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  • Actors: Donal MacIntyre
  • Directors: Andrew Graham-Brown, Ewen Thomson, Ben Wallis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 199 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Exploring communities on the edge of civilization

How do humans thrive, day after day, in nature’s most extreme environments? Award-winning journalist Donal MacIntyre experiences their harsh struggles firsthand in four engrossing excursions to the farthest reaches of the world.

Join MacIntyre as he lives with Bedouins on the edge of the vast Rub‘ al Khali desert, where temperatures regularly exceed 120°F; the Insect Tribe in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, where men spear crocodiles by torchlight; the Quechuan Indians in the Bolivian Andes, where salt flats stretch to the horizon in thin, barely breathable air; and the Bajau Laut, landless nomads who survive entirely on boats in the Celebes Sea. Each adventure serves as a study in humans’ adaptability, imagination, and indomitable will to survive.

An athlete and multi-award-winning investigative reporter, Donal MacIntyre has gone undercover to expose soccer hooligans, organized criminals, and abuses at eldercare facilities. His career in print and broadcast journalism spans more than 20 years.


  • 16-page viewer’s guide includes episode summaries, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, maps of the edge, and an interview with Donal MacIntyre.
  • Biography of Donal MacIntyre
  • Region facts and photo gallery
  • Exclusive web extras

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 29, 2009
This 2-DVD set with four 50-minute episodes, brings you up close with the people, culture, and landscape of four difficult but harsh living places in the world. Who has the stamina and courage to make it their home? The presenter, Donal MacIntyre, gives it a try in each instance. He provides us via film a comfortable view from our living room of some of most difficult ways of surviving that yet exist on this planet. It makes you feel appreciative of what you have.

The scenery is magnificent, as expected from a Discovery Channel telecast. The people are quite different than any I had hear about. It
was an educational experience and an enjoyable learning time. It's a chance to see places in the world that your probably do not want to visit for yourself.

While Donal MacIntyre is entertaining, he is a bit on the extreme himself. He reminds me of Heraldo Rivera with the over-done dramatics. He also resembles the famous crocodile hunter with his exaggerated fear-factor attempts to survive nature. But in reality, for the educated and observant, he has to have a back-up crew filming his "death defying antics." As one native assured him while in a canoe, "No worries, mate." Aside from too much heavy breathing, and sudden gestures at things unseen, the narrator is great to provide the accounts of these four communities on the "EDGE OF EXISTENCE."

MacIntyre apparently appreciates cockroaches about as well as Indiana Jones likes snakes. That and other instances, provide some humor to the difficult ways of living that Donal encounters while visiting the out-of-the way small bands of civilization. One general factor that carries through each of the four harsh living locations is the family devotion, hospitality, and sense of community.
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By jadams on July 3, 2014
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Sorry, but I am not sure it should be a two or a three. It reminds me of a sort of silly high school adventure thing that is high on wow and I am really scared stuff and short on background, information and facts on the people that he is supposed to be living amongst. I dont want to be too negative because many could be entertained by what I think is average TV adventure fare stuff. Too shallow...too overly dramatic, too much rushing around breathlessly. I was disappointed.
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