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  • The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £16.24  |  Saving you £13.75 (45.80%)  |  RRP £29.99

    During a period of over 40 years Jacques Cousteau crossed the world many times over in their ships the Calypso and the Alcyone filming the undersea world as never seen before to create a unique collection of entertaining and informative films for the whole family. Since 1943 when he and Emile Gagnan developed the first regulated compressed-air breathing device for deep sea diving (the Aqualung) until his death in 1997 Captain Cousteau was a leading spokesman for the protection of

  • History in 3d [Blu-ray] History in 3d | Blu Ray | (11/02/2013) from £20.98  |  Saving you £28.01 (57.20%)  |  RRP £48.99

    This collection of four incredible programmes brings an entirely new dimension to history documentaries, taking the viewer from the farthest reaches of deep space to the very bottom of the ocean, all in crystal clear high-definition 3D. See history come alive before your eyes in ways that until now have been impossible, using the latest groundbreaking and impressive 3D technology. Titles Comprise: Universe 3D: Seven Wonders of the Solar System Titanic: 100 Years in 3D WWII in 3D The History of the World in Two Hours

  • Tigers - Spy in the Jungle [2008] Tigers - Spy in the Jungle | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £2.99  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  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.

  • Deadliest Catch Deadliest Catch | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £6.25  |  Saving you £6.65 (33.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This is the gripping story of the 2005 Alaskan Crab season and the fishermen who risk their lives every year.

  • Stephen Fry: Last Chance To See [DVD] Stephen Fry: Last Chance To See | DVD | (19/10/2009) from £4.49  |  Saving you £10.65 (42.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Stephen Fry follows in his great friend Douglas Adams' footsteps along with zoologist Mark Carwardine to remote parts of the earth in search of some of the rarest and most threatened animals on Earth. In the 1980s writer Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy) traveled the globe with zoologist Mark Carwardine in search of endangered animals. Twenty years later the late Adams' great friend Britain''s comic genius Stephen Fry returns with Mark to see if the species are still in existence. The pair look for man-eating Komodo dragons a flightless parrot the Yangtze river dolphin man's closest living relative the pygmy chimpanzee and a bizarre creature that appears to have been assembled from pieces of other animals. Their journey is a unique insight into the disappearing animals of the world.

  • Big Cat Week - Series 1 And 2 Big Cat Week - Series 1 And 2 | DVD | (17/07/2006) from £5.63  |  Saving you £7.36 (56.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    To celebrate a decade of Big Cat Diary action we revisit the cast and characters offering a unique opportunity to watch their unfolding lives over a two-year span. From a camp in the heart of Kenya's magnificent Masi Mara specialist teams observe the daily lives and adventures of Africa's big cats. Series 1:The Marsh Pride of lions is 30 strong - a magnificent group of females sub-adults and cubs. But there's a problem their sole defender is lone male Simba. When two yo

  • Planet Dinosaur (Blu-ray 3D) [2012] Planet Dinosaur (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (20/08/2012) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Transporting viewers to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur 3D brings to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived, rendered in visually stunning 3D technology. Most were discovered in the last 10 years and entailed a rewriting of the prehistory books.Palaeontologists now know that dinosaurs spread to every part of the globe, and evolved in ways so monstrous, horrific and bizarre they make T Rex look very tame indeed. Unlike any dinosaur show before it and shot in Stunning 3D CGI this is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action as well as charismatic monsters brought to life on screen. Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series recreates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death.

  • 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...

  • The Living Planet [1983] The Living Planet | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £20.05 (57.30%)  |  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

  • How Plants Made Us [DVD] How Plants Made Us | DVD | (16/04/2012) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  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.

  • Flying Monsters [DVD] Flying Monsters | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  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.

  • Crimson Wing [Blu-ray] [2009] Crimson Wing | Blu Ray | (15/03/2010) from £5.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (75.90%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Harking back to the nature films that regularly used to inhabit video rental shops, Crimson Wing sees Disney revisiting a successful strand of its past. Under the Disney Nature banner, the documentary focuses on Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. There, directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward point their cameras at a real sight of natural beauty: flamingos. Lots and lots of flamingos. The film traces the life cycle of flamingos in a measured, absorbing, non-flashy manner, and that helps make Crimson Wing such a fascinating watch. And inevitably, it really comes into its own on Blu-ray. There?s a mixture of photography styles employed by the film, and the stunning, often-packed shots look simply superb with the aid of the 1080p transfer on offer. It?s the kind of disc that easily reminds you why you forked out for a high definition television in the first place. Don?t write off the audio, either. While Crimson Wing features a fine voiceover narration track, it also boasts some suitably enchanting music that the uncompressed audio on the disc greedily makes the most of. It?s an involving piece of work, and the surround sound track aids that in a subtle but definite way. Best of all though, Crimson Wing shines a light on creatures that don?t often feature in the limelight. And this fascinating glimpse into the lives of flamingos deserves to be watched time and time again. --Jon Foster

  • 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

  • Wonders Of The Solar System [Blu-ray] Wonders Of The Solar System | Blu Ray | (12/04/2010) from £4.93  |  Saving you £15.06 (75.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Prepare to immerse yourself in an alien world as if you were standing there yourself. Professor Brian Cox takes another giant leap for humankind as images of distant alien worlds are brought into breathtaking focus. Giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; storms three times the size of Earth coloured blood red by a vortex of dust and gases; immense volcanoes that would put Mount Everest in the shade - this amazing DVD reveals the true and awesome beauty of our solar system. It's an epic journey of discovery where bizarre worlds become real places we can see feel and visit. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune Wonders of the Solar System has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes rovers and telescopes currently in space. Using the very latest images sent direct from space and spectacular CGI the series presents a spellbinding voyage around the natural wonders of the solar system capturing explosive phenomena in minute detail. Alongside these startlingly authentic images some of the most spectacular extreme locations on Earth help to reveal wonders never thought possible. Wonders of The World explores how these previously unseen phenomena have dramatically expanded our horizons revealing more about the planets their moons and how they came to be the way they are. The series also looks at the big picture - how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space; how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the Solar System; and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth.

  • British Isles: A Natural History British Isles: A Natural History | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £5.18  |  Saving you £17.18 (68.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The BBC's latest lavish natural history series, The British Isles: A Natural History stirred a minor controversy when first aired because its presenter, the ever-affable Alan Titchmarsh, is better known as a gardener (and writer of saucy novels), not an expert on mineralogy, plate tectonics, or prehistoric flora and fauna. Until this programme the presumption had been that a multi-part flagship BBC documentary would be written and presented by an authoritative figure, David Attenborough or Simon Schama for example. For better or worse Titchmarsh has broken the mould. In fact, once past the glossily superficial opening chapter "3 Billion Years in the Making" (essentially a highlights programme of what is to come), Titchmarsh turns out to be an excellent host, addressing the audience in his familiar chatty way and cleverly exploiting his horticultural roots, noting for example how evidence of major geological changes can be found in the most humble plant, wildflower or weed. And unlike his more academic predecessors, he also uses his TV charisma to the full, finding lighthearted ways of imparting otherwise dry information: sampling malt whiskies to explain how water permeates through different types of rock; scoffing platefuls of clotted cream with jam and scones to show how desert conditions millions of years ago gave Devon its fertile soil; or even getting made up as a Neanderthal and strolling down Oxford Street. It's all far more cosy than Attenborough. The director of this eight-part series has clearly been watching Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, as he never misses an opportunity for sweeping helicopter shots of snowy mountain peaks, rugged coastlines or glacial valleys. Combined with some neat computer graphics, the result makes ideal consumption for Sunday evening TV: easy on the eye and none too taxing on the brain, but informative enough to banish any fears of dumbing-down. --Mark Walker

  • The Future Is Wild The Future Is Wild | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £32.99

    A team of scientists gather together to try and predict what the world could be like if modern civilization is wiped out. It tells the story of the future of our planet through three future time periods. The first four programmes are set 5 million years from now the next four are set in 100 million years and the last four are set in 200 million years from now. In addition there is an overview episode introducing the whole series making 13 episodes in total. Let yourself be enchan

  • 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...

  • Animal Planet Collection Triple Pack [DVD] Animal Planet Collection Triple Pack | DVD | (01/06/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise: Grizzly: Following the Yellowstone grizzly population through the course of one year Season of the Grizzly explores the often tenuous relationship between humans and bears. Orangutan Island: This 3 disc set contains: Season of the Grizzly Orangutan Island and Pandamonium. Pandamonium: Visit the Wolong Panda Reserve in China and meet the hard-working team dedicated to the survival of the extraordinary animal.

  • Worlds Most Dangerous Animals Worlds Most Dangerous Animals | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Enter the World of deadly animals as we go face to face with the most dangerous species including Komodo Dragons Piranhas Hippos and Great White Sharks.

  • The Universe Collection - Deluxe Edition [DVD] The Universe Collection - Deluxe Edition | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £32.99  |  Saving you £65.00 (66.30%)  |  RRP £97.99

    We once thought of ourselves to be at the centre of the world, now we know that we are just a small speck in a giant universe. Immerse yourself in an astonishing exploration of space with this epic series from History with stunning footage from NASA and packed with state-ofthe- art CGI graphics, The Universe takes viewers on a visually arresting journey across the galaxy to bring the beauty and mysteries of the cosmos a little closer to home.

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