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Meerkat Manor Series 1-4 Box Set | DVD | (12/10/2009)
from £30.82 | Saving you £39.17 (56.00%) | RRP
Get the complete collection of all 4 series of Animal Planet's award winning series Meerkat Manor in this fabulous 16 DVD box set. Lovingly narrated by Bill Nighy this fantastic series have been appreciated by viewers of all ages on Animal Planet and BBC1 over the last few years. With a movie currently in production it seems that many years of Meerkat Mania lie ahead. This box set charts the early years of the Whiskers tribe right the way through to the new generation in series 4.This box set makes an outstanding gift for all fans of wildlife.
National Geographic - Jane Goodall - My Life With Chimpanzees | DVD | (18/07/2011)
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National Geographic: Jane Goodall - My Life with Chimpanzees (1965)
Dog Whisperer - Series 1 - The Toughest Cases | DVD | (12/10/2009)
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Dog Whisperer: Season 1 Toughest Cases
Nature's Great Events | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009)
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Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth with all the emotion intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate. Whereas Planet Earth gave us a global view Nature's Great Events delves into the more personal emotionally engaging approach. Nature's Great Events brings us the same high definition quality and wow factor images we've come to associate with Planet Earth.
Three By Rambert | DVD | (01/07/2002)
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The Rambert Dance Company first made its name in the 1920s for its creative melding of tradition and innovation. That tenet has remained central to the company's ethos and Three by Rambert showcases its particular strengths to great effect in three highly contrasting ballets. Musically, we have three utterly different scores: Janacek’s searing Second String Quartet (subtitled "Intimate Letters", from which the ballet adapts its name), the moody, evocative songs of Bill Withers and, finally, a medley of folk songs from various climes. Though stylistically at odds, all three explore the twin themes of desire and loss. The other link is that, heard in isolation, none of these pieces seems remotely danceable. It’s a tribute both to the choreography (Robert North in the jazz ballet "Lonely Town" , the company's artistic director Christopher Bruce in the remaining two) and to the dancers themselves that the results are so stunningly effortless. Time and again, you’re struck not simply by the liquid perfection of both solo and ensemble work, but by the directness of the physical language, and the depth of emotions expressed. A brilliant showcase for one of the cultural treasures of our age. On the DVD: Three by Rambert has good sound and excellent picture, with the 16:9 format doing full justice to the different visuals encapsulated by the three ballets. The booklet is useful for basic information, though more analysis of the works would have been helpful for non-experts. Rather than 14 minutes of trailers for other titles, an introduction to the work of the company, and maybe to the ballets themselves, would have been more helpful and user-friendly.--Harriet Smith
IMAX - The Alps - Climb Of Your Life 3D | Blu Ray | (24/01/2011)
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In the air above Switzerland on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned fathers life. Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage. It's the intensely personal journey of a man who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face yet climb it he must. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery yet seen the film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there.
Lord of the Dance | DVD | (01/10/1999)
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Billed as an updating and retelling of an Irish folk legend, Lord of the Dance is less Erin Go Bragh than Hooray for Hollywood. Michael Flatley gives us the old razzle-dazzle, fashioning a Celtic-influenced spectacular that wanders far away from its Riverdance roots. The light-show presentation is closer kin to another contemporary Irish musical group, U2. Flatley himself has gone designer chic, too: with close-cropped haircut, earring, buffed abs and tight black pants he bears more than a passing resemblance to Bono. But you have to hand it to the guy--he works hard for the money, as does his attractive corps. The one maddening aspect of this glitzy, entertaining 90-minute festival is the overzealous editing. No image remains on screen for more than a few seconds. Neither Flatley nor his talented troupe deserves to have such craftsmanship sliced and diced like an MTV music video.--Richard Natale, Amazon.com
Walking With Beasts - The Complete Series | DVD | (08/04/2002)
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Walking With Beasts is an introduction to the animals (predominantly mammals) that roamed the earth from the extinction of the dinosaurs until the rise of early humans. The sequel to the BBC’s acclaimed and highly successful series Walking With Dinosaurs, Beasts also uses a combination of clever special effects and computer-generated imagery to create a realistic world as it may have appeared millions of years ago. As to be expected from any BBC nature programme, the images are visually stunning; the prehistoric animals look impressively lifelike, interacting seamlessly with each other and their environment to create an entire world that could have been photographed only yesterday. Best of all is Episode 2, "Whale Killer", which follows a female Basilosaurus, an enormous ancient predatory whale, as she travels through shallow seas and along coastlines--the underwater images could have just as easily originated in the BBC’s spectacular Blue Planet series. It’s unfortunate, therefore, that Walking With Beasts is let down by its script and the often dubious science therein. Episode 3, "The Land of Giants", begins with an anthropomorphic statement better suited to a Disney film than a scientific documentary, referring to the featured animals as "The good [a herbivore or plant-eating animal], the bad [a carnivore or flesh-eating animal] and the ugly [a giant warthog which is, admittedly, pretty ugly]." Still, Walking With Beasts has a host of little touches and flourishes that add to the feeling of realism (the animals knock over the cameras, pebbles hit the lens), which make this programme a success as a piece of pure entertainment and prehistoric escapism. A companion book and soundtrack CD is also available. --Ted Kord
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (27/08/2007)
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Filmed at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco in 2002 Jean-Christophe Maillot has revived the essence of the original 'Sleeping Beauty' fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The well-known fairy tale has been softened and sentimentalised over the years by both the Petipa and Tchaikovsky ballet and also the Walt Disney animated film. Maillot essentially puts the sex back into the story interweaving the fantastic and the natural; he constantly amazes us throughout this exceptional dance piece which was honoured with a Nijinsky Award.
The Car Man | DVD | (24/12/2001)
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This latest dance version of Carmen comes courtesy of choreographer Matthew Bourne, who has devised his own scenario of Bizet’s opera set in a garage-diner in the American mid-West, circa 1960. The Car Man toured the UK in 2000 finishing with a four-month run to packed houses at the Old Vic. This film treatment details all the excitement of the occasion. The cinematography assists in capturing the atmosphere of Bourne’s treatment--film noir with allusions to Hitchcock--through employment of chiaroscuro. The use of the split-screen technique also enhances the cinematic feel. The music sounds seductive and full-bodied, befitting the new story line (Bourne calls it an “auto-erotic thriller”) in which an enigmatic stranger, Luca, walks into town seducing both Lana (Carmen) and Angelo (Don Jose). A swarthy individual, Luca looks an unlikely dancer until his first solo galvanises the company. The single stage set adapts into eight different permutations, taking us from diner through nightclub and prison and then out on the road in a cinematic finale where the Chevrolet cars of the period are destroyed in a pile up. The period look is further enhanced with the girls in tight-waisted colourful frocks and the men in Brando-esque T-shirts and jeans. The dance ensembles are an extraordinarily versatile group: classical, jazz, modern and flamenco seem natural expressions of their body movements. Will Kemp deserves a special mention for his sensitivite portrayal of Angelo. On the DVD: the soundtrack comes in a choice of stereo or 5.1. surround sound where the subtle employment of percussion instruments in the orchestration makes a telling effect. A picture gallery of 25 stills from the production and a 14-minute interview with Bourne expressing his initial doubt about doing another version of Carmen are further assets. He needn’t have had a qualm. This Car Man is destined to give much pleasure. --Adrian Edwards
Story Of St Kilda | DVD | (24/05/2010)
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Landing on St Kilda were a small but intrepid team of explorers historians and wildlife experts. Seasoned BBC faces they comprised a balance of scientific know-how adventurous spirit and dynamic entertaining characters. Our dream team includes wildlife enthusiast Kate Humble; historian Dan Snow and climber and biologist Steve Backshall.
Natural World - Snow Leopard | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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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.
Bill Oddie - How To Watch Wildlife - Part 2 | DVD | (06/03/2006)
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Britain's best-loved naturalist presents the definitive guide to finding and understanding Britain's wildlife. How To Watch Wildlife shows you everything you will ever need to know about our wild creatures and how to enjoy them! Bill continues journeying the length and breadth of the country to seek out our greatest wildlife treasures sharing his top tips for wildlife watching around the British Isles. Episodes comprise: 1. Scottish Highlands 2. Brecklands 3. Kielder Fores
Lion Man Series 1-3 Box Set | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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Lion Man: Series 1 - 3 Box Set (12 Discs)
Flying Scotsman - The Official 4 DVD, Book & Memorabilia Collection | DVD | (11/11/2013)
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From the day that Flying Scotsman rolled out of Doncaster Works in 1923 she was destined for stardom. Christened after the flagship London to Edinburgh express service she was built to haul she accumulated record after record and became an icon of British engineering and ingenuity. In telling the complete story of Sir Nigel Gresley&rsquo;s masterpiece we have edited together ten exquisite films compiled a beautifully illustrated book and scoured the archives at the National Railway Museum to reproduce unique memorabilia from Flying Scotsman&rsquo;s action-packed life. The Flying Scotsman 1929 - Romantic thriller starring Ray Milland with incredible action sequences of 4472. Preserving The Legend - Alan Peglar&rsquo;s official films from 1963 and 1964. Tender Memories - A series of thrilling excursions in 1968. On Tour: North America - Flying Scotsman&rsquo;s 1968-1972 American adventures. Coming Home - Sir William McAlpine&rsquo;s mission to bring 4472 back to Britain. On Tour: Australia - Flying Scotsman&rsquo;s unforgettable tour of Australia from 1988-1989. Australia: Mobil Film - Dramatic action of 4472 in Australia. The Inaugural Scotsman - A detailed record of 4472&rsquo;s journey from King&rsquo;s Cross to York in 1999. On Tour: Edinburgh to York - Incredible footplate scenes from 2000. The People's Engine - Flying Scotsman&rsquo;s restoration at the NRM including her triumphant return to steam in 2011. 148 page Hardback BookPacked with beautiful and rare photographs James S. Baldwin tells the full story of Flying Scotsman&rsquo;s remarkable life documenting in stunning detail the highs and lows of her numerous adventures. Memorabilia PackA collection of authentic memorabilia created from original items. These include a 1926 King&rsquo;s Cross to York ticket (Fare 23s 6d) twelve 1930s destination luggage labels &lsquo;Your Journey Times&rsquo; leaflet from 1932 a 1950 music sheet of The Flying Scotsman Piano Solo 1962 luncheon menu card &amp; wine list 1963 Save Our Scotsman poster engine history cards postcards and a set of five engineer&rsquo;s technical drawings.
Bill Oddie - How To Watch Wildlife - Part 1 | DVD | (06/02/2006)
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Britain's best-loved naturalist presents the definitive guide to finding and understanding Britain's wildlife. Bill Oddie's How To Watch Wildlilfe shows you everything you will ever need to know about our wild creatures and how to enjoy them! Bill continues journeying the length and breadth of the country to seek out our greatest wildfire treasures sharing his top tips for wildlife watching around the British Isles. Episodes comprise: 1. March In The Borders 2. April In
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.
Wild Africa: Part 1 | Blu Ray | (13/05/2013)
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Wild Africa comes to you in this incredible 3 volume collection, allowing you to journey across the vast expense of South Africa and experience firsthand the incredible inhabitants of this harsh but beautiful land. Volume 1 Safari: Volume 1 allows you to travel across the safari and witness not only the incredible wildlife that lives off of the South African land, but also takes you on a cross-country jeep ride where you are able to bring the sights and sounds of the Safari into your living r...
Jacques Cousteau - World Without Sun | DVD | (23/05/2011)
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Jacques Cousteau – naturalist, biologist, diver and the pioneer of underwater filmmaking – won the Best Documentary FeatureAcademy Award for this, his second film, in 1964. The film is a document of a brave experiment in which a team of divers,scientists and engineers attempted to live for a month in a purpose-built base rooted to the sea floor. As the crew of ‘Oceanauts’ explore the Red Sea in their metallic silver wetsuits,with Cousteau investigating the deepest depths in his custommade yellow submarine, the result is a staggering mix of naturedocumentary and far-out 1960s science fiction. Only this time the fiction is real!
Dog Whisperer - Series 1 - Seasonal Selections | DVD | (12/10/2009)
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Dog Whisperer: Season 1 - Seasonal Selections