AFRICA - Eye to Eye with the Unknown
David Attenborough is a modern institution and he has produced some
amazing documentaries about planet Earth and its wonderful inhabitants.
With that said, it's great to see this 86-year old man (believe it or
not) still actively producing documentaries and Africa, his latest
endeavour is no exception to the rule. It's an emotional and fascinating
journey of some of the world's most wonderful creatures.
Recently screened on Channel 10 in Australia, Roadshow have just
released the full collection on Blu-ray and DVD which features all six
episodes. Presented by Attenborough himself, he once again provides the
documentary with a wizened old face and his classic English accent to
help immerse the viewer into the startling continent called Africa.
However apart from the informative information provided, where Africa
shines is through the wonders of modern technology. The filming
techniques and technology employed by the BBC have allowed Africa to be
captured in some amazing high definition ways from magnificent close-ups
to panoramic shots of deserts and forests. Using this state of the art
technology, it really allows the viewer to part of the experience that
almost makes it feel like you are just sitting next to these majestic
creatures from monkeys to elephants and lions. A special mention should
be made about the soundtrack to Africa which really creates this
emotional link to the documentary and the viewer.
Episode 1 revolves around the Kalahari and the animals that call this
home such as the rhinos or the clever meerkats. The highlight in this
episode is seeing a giraffe defend his patch of the territory in this
harsh condition. Episode 2 is the Savannah, a rich land that suffers
from flooding and drought which showcases some amazing footage of a
1.2metre tall wild shoebills. These are really talls birds! Episode 3 moves onto the Congo which once
again showcases the diverse wildlife from elephants, chimpanzees and
some diverse and colourful bird life. Seeing the hippos swimming in this episode is
next episode, 4, highlights the coast of Africa from turtles to whales
plus dolphins and is probably the most colourful of episodes. Following
this is episode 6, the Sahara, one of the harshest places on Earth but
even though most animals in the world could not survive here, the BBC crew have captured
some truly fascinating footage of the animals that call this place home.
Seeing the amazing footage of the sand dunes or dung beetles is a treat
last episode 6, is probably the most moving of episodes as it highlights
the effect mankind has had on Africa. However through the dedication of
some individuals, they are working hard to save the animals of this
continent. Whether it's the Massai Warriors becoming lion protectors
opposed to lion hunters or the ingenious underpass made for elephants,
they are actually having a huge impact on these animals. It's quite a
Once again the BBC and Attenborough have created a wonderful documentary
series with Africa that should be in every home in Australia. Best of all, this
documentary shows viewers things that have not been seen before in any
other documentary such as the fierce black rhinos who actually have a
soft side to them during the night as they court their female
counterparts. What a captivating series!
Available on Blu-ray & DVD March 27th