Narrated By: Colin Salmon
Running Time: 676 Minutes
Wildest Africa, the
landmark series exploring the habitats, weather, nature and dangers of
Africa is now available. Spanning over 13 episodes running for nearly an
hour each, audiences are presented with a beautiful and insightful look
into how all species (including humans) survive in the harsh and often
dangerous landscapes of the ginormous continent. While it is certainly
captivating and amazing to watch, itís certainly nothing you havenít
The cinematography on display in this series is
nothing short of what you would expect in as series such as this; itís
simply beautiful. Vast landscapes are perfectly captured, from the
barren like conditions of the Sahara Desert to the luscious
It has always amazed me how close they can get to the native wildlife
without disturbing its daily routine. The high quality of the cameras
teamed with the sheer skill of the crew presents you with engrossing
footage of lions chasing their prey, baboons navigating near impossible
heights by trees and huge herds of elephants migrating across the
landscape. Itís truly impressive to see in motion, and combined with a
perfectly accompanying tribal drum soundtrack throughout itís the
closest thing to actually being there.
Veteran British actor and voice-over artist Colin
Salmon narrates the entirety of the series, with his voice providing
emotion where itís needed in particular scenes. While he doesnít provide
as much of an insight into why particular animals act the way they do
(such as the likes of Sir David Attenborough) his variety in tone
throughout the series helps build up the tension in some scenes such as
the before mentioned lion chasing its prey.
Wildest Africa is a
fantastic series, however it doesnít really bring anything new to the
table. If you are familiar with other mainstream documentary series such
as Planet Earth and the similarly titled Wild Africa, you
are probably all too familiar with the things on offer here, which may
not leave many surprises for you in terms of the showís content.
Nonetheless, Wildest Africa is truly an impressive documentary
series, and among the best of the past few years.
No Special Features were included on the DVDs.