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Walking With Beasts - The Complete Series DVD

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Walking With Beasts is an introduction to the animals (predominantly mammals) that roamed the earth from the extinction of the dinosaurs until the rise of early humans. The sequel to the BBC’s acclaimed and highly successful series Walking With Dinosaurs, Beasts also uses a combination of clever special effects and computer-generated imagery to create a realistic world as it may have appeared millions of years ago. As to be expected from any BBC nature programme, the images are visually stunning; the prehistoric animals look impressively lifelike, interacting seamlessly with each other and their environment to create an entire world that could have been photographed only yesterday. Best of all is Episode 2, "Whale Killer", which follows a female Basilosaurus, an enormous ancient predatory whale, as she travels through shallow seas and along coastlines--the underwater images could have just as easily originated in the BBC’s spectacular Blue Planet series. It’s unfortunate, therefore, that Walking With Beasts is let down by its script and the often dubious science therein. Episode 3, "The Land of Giants", begins with an anthropomorphic statement better suited to a Disney film than a scientific documentary, referring to the featured animals as "The good [a herbivore or plant-eating animal], the bad [a carnivore or flesh-eating animal] and the ugly [a giant warthog which is, admittedly, pretty ugly]." Still, Walking With Beasts has a host of little touches and flourishes that add to the feeling of realism (the animals knock over the cameras, pebbles hit the lens), which make this programme a success as a piece of pure entertainment and prehistoric escapism. A companion book and soundtrack CD is also available. --Ted Kord

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play DVD Special Features Triumph of the Beasts 50-minute special on the rise of the mammal  The Beasts Within 50-minute special on scientists&39; search for man&39;s link to apes Beast Fact Files Photo Gallery Production Crew Interviews Storyboard Comparisons Subtitles English SDH Running Time 173 mintues approx Regions 24 PAL UK Dolby Digital Stereo

All six episodes from the BBC series looking at the life of early mammals. Using computer-generated imagery, the show recreates the prehistoric world of the sabre-tooth tiger and the woolly mammoth, revealing the sometimes surprising ancestors of many of the animals familiar to us today. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh.

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