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Last Chance To See with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine [Blu-ray] [2009]

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mark Carwardine, Stephen Fry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FAD77G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,851 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Join Britain's best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as he follows in the footsteps of his great friend, the late writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), along with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to remote parts in search of some of the rarest and most threatened animals on Earth.

Twenty years ago Carwardine teamed up with Adams and embarked on a groundbreaking expedition in search of some of the world's most endangered animals. This time, he is joined by Stephen Fry to see how all those animals have been faring in the years since and which, if any, survived.

In this programme we follow the duo on six separate journeys which take them from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the ice-covered mountain tops of New Zealand and from the edge of a war zone in Central Africa to a sub-tropical paradise in the North Pacific. Along the way, they search for some of the weirdest, most remarkable and most troubled creatures on earth: a large, black, sleepy animal easily mistaken for an unusually listless mudbank, a parrot with a song like an unreleased collection of Pink Floyd studio outtakes, a rhino with square lips, a dragon with deadly saliva, an animal roughly the length of a Boeing 737 and the creature most likely to emerge from the cargo doors of a spaceship.

Last Chance to See is a unique insight into the disappearing world around us, and this is their hilarious, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking adventure.

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I just wanted to point out that this set is on two disks, and not on one as Amazon states.
I've tried to use their method of "updating product info", but I got a rejection email back.

Basically, after watching the first three episodes on BBC-HD, I decided I wanted to buy it.
I came along to Amazon, and noticed that it says all 6 episodes (and therefore approx 6 hours) is squeezed onto one single bluray disk.

Pathetic I thought, I'm not buying that, the quality will be severely compromised.

A few days later, I came across the set at another online store, and it stated 2 disks.
I ordered it, it IS on two disks, and can confirm that it does have a nice high bitrate.

Audio is LCPM Stereo or DTS-HD 5.0. (5.0 comes from the box, my equipment only reports it as multi-channel DTS-HD)

The picture is 1080i, the same as when it aired on BBCHD. It looks fantastic.

So far I've only watched episode 4, and I was concerned initially, as I noticed what looked like video noise in the sky, at the beginning, when Stephen and Mark are on the boat, but after that, it looked flawless, indeed beautiful.
VBR bitrate jumps up to the 30s when required.

I'm very happy with it.

I just wanted to confirm to anybody else who's interested, that this set is a two disk set, with 3 eps per disk, so the quality isn't compromised by squeezing it all onto one bluray.

Maybe when we get quad layer disks would that be acceptable! :)

Enjoy the series.
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This is actually a brilliant documentary over one of the major plagues of this planet. It is shot and treated with the usual outstanding british humor where even small ongoing accidents to the staff create a funny show. At the end you feel delighted by the professional shooting by BBC but you also feel that one of the endangered species on the planet are great people like Stephen Fry and his band.
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If you think you have seen all animal documentaries, watch this! I loved the book by Mark and Douglas as it blends scientific knowledge with a fantastic sense of humour! I laughed tears of joy as well as sadness when I read about the incredible creatures that roam our world and are almost extinct because of our selfish way of life. When I saw that Mark produced this film with Stephen, I was not quite sure if I would enjoy it as much as the book, as I loved Douglas Adams. However, I am very pleased that Stephen and Mark managed to pull it off. When they both revisit the places that Mark and Douglas had been to before, it is good to see that some of the protection projects have succeeded but it is also very depressing to see how our human race still destroys habitats and therefore threatens entire eco-systems. I have bought this DVD for friends and family and will use it also in my lessons to teach my children not to repeat the mistakes that my generation has made.
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Looks great on Blu-Ray. This is 1080i, not 1080p like most Blu-Rays, possibly a limitation of the cameras used.

The reviewer above states this looks as good as on BBC HD. Well it looks much better, the BBC HD channel runs at a far lower birate than a Blu-Ray and you can tell from the very first shot on this disc. It looks far better to me than it did on the BBC HD channel. In addition the sound quality is better. You won't be dissapointed.

Order the book while you're here too, Mark's photography is stunning.
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Mark Carwardine, a thoroughly amiable naturalists, teamed up with the " 2nd Greatest Living Englishman" Mr Stephen Fry (sorry but David A gets the award!), makes a great TV series and fine blu-ray experience. I do not know if it is 1080i or p, but who cares when it looks this fabulous on my 50 inch Panasonic Plasma. The footage of the helicopter flight over the mountains of New Zealand, was simply stunning.

The real pleasure was seeing Fry, a man in love with his 3 i-phones, nespresso coffee machine, macbook pro and wi-fi, become genuinely touched by experiencing the wonder that is wildlife. His "almost in tears" viewing of mountain gorillas, made my girlfriend ask if we can go next year - yes indeed, a big thank you to Mr Fry.
Get the blu-ray, buy the book and hope they repeat this fine series in twenty years time and find these marvelous creatures still holding on!
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