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David Attenborough Wildlife Specials (2008)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YN5AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "David Attenborough Wildlife Specials" on IMDb

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Wildlife Specials is a bounty of BBC wildlife documentaries hosted by David Attenborough, who performed similar duties with the fantastic, 1993 Life In the Freezer. Wildlife Specials consists of six outstanding works focusing on different animals in their natural habitats. Eagles shows us a wide variety of the remarkable, predatory bird in North America, Africa, South America, and parts of Europe. Attenborough explains how eagles are designed to be powerful hunters (they can see prey a mile and a half away), have broad wings that let them float on air, and are highly intelligent and cunning. The program's breathtaking photography and editing make one feel as if a viewer's perspective is liberated by being so closely aligned to an eagle's experience. Footage of bald eagles involved in fighting says more about their natural etiquette than about savagery toward one another, and images of eagles attacking all manner of prey--turtles, salmon, deer, flamingoes--is amazing. Leopard is highlighted by infra-red photography capturing the creature's stealth and power hunting in the dark. But there is also exciting material about bushmen in Namibia whose lives have much to do with revering and following the activities of leopards in their part of the world. Evidence of leopards killing our early human ancestors is fascinating, as is an extended scene in which a leopard stalks a baboon. Polar Bear follows the solitary lives of some bears trying to hunt in the frozen tundra at the top of the world. Females herd their young away from grown males who might be in a feisty mood, while white foxes scavenge after the remains of seals hunted by polar bears. Among startling facts learned here is that polar bears can slow their metabolisms way down so as to hold onto body fat and energy that much longer during hard times.

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

Product Description

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!

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for Wildlife enjoyment February 20, 2009
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This two disc collection is a great value, each disc contains four shows narrated by David Attenborough, so it is not overbearing, and it offers beautiful wildlife pictures unhindered by presenters in the foreground.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for content, 1 star for transfer quality March 31, 2010
Up front, I need to state that I adore Sir David Attenborough's work. I have all his books and (unless I'm missing something) all his DVDs as well. He is probably the most important wildlife specials producer in this, as well as the last, century.

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!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir David Attenborough is flawless! May 18, 2008
By Dijon
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I will purchase any DVD produced or narrated by David Attenborough. You just can't lose. This man could make mowing a lawn interesting. He involves the viewer so deeply in his documentaries that you crave more. I can't wait til The Private Lives of Plants becomes available on Region 1 [U.S. & Canada] DVD. I contacted the BBC and begged them to consider transferring it to Region 1 DVD. I saw a clip and it looks incredible. This (Wildlife Specials) set is no exception. It is absolutely fascinating as are all of Sir David's work. He is flawless in his work.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough is the best May 29, 2008
David Attenborough is able to capture your attention and entertain you while teaching you about the natural world. He seems to love everything from the smallest plant to the largest mammal - and he is able to convey this love to his audience. With more people like Sir David, I am sure our world would be a better place and we wouldn't be facing the dangers of global warming.
These wildlife specials are very entertaining and informative.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A. Amy
I haven't yet seen all the episodes on this set, but what I have watched is predominately very good picture quality. Not as sharp as PLANET EARTH of course, but definitely nice. (Remember to try any not-so-recent material WITHOUT HD upconversion --for those of us who bought those players--before watching with this feature, as it tends to make older signals worse rather than better.)
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! June 5, 2010
My husband and I are huge fans of David Attenborough's nature documentaries and I've been collecting them over the years. This set focuses on some amazing creatures and stunning landscapes. There are eight episodes on two discs:

Disc One
Polar Bear: Arctic Warrior
Crocodile: Smiling Predator
Leopard: Agent of Darkness
Eagle: Master of the Skies

Disc Two
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough is the Best!!!! January 9, 2009
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As a longtime fan of David Attenborough, who has ALL his nature documentaries, I was as usual not disapointed in this DVD. The usual fantastic filming, great narration. The segments are nice too, because you can view one segment(show), and then go back to it and see another the next day. I love David Attenborough. He is a class act. I hope he never quits!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Very Good, But Bonus on Disk 2 "Great Natural Wonders of the World" is the best I have ever seen by
David Attenborough and I have all his DVD's
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great David Attenborough Series
Another great David Attenborough Series. Some older footage and interesting music. The photoage of the leopard special is amazing. Still Awesome!!!
Published 6 months ago by Julie Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published 8 months ago by RANGERMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars love how they packaged it
i really love doing business with Amazon and their off shoot companies such as Prime. i love how Prime is so careful with how they package my items. Read more
Published 11 months ago by helen june hoaglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough excellence
As usual with any wildlife DVD that has any connection with David Attenborough, this selection featuring many examples of wildlife from eagles to crocodiles will not disappoint the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Good Shows with Sir David Attenborough
You can't go wrong with a program done by David Attenborough, even if you are not a nature lover there is something for everyone.
Published 21 months ago by erin k.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love African Animals, this is for you
Anything David Attenborough touches can be counted on to be perfection. This is no exception. The filming is excellent in this special. Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by Beachreader42RI
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for a great dad.
I bought this dvd for my dad, who has watch wildlife documentaries ever since I was a little girl and I was pleasantly surprised that he was a big fan of David Attenborough's... Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by MsEllie
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special special
A wonderful DVD about wildlife. The British do such a good job on their wildlife shows and it's a pleasure to own them on DVD.
Published on June 15, 2010 by B. Burdett
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Wildlife Specials Review
Great DVD.
Great fun to watch and learn about animals.
Seeing many parts of the world.
Can start and stop when I want. Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by W. Wagler
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some of Attenborough's more recent work
As the title suggests, this is a collection of documentaries on specific animals, including leopards, eagles, and whales. Some of the footage is good, some of it clearly dated. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Enjolras
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