Judge Kent Dixon is still in search of the Great Ritz...a cracker so rad it'll drive you mad!
It is the very cradle of mankind.
With each new feature they release, BBC Nature entrenches their supremacy as the go-to source for high quality nature documentaries. When the same creative and scientific force that produced such great features as Walking With Dinosaurs, The Blue Planet, Yellowstone, the uber-documentary Planet Earth, and Life joins forces with Animal Planet and turns their attention to the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa, you know you're in for a treat.
It's hard to think of the African continent without thinking of flat, arid landscapes and animals like lions, giraffes, zebras, and elephants, but The Great Rift shows us there is much more to Africa, especially in the more mountainous eastern region. The mini-series is divided into three episodes:
I received a pre-release screener copy of The Great Rift, so the final retail presentation may differ. The series arrives on Blu-ray in a VC-1 encoded 1.78.1 1080i transfer that varies quite widely from scene to scene. Some shots are stunning and certainly close to what we've seen with Planet Earth, but others come across far too soft. The audio mix is clear, giving the tribal rhythms and choral elements appropriate punch, but there's nothing overly immersive here to pull us into the HD experience. The only extras included are three 10-minute featurettes called "Inside the Great Rift" that follow each episode, showing some of the challenges and unique experiences the production crew faced while shooting.
I've really just scratched the surface of The Great Rift. Showcasing Africa's beauty and danger, filled with breathtaking vistas and dramatic animal diversity, this series is a must for nature fans. It's very likely you'll walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for one of the most unique regions on Earth.
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