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South Pacific [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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One Ocean. 20,000 Islands. A Quarter of The World’s Water.
The extraordinary wildlife, culture and history of this immense, fascinating ocean and its myriad islands are revealed in stunning detail in this acclaimed BBC series.
With its coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and dramatic oceanic atolls, the South Pacific is the archetypal paradise. But from the shores of Hawaii to Easter Island and a thousand tiny remote islands, this ocean holds some of the most bizarre and intriguing surprises on Earth…
The incredible photography and discoveries of this series capture the amazing natural sights of the region: from erupting undersea volcanoes to jewelled tropical reefs and from tiger sharks catching albatross chicks to giant crabs opening coconuts. It reveals how the islands’ isolation has helped evolve flesh-eating caterpillars, vampire bugs with antifreeze in their veins, a strange nocturnal parrot with a mating call like a bull frog and the fascinating monkey-tailed skink.
South Pacific also tells of the people whose ancestors journeyed thousands of miles to the islands. Some acquired new survival techniques such as the palolo worm-harvesting Samoans or the Solomon islanders who fish with spider webs and kites, while others developed bizarre rituals such as the Pentecost land divers who leap from 25-metre wooden scaffolds.
With incredible natural spectacles, dramatic footage and fascinating stories, South Pacific will change the way you view this ocean forever.
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This is what makes the series staggeringly great value. It covers history and the influence of man, evolution and how certain species migrated across islands when it could have been quite easy to focus purely on marine life. After all, only 1% of the south pacific is land. The aerial shots provide an excellent sense of scale and the last episode provides a fitting analysis of how procarious and precious the south pacific is to everyone. I deliberately avoid going into details about certain episodes because I don't want to ruin it for anyone....
Finally, the Diaries section at the end of each episode is a great (and for me unexpected) addition because, like the immense Planet Earth series - we fully appreciate the lengths, timescales and risks taken by cameramen to bring never-before-seen shots. Who would have thought filming the inside of a big wave had never been done before?
Simply breathtaking this is an essential in Blu-Ray format.
Every episode has its own functional theme and has a quirky little diary series at the end which acts as a documentary on the series as such.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an inkling of interest in the South Pacific islands.
The colour is very rich, turqouise water, white beaches, shades of green, you have to see to believe it. On top of that some of the most pristine coralreefs there are in existence today.
You learn a lot, like f.e. the history and tragedy of the stone sculpures on the Eastern Islands. The origins of basejumping, underwater-volcano explosions, cave-explorations, and many many more astonishing pictures and informations.
Get it and enjoy a picture perfect ride in the South Pacific.
The photography is unsurpassed. I could sit and watch the underwater shots of breaking waves in the first episode again and again, and the aerial footage throughout the series is beautiful.
It might be helpful to have an atlas to hand, as most of the aerial shots make it very difficult to work out exactly where a lot of the small islands are located, but this is my only tiny criticism of the whole series. I already have a waiting list of people wanting to borrow the DVD's!South Pacific [DVD] 
The vastness of the Pacific and the remoteness of the islands is effectively conveyed and some of the information about the wildlife and how it got to such remote places is extraordinary.
All in all a wonderful package and highly recommended.
All the shots are stunning in there beauty and in a lot of cases show places and animals not seen before by more than a handfull of human beings.
Informative without being preechy and the addition of the featurets at the end of each episode make this the perfect package.
Owning all the BBC productions on Blu-Ray produced so far I would recomend this as an addition to anyones documentory collection.
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An excellent pair of Discs in this two Disc pack, well narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch about a fascinatking and massive area of the Pacific Ocean and very thankfully not released... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr M Bradshaw.
Absolutely lovely programme showing the beauty of the Pacific Islands.Published 3 months ago by Jeremy F.
I bought this for my brother, who says it is good, but I have no personal knowledge I'm afraid.Published 4 months ago by Joan Edington
Interesting series about this enormous region. I would have preferred more about the people and places. It is essentially a nature programme.Published 5 months ago by david canford
A great series,beautifully filmed and very informative.Godd condition and value for money,would buy from seller again.Published 6 months ago by John Thorpe