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Story

The Greatest Places begins by noting that Earth is "the most diverse planet in the solar system," and impressive computer-generated graphics depict the very early history of the planet, showing vividly how geological events formed the continents. Particular sites around the world (the "greatest places" of the title) are then visited, and some dazzling cinematography displays the exotic locations spectacularly. A trip into the jungles of Madagascar demonstrates how the island, isolated as it was for 40 million years, developed unique wildlife, including many species of lemurs. High atop the Tibetan plateau, nomads are seen herding yaks and Buddhist pilgrims are filmed against the stunning peaks of the Himalayas. A "holy lake" in Tibet dissolves into a shot of the mighty Amazon River, and the ecosystem of the South American jungle is explored. And the world's largest island, Greenland, is scanned by cameras that linger on the sheer enormity of glaciers as well as on the native peoples who manage to live at extreme low temperatures. Near the end of the film the narrator notes that "life is a reflection of the landscape." And the breathtaking film shot in these remote but magnificent locales does demonstrate beautifully the awesome diversity of both landscape and life on Earth. --Robert J. McNamara

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Avery Brooks

  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Mal Wolfe
  • Producer: Slingshot
  • Length: 50 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 11, 1999
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