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The Great Rift Blu-ray Review

“The Great Rift” is another stunning BBC nature documentary.

“The Great Rift” is a 3 part documentary (narrated by Hugh Quarshie) that showcases Africa’s Great Rift. The 3 segments included in this documentary series are titled “Fire,” “Water,” and “Grass.” Along with information about the rift and how it was formed, we see the wildlife in this region (such as Baboons, wolves, mole rats, elephants, birds, hippos, flamingos and giraffes) and learn about the grasslands, mountains, volcanoes, jungles, herds, the local fishermen, and the weather (and the impact it has). CGI is also used to explain certain things.

By now, it should come as no surprise that “The Great Rift” is another informative and stunningly beautiful BBC nature documentary. Everything from the volcano footage and the huge swarm of midges to the flamingo migration and the shots of an eagle swooping around a bird nesting site will have your eyes glued to the television screen because the cinematography is that spectacular. Just when you think you have seen it all in these nature docs, the cameramen in ‘Rift’ go out and shoot footage of something that you’ve never seen before. I guess it’s safe to say that you should always expect the unexpected with these programs.

Visual imagery aside, ‘Rift’ also happens to be an interesting documentary in its own right. Having known relatively little about this area, I found it fascinating to learn about the landscape, the food chain, and the wildlife.

Summary: “The Great Rift” is another outstanding nature program that deserves to be seen.

Sadly folks, ‘Rift’ is presented in 1080i not 1080p. With that said, it still looks gorgeous. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, animated films and nature documentaries were made for Blu-ray. Virtually every image leaves you breathless.

The DTS-HD Stereo track does its job well in capturing the sounds of nature, narration, music, and sound f/x.

The only extras are ads for BBC Earth and “Wild Pacific,” “Ganges,” “Galapagos,” “Wild China,” “Yellowstone.” Also, while not technically extras, there are making of featurettes after each episode (much like they had with “Life”) that give a behind-the-scenes look at how the production crew shot footage.

October 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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