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  • 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.

  • How Plants Made Us [DVD] How Plants Made Us | DVD | (16/04/2012) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    We might think humans are the most powerful living thing on Earth, but it's plants that time and again have set the agenda for life. All animals rely on plants for their survival. This is not an accident - they are the most powerful evolutionary force on Earth. Plants enabled amphibians to leave the water, they had a hand in the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, and they ensured the ultimate triumph of insects, mammals, birds and even us - all for their own benefit. Because plants have only ever had one goal - the total domination of the planet. It is a story of ruthless ingenuity, seduction and deception; of unimaginable power and ambition. An epic tale, How to Grow a Planet offers a stunning new perspective on Earth history.

  • More Than Honey [DVD] More Than Honey | DVD | (11/11/2013) from £7.98  |  Saving you £5.01 (38.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Einstein once said: 'If bees ever die out mankind will have only four years left to live'. In the past five years billions of honeybees simply vanished for reasons still obscure. If the bees keep dying it will have drastic effects for humans as well: more than one third of our food production depends on pollination by honeybees and their life and death are linked to ours. Life without the bee is unthinkable. But between pesticides antibiotics and monoculture the queens and their workers are losing their power. More Than Honey a new documentary by the Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof is looking into the fascinating world of bees showing small family beekeepers (including the beekeeper of Erste Foundation beehive Heidrun Singer) and industrialized honey farms. More Than Honey is a film about the relationship between mankind and honeybees about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth that crises and disasters are triggering evolution. Special Features: Interview with Director Markus Imhoof Deleted Scenes Making of Featurette Original Theatrical Trailer UK Theatrical Trailer Two versions of the film (one in the original language and one featuring a narration by John Hurt) Booklet (featuring an interview with Markus Imhoof and the Friends of the Earth '20 things you need to know about bees')

  • 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

  • Life On Earth [1979] Life On Earth | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £11.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Life on Earth (1979) is an epic 13-programme series, presented by David Attenborough, offering a chronological account of the flora and fauna of planet Earth over a period of 3,500 million years. Whether recounting the first journey from the sea to the land, the development of insects and flowers, or "The First Forests" and "The Lords of the Air", Attenborough's enthusiasm is infectious. He guides us through "The Infinite Variety" of life from microbes to marsupials, via an unforgettable meeting with mountain gorillas, to conclude with "The Compulsive Communicators", mankind itself. Three years in the making, involving 1.5 million miles of travel and featuring some of the most beautiful, breathtaking and ambitious photography then seen on television, Life on Earth was the first natural history blockbuster. It redefined TV by showing that an epic, serious wildlife documentary could be a massive success. As such, it remains a true television landmark and paved the way for Attenborough's The Living Planet and further entries in what became known as his "Life" series. On the DVD: Life on Earth is presented complete in this DVD box set, with a total running time of 715 minutes (13 x 55 minutes). --Gary S Dalkin

  • Monty Don's French Gardens [DVD] Monty Don's French Gardens | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £9.45  |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)  |  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.

  • Walking with Cavemen [2002] Walking with Cavemen | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Breaking the mould of previous "Walking with" offerings, the BBC's Walking with Cavemen sees Professor Robert Winston follow in the footsteps of ancient man in a series that traces the history of humanity from bipedal ape-men (Australopithecus Aphaeresis) to the awakening of the human mind's potential with Homo Erectus. Spread over four fascinating half-hour instalments, Wilson presents an accessible and populist, but still suitably anthropological study on how apes became human and the traits that we inherited from our earliest ancestors. Unlike Dinosaurs and Beasts, Cavemen combines CGI with actors to portray the characters in the story of man. Initially this seems to make it far less technically impressive than the earlier programmes--memories of Kubrick's 2001 are inevitable--but fortunately the acting is superb and the viewer soon forgets that these are people in monkey suits. The series also makes use of a special effect called "deep time-lapse", which shows in a matter of dramatic seconds the thousands of years of geological changes that sped up our ancestors' evolution. Wilson himself takes part in the action as if he is a modern-day naturalist following lions across the Serengeti rather than creatures long extinct. This approach makes for a more immediate as well as poignant interpretation of history: the result is an enlightening and moving tribute to the human journey. On the DVD: Walking with Cavemen on disc has production interviews with series producer Peter Georgi, executive producer and director Richard Dale, director of animated extras Ben Palmer and actor David Rubin. There are also location interviews, the best of which is two of the actors in full costume explaining the difficulties involved in eating lunch. There are sequences explaining the creation of the digital effects, and the original score can be accessed as an audio-only option. A fact file for each episode and a picture gallery complete the extras package. --Kristen Bowditch

  • The Act of Killing [DVD] The Act of Killing | DVD | (25/11/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (57.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965 Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists ethnic Chinese and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number. Special Features: Director's Cut

  • Country Life - The Sheep Dog [DVD] Country Life - The Sheep Dog | DVD | (18/05/2009) from £7.75  |  Saving you £7.24 (48.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Join the BBCs Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, his border collies Maud and Pearl and Australian Kelpie Ronnie, for a day on a working farm high in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire. Cotswolds Farm Park, established in 1971, was Britains first farm park and is still a popular tourist attraction with its fascinating collections of rare British breeds. Working amidst breathtaking Cotswolds scenery, Adam demonstrates the skills of working sheepdogs and explains the art of instructing and handling these magnificent dogs. The dogs are put through their paces and shown rounding up rare cattle breeds, primitive Viking sheep and Cotswolds sheep. Then its off to Leicestershire, to meet some of the very best dogs and the most skilful handlers - in the country at a top sheepdog trial...

  • The Last Of The Scottish Wildcats [DVD] The Last Of The Scottish Wildcats | DVD | (19/01/2009) from £7.95  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Far back in the history of Scotland clans formed together under the image of the wildcat and fought wars for the independence of the land. Today less than 400 Scottish wildcats remain in the wild and the extinction of Britain's last large mammal predator could come within the next decade. Last Of The Scottish Wildcats is the first film to capture rare footage of these unique creatures in their wild habitat and to fully investigate the threats facing their future through interviews with the people dedicated to saving Britain's last wild feline. The Scottish wildcat is Britain's very own critically endangered wild feline with less than 400 individuals left in the wild. Whilst Government is working out what to do about the problem an unexpected mixture of film-makers writers sculptors and photographers united by their interest in the species have started working towards its conservation. Public awareness is so essential explains director/producer Steve Piper the greatest threat to the wildcat is that very few people outside of the Highlands realise they're even there and only handfuls of them fully understand the threats to the wildcat or how to help. Fortunately communication is exactly what creative artists spend their whole life doing.

  • Life of Mammals [2003] Life of Mammals | DVD | (07/04/2003) from £9.99  |  Saving you £28.01 (70.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    David Attenborough and the BBC have a well-earned reputation for producing some of the greatest nature programmes, but The Life of Mammals could well be Attenborough's magnum opus. Much of the footage shot for this series had never been seen before, and is presented with the respect and reverence for the natural world that Attenborough has made his trademark. It never ceases to surprise: the sight of a lion taking down a wildebeest on the African savannah has almost become a cliché of nature programmes, yet in The Life of Mammals the cameras keep rolling and the viewer witnesses the fallen animal's herd coming to its rescue and driving off the lion. It's a moving sight and just one of many remarkable scenes. A thorough and entertaining overview of one of evolution's greatest success stories, the series is loosely structured to follow the development of mammals, beginning with the basics in "A Winning Design", which clarifies what makes a mammal different from reptiles and birds--no, it isn't egg-laying: both the platypus and the echidna are egg-laying mammals; it's their ability to adapt. And it's this adaptability that becomes the crux of the remainder of the series. "Insect Hunters" focuses on mammals who have specifically adapted to eating insects, from the giant anteater and the armoured armadillo to bats, which have evolved into complex and effective hunters. "Plant Predators" demonstrates the particular (and often peculiar) adaptations of herbivores, while "Chisellers" is about those mammals who feed primarily on roots and seeds, ranging from tree-dwelling squirrels to opportunistic mice and rats. "Meat Eaters" talks about the evolutionary arms race that exists between predators and prey, and the unique adaptations of both individual and pack hunters. Omnivores are explored in "Opportunists"--mammals like bears and raccoons, whose varied diet allows them to occupy nearly any environment. "Return to the Water" discusses those mammals such as whales, seals and dolphins that have left behind life on dry land and adapted completely to life in the sea, existing at the top of the food chain. The last three episodes--"Life in the Trees", "Social Climbers" and "Food for Thought"--take the viewer through the development of primates, eventually culminating in that most successful mammal: man. --Robert Burrow

  • Shark Water Shark Water | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £5.32  |  Saving you £10.67 (66.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    For filmmaker Rob Stewart exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning high definition video Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands Ecuador. In an effort to protect sharks Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala resulting in pirate boat rammings gunboat chases mafia espionage corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges forcing them to flee for their lives. Through it all Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks into a fight for his life and that of humankind.

  • Wild Arabia [DVD] Wild Arabia | DVD | (11/03/2013) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A natural history of a mysterious land The first major series to reveal the wildlife, wild places and extraordinary people of the vast Arabian peninsula, Wild Arabia takes a surprising and beguiling journey into a fascinating region. 1. Sand, Wind and Stars In the beautiful wilderness that is the largest sand desert in the world, Wild Arabia reveals extraordinary wildlife, from the mythical oryx to deadly scorpions; travels with the Bedouins and their camels and encounters mysterious ancien...

  • Tigers - Spy in the Jungle [2008] Tigers - Spy in the Jungle | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Bouldercam and a host of new spycams are on their most exciting mission yet. Carried by elephants they film India's most charismatic big cat deep inside the Indian jungle uncovering the hidden wildlife that shares the tiger's realm. This revealing programme follows the different stages of a tiger's life from playful cubs to learning adolescents and ultimately to young hunting adults. It also provides a unique insight into how the relationship with the other jungle animals changes as they mature including sloth bears - a rarely filmed bear with a unique character - famous for carrying its comical babies on its back and leopards - the tiger's major competitor.

  • Prehistoric [DVD] Prehistoric | DVD | (02/05/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £13.01 (65.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Prehistoric takes you on a backwards timeline to see what stood, lived, fought and died in your backyard hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. The high-rises and sprawl of modern Los Angeles revert to farmland and settlements, then desert. Spinning back further in time, we reveal a lush green land prowled by woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers. Back even further, we see the land itself form as two continental plates, slam together in a violent upheaval. Re-winding to the age of dinosaurs, we witness pterodactyls circling the skies over an ancient ocean filled with sharp-toothed marine dinosaurs in search of their prehistoric prey.

  • Planet Earth - Special Edition [Blu-ray] Planet Earth - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (11/10/2010) from £16.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (52.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth as seen on the BBC. Five years in production over 2000 days in the field using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions photography and unique specially developed filming techniques Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.

  • Dates [DVD] Dates | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £5.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (78.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tonight could be the one. From the creators of Skins comes a witty sexy and emotional drama series about the complicated and hilarious ways that strangers interact on dates in their quest to find love. With confessions lies role-playing crises of confidence and sexual confession abounding stories begin to intertwine and unfold as Dates steps into the social minefield that is 21st Century dating.

  • Snake Bite - Ten Deadliest Snakes Snake Bite - Ten Deadliest Snakes | DVD | (21/03/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This terrifying programme follows renowned animal lover Steve Irwin on a trip of a lifetime as he sets out to find the worlds 10 most venomous snakes all of which are found in Australia. This is Steve as his very best as he travels thousands of miles from Darwin in the North to Reevesby Island south of Adelaide to find handle and explain about the deadliest snakes in the world. Highlights include the Death Adder which wriggles its tail like a worm to lure its prey the Tiger Sna

  • 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

  • Jean-Michel Cousteau's Film Trilogy [Blu-ray] Jean-Michel Cousteau's Film Trilogy | Blu Ray | (20/09/2011) from £8.83  |  Saving you £0.97 (9.90%)  |  RRP £9.8

    Titles Comprise: Sharks 3D: Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau this is a breathtaking film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species including the Great White Hammerhead and Whale Shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures but wild fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth Dolphins & Whales: Tribes of the Ocean 3D: An awe-inspiring and entertaining film. Narrated by Daryl Hannah it takes you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Through stunning images captured for the very first time in 3D view their lives and habitats as never-before-seen. Come so close to wild dolphins and belugas you will virtually touch them! Ocean Wonderland 3D: This fascinating documentary takes you on a stunning visual and sensorial diving adventure beneath the waves to the pulsating heart of the oceans: the coral reefs. Join your friendly host Aris the turtle and enter this magical and beautiful yet endangered and fragile world from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Bahamas. Discover the vast bio-diversity thriving there and the crucial role played by coral reefs within the marine ecosystem by providing a habitat and food for a wide variety of fish species and maintaining the well-being of our planet.

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