The Blue Planet narrated by Sir David Attenborough is an epic new guide to the strange and spectacular denizens of our world's vast oceans. We know less about the oceans than we do about the surface of the moon yet the sea covers two-thirds of our planet. From the familiar to the unknown
Specially filmed footage of 43 species of our commoner birds. It begins with an introduction to bird songs and then features close-up footage of the birds. The bird songs are superb viewing in their own right but the commentary provides a wealth of hints and tips on the diagnostic features of each species and how to recognise them. Includes: Collared Dove Wood Pigeon Cuckoo Swallow Skylark Meadow Pipit Tree Pipit Wren Dunnock Robin Nightingale Thrushes: Blackbird Mistle Thrush Song Thrush Warblers: Common Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat Blackcap Garden Warbler Sedge Warbler Reed Warbler Chiffchaff Willow Warbler Wood Warbler Goldcrest Tits: Blue Tit Great Tit Coal Tit Willow Tit Marsh Tit Long-tailed Tit Nuthatch Treecreeper Starling House Sparrow Tree Sparrow Finches: Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch Linnet Buntings: Yellowhammer Reed Bunting Corn Bunting Dawn Chorus.
Walking with DinosaursIn 1999 the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs TV series changed the way we saw dinosaurs forever. This revolutionary show takes viewers right into the dinosaurs' world showing them as if they were alive and filmed in the wild. Since then the series has been seen by millions of people around the world and has won three Emmy awards. It brings to life the mystery and excitement of the age when these reptiles roamed our planet. The makers of Walking with Dinosaurs returned to make two specials The Ballad of Big Al and Land of Giants and The Giant Claw to continue to delight fans of the original series. Special Features: Enhanced Picture-in-Picture Sequences The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs The Ballad of Big AlYears ago an amazing fossil was unearthed in Wyoming USA. Not only were the bones they found those of a dinosaur 'Big Al' but the skeleton of this creature was very nearly complete. The first programme follows his life – a 15-year story of a lone battle against formidable prey and voracious predators whilst the second programme traces the scientific evidence of Big Al. Special Features: Photo Gallery Storyboard Comparison Land of Giants and The Giant ClawIn Land of Giants we join the adventuring zoologist Nigel Marven as he visits the Argentinean landscape of 100 million years ago to attempt to see the biggest land predator bring down the biggest land prey but will he succeed? In The Giant Claw Nigel travels back 75 million years to Mongolia to track down the owner of the largest claws ever discovered. Negotiating the hazards of the Cretaceous is no walk in the park - will he live to discover the true nature of his quarry? Special Features: Fact Files Interviews with Tim Haines Jasper James and Nigel Marven
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
Every episode of the US comedy following the struggles of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a boy with the IQ of a genius, and his family.
A star-studded production from New York's Metropolitan Opera with Aprile Millo and Placido Domingo in the lead roles supported by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; conducted by James Levine. Please note: This is a NTSC disc please ensure the compatibility of your TV.
Of all Puccini's major operas, the intimate tragedy of Madama Butterfly is least in need of elaborate staging and might therefore benefit most from the close scrutiny of film. The story is domestic, the setting Spartan, the incidental characters kept to a minimum. This 1974 version, however, demonstrates that Butterfly still needs a healthy injection of proscenium arch melodrama. Director Jean-Pierre Ponelle's production strives for realism but remains unfortunately studio-bound, having neither the benefit of location filming nor the heightened reality of an opera stage. The exterior is a perpetually fog-shrouded heath of indeterminate locale; the interior is cramped and unadorned. The setting is just too prosaic to contain the epic emotions of grand opera. Thankfully, the cast is superb, headed by Placido Domingo's rakish Pinkerton and Mirella Freni's rubicund Butterfly. Their singing is incomparable, as is Herbert von Karajan's musical direction of the Vienna Phil. The singers mime to pre-recorded music, which is occasionally disconcerting since when film demands close-ups opera provides broad gestures. Musically, this Butterfly is impeccable. Visually it adds nothing that could not be seen to better effect in a stage version. On the DVD: Madama Butterfly is presented disappointingly on disc in a poor NTSC transfer full of distracting graininess that makes every scene, both inside and out, look like it takes place in an omnipresent drizzle. Sound is reasonable stereo and adequate 5.0 surround. There are subtitles in the major European languages as well as Chinese, and the booklet contains a background essay plus synopsis. --Mark Walker
Bruce Parry presenter of the BBC's Tribe has travelled the length of the Amazon to film a major new series for BBC Two.
Journey through the past, present and future of Earth as History explores the very real beginnings of our planet, thepotentially catastrophic results of our own behaviour on it, and the possibility of a world wiped clean of humanity. Includes:How The Earth Was Made:History goes back in time, from 4.5 billion years ago to today, to reveal the mystery of geology across the world. Spectacular onlocation shooting and dramatic graphics combine to show how the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have literally shaped the world we live in.A Global Warning?:Arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, glaciers are shrinking at alarming rates, and the Earth is getting unmistakably warmer. Is this vast, potentially catastrophic, climate change the result of human behaviour? History offers an in-depth study of the science behind this controversial, hot-button issue.Life After People:What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared? This isn't the story of how we might vanish - it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. Examining how the very landscape of planet Earth would change in our absence.
The Truth About Climate Change is a two part documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough who asks the question 'What is the future for our world?' Some extraordinary phenomena have taken place in recent times; Hurricane Katrina the heat wave of 2003 polar bears swimming in search of ice and vast swarms of insects enveloping an African village. But are these isolated incidents or are they omens of a greater global change? Sir David discovers that the world is warming at an unprecedented rate and finds out why this is now far beyond any normal allowance for cyclical fluctuation. But are humans to blame? These changes are already in motion whatever we do now but Sir David believes that we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe. People around the world are having to adapt their way of life as the climate changes; the Inuit in the Arctic whose hunting is now limited the Pacific island inhabitants forced to move as their homes disappear beneath the waves and the Siberian homes slowly sinking into the permafrost. Sir David investigates some of the possible scenarios for the future including rising sea levels insect plagues and an increase in diseases.
Scotland's Hebrides are Europe's final frontier against the wild and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. This landmark wildlife series, is narrated by Ewan McGregor and shot in breathtaking HD. The series introduces an unforgettable wild animal cast struggling to survive, on these magical islands. In the course of a wild year, we meet otters, dolphins, eagles, seals and many other charismatic creatures filmed by some of the greatest wildlife camera talent in the world. Compelling story-telling co...
A performance of Verdi's opera 'Il Trovatore' by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; conducted by James Levine. Singers include: Eva Marton Luciano Pavarotti Sherril Milnes and Dolora Zajick; directed by Brian Large.
Prepare to immerse yourself in an alien world as if you were standing there yourself. Giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; storms twice the size of Earth coloured blood red by a vortex of dust and gases; immense volcanoes that could rip a planet apart - this series reveals the true and awesome beauty of our solar system. Using the very latest breathtaking images sent directly from space groundbreaking CGI transforms the static into the dramatic. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune the series has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes rovers and telescopes currently in space and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet.
James Cameron heads back into the depths for this underwater IMAX extravaganza.
Dr Jacob Bronowski traces the history of mankind's cultural development from primitive times to the present day.
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
Martin Clunes embarks on an epic journey around a remarkably varied range of islands that just happens to be in our own backyard. He will travel from Britain''s far northern coastline to the southerly shores to visit some of the hundreds of islands that pepper our shores.
This informative guide to birds of the British Isles includes all the familiar birds that we see everyday to the rarest that are seldom seen. This programme is an ideal guide for youngsters learning to identify birds experienced birdwatchers or anyone with a bird table who enjoys watching their antics from the comfort of an armchair. Special menus highlight various facts about each of the 72 birds featured from diet and wingspan to population numbers and breeding locations.
Fresh from their partnership on Little House On The Prairie Michael Landon and Victor French are reunited in the wonderful television drama Highway To Heaven. Jonathan Smith isn’t your average helpful handyman he’s an angel with a mission from God. Accompanied by ex-cop Mark Gordon whose troubled life Jonathan once helped turn around he travels the country guiding the lost and suffering back towards the Highway To Heaven. Available for the first time in one complete box set collection this 30 disc-set contains every single episode plus some great extras including exclusive rare outtakes and the feature-length documentary - Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love.
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