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Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

Cast: James Earl Jones, James Earl Jones
Director: George Casey, George Casey
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Lumivision
Genre: Documentary, Killer Critters, Travel
Running Time: 40 min.
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Often described as the Dark Continent, Africa has held our imaginations far longer than the racecar or the airplane. There is an abundance of wildlife on the African continent, but no place is more wild or diverse than the Serengeti. With the potential to, at any given moment, capture a lioness tending to her cubs, a cheetah chasing after dinner, and a gazelle gracefully leaping from the water as it escapes the jaws of a crocodile, it is no wonder producers have continued to send crews to this great plane. This particular film takes things a step further. Originally formatted for IMAX theatres, this film was shot to make the viewer feel as if he/she were in the middle of the action. Little of the huge and overpowering scenes have been lost in the conversion (the IMAX screen is typically three to five stories tall and at least 30 yards wide) to the DVD or VHS format. The booming voice of James Earl Jones gives a subtle lyrical twist to the spectacular score of Hans Zimmer and George Cadebe, which only adds to the mystical illusion of being present on the Serengeti. You are sure to feel the heat as you sit through 40 minutes of cheetah chases, crocodile bites, and the grand aerial vistas director Gearge Casey has put together. Kids of all ages who are fascinated by the wild happenings of the African plane will definitely be glad Slingshot Entertainment formatted this film to fit the television and computer monitor. The DVD format is also Internet compatible and has several menu options that allow for full family fun. ~ Ed Atkinson, All Movie Guide

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