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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.
Prokofiev/Stravinsky/Struchkova/Vasiliev - Lt. Kije | DVD | (02/08/2007)
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The Nutcracker | DVD | (01/10/2001)
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Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet has had many facelifts over the years. Peter Wright's Royal Ballet production is among the most imaginative, bringing together the narrative and fantasy aspects with relish. The first half of Act 1 is made busy but low-key, moving up a gear with the majestic Christmas tree "Transformation Scene", and ending with a gorgeous "Waltz of the Snowflakes". Act 2 decks out the lengthy sequence of character dances with vivid stage sets, culminating in a moving reconciliation between the magician Drosselmeyer and his nephew. Anthony Dowell brings authority, Ivan Putrov enthusiasm to their respective roles; Alina Cojocaru is sympathetic as Clara, and Miyako Yoshida steals the show as the Sugar-Plum Fairy. The Royal Opera House Orchestra take time to adjust to Evgeny Svetlanov's spacious tempos, but the showpieces have real emotional force. A Nutcracker for today, and a Christmas treat for all ages. On the DVD: The 16:9 anamorphic picture reproduces superbly, though rapid switches of camera angles in the ensemble scenes causes some blurring of focus. The PCM Stereo sound is equally realistic in its reproducing of the orchestra from the pit. Special features include insightful interviews with Dowell and Wright--with trilingual subtitles--a behind-the-scenes look at the "Transformation Scene", and alternative fixed wide shots of both that and the "Snowflakes" scenes. The 28 access points are given in the booklet's detailed synopsis. --Richard Whitehouse
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
Walking with Cavemen | DVD | (31/03/2003)
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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 | (07/11/2011)
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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 | DVD | (19/05/2008)
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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.
Ballet Class for Beginners | DVD | (07/07/2008)
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Wild Arabia | DVD | (11/03/2013)
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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 | DVD | (23/08/2004)
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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 | (21/10/2013)
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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) | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013)
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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 | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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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 | (30/01/2012)
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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'.
Fonteyn And Nureyev - The Perfect Partnership | DVD | (02/07/2001)
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Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn created one of the most memorable partnerships in ballet history. This documentary features clips of the dynamic duo's most popular performances including the pas de deux from ""Le Corsaire"" and ""Swan Lake"" and excerpts from ""Romeo and Juliet"" and ""Les Sylphides"".
Planet Ocean (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (22/04/2013)
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Special Features: Making of Planet Ocean: In the skies above Rio Making of Planet Ocean: Underwater Making of Planet Ocean: Shanghai
Yellowstone - Tales From The Wild | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009)
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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.
Big Cat Week - Series 3 | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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The team returns to the magnificent Masi Mara in search of old friends and new stars of the BBC's fantastic third series of Big Cat Week.
British Isles: A Natural History | DVD | (29/11/2004)
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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 Conquest Of Everest | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Nominated for the Oscar and winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary Feature this is the inspiring story of man's first conquest of the world's highest mountain. Made in 1953 the film documents the breathtaking ascent of Everest by Hunt Hillary Tensing et al directed by a fellow expedition member .