The history of these beautiful Islands from their creation as uprising lava to their being studied by Darwin to their modern day inhabitants.
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2006  
4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Great Rift Valley in Africa was created when the African and Arabian tectonic plates separated about 35 million years ago. This series investigates the forces that created the rift and focuses on the landscape and wildlife.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Phil Chapman, Martin Dohrn
Great Migrations (TV Mini-Series 2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Great Migrations takes viewers on the epic journeys animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Stephen Fry, Thomas Fritsch
Great Barrier Reef (TV Series 2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Monty Halls explores Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on our planet. Monty explores its full 2000-kilometre length, ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Halls, Karl Stefanovic
Galapagos 3D (TV Series 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Filmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon De Glanville, Anthony Geffen
Yellowstone (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.

Stars: Peter Firth, Jeff Henry, Dick Powell
Wild Pacific (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A documentary series on life in and adapted to the conditions of the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean, a vast aquatic region with an unequaled number of islands. Both wildlife and human ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Rowe, Richard Wollocombe
Madagascar (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Over 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover what made Madagascar so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution ran wild there.

Stars: David Attenborough, John Brown, Rainer Dolch
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

David Attenborough narrates the lives of four growing tiger cubs using footage collected by hidden-camera-carrying elephants. Over two years, the elephants help capture the most intimate portrayal of tigers ever filmed.

Stars: David Attenborough
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (TV Series 1989)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of fossils, which give many clues to how life existed on pre-historic Earth.

Stars: David Attenborough
Wildlife Specials (TV Series 1995)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Occasional series of one-off documentaries, each examining the lifestyle of a particular animal.

Stars: David Attenborough
The First Eden (TV Mini-Series 1987)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Sir David Attenborough reviews the history of mankind's relationship with the natural world in the lands around the Mediterranean.

Stars: David Attenborough
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Tilda Swinton ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2006
Richard Wollocombe Richard Wollocombe ...  Charles Darwin 2 episodes, 2006
Edit

Storyline

The history of these beautiful Islands from their creation as uprising lava to their being studied by Darwin to their modern day inhabitants.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galapagos: Ta nisia opou stamatise o hronos See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Galapagos on a "Planet Earth" Scale in a Visually Arresting Series
24 July 2007 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

There are a number of related documentaries on the market, including a Kenneth Branagh-narrated IMAX film ("Galapagos (IMAX)") and a personal journey with Richard Dreyfuss ("In the Wild: The Galapagos Islands with Richard Dreyfuss"), both produced in 1999. However, if like me, you have been enamored with the BBC's extraordinary "Planet Earth" series designed for high definition (aired here on the Discovery Channel), then you will find yourself equally drawn to this 2007 DVD of a three-part 2006 BBC series on the mythologized Galapagos Islands. Even though the scope is not nearly as ambitious this time, the result is almost as enthralling given the plethora of exotic, endemic species surviving on this isolated archipelago of nineteen volcanic islands. I was fortunate enough to tour the Galapagos on a schooner several years ago, and I can assure you that the outstanding visual quality of these programs captures as much of the distinctive flora and fauna of the islands as possible on the DVD.

Aired stateside on the National Geographic Channel, the set consists of three fifty-minute programs. The first, "Born of Fire", provides a vivid archaeological history of the islands and shows how several of the most unusual species originated there and learned to co-habitate with each other. The second program, "Islands That Changed the World", looks at man's imprint on the islands, for better or worse, with an obvious emphasis on the work of Charles Darwin as he developed many of his theories about evolution based on his sightings here. It does take on the feel of a scholastic film with recreations of historical figures and events, but they do provide helpful context. The last is "Forces of Change", which forecasts the future with some coverage of the global warming issues but more of the focus on man's burgeoning presence on the islands and what is currently being done to maintain the natural environment.

Unlike Sigourney Weaver's overly controlled narration on the U.S.-released version of "Planet Earth", actress Tilda Swinton imbues a greater sense of genuine enthusiasm over the dramatic images in this version. What is inarguable is the stunning cinematography, whether it's the satellite photos of the islands or the near-poetic movements of the animals spotlighted, for example, the first flights of the baby albatrosses, the dexterous swimming of the flightless cormorants, the multitudes of marine iguanas randomly spewing sea water from their lungs, and the proud ballooning of the red-bellied frigate birds. There is a surprising lack of real scientific data which could have made the environmental reports that much more enlightening. You also have to tolerate some repetitiveness between the programs since they were aired at separate times. Regardless, this is nature programming at its finest, especially for those mesmerized by the particular idiosyncratic pleasures of the Galapagos.


41 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed