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  • Blue Planet Blue Planet | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £6.93  |  Saving you £-0.10 (-1.50%)  |  RRP £6.83

    The Blue Planet narrated by Sir David Attenborough is an epic new guide to the strange and spectacular denizens of our world's vast oceans. We know less about the oceans than we do about the surface of the moon yet the sea covers two-thirds of our planet. From the familiar to the unknown

  • Planet Earth  [Blu-ray] Planet Earth | Blu Ray | (12/11/2007) from £11.99  |  Saving you £38.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    As befits the BBC's reputation for producing some of the world's best nature documentaries, Planet Earth is an epic travelogue, focussing on different ecologies and the unique animals that inhabit them. Once again, Sir David Attenborough provides the narration, as the cameras fly across the surface of the earth, zooming in to give us a bug's eye view one minute, zooming out to give us an eagle's perspective the next. The BBC's cameramen filmed more than 200 locations, resulting in some truly spectacular footage, much of which has never before been seen--such as the rare sight of an endangered snow leopard hunting in the Himalayas, or great white sharks leaping from the water as they hunt. The creators of Planet Earth endured some of the world's most hostile environments, from the deepest ocean depths to an Antarctic blizzard to a fetid, cockroach- and bat-infested cave, just to grab a few moments of film; it's worth watching the "Making of" shorts that accompany each episode, in order to see just what lengths they had to go to. The three extra episodes here--Planet Earth: The Future--provide a sobering finale, as Sir David practically pleads with viewers to cherish the animals that we share this planet with, before it's too late. --Ted Kord

  • Blackfish [DVD] Blackfish | DVD | (26/08/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (60.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8 000-pound orcas or 'killer whales' soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus - beloved as a majestic friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Special Features: Cinema Trailer Sheffield Doc Fest Q & A

  • Africa [DVD] Africa | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £7.48  |  Saving you £15.74 (63.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    An amazing new perspective on the landscapes and creatures of Africa's wildest places. This is the world's wildest continent as you’ve never seen it before - an intense sensory adventure from the Atlas Mountains, through the Savannah lands to the Cape of Good Hope and from the Roof of Africa and the Kalahari to where the dark rainforests of the Congo meet the Atlantic Ocean. Each episode shifting the focus onto a different region as it contrasts the epic power of the landscape with the dramatic struggles of individual creatures living there. From hidden jungles and ice-blue glaciers to erupting volcanoes and lakes of poison, Africa explores an astonishing array of previously un-filmed locations and discovers bizarre new creatures and behaviours - including some of the rarest fish in the world, exploding insects and lizards that hunt on the backs of lions. This landmark five-part series utilises the latest filming technology to reveal the surprising environments, extraordinary creatures and other fascinating secrets of an amazing continent.

  • The Moaning of Life [DVD] The Moaning of Life | DVD | (18/11/2013) from £4.94  |  Saving you £15.05 (75.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Now Karl's turned 40 and has officially hit middle age it's time for him to re-assess his life. He's not married he doesn't have kids he's got a job where he's known as an 'idiot' and he's known for being miserable. He's classic 'mid-life crisis' material. As Karl attempts to put his life in order he'll be dispatched around the world on a crash course to find out how other cultures deal with life's big questions. The ups and downs of Karl's experiences will be contrasted against the beautiful geography of the countries he visits captured on HD with stunning aerial photography.

  • Walking With Dinosaurs [1999] Walking With Dinosaurs | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £4.80  |  Saving you £18.06 (72.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Walking with Dinosaurs, which must have surprised even its makers by reaching the viewing figures usually reserved for royal weddings, was the undoubted television event of 1999. (The companion book and soundtrack album became bestsellers, too.) Extending the computer animation techniques developed for Jurassic Park (1993) these six 30-minute programmes, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, became the first blockbuster special-effects documentary. Here was natural history with a difference, recreating "the lost world" of the Cretaceous and Mesozoic with modern technology, the remarkable visuals enabling the programme-makers to show what life may have been like during the estimated 160 million years "when dinosaurs ruled the Earth". As well as the dinosaurs, the series investigates the plants, insects, climate and geography of the distant past, and considers the mystery of why the creatures became extinct so suddenly. There has been some argument over how much is scientific fact, and how much is entertaining speculation--after all, Life on Earth (1978) and The Living Planet (1984) had the advantage of living subjects to film--but for the moment this series must stand as the definitive visual chronicle of the life and times of the fascinating "terrible lizards". A year later the BBC followed this with the surprisingly sympathetic The Ballad of Big Al (about a youthful Allosaurus), before the equally ambitious, and equally enthralling Walking with Beasts (2001). On the DVD: Those interested in special effects techniques will appreciate the inclusion of a 50-minute "making of" documentary (which is also on the VHS). There's also an informative director's commentary, plus some behind-the-scenes picture sequences and additional graphics. The sound is vivid Dolby stereo and the picture is anamorphic 16:9 widescreen.--Gary S Dalkin

  • Life [DVD] Life | DVD | (30/11/2009) from £10.49  |  Saving you £19.50 (65.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • Wildlife Special [1997] Wildlife Special | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £10.53  |  Saving you £14.46 (57.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Wildlife Specials Box Set

  • Monty Don's French Gardens [DVD] Monty Don's French Gardens | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £9.45  |  Saving you £10.44 (52.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three-part series in which presenter Monty Don visits historical gardens in France. While exploring elaborate designs and displays, Monty discovers how gardens have been used as a form of expression and how French food and art are reflected in the country's horticulture.

  • Coast - Series Six [DVD] Coast - Series Six | DVD | (18/07/2011) from £10.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (48.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Coast and Beyond takes the shoreline as its starting point moving inland and outwards to the sea and other continents as it explores and tells the story of life on the outer reaches of this island country we live on. The tales come thick and fast - of geography commerce and the deeply human. Coast's intrepid and inquisitive team of presenters led by Nicholas Crane clamber over cliff tops ride the rough seas and explore the history and evolution of life as it is lived along the Coast and Beyond. Featuring: London to Antwerp Devon and Cornwall The Netherlands The Western Isles and Shetland Wales Border to Border Sweden

  • Malcolm In The Middle - The Complete Collection Box Set (Seasons 1-7) [DVD] Malcolm In The Middle - The Complete Collection Box Set (Seasons 1-7) | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £55.99  |  Saving you £94.00 (62.70%)  |  RRP £149.99

    Every episode of the US comedy following the struggles of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a boy with the IQ of a genius, and his family.

  • Earth Story Earth Story | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Heralding the new age of digital television this masterful BBC documentary was one of the first major programmes to usher in the new era back in 1998. Aubrey Manning takes viewers on a voyage of discovery across our very own planet and the wonders within. Earth Story unravels the secrets of our planet and brings it alive. The series took three years to make cost 3 million and was filmed all over the world from the craters of active volcanoes to the ocean floor. Where th

  • Yellowstone - Tales From The Wild Yellowstone - Tales From The Wild | DVD | (23/03/2009) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Larger than some American states Yellowstone National Park is one of the world's last and most spectacular wildernesses - a global icon of natural beauty. It is also home to some of the richest wildlife beyong the plains of Africa. Against its vast and majestic landscapes full of lush meadows deep forests and violent hot springs this landmark series follows the intertwining stories of Yellostone's iconic inhabitants: the grey wolf the grizzly bear and the herds of antelope and buffalo. In a land of beauty and peril the dramatic lives and fortunes of these animals are inexorably bound together. Intimate and emotional epic and engaging Yellowstone - Tales from the Wild reveals the grandeur of this unique place and its animals struggle to survive over the course of three vividly changing seasons.

  • Africa [Blu-ray] Africa | Blu Ray | (18/02/2013) from £8.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    An amazing new perspective on the landscapes and creatures of Africa's wildest places. This is the world's wildest continent as you’ve never seen it before - an intense sensory adventure from the Atlas Mountains, through the Savannah lands to the Cape of Good Hope and from the Roof of Africa and the Kalahari to where the dark rainforests of the Congo meet the Atlantic Ocean. Each episode shifting the focus onto a different region as it contrasts the epic power of the landscape with the dramatic struggles of individual creatures living there. From hidden jungles and ice-blue glaciers to erupting volcanoes and lakes of poison, Africa explores an astonishing array of previously un-filmed locations and discovers bizarre new creatures and behaviours - including some of the rarest fish in the world, exploding insects and lizards that hunt on the backs of lions. This landmark five-part series utilises the latest filming technology to reveal the surprising environments, extraordinary creatures and other fascinating secrets of an amazing continent.

  • In The Shadow Of The Moon [2007] In The Shadow Of The Moon | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

  • Walking With Beasts - The Complete Series [2001] Walking With Beasts - The Complete Series | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • Wonders Of The Solar System [DVD] Wonders Of The Solar System | DVD | (12/04/2010) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Prepare to immerse yourself in an alien world as if you were standing there yourself. Giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; storms twice the size of Earth coloured blood red by a vortex of dust and gases; immense volcanoes that could rip a planet apart - this series reveals the true and awesome beauty of our solar system. Using the very latest breathtaking images sent directly from space groundbreaking CGI transforms the static into the dramatic. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune the series has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes rovers and telescopes currently in space and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet.

  • Wildlife Special - Tiger [1999] Wildlife Special - Tiger | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £3.70 (46.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Dangerous powerful but above all breath-takingly beautiful tigers have for centuries sparked awe and admiration. Yet it is their very uniqueness which has made them a prized object for hunters. This film could be the last complete portrait of tigers in the wild as there is a real chance they could be extinct within the next decade. Their elusive lifestyle has made filming difficult but after 25 years of the Project Tiger scheme operating in India's Madhya Pradesh these big c

  • Madagascar [DVD] Madagascar | DVD | (07/03/2011) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This series explores the extraordinary wildlife and dramatic landscapes of one of the world's largest and strangest island. Lying just off the coast of Africa Madagascar is a land of misty mountains tropical rainforests and weird spiny desert scrub. Here the wildlife has evolved in splendid isolation to become bizarre and totally unique. The great mystery of Madagascar is why it has such a unique and varied flora and fauna - a diversity of life that makes even the famed Galapagos Islands pale by comparison. What is it that makes Madagascar so different from the rest of the world? This series finds clues from Madagascar's extraordinary animals plants and landscape to discover how the island's remarkable past has produced its intriguing present like the Tsingy - a series of jagged limestone peaks that have cut off animals in isolated gorges allowing them to evolve into their own unique species. On the east side of the island rugged mountains rise dramatically from the palm fringed Indian Ocean. Travelling from the highest mountains where trees are few and it's cold enough for frost through the lush cloaking rainforests down to the tropical coast discovering the ring-tailed lemurs the jewelled geckos and the giant predatory wasps. So what is it that has made this narrow eastern strip in particular so rich in life? South of Madagascar is home to its most extraordinary landscapes - from forests of 'upside down' trees to alien 'spiny deserts'. In stark contrast to the east this is a place that's bone-dry for most of the year yet it's extraordinarily rich in wildlife. Here only the toughest and most opportunistic survive and some of the strategies to survive here are ingenious. This DVD follows the long dry season of this landscape to see how life copes as it waits for the brief rains.

  • Walking With Monsters Walking With Monsters | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Part of the BBC series which began with Walking With Dinosaurs Walking With Monsters draws on the specialist knowledge of more than 600 scientists to tell the story of the weird wonderful and frequently terrifying creatures that came before during and after the age of the Dinosaurs. With state of the art technology and animation these creatures - 50 of which have never been seen before - are brought to life with amazing realism. There was a time when a

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