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The BBC Natural History Collection | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009)
from £20.99 | Saving you £49.00 (70.00%) | RRP
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.
Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002)
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Two very different Stravinsky ballets are here presented by The Royal Ballet: the traditional, colourful designs perfectly suit the opulence of The Firebird, contrasting with the later, more austere, ritualistic scoring and choreography of Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Firebird is a traditional fairytale: the Prince gets his girl (a princess, naturally), with a little help from a magical Firebird, by defeating the evil Kostchei, who's holding the Princess and her fellow maidens captive. The devil notoriously gets all the best tunes, and with the riveting presence of David Drew's Kostchei it's apparent that baddies get the best moves in dance, too. Leanne Benjamin is an immensely athletic Firebird and Jonathan Cope, as the Prince, dances with style and personality. Les Noces is, by contrast, a genuine ensemble piece, with the principals (the bride and groom) being almost less important than the corps de ballet itself. There are a few moments of less-than-perfect ensemble here, but these pale into insignificance in the face of the raw power of Stravinsky's angular music (scored for four pianos, percussion and chorus with solo voices). A third item finds Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in his own Firebird Suite. The date was 1965 and he was a frail 83 at the time, but the concentration of the reading is compelling, as is his own stern visage, only breaking into a smile at the very end of the performance. This is an excellent filler for a first-rate ballet release. On the DVD: The Firebird & Les Noces on this disc are presented with terrific technical values, both visually and in sound quality (the Stravinsky archive performance is in mono, however, but it's perfectly respectable). This is a real feast for the eye, backed up by solid documentation in the booklet and excellent additional features--David Drew's arch and entertaining "Nijinska's World" and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage--that will appeal to both seasoned ballet fans and those who are new to the art form. --Harriet Smith
History in 3d | Blu Ray | (11/02/2013)
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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
Kirov Classics | DVD | (18/07/2000)
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A remarkable showcase of choreographic high points from some of the great ballets performed by members of Russia's famous Kirov Ballet. Many of the excerpts such as Petrushka and Brber's Adagio are choreographed by Oleg Vinogradov who has been Director of The Kirov Ballet since 1977.
The Complete Everest Collection - 60th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (17/06/2013)
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Experience Everest like Never Before. Everest: Beyond The LimitFollow the gruelling efforts of a team of climbers as they attempt to fulfil their dreams by reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Through the use of the latest high-altitude video technology to document the expedition viewers will see and hear from Russell Max Mark Mogens Brett Terry and Tim every step of the way as they deal with their own physical and mental struggles. Everest: Beyond The Limit 2Everest has killed more than 200 people yet nothing will stop amateur climbers risking their lives to conquer it. Discovery Channel returns to Everest for another climbing season with legendary expedition leader Russell Brice and a new team of daring men and women. After The ClimbHost Phil Keoghan has a fireside chat with five climbers from Everest: Beyond the Limit 2 and several renowned Everest veterans to discuss their personal duel with the tallest mountain on Earth. Everest is a place where the smallest mistake can be fatal. Life death the tragic past the hopeful future dreams and a nightmare; that's what survivors of Mt. Everest talk about After the Climb. British HeroesThese two remarkable programmes follow two remarkable climbers as they set out to conquer Everest. First David Tait wants to be the first person to make a double traverse of the Everest while Rod Baber an experienced mountaineer who has climbed all of the tallest peaks in Europe sets out for his biggest challenge yet - the summit of Everest.
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.
Riverdance 2002 | DVD | (13/05/2002)
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Over 13 million people worldwide have now seen Riverdance since its premier in Dublin in 1995. It is still the most successful and biggest dance show in the world. This latest recording filmed live in Geneva captures the show in its newest production. With its ground-breaking numbers new costumes and dance routines this DVD proves why Riverdance is the world's most popular dance show!
Giselle | DVD | (15/05/2000)
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Alolphe Adam's Giselle is the first of the great classical ballets and this production was choreographed by Patrice Bart and filmed at La Scala in Milan.
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
David Attenborough's Life Of Birds | DVD | (04/12/2000)
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Like the albatross glimpsed in the beginning of this 10-part series The Life of Birds quickly takes flight. Sir David Attenborough hosts this unprecedented and extraordinary global look at the magnificent and often curious winged species with which we share our planet. Like the best wildlife shows, The Life of Birds offers a fresh and accessible view of creatures we may take for granted (didn't Alfred Hitchcock warn us about that?). The focus of this series is not on the different bird species, but on bird behaviour. Remarkable and awe-inspiring footage preserves the wide range of tools and techniques with which birds fly, hunt for food, attract a mate, hatch their chicks and defend themselves against predators. Attenborough pops up in the most remote, most exotic locales, with occasional comic effect: at one point, night-vision cameras capture the rare sight of the nocturnal kiwi as it forages for food on a New Zealand beach; the camera pans to reveal scant paces away our guide shining a flashlight on the nonplussed bird. --Donald Liebenson
Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
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
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!
Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill | DVD | (12/07/2006)
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Three features from choreographer Christopher Bruce including: 'Silence Is The End Of Our Song (1983)' 'Rooster (1994)' and 'Swansong (1989)'.
Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949 Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi Jeanmaire using the Bizet score.Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had approached Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet based on Bizet and scored only for strings and percussion instruments was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and in its theatricality a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story deeply symbolic and overtly sensual premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20 1967.
Extreme Fishing Complete Series 1-3 | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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This thrilling adventure series takes actor and passionate fisherman Robson Green on the adventure of a lifetime to the greatest fishing destinations ever seen. Spanning 23 countries across six continents and with over 16 hours of fishing this nine-disc boxed set contains the complete Series One to Three of Extreme Fishing with Robson Green. From Alaska to Australia Robson Green is out to find the greatest fishing the world has to offer searching for the largest fastest strongest and deadliest of catches. Along the way he finds himself dicing with death in Japan; Island hopping in Canada; hunting giant Catfish in Spain; coming face to face with the ferocious Bull Shark in Florida; and much much more!
The Ultimate Family Game Collection - Test The Nation/Telly Addicts/Beat The Intro | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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Telly Addicts 2: With over 1200 new questions Noel Edmunds is back with another edition of the highly popular and entertaining Telly Addicts interactive DVD game. Beat The Intro 3: The first and the best music DVD game is back! It's the ultimate music quiz! Whether you like your 60s disco 80s rock or 00s hits you'll love Beat the Intro. Test your music knowledge against the clock it's fun for all of the family. Family Fortunes 2: Now you and your family can play Family Fortunes 'live' on your home TV all you need is the DVD remote! It's the interactive DVD game for the whole family and it's packed with actual questions from the show - play all your favourite question rounds... but can your team `steal; the dosh in a Double Money round? Will they beat the clock and the other team and guess all the top answers in a Big Money Round? Then there's always the Viewer's Question where everyone can score some extra money. Avoid the dreaded 'Uh-Uh' wrong answer sound and your team may just win the game! So sit back grab the remote and get ready with your 'top answers'.
Planet Earth/Life | Blu Ray | (30/11/2009)
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Titles comprise: Life: This ten-part natural history blockbuster shot in HD is the definitive exploration of the diversity of life on Earth revealing the most spectacular and fascinating behaviour driven by the endless struggle to survive. Life stars a cast of 'box-office' wildlife characters filmed on every continent and in every habitat across the world with each drama-filled episode entirely dedicated to one of the planet's ten most important wildlife groups. Planet Earth: Four years in production over 2000 days in the field using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved wildest and most elusive creatures.
Coast Series 1-4 Boxset | DVD | (24/08/2009)
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Discover the curious relationship between the British and the seas in all the episodes of the first 4 series of the popular BBC show.
Lion Man Series 1-3 Box Set | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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Lion Man: Series 1 - 3 Box Set (12 Discs)