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Echo and Other Elephants (2008)

David Attenborough , Cynthia Moss  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Attenborough, Cynthia Moss
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), 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: 362 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YN5A0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Echo and her elephant family stampede onto DVD in this spectacular two-disc set! Echo is extremely wise, an experienced mother and commanding matriarch of her family. Shes also an African elephant, and arguably one of the most famous elephants in the world through all the programs that documented her and her family for decades in Kenyas Amboseli National Park. Now all of the programs featuring these beloved elephants are available together on DVD for the first time! While it may seem that Echo and her clan live quiet lives, their days are filled with mating battles, difficult births, health problems, kidnappings, emotional reunions, mischievous children and, occasionally, death at the hand of a hunter. But with all her experience and knowledge, the 60-year old matriarch has been able to successfully lead her family through difficult times. It was also no small feat for researcher Cynthia Moss, who has followed the charismatic Echo and her herd for over 30 years. Containing 8 programs packed with stunning footage, this collection is definitely not to be missed!

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An elephant classic April 24, 2008
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For those who owned the film on VHS - this is the original version with narration by David Attenborough and Cynthia Moss. The film is wonderfully filmed in Amboseli. Echo and Eli are of course in the centre most of the time, while some of the shots show Cynthia with Kili in the background. Very nicely done. The story is very moving and the narration by DA and CM is simply great. A real must for anybody in love with African wildlife and elephants in particular. Even better - go to Amboseli and do as Cynthia, park your 4WD in the middle of one of the herds in the swamps and turn off your engine and just sit on the roof and listen and look. Enjoy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough and Elephants - a great combination! July 6, 2009
Readers of my reviews will know that I am a sucker for both David Attenborough and Elephants. I'm happy to see a good documentary that combines the two. This set is actually a combination of several documentaries focused on the elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Each episode was done at a different point in time, so you can actually see how Echo and the other elephants in the family grow up. Cynthia Moss, a top elephant expert, provides commentary along with Attenborough.

The second disc stars Saba Douglas-Hamilton, daughter of the famous elephant expert Ian Douglas-Hamilton. Her documentaries include a mix of elephants, experiences with locals, following researchers, and other wildlife. It goes beyond Amboseli into the Namib and other parts of Africa, which is a nice touch. My favorite scene on this disc is actually her attempt to radio-collar desert lions.

This disc is far superior to another documentary about Echo, Nature: Echo of the Elephants. First of all, it has Sir David Attenborough as the narrator, which makes a big difference (trust me, having seen both recently, I can attest there is a difference). Second, this disc has several episodes and over 5 hours of footage, whereas Nature: Echo of the Elephants only includes the first documentary (around 40 minutes).

Those of you interested in African Elephants might also want to check out:

The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

Elephant Reflections

Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy elephant DVD November 28, 2010
By Debbie
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I owned "Nature: Echo of the Elephants" which included: "Echo of the Elephants" and "Echo of the Elephants The Next Generation." I bought this DVD and because I love David Attenborough (and he narrates this version). This is a two disc DVD, the first disc includes:

1. Echo of the Elephants - story of Echo and her new born calf Eli, and researcher Cynthia Moss. Hand down the best elephant DVD I have ever seen.
2. Echo of the Elephants The Next Generation- con't story of Echo and her family. Also excellent.
3. Echo of the Elephants: The Final Chapter - recap of the first two DVD and an update on what has happened to the elephants. I found this a bit slow and lots of repeating from the first two Echo stories.
4. Elephants Nomads of the Namib Desert - hour long look at two desert elephant families and their struggles living in the desert. Very good story.

Second DVD is about Saba who is also an elephant researcher in Keyna. All of these are 30 minutes long.
1 Living with Elephants: Saba helps an African woman find a herd of elephants so she can apology to them. (I didn't really care too much for this one.)
2. Nabibi's Desert Giants: also about the desert elephants, but also some great shots of other animals like Sea Lions and desert lions. (This was very good.)
3. Search for Virgo: Saba searches for an old elephant named Virgo. (Kind of of slow story.)
4. Elephants of Samburu (parts one and two): Saba and her adventures with several herds of elephants and rescuing of an abandoned baby elephant. Really enjoyed it. Lots of great footage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to keep.. May 13, 2008
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The BBC's Natural Worlds trilogy of Echo and other Elephants is an amazing story (not yet finished) that will give everyone an insight to the world of this truly remarkable animal. Additional to Echo's southern Kenya homerange of Amobseli you also learn about elephants in other parts of Africa such as Namibia and the forest elephants of the Congo. Once again no one does the wildlife documentaries quite like the BBC... A compelation to treasure,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo and Other Elephants April 14, 2010
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This DVD follow the life Echo, who lost her mother to poachers and bevame the matriarch of the clan. She had to learn the hard way how to lead her family. The story is true and it follows this clan of elephants through death of the baby elephant that could not keep up in dry, hot weather, with no food for her. Bbecause there are months of no rain Eco much keep the family moving to a place she remembers there will be food and water. You experience the wonderful, enduring closeness and real love you these highly intelligent mammals have for one another. They are fiercly devoted to each and will fight to the death to protect their family. I do no want to ruin the ending, but anyong who loved these majestic mammals, will be thrilled to have this DVD in their library.Echo of the Elephants: The Story of an Elephant FamilyElephants: A Book for Children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Whd
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully filmed and narrated
Wonderfully filmed and narrated! This shows what Echo, the female elephant and her family experience in Kenya's national park.
Published 6 days ago by Rachel Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED, but have tissues handy! You will feel like you are there...
I have been on safari in Tanzania several times (and now own a tour company there) and I have been in the midst of elephant herds, but nothing like what I have witnessed in this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kasha
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor ... subject is great but dvd quality is poor ...dvd keeps...
Is this really the best you can do, would advise against buying this dvd or anything similar DVD quality was similar to buying bootleg from China. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Elephant Collection
Due to their longevity, elephant expert Cynthia Moss determined to make the study of one herd (which always consists of females and prepubescent males) the focus of her life's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kellyannl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift For My Sister
My sister Barbara had thoroughly enjoyed the special on Echo but it was rather short. When I saw this DVD and its running length which I forget I decided to buy it for her for a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Sherburne
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo and Other Elephants
Truly amazing story. I'm also impressed with the researcher spending 30 years with these elephants and not ending up with "canned" animals.
Published 14 months ago by Wayne Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!
We have watched this tender and interesting documentary many times. We love elephants and this points out just what wonderful creatures they are.
Published 20 months ago by Rhonda Azari
5.0 out of 5 stars I was probably an elephant in a past life...
Yes, I really believe this. I'm a bit on the crazy side, and this DVD just brought it out even more. If you love elephants in the slightest, you'll love this DVD. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by PoStudent88
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo and the elephants
We use the video as part of our ecology unit in life science. the kids are mesmerized by the story and hav serious respect for elephants as a result of the movie. Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Lois Nokleby
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