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I am a big fan of BBC nature documentaries, but I normally shy away from any that arent narrated by David Attenborough, I suppose im a bit of an Attenborough snob! However, when I saw this one I was intrigued, I really dont know much about a China or ever watched a documentary on it, and after reading many postive reviews I decided to give it a go - andd I am glad I did!
The series itself is narrated very well by Benard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Boys from the Black Stuff), and beautifully filmed. The BBC has managed to produce a beautiful and extensive account of China, revealing stuff that I really didnt know and was completely suprised by.
It showcases not just the wildlife of china, but also the culture and way of life of a country with so much history. It has been a tendancy with some BBC documentaries recently Ive found to use old footage, or the same footage several times throughout one programme, with this however it is not the case. If you like documentaries, or want to learn a little more about China then I really cannot recommend this enough. Each episode is fantastic and captivating, I was disappointed when I had finally watched them all and was hungry to learn more! A brilliant documentary of a beautiful country!
You can get it from amazon for around £7 for the dvd or £8 for the blu ray, and for just under 6 hours of beautiful footage this is definitely a bargain!
A really fabulous documentary series. I purchased this as a Christmas present for one of my family members around 2-3 years ago, and we all watched it in one sitting till late at night. It really kept us enthralled. There were many things that we'd seen before, but these were filmed in such a beautiful way that it was like looking at them in a different light.
The DVD contains 6 episodes including footage of the first time wild pandas were filmed mating in the wild. The music fits wonderfully well with the scenes shown. I also really liked the extras in the DVD that showed just how difficult it was to film there, as well as how physically challenging and dangerous it is to catch certain moments. I completely missed this when it was originally shown on BBC, but since nearly all the documentaries I've seen by the BBC have been extremely high quality, I decided to buy it.
The DVD mainly features flora and fauna of China, but it is nicely peppered with moments of human activity that are extremely interesting, for example the relationship between the fisherman and the birds there that help them bring in the fish. Some complain about the narration sounding clumsy and being one of the cons about this DVD, but I actually didn't find that - to me, there was nothing wrong with the narrative.
Overall, I would recommend this to all lovers of good quality documentary, or even budding travellers. The documentary does portray China in a good light - we don't really hear about the grave problems affecting the nature there. The footage though leaves me, at least, wanting to watch the documentary again and again! I actually payed over twice the price that it now shows on Amazon (i.e. £13), currently it is priced at under £6 there - great bargain!
Wild China, a six part documentary, presents some of China's most beautiful and fascinating landscapes and wildlife, as well as glimpses into the lives of people who live and work alongside these astonishing marvels of nature. China is so vast and diverse each episode never fails to surprise and entertain. You will witness such sights as fishermen who train cormorants to catch the fish for them, nomads in China's northern deserts racing horses and hunting with Golden eagles and the relationship between the environment and people and how they do and don't coexist. If, like me, you are interested in wildlife you will find each and every episode a delight. If you are more fascinated by the landscape or people you will love the whole production. Wild China is absolutely beautifully shot and is a delight to watch. It is moving and gripping and an education in little known aspects of a most fascinating land.