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You Can Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (11/04/2005)
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An instructional film for children interested in beginning ballet The film follows the basic steps for absolute beginners and takes you right through to preparing for your 'presentation class'.
The Living Planet | DVD | (01/09/2003)
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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
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Blu-ray + 3D Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (15/07/2013)
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Far more than circuses featuring impressive acrobatics, Cirque du Soleil's live and filmed shows are powerful presentations that seamlessly combine daring acrobatic feats, intense artistry, and simple, yet emotionally rich stories. Worlds Away is a stunning compilation of acts from seven Las Vegas shows: O, Kà, Mystère, Criss Angel Believe, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, and The Beatles Love. The disparate acts are woven together by a poignantly romantic story of a young woman who falls into an ethereal world searching for a man she's only glimpsed, but is destined to love. The film showcases everything from synchronised water ballet to martial arts-inspired combat, aerial silk acrobatics, contortionism, and the frightening Wheel of Death. Each impeccably choreographed presentation is absolutely breathtaking in its beauty and its seeming defiance of the laws of the human body's capabilities. Viewers will leave the film feeling awed, uplifted, and completely inspired. --Tami Horiuchi
The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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The is an essential visual reference of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in Ballet. Teachers and students will find this the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs this set includes over 800 variations in Russian French and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This programme demonstrates the complete language of ballet: Positions and Directions Barre Linking Steps Center Practice Pirouettes Adage Allegro Batterie Pointe Musical Enchainements. For easy reference a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide features four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre former principal dancer ABT) Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer The Royal Ballet) Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer New York City Ballet) and Denise Jackson (former principal dancer The Joffrey Ballet).
Animals At Work With John Barrowman | DVD | (07/06/2010)
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We head to the UK for puppy performer Tinker's debut as a magician's assistant. The two-year-old Maltese terrier has been in training for months... But is she ready for her doggie debut? And can she keep it together in front of an audience? Meet a male Jack Russell terrier in Namibia who works as a foster mother for orphaned wild cats; get a ringside seat to a charity ferret race in the UK; and meet a champion husky who guides his team and blind fifteen-year-old mistress in a 500 mile twelve-day sled race.
NASA 40th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (19/02/2018)
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Enjoy the epic story of NASA and American space exploration like never before! This exciting and comprehensive 4 -DVD collectors' edition takes you on the adventure of a lifetime showcasing the most thrilling moments in U.S. space exploration while also examining the heartbreaking events when tragedy struck our heroes. It's all here... the Eagle has landed historic mission to the moon by Apollo 11; the amazing flight of John Glenn in Friendship 7; the landmark docking of Apollo and Soyuz; the scientific breakthrough of Skylab; and the Space Shuttle; plus so many more of the dramatic events in NASA's history. NASA is an extraordinary DVD collectible a brilliant combination of adventure story science history and more - perfect for the whole family! But above all these are profiles in courage the stories of brave men and women who proudly served their country in a bold new journey of space discovery. Each Programme contains and exclusive introduction by some of NASA's most famous astronauts.
Microcosmos | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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Take an incredible journey with Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou through a meadow on an ordinary summer's day. By the use of Macrovision and extraordinary sound get a bug's eye view of the world in minature!
Life of Mammals | DVD | (07/04/2003)
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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
New York City Ballet - The Complete Workout - 1 And 2 | DVD | (15/01/2007)
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A deluxe edition DVD set comprised of the best-selling fitness videos New York City Ballet Workout Volume 1 and 2. These workouts are designed to help you develop the strength grace and poise of a dancer. An excellent alternative to fast paced high-energy workout routines this unique exercise program balances art life and fitness into the perfect workout for any age or fitness level. Whether you love ballet or are simply searching for an alternative workout regimen designed to produce a strong graceful body this program will deliver exceptional results.
Extreme Fishing - Series Four | DVD | (16/04/2012)
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Robson Green is back for more Extreme Fishing and this time he's going further than ever before as he casts his line at the Ends of the Earth.From Icy Russia to Fiery Papua New Guinea, Robson travels around the planet nearly three times in his quest for the greatest of catches.Fishing in some of the remotest places on Earth, Robson goes Spear Fishing in the Atlantic; lures fish with an unusual bait in Argentina; gets more than he bargained for in New Caledonia and goes for the catch of his life on Ascension Island.Fishing off the map, its Robson's most extreme journey yet.
Jennifer Saunders: Back in the Saddle | DVD | (22/07/2013)
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Two-part documentary in which comedienne Jennifer Saunders reacquaints herself with the world of horse riding. Having competed in Pony Club gymkhanas as a child, Jennifer returns to the sport with the aim of taking part in the Badminton Grassroots Championships. With help from Tim Stockdale and Piggy French, Jennifer trains for the event and along the way also meets, among others, former Olympian Princess Anne.
New York City Ballet Workout | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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The New York City Ballet Workout routine was developed by Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet along with the New York Sports Club. If you envy the ballet dancer's long, lean body and graceful, elegant movements, then this beautifully produced video is for you. First watch the rippling muscles of four gorgeous ballet dancers (two bare-midriffed women and two bare-chested men) performing the warm-up moves to classical ballet music, while Martins narrates: no ballet technique is taught, so it's look-and-follow if you have no previous ballet training. Then get down on a mat for slow lower-body stretches. A difficult abdominal series is next, followed by "floor barre" exercises to tone the thighs and buttocks while still using the abdominals, then moves to strengthen the back and upper body. Next is a series of standing exercise segments using various ballet movements to strengthen the legs and postural/balance muscles. The workout is divided into 17 short sections, which may give it a disjointed feeling if you're used to more continuity. At the end is a bonus sequence with profiles of the four performers, all dancers with the New York City Ballet. We get to watch them performing, practicing, and eating. One dancer makes the point that ballet is very athletic, but because it's supposed to look ethereal, the hard work stays hidden from the audience. If you love ballet (even just watching it), you'll enjoy this workout. (By the way, Sarah Jessica Parker introduces the video, but does not have any other role in it.) --Joan Price, Amazon.com
The BBC Natural History Collection | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009)
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A collection of BBC nature documentaries. 'Wild China' (2008) narrated by Bernard Hill focuses on one of the world's most enigmatic and magnificent countries. The programme delves into the country's vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see in pioneering images a dazzling array of mysterious beautiful wild and rare creatures. Tilda Swinton narrates 'Galapagos' (2005) which explores the distinctive flora and fauna of the Galapagos archipelago. Charles Darwin's world within itself is the subject of this in-depth programme. The Galapagos Islands are every botanist's Shangri-La: the 13 main islands are actually underwater volcanoes and are situated at the confluence of four oceanic currents. This singular habitat combined with its isolated location has given rise to hundreds of varieties of flora and fauna found nowhere else but here. 'South Pacific' (2009) explores the vast South Pacific ocean and its many islands giving viewers the opportunity to see beyond the white sandy beaches and palm trees. Both the wildlife and the islander's way of life and rituals are examined showing how both cope with their remote environment. Highlights include spectacular sights of giant crabs that can open coconuts undersea volcanos and the use of super slow motion footage to capture the scale of some of the of the world's biggest waves. 'Nature's Great Events' (2009) chronicles some of the planet's most spectacular natural events and shows how these phenomena can transform entire landscapes drawing in millions of animals and determining their fate. The series also explains how powerful natural forces can trigger chain reactions involving everything from microscopic organisms to entire tracts of rainforest. Events featured in the series include the Pacific salmon run the greening of the Serengeti the plankton bloom in the Pacific Northwest the spring thaw in the Arctic the flooding of the Okavango Delta and the South Atlantic sardine run.
Patagonia 3D - Volume 2 (Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (05/08/2013)
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In the infinite expanse of Patagonia, man and animal live together in harmony in this incredible land. One of the world's most spectacular nature locations, this 3D volume explores the beauty on offer as you are able to witness up close the magnitude of penguins, cormorants and sea lions that live and breed here. Taking steps already trodden by Charles Darwin, the forefather of evolutionary theory, you will reach Darwin's Rock and appreciate where history was made and evolution confirmed whil...
Coppelia - Delibes | DVD | (23/10/2000)
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Scintillating" is the word which comes to mind to describe this performance of Delibes' Coppélia. Both the story and music (here presented in 2.0 Dolby stereo only, which is a shame) are among the most robust in the tradition, and here Oleg Vinogradov's choreography gives us the most extrovert depiction of an already extrovert subject. Highlights abound, but Irina Shapchits's Swanilda and Petr Rusanov's Coppelius are particularly delightful. The former is a boisterous, tomboyish interpretation, providing an additional dimension of contrast with the soullessness of Coppelius' dolls, while the latter eschews the bumbling eccentricity sometimes imposed on the role and instead depicts the dollmaker as an almost wraith-like, Mephistophelian figure. The disc carries one multi-angle option plus a DVD-ROM article by Harlow Robinson which includes a Web link to the label's home page, which is just as well given the drab, parsimonious nature of the accompanying black-and-white booklet. However, just buy this disc for the spectacular performance--you'll be glad you did. --Roger Thomas
Safari 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (12/12/2011)
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Featuring jaw-dropping 3D cinematography, stirring original music, and Africa's original rock star animals, Emmy Award-winning host Hunter Ellis takes viewers on an unforgettable safari that puts them up-close and personal with the wonders of Africa. With Hunter as your very own personal safari guide, you will run with a herd of graceful gazelles, travel in a hot air balloon to soar with high-flying birds, cross the wide-open plains in an elusive hunt to track down the nearly extinct African black rhino, and scramble up a steep mountain in the rain to meet a pack of gorillas in the mist.
Life On Earth | DVD | (01/09/2003)
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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
Wild Down Under | DVD | (27/10/2003)
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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.
Arctic Circle with Bruce Parry | DVD | (28/02/2011)
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Amazon presenter Bruce Parry turns his attention to the Arctic Circle. Indigenous ways of life that have remained virtually unchanged for millennia will cease within our lifetimes. Marine mammal hunters like the Inuit of Northern Greenland will have to find new ways to live in this harsh place. They are the last of their kind. But for others this rapidly changing world promises great opportunity. The Arctic is rich in oil gas and minerals. The US geological survey estimates that 25% of the world's undiscovered oil and gas could be located under the polar ice cap. However this series will not be a series about the politics or science of global warming. The focus will be human. Bruce and his BAFTA winning production team have found a method of telling important global stories with humour and warmth drawing a large young audience to often difficult issues. Same immersive format as Amazon with Parry embedding himself in a series of indigenous tribes plus camps of Westerners who make their living out of the region's natural resources.
Discovery Channel: Nasa's Grea | Blu Ray | (14/03/2009)
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Since the dawn of mankind we have stared up at the lights in the sky and wondered... Now join the heroic men and women of NASA who have dared the impossible on some of the greatest adventures ever undertaken the quest to reach out beyond Earth and into the great unknown of space! Discovery Channel has collaborated with NASA to reveal the epic struggles tragedies and triumphs in a bold chapter of human history.