Corwin Experience - Costa Rica/Amazon
One of the most entertaining shows on
television (in my humble opinion),
"The Jeff Corwin Experience"
has been one of cable network Animal
Planet's great successes. Often
compared to "Crocodile
Hunter" (and fellow Animal Planet
star) Steve Irwin, Corwin's show is
similar in the way that he ventures
around the world to search for animals
and educate the audience while still
The two hosts though, are often
somewhat different. Corwin is less
in-your-face, but his subtle humor,
"conversations" with the
animals he meets (he chats about
"method acting" with an
uncooperative frog who he jokingly
says "is making him look like an
idiot" after hopping off) and
occasional film references often
result in many moments throughout each
hour-long (well, about 50 minutes)
experience that are laugh-out-loud
hilarious. Although the show has
gotten better and better as it goes
on, even these earlier episodes are
still highly entertaining. Corwin also
often has more interesting facts to
communicate with his audience both
about the species that he is currently
focusing on, as well as their
environment. Similar to Irwin, Corwin
is unafraid to venture into dangerous
areas and pick up equally dangerous
animals to show the audience.
These two episodes follow Corwin as he
ventures down the Amazon and into
Costa Rica, running into snakes,
monkeys, turtles (the last portion of
the Costa Rica episode follows large
turtles as they head towards shore to
give birth - interesting to watch) and
several fascinating species of frogs.
As with all of the other episodes I've
seen of the JCE, these two offer a
fine mixture of very, very funny bits,
interesting information on animals and
beautiful locations. However, as good
as these episodes are, there have been
better episodes of the series.
Still, for those who've never seen the
show, this is a good place to start.
Fans of the series will likely
appreciate having these shows
available on DVD, although full
seasons would have been appreciated.
These two episodes of the JCE are
presented in the show's original
1.33:1 full-frame broadcast ratio. The
quality here is really very similar
(if not equal) to the image quality of
the Animal Planet broadcasts.
Sharpness and detail are first-rate,
making for a crisp, clean picture that
offers very pleasing fine detail. Edge
enhancement and pixelation aren't
seen, but a little bit of shimmering
is present here and there. Colors are
rich, well-saturated and vivid.
SOUND: The stereo soundtrack is
quite nice, with good ambience and
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