David Attenborough Wildlife Specials
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Take a look at the lives and habitats of some of the worlds most amazing animals! From polar bear to leopard, humpback whale to crocodile, and wolf to eagle, Wildlife Wonders takes you on a breathtaking journey around the world for some of the most gripping and touching animal behavior in the wild. Presented by David Attenborough, this two disc collection also includes Great Natural Wonders of the World, showcasing some of Earths most spectacular scenery, and The Greatest Wildlife Show On Earth, displaying the wildest of wild animal behavior!]]>
Humpback Whales reveals that the world's largest mammal can migrate 3,500 miles, from Hawaii to Antarctica and down to the equator. Cows and calves are very close for nearly a year before the latter begin to move toward independence, and grown males can either be nice escorts on the migration path or try to scare off youngsters to get at mom for mating purposes. Much of the documentary is concerned with the famous sounds humpbacks make under water--the cries and moans and clickings that scientists don't fully understand yet. Wolf says a hunting wolf is so strong that it can take down another animal 10 times its weight. Wolves are also highly intelligent and elusive, remaining mysterious despite our best efforts to understand them and how they live. Highlights of the show include great footage of a wolf pack hunting a buffalo by wearing it down over several days. Crocodile says that crocodiles have changed little from the age of reptiles, and are the only reptile predator to outlive dinosaurs. Crocodiles control their buoyancy in water by inhaling and exhaling, and are generally designed to survive anywhere in the tropics. They also, astonishingly, colonize new rivers in other parts of the world on their own, traveling through the ocean to new homes. Special features in this two-disc set include the enjoyable "Great Natural Wonders of the World" and "Greatest Wildlife Show On Earth." --Tom Keogh
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DISC ONE contains four 45 min shows : CROCODILE, EAGLE, LEOPARD and POLAR BEAR. DISC TWO contains two 45 min shows HUMPBACK WHALE, WOLF, as well as two bonus programs, an hour show that collects some of nature's GREATEST WILDLIFE SHOWS and a 40 min show on NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD.
The main eight shows have all been on PBS and are professionally done, which makes this two disc set more then worth the $20 price tag. The two bonus shows present many different segments about the animal world. I found the Greatest Wildlife Show to be the most entertaining, a one hour show presenting 12 short segments about various animals doing their most impressive natural activities. I think this is a great set of animal video stories and a worthwhile purchase for animal lovers to enjoy.
The CONTENT of this collection is marvelous. A lot of work went into creating these specials, and it shows. The footage is unique, especially the night shots of the hunting leopards. Love them all.
The TRANSFER, however, is horrible. On our big HD screen TV it looks like a decent VHS copy, but often worse. This may not show so much on a small screen, but on a larger one, buyer beware.
Why Attenborough's amazing specials receive such lousy treatment while crappy horror movies are released in Blu-ray is beyond my comprehension. His specials are, at least in my humble opinion, in a class all by themselves and should deserve the utmost care when transferred onto the DVD medium for generations to enjoy.
Citerion, how about tackling this job if nobody else will? I'd buy each and every release in high quality Blu-ray immediately!
These wildlife specials are very entertaining and informative.
Polar Bear: Arctic Warrior
Crocodile: Smiling Predator
Leopard: Agent of Darkness
Eagle: Master of the Skies
Humpback Whales: Giant of the Oceans
Wolf: Legendary Outlaw
Great Natural Wonders of the World
Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth
Pure brilliance, and a must-have for any fan of Attenborough's and nature documentaries.
If you've seen the horrible picture quality of LIFE OF BIRDS and are worried that this set is of similar reprehensible clarity, don't be! It will at least satisfy almost everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible quality video. The sound is awful and varied greatly between episodes. The video is fullscreen and not in HD, which I wish I would have known before I bought it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kbunny
David Attenborough is the best. This is more of his standard-setting documentaries...done in his trademark proper English spoken dialect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clayton E. Harley
Another great David Attenborough Series. Some older footage and interesting music. The photoage of the leopard special is amazing. Still Awesome!!!Published 22 months ago by Julie Bryant
WOW WOW WOW DAVID ATTENBOROUGH SPECIALS I LOVE TO WATCH IN AWE HOW THIS GUY CAN MAKE YOU STOP AN STARE IN AMAZEMENT HOW OUR NATURAL WORLD AROUND US WORKS. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by RANGERMAN