Wild Russia (2008– )
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Kamtschatka, a Russian Far Eastern peninsula of Siberia stretching into the Sea of Ochotsk towards Japan, has a rich wildlife subject to (by Siberian standards not so) extreme seasonal ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Christian Brückner Christian Brückner ... Himself - Narrator
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Jason Hildebrandt ... Narrator (voice)
Paterson Joseph ... Narrator (voice)


Kamtschatka, a Russian Far Eastern peninsula of Siberia stretching into the Sea of Ochotsk towards Japan, has a rich wildlife subject to (by Siberian standards not so) extreme seasonal extremes. The short summer a,d intermediate seasons are abundant, the long winter almost as grim as in permafrost. Written by KGF Vissers

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English | German

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23 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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In far Eastern Russia
10 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of nature documentaries, especially the work of David Attenborough. Having been recommended 'Wild Russia' and loving Russian scenery and music, but with not much knowledge of the wildlife, it was instantly put down on my list as a must see. Also heard nothing but praise for it, so that further sparked interest.

'Wild Russia' is as good as others have said and there is not much to add, it is really one of the best documentaries personally seen and most of the time it actually feels much more than that. Throughout it's an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art. This may sound like extreme hyperbole, but to me 'Wild Russia' is completely deserving of its praise and even deserving of more.

A standard that was maintained through the series with no exceptions, including "Kamtschatka".

It is hard knowing when to start with the praise. "Kamtschatka" for starters looks amazing, reasons enough to make book a trip to Russia. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The scenery and habitats are some of the most breath-taking personally seen anywhere, whether in visual media and real life. The rich colours just leap out and the scenery from this part of the world has rarely looked more beautiful. The music here is a remarkably good fit, throughout it not only complements the visuals but enhances them and there is an authentic flavour to it.

What of the narrative and information aspects? Can't fault "Kamtschatka" in this aspect either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful.

From start to finish, "Kamtschatka" managed to intrigue and illuminate, and there is a freshness to the material, not feeling derivative of anything. The narration, both in the English and German versions (the former being a little more expressive to me), is delivered beautifully, there's an enthusiasm and precision about the delivery and it never feels preachy.

The wildlife themselves are some of the most unique and unlike-any-seen-before of the series ( The brown bears look wonderful and are fascinating) and a wonderful mix of the adorable and the dangerous, and one actually finds they're rooting for them in exactly the same way they would a human character. "Kamtschatka" contains a good deal of suspense and emotional impact. There are some scenes where one is amazed that they managed to be filmed in the first place.

"Kamtschatka" doesn't feel like an episode of a series and it doesn't feel episodic or repetitive. "Kamtschatka" instead feels like its own story, without being too reliant on that approach, with real, complex emotions and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.

Overall, utterly mesmerising. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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