Galapagos (HD)

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The Galapagos islands are a fascinating microcosm of our planet and home to some of the most astonishing creatures found anywhere on Earth: iguanas swim the sea like dragons, short-eared owls stalk petrels by day and 500 pound giant tortoises bellow over lava fields.

One thousand kilometers due west of Ecuador, where four major ocean currents unite, vast undersea volcanoes break the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Early explorers described these otherworldly islands as "Las Encantadas" - "the Enchanted Isles," but in time they became known as "Galapagos," the "Islands of the Tortoises."

Using spectacular HiDefinition cinematography from land, sea and air, and blending dramatic landscapes with intimate animal behavior, drama reconstruction and stunning satellite imagery, this ambitious series presents the most complete portrait ever of these fascinating islands.

Galapagos reveals how wildlife has found the most enterprising ways to survive on this restless volcanic outpost, why these islands are such a fascinating showcase for evolution, and the profound forces that influence the delicate balance of life.

Against a backdrop of smoldering volcanoes, brittle lava fields, fields of giant cactus and wave-pounded shores, witness blue-footed boobies plunge-diving into treacherous waters, sea lions surfing, the beautiful courtship dance of the waved albatross, Darwin's finches as crafty tool-users and hawks hunting marine iguanas.

Galapagos is unlike any other place on Earth.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 204936729
UPC 794051413826
UPC 14 00794051413826
Format HD DVD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Andrew Gross, et. al. - Original Music By
Barrie Britton, et. al. - Cinematographer
Gail Willumsen - Writer
Michael Gunton - Executive Producer
Nigel Buck, et. al. - Editor
Patrick Morris - Producer
Richard Wollocombe - Actor
Stacy Keach - Actor
Tilda Swinton - Narrated By
Tom Hewitt - Narrated By
Awards
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Galapagos, Best Photography Factual
Reviews
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Review The blessings of high-definition are providing a major boost to nature documentaries, if Nat-Geo's "Galapagos" and Discovery's upcoming "Planet Earth" are any indication; both bask in ravishing images of natural wonders...Throw in the central role Galapagos played in Charles Darwin formulating his theory of evolution, and it's a welcome trip...These kinds of documentaries appear to be gaining new life thanks, perhaps foremost, to the visual splendor that's become possible technically and the ability to exploit such projects on other platforms, setting them apart from the demo-chasing fare that has increasingly filled outlets once devoted to history, arts & entertainment and the sciences. An undertaking like "Galapagos" -- shot over 18 months -- also demonstrates that presented properly, educational material needn't be boring or relegated to the drowsy confines of PBS.
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 9
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Ian Visser, DVD Verdict For anyone with an interest in the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos is a treasure trove of information and experiences.
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