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  • The Trials Of Life [1990] The Trials Of Life | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £5.89  |  Saving you £19.06 (63.60%)  |  RRP £29.99

    On the coast of Christmas Island a beach is painted crimson by the bodies of a million scarlet crabs all choosing the same moment to lay their eggs in the sea. In East Africa an elephant calf is born and the females in the herd crowd around the newcomer collaborating in looking after their young. On a Patagonian beach sea-lions lounge in supposed safety as a tall wave concealing the huge presence of a killer whale thunders towards the shore. Following the extraordinary se

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Low Winter Sun [DVD] Low Winter Sun | DVD | (28/10/2013) from £6.01  |  Saving you £33.98 (85.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    The AMC Original Series Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder deception revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective's life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Based on the award-winning 2006 British miniseries of the same name Low Winter Sun stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Zero Dark Thirty) and co-stars Lennie James (The Walking Dead Jericho Snatch). Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds Cold Case) serves as writer executive producer and showrunner.

  • Wild Africa Wild Africa | DVD | (18/07/2005) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Africa is the mother continent - the core from which all the other continents were torn away 270 million years ago. Since then three factors have had profound consequences on its wildlife. This mighty block of land has stayed in much the same place it stands alone and it straddles the equator. It's also been protected from crippling ice ages and destructive invasions as well as nurtured by gentle changes in climate and geology. Time is the key to the series. Influenced by climate a

  • Great Barrier Reef [Blu-ray] Great Barrier Reef | Blu Ray | (30/01/2012) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Monty Halls presents this three-part BBC documentary series about Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using special filming equipment, including macro and time-lapse photography, the programmes explore the coral reef's intricate structure and the sealife that inhabits it, such as parrotfish and nautilus. Also discussed is the effect of weather and climate change on the reef and its wildlife. Episodes comprise: 'Nature's Miracle', 'Reef to Rainforest' and 'Reef and Beyond'.

  • Galapagos 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) Galapagos 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £3.28  |  Saving you £16.71 (83.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hidden from civilisation, the remote Galapagos Islands are the perfect safe haven for an astounding array of incredible species that live there, undisturbed by human development and destruction. Kept beautifully preserved, the Galapagos Islands are an ongoing source of fascination, learning endless amounts about its ancient species whilst all the time discovering new and breathtaking creatures. Galapagos 3D allows this indescribable landscape to be captured on screen as you are brought face t...

  • The Lost Land Box Set [DVD] The Lost Land Box Set | DVD | (29/08/2011) from £11.00  |  Saving you £13.99 (56.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Watch an intrepid team of modern day explorers zoologists naturalists and botanists as they travel to the far corners of the globe in search of new species and help local conservation teams. Discover the lost land of the Jaguar. In a bid to discover new species and help Guyana protect its environment the expedition team ventures into some of the remote jungle on earth tracking down the giants of the area; the Anaconda the Jaguar the giant Anteaters the Turtles and the enormous Harpy Eagle. Explore the lost land of the volcano. New Guinea is one the most species-rich areas on Earth but its landscape so inaccessible that much of the wildlife is barely known. Watch the team ast hey delve into the depths exploring the remote rainforests rugged mountains and raging underground rivers that make up this mysterious land. Join the lost land of the Tiger. The first ever expedition to venture high into the Himalayas in search of big cats. Closed to outsiders for years Bhutan is a forgotten world. No one knows how many Tigers prowl the jungles and mountains here but they are going to find out.

  • 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.

  • Wild Down Under Wild Down Under | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Wild Down Under' is the BBC's key natural history series this Autumn presenting an astonishing mix of the surprising and the deadly. Narrated by Matt Day each episode is a detective story delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why it is one of the world's truly great melting pots for both people and wildlife. It is home to giant birds that can't fly and possums that do; platypuses that detect food by electricity; plus many more fascinating creatures.

  • The Living Planet [1983] The Living Planet | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £9.99  |  Saving you £23.01 (65.80%)  |  RRP £34.99

    In 1979 David Attenborough presented Life on Earth, the first wildlife blockbuster series, a chronicle of three-and-a-half billion years of natural history. The Living Planet followed five years later, an equally ambitious 12-part documentary which spanned the globe with portraits of each of the major geographical regions which offer home to life. Attenborough demonstrates how even in the most hostile of environments, from the volcanic "Furnaces of the Earth" to "The Frozen World" of mountains and tundra, the Arctic and Antarctic, live maintains a foothold. He takes us to "The Northern Forests", the "Jungle", "Seas of Grass" and "The Baking Deserts", and ever the genial host, details how in all its endless diversity, life is ingeniously suited to its surroundings. With breathtaking imagery we meet our fellow inhabitants, from penguins to polar bears, lions to scorpions, oaks to eagles, and journey on to "The Open Ocean" and the "New Worlds" which mankind itself is rapidly fashioning through ever more radical technological change. The series ends with an impassioned environmental plea which rings even more urgent now than in 1984. The Trials of Life (1990) and The Private Life of Plants (1994) further detail The Living Planet. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Walking with Cavemen [2002] Walking with Cavemen | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £6.75  |  Saving you £3.96 (22.00%)  |  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

  • Flying Monsters [DVD] Flying Monsters | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £6.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (56.30%)  |  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.

  • Shark Water Shark Water | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £4.79  |  Saving you £11.20 (70.00%)  |  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 £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  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...

  • 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

  • Fast Freddie The Widow & Me - Starring Laurence Fox, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jack McMullen and Sarah Smart - As Seen on ITV1 [DVD] Fast Freddie The Widow & Me - Starring Laurence Fox, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jack McMullen and Sarah Smart - As Seen on ITV1 | DVD | (21/10/2013) from £6.09  |  Saving you £6.90 (53.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Jonathan Donald (Lawrence Fox - Lewis) is a fast car salesman who's as happy with his champagne lifestyle as he is with his six-figure pay-packet. He's invincible - in his world there's no problem money can't solve. So when he finds himself in court awaiting a fine for a drink-driving offence he's not remotely worried. What he isn't expecting is to be facing a disgruntled judge with a flair for creative sentencing - in Jonathan's case a 100 hour community service order. And when he turns up at the Moonbeam Club a drop in centre for young adults with learning disabilities he certainly isn't expecting to enjoy himself. Jonathan meets Freddie (Jack McMullen - Waterloo Road) at the end of his first day a hyperactive 20-year-old with a wicked sense of humour and a terminal illness. Freddie has grown up in care and has never been part of a real family. His last impossible wish is to have a traditional family Christmas. In a move that comes as a surprise to everyone Jonathan devotes his time to making Freddie's final wish come true. With the clock ticking Jonathan's mad dash to create the perfect Christmas family gathering involves a motley crew of petty criminals dodgy geezers and possibly the most loving relations Freddie will ever know. This beautifully told story with moments of both joy and sadness is wrapped with good humor and bundles of Christmas spirit. Also starring Tamzin Outhwaite as Patsy Morgan (Paradox; The Fixed; Hotel Babylon) and Sarah Smart as Laura Cooper (Wallander; Casualty; Five Days 1) and directed by David Richards (Foyles War; Wild at Heart).

  • Secrets of the Rainforest 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) Secrets of the Rainforest 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £3.16  |  Saving you £16.83 (84.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Secrets of the Rainforest 3D allows you to be privy to the wonderful world hidden in amongst the towering trees that have outlived generations. Get close to the creatures that crawl under the floor foliage whilst being wowed by the animals that swing through the sky high branches. Allow yourself to be taken on a breathtaking journey into this hidden world that remains untouched and full of the mysteries and magic of Mother Nature. Be transported in 3D and be amazed!

  • Natural World - Badgers - Secrets Of The Set Natural World - Badgers - Secrets Of The Set | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £3.90  |  Saving you £1.09 (21.80%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Badgers are loved by some and hated by others. Yet few people have ever seen one alive. So how does the badger maintain its secret life? This film follows a badger family throughout the year from the birth of their tiny cubs deep underground to their spring emergence discovery of summer scenery and encounters with people and wild neighbours. Set against the idyll of country life on a working farm this film uncovers the dark and light side of the badger as never seen before. What is revealed is a surprising entertaining and moving account of the country's most respected and endlessly watchable wild inhabitant

  • Great Barrier Reef [DVD] Great Barrier Reef | DVD | (30/01/2012) from £5.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (68.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Monty Halls presents this three-part BBC documentary series about Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using special filming equipment, including macro and time-lapse photography, the programmes explore the coral reef's intricate structure and the sealife that inhabits it, such as parrotfish and nautilus. Also discussed is the effect of weather and climate change on the reef and its wildlife. Episodes comprise: 'Nature's Miracle', 'Reef to Rainforest' and 'Reef and Beyond'.

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