Blu-ray, DVD Release: BBC’s Africa

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Price: Three-Disc DVD $24.98, Two-Disc Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: BBC/Warner

AfricaThe BBC’s acclaimed nature documentary series explores more wildlife in the six-hour TV show Africa.

Filmed by the team behind BBC’s Life, Africa is narrated by the awesome Sir David Attenborough and showcases some of the most extreme habitats in the world.

Among the footage is the last great gathering place of the rhinoceros, male leaf-folding frogs kick-boxing for their dominance in the Gola Forest, chimps hunting for honey in the Congo, and lizards hunting for flies from the backs of sleeping lions in the Serengeti. Africa also looks at the largest penguin colony in the continent and Dragon’s Breath Cave, the largest underground lake in the world.

The filmmakers used 553 cameras, spent 100 days on horseback, carried about 50 tons of kit and took 6,526 anti-malarial tablets over four years and 27 countries to shoot Africa.

Africa Blu-ray boxThe TV show aired on the Discovery Channel and was a joint production between the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

The three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray sets contain these special features:

  • more than 70 minutes of exclusive material, including an interview with Attenborough, interviews with Emmy-nominated executive producer Michael Gunton, producer James Honeyborne and cameramen Martin Colbeck and Richard Matthews
  • exclusive footage from the Harenna Forest, in a portion of Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains
  • making-of featurettes
  • outtakes
  • deleted scenes.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.