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on 14 March 2017
very interesting I thoroughly enjoyed it
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on 7 April 2017
wonderful documentary, produced by the BBC and the extremely entertaining Monty Halls
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on 29 May 2017
Quality Blu-Ray
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on 25 May 2017
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on 26 February 2017
Now this, is television.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 January 2012
This is a marvellous guide to the Great Barrier Reef. Visually stunning and presented by Monty Halls, a marine biologist, ex-marine and a diver. The series is delivered in three one hour episodes although they flow into each other seamlessly. We are informed that the Reef is over 2000km. long,created after the ice age meltdown and the only living structure on earth that can be seen from space. The reef formed by plankton polyps that form coral colonies that, with a microscopic plant, create a limestone skeleton into which they are embedded, and although only 1% of the ocean the reef is home to 1/4 of all known marine coral life. Halls may be no Attenborough but he is enthusiastic in his underwater diving and clearly delights in this project and its narration, often in close proximity to his subjects (even lying in mud sediment) It is, of course, the breathtaking, crystal clear photography that dominates this winner. Remote mini-cameras and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) take us to places not previously captured.

The food chain from plankton to small fish and increasing sizes of predators are magnificently pictured. The necessity of hiding for protection and the need for dangerous escapades for food are portrayed as a force of nature, from groupers eating algae to to bump-head parrott fish the size of sheep ripping chunks of coral to tiger sharks dismembering and sawing through the shells of turtles. The sheer numbers and variety of sea-life are a veritable kaleidoscope of action. The beautifully coloured coral produced by algae bleaches when exposed to excess heat. Other aspects of the reef and their inhabitants are explored, the lagoons, mangroves, islands and rain forests all graphically shot from the air, ground level or beneath the sea. Wonderful rocks,rivers and waterfalls.
The whole package is eye catching. Memorable moments include the green turtle migration to Raine Island where up to 26000 arrive at one time to nest and lay eggs, a slow and hazardous journey, filmed with time-lapse. The hatching of the eggs and young turtles struggling to get to the sea before the herons eat them. The billions of larvae formed from mass migration seeking a home to form a polyp and a coral colony.The spectacular shipwreck scene sheltering over 120 varieties of fish, the largest of its kind in the world. The Queensland grouper the size of a car,venomous jelly fish and sea snakes, sea cows (once mistaken for mermaids) grazing on 40kg sea grass per day. Eagles fabulously caught in flight chasing and catching fruit bats. All shown with total brilliance. Noise from damsel fish and humpback and dwarf minke whales add to the attractions.

Halls ends speculating the effects of natural phenomena on the reef: cyclones, global warming, temperature and tidal changes but also the man-made effects: ranches, cattle farms, habitat changes to support agriculture. All affecting the ecosystem and possibly the long-term lucrative tourist industry.
This is a fantastic visual experience beautifully photographed and presented. Top star product.
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on 23 March 2017
Too much emphasis on the boring zzzz.... host. It takes far too long to actually start showing us the gorgeous Reef. When I buy wildlife/nature documentary on blu ray I want to see the wildlife/nature not have to listen to some boring old fart waffling. It would have been so much better with no host at all. Give us what we pay for BBC!!!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 February 2012
The great barrier reef is over 2000km long and the BBC camera crew spent over 600 hours filming underwater, so you can imagine the amazing quality and variety of footage they managed to capture. Just a few hours of that is shown here, but without a doubt they are the most mesmerising and stunning you could imagine.

The series is narrated by Monty Hall who does a stirling job and really brings the footage to life. As part of the BBC earth series great barrier reef lives up to it's forbears and doesn't let the name down, another fascinating look into a world that I could never hope to get as close to as I can with this disc.
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on 28 November 2012
A brilliant series showcasing one of Nature's miracles. Extremely interesting and features some beautiful camerawork.
Highly recommended for any lover of Nature Documentaries.
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on 2 February 2014
Love this series of films on a very special part of the world. Looks superb on Blue Ray. Monty Halls makes for an informed and level headed presenter who doesn't feel the need (thank goodness) to wildly exaggerate his enthusiasm for the cameras. He lets the magnificence of the GBR speak for itself. Brilliantly filmed and full of knowledge and information.
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