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
Walking With Beasts is an introduction to the animals (predominantly mammals) that roamed the earth from the extinction of the dinosaurs until the rise of early humans. The sequel to the BBCs acclaimed and highly successful series Walking With Dinosaurs, Beasts also uses a combination of clever special effects and computer-generated imagery to create a realistic world as it may have appeared millions of years ago. As to be expected from any BBC nature programme, the images are visually stunning; the prehistoric animals look impressively lifelike, interacting seamlessly with each other and their environment to create an entire world that could have been photographed only yesterday. Best of all is Episode 2, "Whale Killer", which follows a female Basilosaurus, an enormous ancient predatory whale, as she travels through shallow seas and along coastlines--the underwater images could have just as easily originated in the BBCs spectacular Blue Planet series. Its unfortunate, therefore, that Walking With Beasts is let down by its script and the often dubious science therein. Episode 3, "The Land of Giants", begins with an anthropomorphic statement better suited to a Disney film than a scientific documentary, referring to the featured animals as "The good [a herbivore or plant-eating animal], the bad [a carnivore or flesh-eating animal] and the ugly [a giant warthog which is, admittedly, pretty ugly]." Still, Walking With Beasts has a host of little touches and flourishes that add to the feeling of realism (the animals knock over the cameras, pebbles hit the lens), which make this programme a success as a piece of pure entertainment and prehistoric escapism. A companion book and soundtrack CD is also available. --Ted Kord
A natural history of a mysterious land The first major series to reveal the wildlife, wild places and extraordinary people of the vast Arabian peninsula, Wild Arabia takes a surprising and beguiling journey into a fascinating region. 1. Sand, Wind and Stars In the beautiful wilderness that is the largest sand desert in the world, Wild Arabia reveals extraordinary wildlife, from the mythical oryx to deadly scorpions; travels with the Bedouins and their camels and encounters mysterious ancien...
Three-part series in which presenter Monty Don visits historical gardens in France. While exploring elaborate designs and displays, Monty discovers how gardens have been used as a form of expression and how French food and art are reflected in the country's horticulture.
Two BBC classic films brought to you in one box set! GhostwatchThe BBC broadcast Ghostwatch on the 31st of October 1992. It seemed to be a live broadcast which was a cross between Crimewatch and the movie Poltergeist. Although pure fiction the masterly combination of great scripting intuitive direction and perfect casting made the supernatural pastiche appear frighteningly real. Despite being part of BBC Drama's Screen One series the presence of Michael Parkinson convinced thousands of people it was real. The drama caused uproar and was banned from repeat transmission for over a decade. Its legacy lives on cited as an inspiration for The Blair Witch Project and Derren Brown's The Séance Ghostwatch is regarded as a classic of the genre. The Stone TapeNigel Kneal's classic ghost story The Stone Tape first broadcast by the BBC in 1972 represents his best work outside of the Quatermas series. A team of scientists eager to discover a new recording medium take over a brooding gothic mansion. On moving in however they find one key room unfinished and the builders refusing to work there. Claims of strange noises and feelings of unease are dismissed. However the scientists soon discover that the renovation work has disturbed something behind the stone walls something ancient and malevolent.
An amazing new perspective on the landscapes and creatures of Africa's wildest places. This is the world's wildest continent as you’ve never seen it before - an intense sensory adventure from the Atlas Mountains, through the Savannah lands to the Cape of Good Hope and from the Roof of Africa and the Kalahari to where the dark rainforests of the Congo meet the Atlantic Ocean. Each episode shifting the focus onto a different region as it contrasts the epic power of the landscape with the dramatic struggles of individual creatures living there. From hidden jungles and ice-blue glaciers to erupting volcanoes and lakes of poison, Africa explores an astonishing array of previously un-filmed locations and discovers bizarre new creatures and behaviours - including some of the rarest fish in the world, exploding insects and lizards that hunt on the backs of lions. This landmark five-part series utilises the latest filming technology to reveal the surprising environments, extraordinary creatures and other fascinating secrets of an amazing continent.
Chris Packham travels to the world's great habitats to reveal how they actually work - despite the huge challenges that nature throws at them. With insight from recent scientific discoveries, Chris delves into complex and interdependent relationships to show why the termite needs the rhino, the shark needs the tiger and the lynx needs the caterpillar.Travelling to the jungles of Borneo and the Amazon, he sees how relentless infestations of insects are responsible for creating the jungles. In Kenya he witnesses how rhinos and giraffes are nurturing and restoring the depleted grasslands. In the North American forests the whole ecosystem crashes and is reborn - and it's all down to a breathtaking feat of timing by its species.Finally in South America, Bangladesh and the Maldives, Chris shows how the creatures and plants that live in the water work together in complex relationships to overcome the challenges of constant change and oxygen starvation.
This 3 DVD set provides comprehensive coverage of all the regular British birds - in total it features 280 species. High quality footage has been specially filmed to show the birds in their natural habitat flying singing and calling. An expert commentary describes the important features and there are slow motion sequences and still frames to emphasize key points. A detailed menu gives you instant access to any species. Disc One: Divers to Crakes Disc Two: Waders to Swift Disc Three: Swallows to Buntings
In Life In Cold Blood David Attenborough explores the lives of Reptiles and Amphibians.
Awe-inspiring jaw-dropping heart-stopping Human Planet is a majestic portrait of humankind and the power of nature in extraordinary symbiosis struggle and strife. For the first time the BBC Natural History Unit has turned the camera on ourselves. In doing so we see how amazing human beings can be and how we adapt to any habitat anywhere. Human Planet is epic in ambition extreme in content intimate in effect. It explores how we have devised ways of surviving in every corner of Earth - from the remotest deserts to the busiest urban metropolis. Each episode focuses on an iconic environment and reveals how we have adapted to the challenges of the landscape and the endless diversity of animals and plants we live with. Discover how our remarkable intelligence tool use and close-knit social lives have enabled us to cope with just about anything nature can throw at us. Includes Bonus Digital Copy As a bonus to your DVD you can also transfer a digital copy this will allow you to view your 'Human Planet' episodes on your PC or your mobile device(s). Just follow the step by step instructions inside your DVD.
Steve Backshall is back with another countdown of the most dangerous animals in the world picking out his personal top ten and revealing incredible facts and amazing new creatures never seen on Deadly 60 before! From Extreme Assassins to Deadly Defenders whether they're survival experts attack in giant armies or are the most poisonous - these beasts all have one thing in common: they're all deadly. But can you guess which extraordinary animal will be crowned number one?
Your horse is a mirror to your soul and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes you will. So says Buck Brannaman a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. Buck a richly textured and visually stunning film follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life 'horse-whisperer' he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding compassion and respect. In this film the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.
As befits the BBC's reputation for producing some of the world's best nature documentaries, Planet Earth is an epic travelogue, focussing on different ecologies and the unique animals that inhabit them. Once again, Sir David Attenborough provides the narration, as the cameras fly across the surface of the earth, zooming in to give us a bug's eye view one minute, zooming out to give us an eagle's perspective the next. The BBC's cameramen filmed more than 200 locations, resulting in some truly spectacular footage, much of which has never before been seen--such as the rare sight of an endangered snow leopard hunting in the Himalayas, or great white sharks leaping from the water as they hunt. The creators of Planet Earth endured some of the world's most hostile environments, from the deepest ocean depths to an Antarctic blizzard to a fetid, cockroach- and bat-infested cave, just to grab a few moments of film; it's worth watching the "Making of" shorts that accompany each episode, in order to see just what lengths they had to go to. The three extra episodes here--Planet Earth: The Future--provide a sobering finale, as Sir David practically pleads with viewers to cherish the animals that we share this planet with, before it's too late. --Ted Kord
For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
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
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
Fishing for cod in the Nordreisa Fiord 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle near Tromso in northern Norway. With snow-covered mountains reaching steeply down to the sea John and fellow angling journalist Dave Lewis fish for huge cod from a boat. Later John goes out on to a frozen fiord with a local guide to fish through the ice for cod and haddock. Plentiful wildlife includes sea eagles lynx and whales. Legendary John Wilson teams up with Dave Lewis to catch cod in the Arctic Circle. The wildlife is plentiful but will he land a monster fish?
Based on the Popular TV Series Introduced by Yvette Fielding A New Interactive DVD game. The Ultimate Paranormal Experience Join Yvette and the team in an epic journey through Britains haunted hotspots. Interact with the psychic mediums in creepy castles mysterious manors and some of the spookiest houses in the land.
Nature's Great Event (2 Disc)
Explore the edges of the unknown with this 3 disc box set. Offering a close look at Saturn Mars and Jupiter and Mercury and Venus
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