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  • Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough | DVD | (17/11/2003) from £3.79  |  Saving you £12.20 (76.30%)  |  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

  • Flying Monsters [DVD] Flying Monsters | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £5.86  |  Saving you £10.13 (63.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    220 million years ago as dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap. Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. In flying monsters Sir David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane. The central question and of the greatest mysteries in palaeontology is how and why did pterosaurs fly. How did creatures the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? Attenborough starts to unravel one of science's more enduring mysteries discovering that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today.

  • Amazon Amazon | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £19.30 (77.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Bruce Parry presenter of the BBC's Tribe has travelled the length of the Amazon to film a major new series for BBC Two.

  • Home [Blu-ray] Home | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010) from £6.95  |  Saving you £6.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Yann Arthus-Bertrand famous for The Earth From Above a photographic portrait of aerial shots of our planet takes us on a sensational journey above 50 countries as seen from the sky and provides us with an unusual portrait of our Home. Planet Earth is critically ill but another future is possible if we all decide to write it together. In 200 000 years humans have disrupted the fragile balance on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming shortage of resources endangered species: humans are jeopardising their own living conditions. By the end of the century the relentless consumption will have exhausted almost all of our planet's natural resources. But it is too late to be pessimistic: we have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend. We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth's gifts and change our way of life. By giving us these previously unreleased images of over 50 countries as seen from the sky and by sharing his wonder but also his worry Yann Arthus-Bertrand contributes to the rebuilding we all need to start doing together.

  • Brecon Beacons National Park [DVD] Brecon Beacons National Park | DVD | (05/08/2008) from £10.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (21.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Ben Fogle well known popular presenter of the BBC's Animal Park and Countryfile introduces this delightful and informative official DVD about the Brecon Beacons National Park. Covering 519 square miles and boasting some of Europe's finest landscapes the Brecon Beacons National Park is quite simply fantastic. Filmed throughout the seasons join Iolo Williams as he visits Llanngor Lake Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve Big Pit Mine Museum walks in the Fforest Fawr Geopark and marvels at underground wonders in the National Show caves. See Pen Y Fan and Carreg Cennan Castle from the air; stunning close ups of the Park's wildlife plus pony trekking hang gliding abseiling and canoeing. The Programme also includes the Brecon Mountain Railway Waterfalls and The British Heart Foundation's Three Peak Challenge.

  • Steve Irwin's Most Dangerous Adventures Steve Irwin's Most Dangerous Adventures | DVD | (18/11/2002) from £4.95  |  Saving you £7.01 (39.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Steve Irwin: the Australian conservationist and 'Crocodile Hunter' his adventures made all the more poignant due to his untimely death on September 4 2006. His fearlessness in facing the deadliest of all species was his passion and while filming his newest series he was killed by the normally docile Sting-ray. Steve's filmed adventures remain a tribute to the man who brought light-entertainment combined with heart-pounding action to the world. Steve's ultimate aim was to ensure peop

  • 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

  • Sesame Street - Old School Volume 3 [DVD] Sesame Street - Old School Volume 3 | DVD | (25/11/2013) from £8.34  |  Saving you £11.65 (58.30%)  |  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.

  • National Geographic - Wild Indonesia [DVD] [1999] National Geographic - Wild Indonesia | DVD | (16/05/2011) from £4.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    National Geographic: Wild Indonesia is the first television wildlife programme to explore this spectacular archipelago of more than 17 000 islands stretching 3 000 miles from Asia to Australia. The three-part series captures Indonesia's dazzling natural diversity and ancient cultures in a breathtaking journey to one of the world's last wild frontiers. Indonesia a land teeming with natural beauty is home to a staggering 15 percent of the world's species. Until recently harsh landscapes and an intricate political system made much of Indonesia inaccessible to explorers and film crews. The Wild Indonesia crew worked for two years to film this delightful special and bring viewers some of the most exotic creatures on earth from pygmy buffaloes to birds of paradise to demon-faced baribusa. Indonesia reveals the magic of evolution like nowhere else.

  • Giant Pandas - The Last Refuge [DVD] Giant Pandas - The Last Refuge | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £7.48  |  Saving you £0.51 (6.40%)  |  RRP £7.99

    National Geographic: Giant Pandas: The Last Refuge

  • National Geographic - Lost in China [DVD] National Geographic - Lost in China | DVD | (28/02/2011) from £8.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    From China's wild west to Beijing's boom photography and filmmaking duo Jeff and Peter Hutchens capture china in its moment of change. Jumping into an icy swimming pool in minus 14 degree Celsius temperatures in northern China? No problem. Playing polo with a headless goat? Easy. Getting kicked out of Gansu province by the Chinese government? All in a day's work. Climbing a five-storey sword ladder? Now that may be pushing it for Peter and Jeff Hutchens the 20-something filmmaker/photographer duo in this new six-part series. Peter and Jeff go back to China where they lived as children to document the nation in the midst of social reinvention. Whether it's a round of pick-up basketball with Tibetan herdsmen a synthesized dance party outside traditional Kyrgyz yurts or a mobile phone-wielding camel guide in the desert the boys uniquely capture the old China blending in with the new. While in Yunnan the boys make time to visit with a Lisu crossbow competitor whose house is only reachable by zipline and is accented with a rat hanging from the ceiling. In Gansu they experience firsthand the political struggles taking place in China after being forced to leave the area during the recent Tibetan protests. In Harbin Peter and Jeff return to familiar territory trying their hand at ice sculpting and ice swimming before warming up with a few shots of vodka at a local bar made entirely from ice. The series allows Jeff and Peter to demonstrate what they do best: taking truly stunning photographs and film footage that turn the series into a visual feast. Travelling from rough and tumble western China to the picturesque Three Gorges along the Yangtze and the desolate steppes of Inner Mongolia Peter and Jeff expressively depict the feel of these landscapes and spirit of those living in this dynamic country. Episodes Comprise: Lost In China: Silk Road: Jeff and Peter venture into the rugged western frontier of China where they join a unique game of polo and take in a violent cock fight. Lost In China: Three Gorges Dam: The Hutchens brothers journey on the Yangtze river. They grew up nearby and want one last look before this land is consumed by the rising waters. Lost In China: Ice City: Returning to Harbin where they spent time as children Peter and Jeff are amazed by the transformation from a railroad town to a bustling city. Lost In China: Going Local: Jeff and Peter celebrate Chinese New Year in Yunnan before heading to a festival that celebrates the cultures and customs of the Lisu people. Lost In China: Kicked Out Of Gansu: The boys combine the old and new as they play basketball with locals in Gansu. But when protests erupt in the region they are forced to leave. Lost In China: Beijing Boom: Peter and Jeff visit China's capital Beijing where they join a punk band and play ping-pong with members of the Communist Youth League.

  • Bear Grylls - Born Survivor - Sahara Bear Grylls - Born Survivor - Sahara | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £3.00  |  Saving you £8.02 (53.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Bear Grylls is no stranger to extremes. As one of the youngest people to climb Everest and one of the few to successfully complete the gruelling training for the French Foreign Legion he has experienced intense cold pain and exhaustion. But now he's up against something a bit different. Born Survivor puts Bear in situations that could happen to anybody anytime and proves how easy it is to be caught by surprise in life and death situations. Born Survivor - Sahara: A two-hour feature length special in the Sahara where Bear shows what it takes to survive the blistering heat deadly sand storms and lack of food and water in what is one of the most hostile places on earth. Using his skills and adopting little known techniques used by indigenous tribes he encounters along the way Bear takes on the Sahara and demonstrates that the unthinkable can at times be lifesaving. He devours lizards and scorpions drinks water from a camel's rumen (stomach compartment) and demonstrates what to do if caught in deadly quicksand. Forthcoming DVDs take Bear to the darkest jungles of Panama and the fierce glacial terrain of Patagonia. This is a series of tough challenging environments where having the right skills and knowledge can mean the difference between life and death.

  • Leviathan [DVD] Leviathan | DVD | (09/12/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (57.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    One of the most highly anticipated films of the year from the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts; Leviathan is a thrilling immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick- the film captures the harsh unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird's-eye views Leviathan is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral cinematic experience.

  • Lion Country [DVD] Lion Country | DVD | (24/01/2011) from £4.67  |  Saving you £15.32 (76.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Born Free for our times Lion Country follows the exciting work of conservationist David Youldon. Based at Antelope Park a 3 000-acre game reserve in Zimbabwe David and his assistants prepare captive-bred lions for release into the wild. During the series we get to know members of the park team and their feline pupils. Assuming the position of alpha male David teaches his lions the essential hunting skills of stalking attacking and killing. When their training is complete they are set free in a massive 5 000-acre managed ecosystem. Will they survive in the wild?

  • Cheetah's - The Deadly Race [DVD] Cheetah's - The Deadly Race | DVD | (24/05/2010) from £3.12  |  Saving you £4.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £7.99

    National Geographic: Cheetahs: The Deadly Race

  • Madagascar [Blu-ray] Madagascar | Blu Ray | (07/03/2011) from £8.29  |  Saving you £16.70 (66.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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 Blu-ray follows the long dry season of this landscape to see how life copes as it waits for the brief rains.

  • Planet Earth - Special Edition [Blu-ray] Planet Earth - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (11/10/2010) from £11.49  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Home [DVD] Home | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £6.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (51.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In 200 000 years humans have disrupted the fragile balance on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming shortage of resources endangered species: humans are jeopardising their own living conditions. By the end of the century the relentless consumption will have exhausted almost all of our planet's natural resources. But it is too late to be pessimistic: we have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend. We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth's gifts and change our way of life. By giving us these previously unreleased images of over 50 countries as seen from the sky and by sharing his wonder but also his worry Yann Arthus-Bertrand contributes to the rebuilding we all need to start doing together. Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a sensational journey above planet Earth and provides us with an unusual portrait of our planet. Planet Earth is critically ill but another future is possible if we all decide to write it together.

  • The Wildlife Diaries The Wildlife Diaries | DVD | (14/01/2008) from £10.69  |  Saving you £19.30 (64.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Taking you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from the life and death struggle to save Orangutan orphans on Borneo; to the extraordinary life-stories of Masai Mara big cats. This boxset includes: Big Cat Diaries Series 1-3 Big Cat Uncut 2006 Orangutan Diaries Elephant Diaries Series 1

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