David Attenborough reveals a secret universe - it is teeming with life and is all around us yet we never see it. It is the world of the very small and it is a world of sex drugs and violence. Here David shows us not just bugs beetles and creepy-crawlies but scorpions and centipedes mites and mantids spiders and dragonflies. And not just life in the undergrowth but the dramatic battles between predator and prey that are happening in the corner of your living room and in your la
Now Karl's turned 40 and has officially hit middle age it's time for him to re-assess his life. He's not married he doesn't have kids he's got a job where he's known as an 'idiot' and he's known for being miserable. He's classic 'mid-life crisis' material. As Karl attempts to put his life in order he'll be dispatched around the world on a crash course to find out how other cultures deal with life's big questions. The ups and downs of Karl's experiences will be contrasted against the beautiful geography of the countries he visits captured on HD with stunning aerial photography.
Encounters in the Natural World brings together five stunning films from legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Featuring previously unseen breathtaking scenery and wildlife these films span the globe from desert to jungle to tropical to frozen. They detail the rich tapestry of life on our planet and how we interact with it. There are moments of visual poetry and profound insight. And there is always humour. These films like all of Werner Herzog's work shine a light on the way we live in the world. And we are the better for it. Titles Comprise: 1. Encounters at the End of the World: Herzog ventures into the beautiful polar landscape of Antarctica discovering the unique and previously unrecorded wildlife living there and gains rare access to the hidden society of scientists who call this place home. 2. Grizzly Man: The acclaimed portrait of Timothy Treadwell a charismatic bear enthusiast who lived amongst these powerful predators in remote parts of Alaska for thirteen summers before succumbing to their ferocious nature. 3. The White Diamond: The visually stunning story of Graham Dorrington's quest to fly a custom-built airship over the rain forest canopies of Guyana whilst battling to overcome the haunting memories of a similar expedition that ended tragically with the death of his friend. 4. La Soufri''re: As a volcano is about to erupt on the island of Guadaloupe all inhabitants flee for their lives apart from one man who refuses to leave and accepts his fate at the hands of nature. 5. The Flying Doctors of East Africa: Herzog's stunning portrait of the flying doctors service of the African Medicinal Research Foundation and the people who devote their lives to it.
Eagle Island: A Year On The Isle Of Mull is a beautiful wildlife film made for BBC's Natural World featuring spectacular shots of eagles in the nest an abundance of marine life and draw dropping shots of the dramatic Scottish landscape. Expert cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan returns to his homeland to rediscover its stunning wildelife and magnificent scenary. The Ilse of Mull has the highest density of eagles in the UK otters in every bay and even whales sh
National Geographic: Dan Cruickshank's Great Railway Adventres (Steam Revolution / Brilliant Brunel / War Heroes)
The Story Of Science tells the story of the forces that came together to create scientific knowledge; the practical business of making instruments and machines; the great forces of history - revolutions voyages of discovery and artistic movements - and the dogged determination of scientists and experimenters. This is the story of how scientific ideas shaped the modern world and how science made history. For 3 000 years people have wrestled with the great questions of existence. What is out there what is the world made of where did we come from? Across the series the audience will come on a journey to discover how vital science is to all our lives today covering the following key questions?
Dog Training The john Fisher Way has been designed to bring you the very best of John Fisher's dog training methods to help you establish a good relationship with your dog from day one. Beginning with puppies selecting the right breed for your lifestyle and early socialisation the programme will then take you through every aspect of pet dog care helping you to avoid the most common problems that arise. Dog Training The John Fisher Way provides you with everything you need to know
The epic story of the beginning of life on Earth from the much loved and respected naturalist writer and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. Spanning billions of years Attenborough's time-travelling narrative brings you face to face with the first animals that ever existed.
Series three of Born Survivor sees presenter Bear Grylls travel to the furthest ends of the earth in search of action and adventure. From the jagged peaks of the Baja peninsula to the scorching sands of Namibia Bear takes on almost impossible obstacles; battling the elements to show you how to survive in some of the world's toughest places. As if the environments weren't dangerous enough Bear takes on the wildlife; he wrestles an alligator in the Louisiana swamps reacts violently to a bee-sting in Mexico and goes into underground tunnels hunting for porcupine with the San bushmen in Namibia.
All the British raptors and Owls: High quality footage has been filmed to show both the raptors (day-flying birds of prey) and the owls. Featured species: Kestrel Merlin Hobby Red-footed Falcon Peregrine Gyr Falcon Sparrowhawk Goshawk Marsh Harrier Hen Harrier Montagu's Harrier Red Kite Black Kite Honey Buzzard Common Buzzard Rough-legged Buzzard Osprey Golden Eagle White-tailed Eagle Barn Owl Little Owl Tawny Owl Long-eared Owl Short-eared Owl and Snowy Owl. 25 species in total.
DreamWorks Animation return with this adventure which centres on four animal friends, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra.
Using exclusive access and the latest technology this extraordinary documentary DVD seeks to understand more about the lives the history and the uncertain future of our endangered relative the gorilla. Only discovered a century ago mountain gorillas inhabit a fragile world. A small number of families cling to existence on the forested peaks of isolated volcanoes in three war-torn countries surrounded on all sides by a growing human population. Mountain gorillas live in highly social families held together by long-term bonds often resembling the way that we ourselves live. Mountain Gorillas closely follows one of the families and the team's exclusive access means that for the first time they can use night vision technology to film the gorillas' secret night-time routines. There are a great number of threats to the safety of this family. Poachers are rife and snares have been left throughout the forest - one gorilla in the family has a painfully swollen hand caused by a snare that remains tightly embedded around his wrist. However even the best intentions can cause the gorillas harm as well meaning tourists can transmit diseases that can prove fatal. This series meets the dedicated team of eight vets belonging to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project who are working hard to protect the future of the mountain gorilla. For years they have provided emergency medical care that has saved many of the gorillas' lives. However they are not alone in helping the species - vets rangers researchers and conservationists all work together to raise awareness of the benefits of this unique species - but their dedicated work will only succeed with the support of all those who share the land with them. This is the most intimate portrait of gorilla life to date and reveals how if the mountain gorillas are to survive a close connection between them and the local people must remain.
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
This programme makes up the first part of Season 4 Born Survivor which will be released in its entirety later on in the year. Titles Comprise: 1. Alabama 2. Texas 3. Alaska 4. The Inside Story
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
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
The following selection includes some of the best-known and loved of British birds. Covering identification and behaviour this DVD will give you an amazing insight into the world of birds and how they live. Towns, Parks & Gardens:Seen in town and country these birds are adaptable to different habitats and can be spotted in domestic gardens. They all enjoy secure survival status except the Song Thrush which is being forced out of its traditional farmland habitat by radical changes to farming practice over the past 30 to 40 years. Song Thrush Starling Robin Blue Tit Goldfinch Woodlands & Forests:Long term secure survival status is assured for all these birds that live in a habitat which has suffered less depredation than others over the past half century. Nightingale Green Woodpecker Goldcrest Buzzard Long-eared Owl
Wild Fisherman Mozambique follows Matt Hayes as he joins local guide Wesley Peens to fish one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world, in an effort to catch a giant trevally on the fly. In four action packed episodes, Matt embarks on a fishing adventure that sees him combat extreme weather, desert roads and a wild, untamed landscape.
Walking with Dinosaurs, which must have surprised even its makers by reaching the viewing figures usually reserved for royal weddings, was the undoubted television event of 1999. (The companion book and soundtrack album became bestsellers, too.) Extending the computer animation techniques developed for Jurassic Park (1993) these six 30-minute programmes, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, became the first blockbuster special-effects documentary. Here was natural history with a difference, recreating "the lost world" of the Cretaceous and Mesozoic with modern technology, the remarkable visuals enabling the programme-makers to show what life may have been like during the estimated 160 million years "when dinosaurs ruled the Earth". As well as the dinosaurs, the series investigates the plants, insects, climate and geography of the distant past, and considers the mystery of why the creatures became extinct so suddenly. There has been some argument over how much is scientific fact, and how much is entertaining speculation--after all, Life on Earth (1978) and The Living Planet (1984) had the advantage of living subjects to film--but for the moment this series must stand as the definitive visual chronicle of the life and times of the fascinating "terrible lizards". A year later the BBC followed this with the surprisingly sympathetic The Ballad of Big Al (about a youthful Allosaurus), before the equally ambitious, and equally enthralling Walking with Beasts (2001). On the DVD: Those interested in special effects techniques will appreciate the inclusion of a 50-minute "making of" documentary (which is also on the VHS). There's also an informative director's commentary, plus some behind-the-scenes picture sequences and additional graphics. The sound is vivid Dolby stereo and the picture is anamorphic 16:9 widescreen.--Gary S Dalkin
Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965 Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists ethnic Chinese and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number. Special Features: Director's Cut
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