Galapagos 3D (2013)
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The Galapagos archipelago's uniquely diverse wildlife was fit to inspire Darwin's evolution theory. It's also a great place to study evolution at high speed, spurred by volcano-created ... See full summary »


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The Galapagos archipelago's uniquely diverse wildlife was fit to inspire Darwin's evolution theory. It's also a great place to study evolution at high speed, spurred by volcano-created island building. Species arrive from South America and even across the Pacific in numerous ways, like floating, flying, rafting as well as swimming. They adapt fast. Diversity is no less in the sea, where three deep currents meet, again unique. Written by KGF Vissers

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The origin of galapagos
31 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said many times, David Attenborough is a national treasure. He may apparently dislike the term, but it is hard to not say that about such a great presenter who has contributed significantly to some of the best programmes (of the documentary genre and overall) the BBC (though as mentioned, this and the previous 3D offerings were Sky) has ever aired/produced.

It is really hard picking favourites, let alone a definite favourite, among what Attenborough has done because he has done so many gems, it is the equivalent of trying to choose your favourite ice cream flavour or your favourite operatic role (for examples) and finding you can't pick. While not quite as good as the wondrous 'Kingdom of Plants' or 'Micro Monsters 3D', Attenborough's second 3D series 'Galapagos 3D' is still remarkable. It may not be one of Attenborough's best or most ground-breaking, but it has everything that makes his work as good as it is.

"Origin" is a fantastic way to start 'Galapagos 3D' off. "Evolution" is the most interesting episode of the series in terms of having first and last appearances of certain animals, but "Origin" demonstrates why Attenborough's work is so special.

For one thing, as to be expected, "Origin" looks amazing visually and on a technical level the underwater shots are quite unique. then again it is an Attenborough documentary which always look never less than good. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting more with the Galapagos scenery and inhabitants). In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The editing is always succinct and smooth and the scenery is spectacular.

3D has had very variable execution when used. Sometimes it can enhance the experience and look great, at other times it distracts and is both overused and abused. Luckily, the 3D here in "Origin" is of the incredibly well made kind and enhances the experience, allowing one to see these amazing inhabitants up close. It is a long way from soulless either, helping one to actually care for something that is non-human.

The music score fits very well, never overly grandiose while never being inappropriate while also being a beautiful score in its own right.

Even if not ground-breaking in terms of information and subject (but very much so in the use of 3D), "Origin" is incredibly educational and always maintains interest. Still found myself learning a vast amount. In terms of the facts there was a very good mix of the known ones and the unknown.

Attenborough's contribution as always helps quite a bit. He clearly knows his stuff and knows what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more.

In conclusion, not one of Attenborough's best but still delivers, which says a lot about how good his work is and how good a presenter/narrator he is. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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