animals and interesting happenings to be seen, but Indian culture - nothing!
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I'm gradually collecting all the BBC 'Earth' and documentary Blu-Rays. Of them all (even Attenborough), I have to say that this is a visual feast and heading towards being my favourite. 95% of the footage is so well executed. Every single image seems to well considered and well composed within the widescreen format. My eyes hurt, there was so much colour and detail to take in.

The music is unobtrusive but, if you tune into it, also brilliant. Great, relaxing female voiceover, too.

The first part covers the 4 sacred sources of the Ganges river, so there's plenty of slo-mo waterfalls, fast-mo clouds and sunsets, icy blizzards, and a brilliant sequence of candles being floated down the river at night during a festival. And even a 'night vision' mono sequence when leopards prowl among the barred and shuttered sleeping village. That might not quite be hi-def, but it's much better than most night vision footage.

All other footage is brilliant - I was too engrossed in the images to analyse whether every single one was hi-def or not (I have a new full HD Tosh TV and Blu-Ray player now), but I can't say I noticed anything untoward, or any 'artefacts', whatever they are. I thought they were things discovered by archaeologists.

There is more emphasis on people compared to the 'usual' BBC nature docs (as you'd expect), but not that much in the first part. This is a good thing, rather than bad, I reckon.

I need to give my eyes and brain a rest, now, from the vision onslaught, but will update if the next 3 parts are not as good.
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UPDATE OCT 2010. Just watched the whole lot in 1 big session.
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Really helped me to re-capture the feeling of being in India and spending time in the Ganges. Beautifully shot and edited trip above, around and under the Ganges from the sources in the Himalaya to the delta with fine narration. An excellent representation of the wildlife surrounding the Ganges and the age old culture that exists along her banks.
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