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In the Wild with Harry Butler (2010)

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Topics Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Run Time: 614 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

About Harry Butler
Harry Butler is one of Australias most recognized and revered environmental conservationists ever. An Australian of the Year award-winner, author, and host of the popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series In the Wild, Harry Butler is considered by many to be a trailblazer for today s wildlife heroes like Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

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In the Wild with Harry Butler

Product Features
All 26 original episodes on 6 DVDs
13 hours of exotic Australian wildlife
Previously shown on the Discovery Channel in the U.S.
Featuring trailblazing TV wildlife host, Harry Butler Close range footage of crocodiles, kangaroos, snakes and more

Product Description
Before Steve Irwin, there was Harry Butler. Experience all 26 Episodes of the Premier Australian Wildlife Series hosted by one of Australias most recognized environmental conservationists. Go into rainforests, through swamps, over mangroves and across the desert for extraordinary footage of exotic species in action with Harry Butler, the first wildlife television host to get up close and personal with nearly every animal in Australia! In the Wild, which aired on the Discovery Channel in the U.S., was one of the most influential wildlife shows on television. Now, you have a front row seat for all 26 original episodes featuring crocodiles, deadly snakes, flying foxes, wombats, kangaroos, beautiful scenery and much, much more!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal April 22, 2010
The blurbs keep mentioning him together with Steve Irwin. The latter was a comical, histrionic entertainer, but Harry Butler is a genuine naturalist who treated wildlife and environment intelligently and with respect. But never boring - he's quite an idiosyncratic character on camera. It's like being guided through the Aussie bush by a lovable eccentric with encyclopedic knowledge. I loved these shows when first broadcast. I don't know how well the video quality will stand up (a long way from HD, I would imagine) but I look forward to watching them all again. And at this price, a true bargain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! May 14, 2010
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These few episodes were my first introduction to nature documentaries. My father taped them from their original Discovery Channel broadcast. I must have watched each of the episodes two dozen times each, and they never got old.

Harry's enthusiasm, passion, knowledge, and deep respect for the environment is evident in everything he does. Such a simple setup, just Harry and a camera crew walking around and experiencing what nature has to offer, but it makes for a wonderfully simple and effective presentation. None of the modern camera trickery, image manipulation, or high-tech digital post-production is needed here. The simplicity of the series is its greatest asset. The power of the message, one of conservation and respect for the Earth, is transmitted unadorned. Maybe that is why I love this series so much, and why I am still overjoyed that it was brought out on DVD.

Hopefully, many small children will experience this series like I did and develop a lifelong sense of wonder about the world, a curiosity about nature that cannot be diminished or distracted by the happenings of modern life. So few things on television are worth watching. This is one of those rare gems in an ocean of trash that deserves to be viewed and appreciated by all. Planet Earth is an astounding technical, scientific, and cinematic achievement. Regardless, I like this series by Harry Butler much more.

I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for an excellent nature documentary series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Original Steve IRWIN April 19, 2010
Harry Butler was immensley popular in the 1980's here in Australia.... what a shame the series was never released here on DVD (not yet, anyway) & that to re-experience Harry's magic, I have to go overseas. Unlike Steve, Harry WAS loved by Australians while he was alive (still is, I think) & I look forward to seeing it all again, including Harry's catch-phrase "Beautiful creature...BEAUTIFUL CREATURE!!" no matter what it was he was handling:-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Series Has Aged Well, and a Great Value April 12, 2013
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We used to watch Harry Butler back in the 70s and 80s. We would laugh out loud when he would stick his hand in some unidentified animal den, not knowing whether he would pull it back with a missing finger or a critter attached. OK, they aren't high-def, but contain beautiful scenery and images, and they are amazingly relevant after 40 years. If, like me, you can't get enough of nature, buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Butler is amazing! August 27, 2011
By Trish
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To compare Harry to Steve Irwin isn't possible. Steve used a lot of humor in his shows and explained things so a kid could understand. Harry is more thorough in his descriptions of animals and children would find him boring. Even though these shows are probably from the 70's and somewhat outdated, it's nonetheless incredible how this man walks around picking up various animals and describes them in such a calm and caring way while the beast is squirming to get away. He has a genuine love of Australia and for all of the creatures who inhabit it. Harry Butler is an icon and his shows will probably still be interesting when my children have children.
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By lilimax
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We have been searching for this series on a quality DVD for years to replace the poor quality VHS tapes we had made from the series years ago. Finally! Super quality, complete; excellent fun with Harry as he takes us all over Australia and shares his love of nature there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Harry Butler for everything! March 9, 2011
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First of all let me say I recommend the reviews of "Arick P. Sabin" of Chicago and "a movie fan" of Orangevale, California.

Harry Butler is an environmental hero. This program is educational and interesting, and Harry's enthusiasm is contagious. I love the way Harry can walk up to a tree and locate the possum living in it, or the bat, or the goanna. Harry will turn over a rock and not run away at the sight of a "bighty" like the rest of us. To educate us, Harry will respectfully catch an animal and describe it, then release it unharmed. He catches snakes and spiders, scorpions and rats, yet never harms anything and just oozes respect for the creatures he is showing us.

Harry will get up at dawn or spotlight at night if it enables him to locate the creatures of the bush he so desperately wants to teach us about. Harry knows that education is the key - if we can understand and appreciate the diversity of the flora and fauna around us we are more likely to practice conservation.

This show is mainly concerned with Australia and it's diverse landscape and wildlife, however anyone with an interest in wildlife or conservation should find it fascinating. Harry Butler truly is an inspiration.

P.S. At the time of writing, Harry Butler is over 80 years of age and still lecturing for the Museum of Western Australia!

P.P.S. 4 March 2012 - Naturalist and conservationist Dr Harry Butler was today named as an Australian LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE. Ian Carroll, from the National Trust of Australia (NSW), said Dr. Butler was chosen because he personified qualities all Australians should aspire to, stating "Their generous and significant contributions have, like them, become part of our national heritage."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
I watched this series as a child, and was thrilled to find this series on DVD. I love this show. Harry's passion innervates each episode; I fell in love with Australia one beauty... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sy F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry in the Classroom
I watched Harry Butler when he was on TV. I also taped the show and showed it in my Biology classes in high school. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Selman
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this on PBS years ago.
Harry Butler is a great teacher of the wild and shows great concern of our wildlife's habitat. He is one of our early television naturalists and has a calm easy demeanor and the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peggy Goreham
5.0 out of 5 stars In the wild is a must see for all ages
Very honest and informative portrayal of conservation efforts in Australia. Harry Butler is very genuine in his obvious love for the local flora and fauna all over the continent
Published 9 months ago by joel weber
5.0 out of 5 stars rocky start
The first set was damaged but excellent customer service saved the day and i love the dvds. I have been trying to find this set for YEARS!!!
Published 12 months ago by KWUTEG
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Harry Butler!
Back when the Discovery Channel was young and unique (no Science or History channels) I discovered "In the Wild with Harry Butler. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christodrew
5.0 out of 5 stars facinating
Harry Butler is a treasure a great series. I loved every minute of it. Wish he would do more.

Published 14 months ago by Marie Taney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Doesn't get any better or vintage than this! I've love Harry Butler since first introduced. Right off the bat he gets bit by a snake. What a joy!
Published 15 months ago by D. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing from so many aspects
Everyone should watch this to experience:
Someone enjoying their job
Opening up to experience all that a situation offers
Having a plant or animal's place clearly... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend in Action.
Harry Butler has you hanging on every word as he takes you through a variety of fascinating habitats, handling many amazing creatures including small crocs. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. S. Hughes
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