Introduced and presented by David Attenborough, Great Wildlife Moments is a feature-length anthology that compiles some of the most memorable moments from the BBC Wildlife Unit. With a running time of 108 minutes it consists of 38 sequences drawn from the greatest archive of natural-history filmmaking in the world, breathtaking television spanning the entire biosphere from never-before-seen creatures in the ocean depths (Blue Planet, 2001) to Attenborough himself in zero gravity high above the Earth (The Living Planet, 1984). The anthology is divided into seven chapters covering different environments from "Snow and Ice" to "Jungles", an approach that both gives structure to the film and offers an effective vision of the sheer diversity of life on planet Earth. Most people's favourite sequences will be found here, from a killer whale taking a sea lion on the beach in The Trials of Life (1990) to Attenborough communing with mountain gorillas in Life on Earth (1979). Other segments come variously from BBC wildlife specials, Wildlife on One, The Natural World, The Kingdom of the Ice Bear (1985), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Attenborough in Paradise (1996), The Life of Birds (1998) and The Life of Mammals (2002), with additional narrators including John Hurt, Andrew Sachs and Simon King. This is a fine selection made all the more rewarding by Attenborough's endless enthusiasm and celebration of the world about us. On the DVD: Great Wildlife Moments is presented at 16:9, anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. Unfortunately most of the material was originally shot for traditional 4:3 broadcast and so has been reformatted by carefully cropping shots at the top and/or bottom. For the most part this works acceptably with little of visual significance lost, though a sequence of emperor penguins from Life in the Freezer is ruined. Only one 4:3 segment--Attenborough high in the rainforest from Attenborough in Paradise--has been presented in its original ratio. Picture quality varies depending on the age of the clips, with material from Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals being flawless and older footage offering some grain, which is never too distracting. Sound is again variable, the Dolby Prologic soundtrack effectively smoothing the transitions between older mono soundtracks and more recent surround sound. The main extra is a fine commentary that is specific to each sequence and calls on the original producers, directors or cameramen (most but not every section has a commentary), while a 12-minute "making of" is actually more of an extended trailer for other BBC wildlife DVDs. The disc also includes a useful BBC Natural History Unit filmography. --Gary S Dalkin
David Attenborough's thrilling series taking us on a guided tour through the secret world of plants is captured on this amazing video. The account of plant life's struggle for survival is seen as never before in a story full of drama beauty and staggering achievement. Attenborough takes us through each aspect of plants' lives travelling growing flowering their struggle with other plants and animals and the ingenious way they adapt to even the harshest of conditions. From the
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.
All six episodes from the third series of the documentary presented by esteemed British naturalist David Attenborough exploring some of the natural world's greatest curiosities. Among the issues examined by Attenborough are IQ research on orangutans and crows, the eating methods of large constrictor snakes and the powers of regeneration. The episodes are: 'Impossible Feats', 'Curious Minds', 'Expandable Bodies', 'Curious Feeders', 'Curious Cures' and 'Remarkable Regeneration'.
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
DreamWorks Animation return with this adventure which centres on four animal friends, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra.
'Nothing in the natural world makes sense - except when seen in the light of evolution.' David Attenborough A personal insight from the world's favourite naturalist into Darwin's theory of evolution. This special documentary was made to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On The Origin Of Species'. Darwin's great insight - that life has evolved over millions of years by natural selection - has been the corne...
Take a 500 million-year journey back through time and discover the epic story of the vertebrates. David Attenborough has spent his career marvelling at the beauty and variety of animal life on Earth constantly in awe of the incredible diversity of creatures that have evolved from just a handful of ancient life forms. Now with newly discovered fossil sites and advances in scientific research David can piece together biological clues from animals alive today to make the extraordinary connections that explain how the incredible range of creatures on Earth came to be. On an eye-opening journey that combines captivating CGI graphics with groundbreaking natural history footage David also reveals some fascinating truths about our own human biology and uncovers some of the amazing ways that our bodies today still bare the traces of this epic evolutionary story.
David Attenborough's remarkable 1990 landmark series has been re-mastered for this release sharper and clearer than it has ever been seen before. Examining animal behaviour from birth to adulthood, twelve 50-minute episodes each feature a different aspect of the journey through life, from finding food and hunting to making homes and protecting the next generation. The series remains a TV classic, renowned for its many incredible wildlife sequences including killer whales beaching themselves to catch sea lions, chimpanzees undertaking a brutal hunt for colobus monkeys, footage from the inside of an army ant bivouac and the amazing surge to the sea of millions of red crabs in Christmas Island.
One of the most beautiful and complex 3D projects ever filmed. 'Galapagos is one of the wonder places of the world a laboratory of evolution. Because of Darwin it is always a historic place for any zoologist. Anyone interested in the history of life on Earth and how it came to be really has to come here.' - David Attenborough. In this stunning series David Attenborough peels back the Earth's surface to shed light on the hidden forces that have built and shaped one of its most amazing places: the islands of the Galapagos. This landmark three-part documentary introduces us to a range of extraordinary creatures - from the iconic Giant Tortoise to the courting Waved Albatrosses - while the use of 3D technology allows us to see all this as if we are actually there. The result is a truly mesmerising exploration of the world's most miraculous landscape plant life and animals.
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
Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history film making for over half a century, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet's history. In this unique and important series he delivers his testimony in a trio of spectacular films, focusing on three areas which have transformed most profoundly over his career: film making, science and the environment.
All thirteen original episodes of the ground-breaking wildlife documentary which looked at the principal forms of the planet's wildlife and their ancestry.
Available on blu-ray for the first time ever, Life on Earth, the first of David Attenborough's great surveys of life on the planet has been re-mastered to HD quality - sharper and clearer than it has ever been seen before. The landmark 1979 series tells the story of the development of life on Earth; from the first single-cell organism that appeared in the seas about 3,500 million years ago, to the millions of diverse and complex animals and plants that share the world with us today. It features breathtaking photography and unforgettable footage - including David Attenborough's legendary encounter with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, remarkable film of a live ceolacanth (long believed extinct), a tiny tadpole ejected from the mouth of a Darwin frog and the amazing interior of a cave full of bats.
It's a small world after all... In this revolutionary new series David Attenborough reveals the marvellous adaptability of the most successful group of animals on the planet. Using pioneering macroscopic filmmaking techniques he explores in unparalleled detail the intricate sophisticated behaviours of these fascinating creatures and the complexity of the environments they build and inhabit in a world normally hidden from the human eye. From armies of killer ants to spiders weaving silken trap doors ferocious scorpions with paralysing stings beetles shooting boiling chemicals at their enemies bees communicating with a waggle dance and assassin bugs that clothe themselves in their victims' corpses; David Attenborough will - as never before - take viewers deep into the macroscopic world of bugs.
Filmed in spectacular 3D, join one King Penguin on his incredible adventure from awkward adolescence to fatherhood!
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.
This magnificent series celebrates the incredible variety of the world's best-loved creatures and provides fresh insight into their fascinating way of life. Contains all ten episodes, from the popular BBC series with David Attenborough. To Fly or Not to Fly: When the dinosaurs disappeared, some birds abandoned flight and made a bid to take over the earth. And some are still doing so today. The Mastery of Flight: Speed, endurance and unrivalled agility are the hallmarks of the aces of the sk...
This very special film sees award-winning writer, broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough talk to presenter Kirsty Young about his life and career as he approaches his 90th birthday. Filmed in front of a live audience and with special guests joining them on stage, Kirsty and David discuss the many pivotal moments of his life, from collecting fossils in the Lake District during his childhood through to his pioneering work on natural history programmes that have inspired, entertained and educated so many people around the world. David's fascinating stories are illustrated with footage from the BBC's extensive natural history archive, highlighting some of the most unforgettable moments of his career. The film also uncovers the story behind each moment and finds out what happened after the cameras stopped rolling. Also includes Attenborough And The Giant Dinosaur.
At one and a half times the size of the United States it has a year round population of only 800 people. Three quarters of the world's fresh water envelops it in a layer of ice so thick it conceals mountain ranges as vast as the Alps. And with temperatures seventy degrees below zero centigrade and winds of up to 120 mph Antartica is the coldest loneliest place on Earth. But it is also a place of majestic beauty which can support astonishingly rich and varied forms of wildlife. P
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