Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth/Great Natural Wonders of the World (1999)

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Released 7-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 117:16 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Attenborough
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Here is another release in the long line of quality documentaries from David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit. They are notable for their great photography and very consistent quality. This disc actually contains two such documentaries, The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth from 1999 and Great Natural Wonders of the World from 2002. Both run for just under 60 minutes and both are fascinating and include some incredible footage.

    The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth is a month by month travelogue of the greatest sights of massed wildlife from all over the world. Each month focuses on just one such incredible show of wildlife. Specifically, the months are as follows:

    A wonderful show. The only slight annoyance was that it was only split into 4 tracks which meant you could not select a specific month. Since my son wanted to see the crabs again and again, this became annoying.

    Great Natural Wonders of the World focuses on natural landscapes rather than wildlife. This show spends an hour highlighting some of the greatest visions of the world I have ever seen. The photography is even better than the first show. It is arranged by continent and specifically covers the following:

    Another wonderful and fascinating show. This one moves quite quickly and really leaves you wanting more. Luckily, there is lots more available such as Attenborough's Living Planet set, which I reviewed recently.

    This disc is highly recommended.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio for the second show but may not be for the first. Either way, I don't think it makes a big difference in this instance.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Some footage included some very light grain. This was probably older footage. The bitrate was high throughout.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs between shows.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music used is by Sarah Class & Brian Bennett and is excellent.

    The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere when played with Dolby ProLogic II.

     The subwoofer was not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu included the ability to select shows and scenes.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This disc does not seem to have been released outside of Region 4.


    A wonderful collection of 2 nature documentaries both of high quality and presented by the inimitable David Attenborough.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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Nice review - Pendergast (Why not take a look at my bio, you might think it stinks.)