Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

Animals on the Verge of Extinction

DVD - 2010
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British comedian legend Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine follow in the footsteps of Carwardine and the late writer, Douglas Adams, as they travel from the Amazon's steamy jungles to New Zealand's icy mountain tops seeking some of the most remarkable and endangered creatures of Earth. Entertaining and informative with a unique insight into the fascinating world that we are in danger of losing.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : BFS Video, c2010.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 591.68 ADAMS D
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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miaone
Oct 29, 2016

Worth it to watch if only for the section on whales. As others have opined, there is way too much between and about the 2 narrators and not enough on the animals. I fast-forwarded much of it, fell asleep in other parts. It wasn't very good, compared with lots of other wonderful nature docs that are available.
But the whale part - watch that!

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SeaMom2one
Mar 28, 2014

Love the book! Douglas Adams would be so proud of Stephen Fry & zoologist Mark Carwardine for returning 20y later to revisit these areas. 5 stars are not enough to give this!

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musicv
Feb 09, 2014

I enjoyed this series. Saw it on TVO a few years ago.

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GenieLaroche
Jul 09, 2013

My 10 yr old & I loved this series - Stephen Fry is absolutely loveable & the knowledge we gained inspired us to start a series of paintings called, "Brink of Extinction"

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susewsew
Jun 30, 2013

This was a delightful doc/film about one man retracing a journey and another along for the ride in place of his friend who originally made the trek but has since died. Fry's humor is always enjoyable but it's his innocent, childlike excitement that really comes through. We watched most of the episodes twice! Armchair travel for the eco warrior. You'll LOVE it!!Rivals Attenborough's PLANET. All ages will. Take a holiday in the Winter, see this!

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Boosterl16
Aug 27, 2012

Too much talk, not enough time spent on the actual animals. This documentary is more about these two men than the animals.
I did not enjoy this and stopped it part-way.

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dprodrig
Jan 09, 2012

Full of dry humour, Stephen Fry (not keen on nature) accompanies David Carwardine on a video follow-up to the book first done by Carwardine and Douglas Adams. Although simple, this set does an amazing job of showing you just how little nature is left (for example less than 20% on Madagascar) which is something you just don't get from your standard nature documentary. A nice, brief look at a small subset of species and their reality, accompanied by a dry wit.

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HereHere
Nov 16, 2011

If you read Last Chance to See about 10-20 years ago, you'd be impressed at the follow-up 20 years later. Periods of banter that was really a waste of time, but some great info on the animals. 6 hours, so make sure you set aside enough time to watch it.

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summermoon
Oct 04, 2011

True waste of money from the BBC.

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PatEe
Jun 12, 2011

Unfortunately, although the on location shots are beautiful, there is the sense that this so called adventure is scripted and well rehearsed, and is just hollywood. The adventures are a farce. As Douglas Adams would say 'A load of Dingo's kidneys'.
Even most of the animals are tame, or at least very used to man. All the sightings of wildlife are totally set up.
Mark Carwardine seems uncomfortable at first, and then slips into an uneasy resignation that in order to attract an audience and justify BBC financial support, this has to be entertainment. That is probably why they hooked him up with Stephen Fry.
What I got from this documentary is that the world is no longer 'wild' in any place, except on TV.

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Feb 18, 2011

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