National Geographic: Extreme Universe (2 Discs)
Luc Besson first gained national recognition with his eighties cyberpunk classic Subway. This was shortly followed by the mystical drama of The Big Blue. By the 1990's he was taking on Hollywood with his own new-wave style visionary imagination and intellect with groundbreaking action films such as Nikita and the classic Leon. The rarely seen Atlantis on the other hand is one of Besson's most elusive personal and accomplished pieces of work. As an unofficial companion piece to The Big Blue Atlantis is a powerfully hypnotic sensory experience. Never before (or since) has underwater sea life been captured on camera with such cinematic verve. Surreal humorous alarming and genuinely fascinating Atlantis contains some truly unforgettable imagery. With a soundtrack by celebrated composer Eric Serra Atlantis is an exceptionally haunting piece of original cinema.
Delve further into the mysteries of The Universe and follow the galactic path it has taken into the world far beyond the realms of our own. Prepare to be enlightened by how discoveries have been made in other galaxies where no man has set foot before.
Landing on St Kilda were a small but intrepid team of explorers historians and wildlife experts. Seasoned BBC faces they comprised a balance of scientific know-how adventurous spirit and dynamic entertaining characters. Our dream team includes wildlife enthusiast Kate Humble; historian Dan Snow and climber and biologist Steve Backshall.
This feature-length documentary follows the explorer Bear Grylls and his friend Gilo Cardozo as they prepare to fly over the summit of Mount Everest. They will be strapped onto flimsy paraglide chutes powered by backpack motors or paramotors as they are know to aficionados. First Gilo must single-handedly design and build a paramotor that can go a full 3000 metres higher than any other engine or indeed paramotor has gone before. Bear takes charge of their survival strategy. The pair face temperatures of -40C that will instantly freeze exposed flesh hurricane-force winds that threaten to dash them against the mountain peaks and very low levels of oxygen. As the day of the flight approaches they face the reality of the challenge ahead and are beset with machine troubles failed test flights and a damaged engine. At his lowest ebb Bear has some uncharacteristic doubts: 'I'd always planned this project to be ambitious but safe; the bottom line is it's ambitious but it's not safe.' Have the pair aimed too high?
Join the BBCs Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, his border collies Maud and Pearl and Australian Kelpie Ronnie, for a day on a working farm high in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire. Cotswolds Farm Park, established in 1971, was Britains first farm park and is still a popular tourist attraction with its fascinating collections of rare British breeds. Working amidst breathtaking Cotswolds scenery, Adam demonstrates the skills of working sheepdogs and explains the art of instructing and handling these magnificent dogs. The dogs are put through their paces and shown rounding up rare cattle breeds, primitive Viking sheep and Cotswolds sheep. Then its off to Leicestershire, to meet some of the very best dogs and the most skilful handlers - in the country at a top sheepdog trial...
The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production over 2000 days in the field using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations 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. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions photography and unique specially developed filming techniques Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.
Box Set Comprises: King Tut's Mystery Tomb Opened: Tracks the intensely emotional and scientific investigation into the identity of the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in more than 80 years. Tutankhamen: Search for the Lost Pharaoh: The discovery of the tomb of this ancient Egyptian in 1922 is the greatest archeological find of all time. No group or individual has ever found an undisturbed Egyptian royal tomb. This program goes behind the glamour and glory of the monumental feat to tell the story of the two men who made it possible. Ultimate Guide: Mummies: Mummies have allowed us to delve into the past and learn about people thousands of years old that we knew little or nothing about. This program will reveal mummification as never before through natural conditions in simple desert burials to the elaborate process of embalming.
Get the complete collection of all 4 series of Animal Planet's award winning series Meerkat Manor in this fabulous 16 DVD box set. Lovingly narrated by Bill Nighy this fantastic series have been appreciated by viewers of all ages on Animal Planet and BBC1 over the last few years. With a movie currently in production it seems that many years of Meerkat Mania lie ahead. This box set charts the early years of the Whiskers tribe right the way through to the new generation in series 4.This box set makes an outstanding gift for all fans of wildlife.
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 to ensure peop
Celebrate the natural world beneath the sea in the company of its greatest explorer.The name Jacques Cousteau has become synonymous with underwater exploration - testament to a long career spent pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and technology, both as a marine biologist and as a filmmaker. Now, with this beautifully presented 3-DVD digipack, experience three of Captain Cousteau's greatest feature-films in the comfort of your own home.The recipients of numerous awards, including multiple Oscars and the Palme D'Or, these films reveal the beauty, majesty, thrill and danger to be found at sea and beneath the waves, from the tropical waters of the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean to the frozen world of Antarctica. Cousteau and his crew face adventures the likes of which few have seen, from the pressures of living in a purpose-built underwater base for weeks at a time, to the life-or-death struggle for survival at the South Pole.
Tonight could be the one. From the creators of Skins comes a witty sexy and emotional drama series about the complicated and hilarious ways that strangers interact on dates in their quest to find love. With confessions lies role-playing crises of confidence and sexual confession abounding stories begin to intertwine and unfold as Dates steps into the social minefield that is 21st Century dating.
Disc 1: Northeast: Explore the beauty of America's Northeast region from the Poconos to the Catskills to the jagged cliffs that skirt the ocean on the coast. These films inspire and educate with stunning views and insights into the national parks of one of America's most majestic regions. Includes: Parks As Classrooms - Search For Acadia - Song Of The Sandy Mooring - Cape Cod - Cape Cod By Henry David Thoreau - Cape Cod: The Sands Of Time - Gateway - Shenandoah: The Gift And A Very Special Place. Disc 2: Southern Us & Virgin Islands: Journey to the southern most reaches of America to discover the bayous of the Gulf coast states with these films about Florida Louisiana and Mississippi's National parks. Then embark to the tropical paradise of the US Virgin Islands with their coral reefs and beaches in these beautifully filmed features that bring you the most spectacular national parks of America's south. Includes: Stewardship - Living Waters Of The Big Cypress - Gulf Islands Beaches Bays Sounds And Bayous - Pa Hay Okee: Grassy Waters - St. John Virgin Islands National Park - Valley Of Vapors: Hot Springs - Peace Like A River - Yukon Charley Rivers And Voices Of The Cave. Disc 3: Midwest & Rocky Mountains: The natural splendour of America's midwest is captured in these features which showcase the majestic beauty of the prairies and the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains. Featuring the mysteries of Yellowstone National Park Grand Teton National Park and much more. Includes: Sleeping Bear Dunes - Pace Of The Seasons In Voyageurs National Park - Earthshapers - Oklahoma Oasis - Bighorn Canyon Experience - Great Sand Dunes - Fantastic Yellowstone - Nature Of Grand Teton - Tower Of Stone - Yellowstone: Living Sculpture And National Parks: An Americal Legacy.
Transporting viewers to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur 3D brings to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived, rendered in visually stunning 3D technology. Most were discovered in the last 10 years and entailed a rewriting of the prehistory books.Palaeontologists now know that dinosaurs spread to every part of the globe, and evolved in ways so monstrous, horrific and bizarre they make T Rex look very tame indeed. Unlike any dinosaur show before it and shot in Stunning 3D CGI this is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action as well as charismatic monsters brought to life on screen. Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series recreates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death.
IMAX: History Box Set (5 Discs)
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: Directors Cut Directors Commentary with Werner Herzog Trailer Errol Morris Essay Q&A with Director Joshua Oppenheimer and Penny Woolcock
From the Walking With... team comes this fantastic new programme looking at what lurks deep in the world's oceans. Representing the majority of our planet's surface extreme pressure and perpetual darkness mean that Earth's final frontier has only been seen through torchlight - until now. Seen through the eyes of a Sperm Whale from infancy to death the marinescape comes vividly to life: the impossibly deep canyons the underwater volcanoes and the spectacular mountain ranges.
This pre-school CGI animated series follows the fortunes of the extremely cute Bee family who live together with friends and relations in the Hive. Pappa Bee Mamma Bee Buzzbee Rubee and little Babee are really just like any other family except they are tiny stripey and can fly!
Jonathan Donald (Lawrence Fox - Lewis) is a fast car salesman who's as happy with his champagne lifestyle as he is with his six-figure pay-packet. He's invincible - in his world there's no problem money can't solve. So when he finds himself in court awaiting a fine for a drink-driving offence he's not remotely worried. What he isn't expecting is to be facing a disgruntled judge with a flair for creative sentencing - in Jonathan's case a 100 hour community service order. And when he turns up at the Moonbeam Club a drop in centre for young adults with learning disabilities he certainly isn't expecting to enjoy himself. Jonathan meets Freddie (Jack McMullen - Waterloo Road) at the end of his first day a hyperactive 20-year-old with a wicked sense of humour and a terminal illness. Freddie has grown up in care and has never been part of a real family. His last impossible wish is to have a traditional family Christmas. In a move that comes as a surprise to everyone Jonathan devotes his time to making Freddie's final wish come true. With the clock ticking Jonathan's mad dash to create the perfect Christmas family gathering involves a motley crew of petty criminals dodgy geezers and possibly the most loving relations Freddie will ever know. This beautifully told story with moments of both joy and sadness is wrapped with good humor and bundles of Christmas spirit. Also starring Tamzin Outhwaite as Patsy Morgan (Paradox; The Fixed; Hotel Babylon) and Sarah Smart as Laura Cooper (Wallander; Casualty; Five Days 1) and directed by David Richards (Foyles War; Wild at Heart).
This terrifying programme follows renowned animal lover Steve Irwin on a trip of a lifetime as he sets out to find the worlds 10 most venomous snakes all of which are found in Australia. This is Steve as his very best as he travels thousands of miles from Darwin in the North to Reevesby Island south of Adelaide to find handle and explain about the deadliest snakes in the world. Highlights include the Death Adder which wriggles its tail like a worm to lure its prey the Tiger Sna
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