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Absolutely fantastic images - neglected classic,
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This review is from: Ganges [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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.
UPDATE OCT 2010. Just watched the whole lot in 1 big session.
Part 3 runs out of steam slightly, then picks up again with riverbanks (and homes) falling into the river after the monsoon water levels eat into the banks (but creates more banks as a reaction to that - see how much I've learned!).
The 'Behind the scenes' extras are boring and of 'home video' shaky quality, but the 'deleted scenes' are brilliant: lots of high-quality BluRay out-takes with atmospheric music and no commentary. (Although the main session commentary is very good anyway.)