Titles Comprise: Sharks 3D: Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau this is a breathtaking film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species including the Great White Hammerhead and Whale Shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures but wild fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth Dolphins & Whales: Tribes of the Ocean 3D: An awe-inspiring and entertaining film. Narrated by Daryl Hannah it takes you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Through stunning images captured for the very first time in 3D view their lives and habitats as never-before-seen. Come so close to wild dolphins and belugas you will virtually touch them! Ocean Wonderland 3D: This fascinating documentary takes you on a stunning visual and sensorial diving adventure beneath the waves to the pulsating heart of the oceans: the coral reefs. Join your friendly host Aris the turtle and enter this magical and beautiful yet endangered and fragile world from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Bahamas. Discover the vast bio-diversity thriving there and the crucial role played by coral reefs within the marine ecosystem by providing a habitat and food for a wide variety of fish species and maintaining the well-being of our planet.
Circling the globe on a northern adventure Simon Reeve circumnavigates the globe around the 22 835 mile long Tropic of Cancer visiting 18 different countries meeting amazing people witnessing bizarre and beautiful sights and encountering spectacular and endangered wildlife. Starting in Baja California - the long strip of Mexico that descends into the Pacific Ocean Simon travels through Cuba the Bahamas Mauritania the wastelands of Southern Libya India Bangladesh and Burma before finally reaching the some of the most beautiful (and also some of the dirtiest) beaches in the world. From gorgeous landscapes to deserts small fishing villages to violent drug wars Simon finds out what makes these places fascinatingly unique.
Adventurer Bear Grylls shows how to survive in Scotland's Cairngorm National Park. Half a million people visit to walk in the glens or climb in the mountains but few realise it's classed as an Artic landscape. Thirty tourists die every year. Bear shows how navigate using ice formations and moss growth and tests snow slopes for avalanche potential. He uses moss to purify water and skins a red deer for shelter. For food he traps and cooks a rabbit. Bear crosses deep marshes which can swallow a man and uses fallen trees to cross ravines. Bonus Programme - Iceland: Half a million tourists visit every year to see the freezing glaciers the steaming geothermal areas and the huge black sand deserts. One thousand need to be rescued. Bear demonstrates how to make a snow cave find water in deep tunnels and avoid frostbite.
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
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
They may look like enormous versions of domestic pets but the lions and tigers of the world are no pussy cats. They are ruthless and successful carnivores of the highest order and they kill to eat. Rob Bredl takes you to see how lions and cheetahs stalk the African plains. Then even in the darkest moments of survival you will appreicate the agility of the Californian cougar as it pounces from above....
Get half a dozen species of the fascinating and lethal rattlesnake right into your living room! We encounter the aggressive Western Diamondback and the hair-raising Sidewinder on our trip across North America. Witness also the fascinating lifestyle of the lethal pit vipers. Ever wanted to get close to the Cobra? Now you have the chance! The Cobra is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and in Thailand it's also one of the most common reptiles. The snake is more than just a threat as it performs an important service in the ecosystem. Wildlife Paradise gives you the world's most fascinating snakes and shows how each has uniquely evolved to efficiently hunt and kill for survival!
Baraka is a non-narrative visual poem addressing, according to director Ron Fricke, "humanity's relationship with the eternal." The title means "breath of life" or "a blessing" and the film unfolds into a tapestry of global images shot over 13 months in 24 countries, comparable to, but far more ambitious than Koyaanisqatsi (1983) which Fricke also wrote, edited and photographed. Like Bernardo Bertolucci's similarly meditative Little Buddha (1993), Baraka was designed as a powerful audio-visual experience, one of a handful of films made in the 1990s to revive the immensely cinematic 70mm process. Filled with staggeringly beautiful vistas which are striking, rich in detail and immaculately composed, the screen is complemented by an immersive Dolby Digital soundtrack fusing natural sounds with a haunting world music score. (At one point composer Michael Stearns combines Japan's Kodo Drummers, a Scottish bagpipe ensemble and a Tibetan water music orchestra.) Baraka encourages the audience to think or be entranced, and depending on mood and circumstance it can enthral or bore. With its epic, trans-human scale, vast formal grandeur, depersonalised abstraction, startling juxtapositions and avowed ambition to be the ultimate non-verbal film, Fricke has created a visionary experience akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the DVD: Baraka is accurately transferred at the original 70mm theatrical ratio of 2.2:1, not as the packaging says as 2.35:1. The picture quality is superlative, with virtually no flaws and razor-sharp images. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is equally outstanding. The extras are presented at 4:3 with letterboxed clips, and being video based offer lower image quality. These special features play for approximately 25 minutes and, apart from the original theatrical trailer, are divided into three sections containing significant overlaps between the material. The "making of" documentary and the collection of to-camera comments from members of the production team are both interesting, but the behind the scenes location filming footage adds little substance. --Gary S Dalkin
DreamWorks Animation return with this adventure which centres on four animal friends, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra.
One ocean 25 000 islands half the water on Earth. The Pacific includes some of the most remote spots on the planet - yet there's not a single island that has avoided colonizers whether it be plants animals or humans - and generally all three. Go beyond clich''d images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches to explore this immense and surprising ocean as it has never been seen before.
Watch an intrepid team of modern day explorers zoologists naturalists and botanists as they travel to the far corners of the globe in search of new species and help local conservation teams. Discover the lost land of the Jaguar. In a bid to discover new species and help Guyana protect its environment the expedition team ventures into some of the remote jungle on earth tracking down the giants of the area; the Anaconda the Jaguar the giant Anteaters the Turtles and the enormous Harpy Eagle. Explore the lost land of the volcano. New Guinea is one the most species-rich areas on Earth but its landscape so inaccessible that much of the wildlife is barely known. Watch the team ast hey delve into the depths exploring the remote rainforests rugged mountains and raging underground rivers that make up this mysterious land. Join the lost land of the Tiger. The first ever expedition to venture high into the Himalayas in search of big cats. Closed to outsiders for years Bhutan is a forgotten world. No one knows how many Tigers prowl the jungles and mountains here but they are going to find out.
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8 000-pound orcas or 'killer whales' soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus - beloved as a majestic friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Special Features: Cinema Trailer Sheffield Doc Fest Q & A
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 year is 2020 and the world faces the ultimate threat. Not nuclear war or a terrorist attack but the eruption of a gigantic 'supervolcano' simmering beneath Yellowstone Park. The last eruption of this kind plunged the world into darkness for six years triggered the last Ice Age and reduced the human population to just 2 000 people. Scientists know that the molten lava bulging against the Earth's crust in Yellowstone will explode; it's just a question of when.This power
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
National Geographic: Elephants Collection (Giants of Etosha / Elephants Rage / Reflections on Elephants) (2 Discs)
An inspiring lookat how one family's connection to each other and their surroundings is a model of resilience and fortitude for us all. The story features the coming of age of a young meerkat pup Kolo growing up in the Kalahari desert. Shot using ground-breaking techniques this dramatised documentary is a one-of-a-kind presentation from The Weinstein Company and the BBC the world's pre-eminent nature filmmakers.
A secret cave deep within the mountains of Pakistan is one of the last refuges of the snow leopard - the rarest and most beautiful of all the big cats. Journalist Nisar Malik has decided to use his news skills to help promote and protect this highly endangered species. For Nisar this is a journey of discovery in which he finds beauty and peace in a place that he previously portrayed as dangerous and evil. For the viewer the film offers a journey into a misrepresented and unknown part of the world.
An offbeat and fascinating series that investigates the world's weirdest natural events, using first-hand accounts and footage as it unravels the science behind extraordinary phenomena. You'd think nothing nature could do would surprise us, but every year seriously bizarre things happen that seem to defy its laws, puzzling witnesses and experts alike. Exploding toads, birds dying in mid air, blood-red rain, caterpillars cocooning cars - weird events that people don't understand and frequently fear. Stylish graphics, clever use of science and an irreverent approach create this quirky and original take on the most sensationally strange stories from the natural world.
Presented by Steve Irwin; the Australian conservationist and 'Crocodile Hunter' his adventures made all the more poignant due to his untimely death on September 4 2006. His fearlessness in facing the deadliest of all species was his passion and while filming his newest series he was killed by the normally docile Sting-ray. Steve's filmed adventures remain a tribute to the man who brought light-entertainment combined with heart-pounding action to the world. Steve's ultimate aim was t
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