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Wild Pacific [Blu-Ray]

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A Blu-Ray DVD of the documentary Wild Pacific.

This landmark series explores the sheer scale and majesty of the largest ocean on Earth, the isolation of its islands, the extraordinary journeys wildlife and humans have gone through to reach these specks of land, and what happened to both after their … see full wiki

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Genre: Educational, Television, Documentary
1 review about Wild Pacific [Blu-Ray]

Heaven on Earth!

  • Dec 9, 2009
Rating:
+3
Visually, Wild Pacific [Blu-ray] is beautiful. The blu-ray quality on this disc is perhaps the best I've seen for any nature documentary. Everything is extremely clear and rich, from the deep blue Pacific Ocean waves to the vibrant colors in a coral reef to the slender hairs on a hunting spiders. Some of the footage is so startling that it looks almost fantastical.

Some of the scenes in Wild Pacific are unlike anything I've seen before. In one scene, a carnivorous caterpillar catches a Hawaiian fruit fly. In another, which took my breathe away, the cinematographers caught an underwater volcano erupting and in the process of forming a new island. That's something you don't see every day.

Unlike most nature documentaries, this one shows a lot of people. In many ways, these scenes are almost an anthropological study of Pacific islanders. Admittedly, some of these scenes are pretty cool, particularly the islanders who bungee jump through the rainforest. However, like most people interested in the BBC's documentaries, I watched Wild Pacific to see wildlife, and sometimes the scenes with humanity took time away from the wildlife.

I was also a bit disappointed with the narration. Benedict Cumberbatch as the narrator isn't bad, and manages to throw some suspense into the narration. However, it's somewhat shallow and sometimes doesn't explain the science behind everything we're seeing. For example, most biologists believe sea turtles do possess internal magnetic compass to navigate, but Cumberbatch made the turtles' navigation skills sound like a mystery (for more on this ability of sea turtles, see Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation).

If Wild Pacific were South Pacific tourism infomercial, it would certainly succeed in attracting droves of tourists. After viewing this documentary, I very much want to visit the region. If it's anything like the images depicted in Wild Pacific, it truly does look like Heaven on Earth.

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