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Filmed in stunning high definition and coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Ganges is a sumptuous series that tells the story of the most extraordinary river in the world. The Ganges runs through the heart of India. For million... more »
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Breath taking scenery, well worth watching (again and again)
AZ Mutley | Tempe AZ | 07/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
The BBC have another winner on their hands. Starting in the Himalayas and
following the course of the Ganges in 3 episodes they explore the people places and wild life of the regions bordering the river.
The scenery of the mountains is simply amazing on Blu Ray, the full force of the spring melt is captured and conveyed almost as if you were there. Amazing film work and worth watching at least twice I feel.
4-Star Blu-ray Video / 3-Star Nature Doc
Adventure Fan | 08/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I recently got a 50" plasma (panasonic G10) and a blu-ray player (panasonic 60) and I wanted to test out all the blu-rays that supposedly had the best picture quality. These nature docs have been considered some of the best.
GALAPAGOS = 4-Star Blu-Ray Video / 2-Star Nature Doc
The video is good, but not great like a pristine movie transfer like Sin City or Kung-Fu Panda. I found this nature doc particularly boring. It has a few nice bits, but there's lots of repetition of shots, and wildlife just isn't as interesting as the other docs. I would only reccomend this if you're super super super interesting in learning about Galapagos.
GANGES = 4-Star Blu-ray Video / 3-Star Nature Doc
Video quality is about the same as Galapagos, good, but there's a lot better. This nature doc is a lot more interesting than Galapagos, more magic shots, better tid bits, a more emotional experience. This is worth checking out for the content.
PLANET EARTH = 4.5-Star Blu-ray Video / 4-Star Nature Doc
This is a fantastic video transfer, better than Galapagos and Ganges. By better, I mean, richer blacks, deeper colors, sharper detail. All around, a step up. This is a four disc experience. I think they put all their best content on the first disc. Seriously, the first disc was thrilling, the others were a huge step down, in terms of locations and wildlife. Maybe it's a weird personal preference thing, but I watched the first disc three times, but could barely get through the others. I would say disc one is a must see.
BARAKA = 5-Star Blu-ray Video / 5-Star Nature Doc
This wins the Super Shiny Titanium Standard Award for best video and best nature doc. It was shot on 70mm and transfered to, like, quad-HD digital. This is one of the very best blu-rays ever made. It holds up against all new releases, because the source was 70mm. And this nature doc seemed the most magical. If you want to get a good demo disc, to show to any audience, this is the one. And the Baraka experience sticks with you. I can see myself watching this quite a few times in the years ahead, just for the experience."
An excellent look into a fascinating subject
Chris | 03/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We just watched Ganges a few weeks ago and were blown away. We are Indian and the people we invited to see the film were Indian as well, so this was especially relavent to us.
The documentary overall was quite good, it not only focused on the physical aspects of the river (how it effects the environment) but its spiritual significance as well. The photography in this film is amazing.
The Blu-ray presentation was stunning, and the level of detail and color was really heightened. It really made the documentary come to life. And surprisingly for a documentary, the DTS track was quite good, and the narration and music did a good job enhancing the experience. I don't think we would be as involved in the events if we were watching it on DVD.
Anyone interested in India or history in general should check this out!
* BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
* Region Free
* English DTS 5.1 Surround
* Hindi Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* Bengal Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
* English SDH
* Deleted Scenes
Excellent Addition To Any Nature Collection
Rico | 05/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been interested in building my library since I bought Planet Earth a few years ago. I know I may never find anything that will match Planet Earth BBC (it's just that awesome!) but I was pleased with Ganges. I enjoyed seeing the different social groups and how they use the river in their farming and religious communities. If you enjoy seeing nature as it was meant to be seen (with the exception of in-person) then you will enjoy Ganges.
Bottom Line: Well worth the investment and something you will watch more than once as well as invite others to watch."