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Last Chance To See with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine [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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this would be more interesting than it is. Stephen Fry might be great with his gallivanting around the world in his cars. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Keith R. Sauerwald
A wonderful series taking place in the Amazon, Southern Africa, Madagascar, Indonesia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2011 by Kristoffer
Sometimes humanity requires a kick in the bum to appreciate what this planet currently has, and what we risk losing. This is such a kick. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by Tony G