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  • 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

  • Blue Planet Blue Planet | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £8.95  |  Saving you £-2.15 (-31.50%)  |  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

  • The Moaning of Life [DVD] The Moaning of Life | DVD | (18/11/2013) from £2.29  |  Saving you £17.70 (88.50%)  |  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.

  • 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 £58.99  |  Saving you £91.00 (60.70%)  |  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.

  • Walking with Dinosaurs Box Set (repack) [DVD] Walking with Dinosaurs Box Set (repack) | DVD | (26/08/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Walking with DinosaursIn 1999 the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs TV series changed the way we saw dinosaurs forever. This revolutionary show takes viewers right into the dinosaurs' world showing them as if they were alive and filmed in the wild. Since then the series has been seen by millions of people around the world and has won three Emmy awards. It brings to life the mystery and excitement of the age when these reptiles roamed our planet. The makers of Walking with Dinosaurs returned to make two specials The Ballad of Big Al and Land of Giants and The Giant Claw to continue to delight fans of the original series. Special Features: Enhanced Picture-in-Picture Sequences The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs The Ballad of Big AlYears ago an amazing fossil was unearthed in Wyoming USA. Not only were the bones they found those of a dinosaur 'Big Al' but the skeleton of this creature was very nearly complete. The first programme follows his life – a 15-year story of a lone battle against formidable prey and voracious predators whilst the second programme traces the scientific evidence of Big Al. Special Features: Photo Gallery Storyboard Comparison Land of Giants and The Giant ClawIn Land of Giants we join the adventuring zoologist Nigel Marven as he visits the Argentinean landscape of 100 million years ago to attempt to see the biggest land predator bring down the biggest land prey but will he succeed? In The Giant Claw Nigel travels back 75 million years to Mongolia to track down the owner of the largest claws ever discovered. Negotiating the hazards of the Cretaceous is no walk in the park - will he live to discover the true nature of his quarry? Special Features: Fact Files Interviews with Tim Haines Jasper James and Nigel Marven

  • Wild Weather [2002] Wild Weather | DVD | (02/12/2002) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Wild Weather is a major BBC documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate with the engaging presenter Donal MacIntyre. The four one-hour programmes focus on wind, wet, cold and heat, and explore how these produce hurricanes, monsoons, ice storms and tornadoes, as well as regulate the global environment. MacIntyre, best known for his investigative series MacIntyre Undercover (1999), travels the world, from beneath the North Pole to the saturated humidity of the Belise tropical rainforest. Bringing to mind the daredevil John Noakes from 1970s Blue Peter, MacIntyre skydives, is battered by a wild tunnel, frozen in an ice-box, subjected to a reservoir flood and endures a marathon across the Sahara. Survivors' accounts tell the stories of such disasters as Hurricane Andrew, a New York state snow storm and the flood of Britain's eastern coast in 1953. The intelligent use of computer graphics enhances clear explanations of the jet stream, ocean currents and other phenomena, in a series which is part geography lesson (but with a great teacher), part reality TV entertainment show. Occasional flash-cut editing and some inappropriate techno/drum & bass on the soundtrack will irritate viewers who remember life before MTV, but otherwise this is an excellent mainstream documentary series. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Life [DVD] Life | DVD | (30/11/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £21.50 (71.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • The Ascent Of Man The Ascent Of Man | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £12.00  |  Saving you £39.99 (76.90%)  |  RRP £51.99

    Dr Jacob Bronowski traces the history of mankind's cultural development from primitive times to the present day.

  • 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

  • Samsara (DVD & Blu-Ray) Samsara (DVD & Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (14/01/2013) from £9.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (59.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

  • 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

  • Yellowstone - Tales From The Wild [Blu-ray] Yellowstone - Tales From The Wild | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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 [DVD] Africa | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (68.00%)  |  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.

  • Sesame Street - Old School Volume 3 [DVD] Sesame Street - Old School Volume 3 | DVD | (25/11/2013) from £8.51  |  Saving you £11.48 (57.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Founded in 1969 Sesame Street changed television forever. In countries across the globe Sesame Street reaches children and adults in a powerful and vibrant way using localised content characters and sets all delivered with Sesame fun fur and silliness.

  • Nature's Great Events [Blu-ray] Nature's Great Events | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth with all the emotion intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate. Whereas Planet Earth gave us a global view Nature's Great Events delves into the more personal emotionally engaging approach. Nature's Great Events brings us the same high definition quality and wow factor images we've come to associate with Planet Earth.

  • Earth: The Power of the Planet Earth: The Power of the Planet | DVD | (14/01/2008) from £2.49  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This landmark series uses specialist imaging and compelling narrative to tell the life story of our planet how it works and what makes it so special. Examining the great forces that shape the Earth - volcanoes the ocean the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story. How do these forces affect the Earth's landscape its climate and its history? CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that Earth is an exceptionally rare kind of planet - giving us a special responsibility to look after our unique world. This is a series that shows the Earth in new and surprising ways. Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet while timelapse filmed over many months brings the planet to life. Offering a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts this ground-breaking series makes global science truly compelling.

  • Natural World - Snow Leopard Natural World - Snow Leopard | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    A secret cave deep within the mountains of Pakistan is one of the last refuges of the snow leopard - the rarest and most beautiful of all the big cats. Journalist Nisar Malik has decided to use his news skills to help promote and protect this highly endangered species. For Nisar this is a journey of discovery in which he finds beauty and peace in a place that he previously portrayed as dangerous and evil. For the viewer the film offers a journey into a misrepresented and unknown part of the world.

  • Supervolcano Supervolcano | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The year is 2020 and the world faces the ultimate threat. Not nuclear war or a terrorist attack but the eruption of a gigantic 'supervolcano' simmering beneath Yellowstone Park. The last eruption of this kind plunged the world into darkness for six years triggered the last Ice Age and reduced the human population to just 2 000 people. Scientists know that the molten lava bulging against the Earth's crust in Yellowstone will explode; it's just a question of when.This power

  • March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet [2005] March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (79.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

    March of the Penguins instantly qualifies as a wildlife classic, taking its place among other extraordinary films like Microcosmos and Winged Migration.

  • Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough | DVD | (17/11/2003) from £4.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Introduced and presented by David Attenborough, Great Wildlife Moments is a feature-length anthology that compiles some of the most memorable moments from the BBC Wildlife Unit. With a running time of 108 minutes it consists of 38 sequences drawn from the greatest archive of natural-history filmmaking in the world, breathtaking television spanning the entire biosphere from never-before-seen creatures in the ocean depths (Blue Planet, 2001) to Attenborough himself in zero gravity high above the Earth (The Living Planet, 1984). The anthology is divided into seven chapters covering different environments from "Snow and Ice" to "Jungles", an approach that both gives structure to the film and offers an effective vision of the sheer diversity of life on planet Earth. Most people's favourite sequences will be found here, from a killer whale taking a sea lion on the beach in The Trials of Life (1990) to Attenborough communing with mountain gorillas in Life on Earth (1979). Other segments come variously from BBC wildlife specials, Wildlife on One, The Natural World, The Kingdom of the Ice Bear (1985), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Attenborough in Paradise (1996), The Life of Birds (1998) and The Life of Mammals (2002), with additional narrators including John Hurt, Andrew Sachs and Simon King. This is a fine selection made all the more rewarding by Attenborough's endless enthusiasm and celebration of the world about us. On the DVD: Great Wildlife Moments is presented at 16:9, anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. Unfortunately most of the material was originally shot for traditional 4:3 broadcast and so has been reformatted by carefully cropping shots at the top and/or bottom. For the most part this works acceptably with little of visual significance lost, though a sequence of emperor penguins from Life in the Freezer is ruined. Only one 4:3 segment--Attenborough high in the rainforest from Attenborough in Paradise--has been presented in its original ratio. Picture quality varies depending on the age of the clips, with material from Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals being flawless and older footage offering some grain, which is never too distracting. Sound is again variable, the Dolby Prologic soundtrack effectively smoothing the transitions between older mono soundtracks and more recent surround sound. The main extra is a fine commentary that is specific to each sequence and calls on the original producers, directors or cameramen (most but not every section has a commentary), while a 12-minute "making of" is actually more of an extended trailer for other BBC wildlife DVDs. The disc also includes a useful BBC Natural History Unit filmography. --Gary S Dalkin

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