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BBC 2/National Geographic: Galapagos: Born of Fire

Jun 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Horace Newcomb described the BBC/National Geographic production “Galapagos: Born of Fire” as one of the most beautiful things he has ever seen.
That’s quite an accolade from the director of the Peabody Awards.
The high-definition series explored the history, landscape and wildlife of the islands in the Pacific Ocean that Charles Darwin explored in the 1800s when he developed his theory of evolution.
“It’s a stunning blend of visuals and music and narration,” Mr. Newcomb said. “It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and it also used the camera to take me places I could never go.”
The documentary mixed graphics and high-definition imagery as well as aerial footage to depict the volcanoes, lava, sky and sea surrounding the island, according to the BBC. The project captures on film animals such as penguins, fur seals, flamingos, tropical fish, giant tortoises and sea turtles.
In a press release, series producer Patrick Morris said: “Never before has a series like this been made about the Galapagos Islands and, as natural history film makers, this compelling story goes right to the very heart of all that we do.”
The film was co-produced by National Geographic and BBC Worldwide.

34 Comments

  1. what an amazing programme galapagos born of fire please please can i buy a c.d. of the series . this is just the best i have seen in years.

  2. This is an extraordinary documentary. Having achieved a lifetime ambition to visit Galapagos in 2005 I was priviliged to see a 5minute preview of this film while it was in the making. After a month there we had seen most of the content with our own eyes; but the way they film it (18months in the making at June 05) makes this outlandish sureal world come alive in ways that quite simply brought tears to our eyes and made the hairs on our necks stand up.
    Watch it in awe but remember what you see is unremarkable there in the Galapaogs, it happens every moment of every day. What is remarkable is the way the film crew have captured nature as it is, this is exactly how it is.
    If you ever get the chance to go there do so but tread carefully, touch nothing, respect every fragile rock and just watch, listen and enjoy every second, oh and take lots of spare memory for your camera!

  3. I believe you can download some of the music and get a cd from the composer’s own website. http://www.paulleonardmorgan.com and the dvd from amazon.com
    i agree, it’s beautiful. I loved the voiceover and can’t make up my mind which I like more, this series or Planet Earth! They’re very different.

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