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Land of the Mammoth

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A year ago, scientists and explorers excavated the remains of a 20,000-year-old woolly mammoth from its frigid tomb in Siberia. LAND OF THE MAMMOTH is the exciting documentary that follows the ongoing search and discovery of new clues as to what scientists are learning from this very rare block of remains. The adventure begins as a team of international scientists start the defrosting process of the Jarkov Mammoth in the arctic chill of an underground ice cave. In the largest expedition to collect Ice Age remains, explorers spread out across the Taimyr Peninsula in a search for more specimens of mammoths and other species that shared his domain. The most recent findings from these and other initial studies, and the discovery of hundreds more prehistoric specimens, have begun to create a more vivid picture of what the woolly mammoth's world was really like some 20,000 years ago. LAND OF THE MAMMOTH has taken the findings one step further with life-like computer animation to put the viewer inside the mammoth's world as only Discovery Channel can.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Larry Agenbroad, Avery Brooks, Bernard Buigues, Christian DeMarliave, Bessie Dresser
  • Directors: Emmanuel Mairesse
  • Writers: Adrienne Ciuffo
  • Producers: Adrienne Ciuffo, Alla Savranskaia, Dirk Hoogstra, Michael Quattrone, Mick Kaczorowski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Family Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Land of the Mammoth" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2001
Format: DVD
I saw this when It first aired on Discovery. The program is trying so hard to be like Walking with Dinosaurs but it totally fails.
The main problem is there is just not enough footage and so many shots are shown repeatedly. While some of the footage is indeed interesting there are only so many shots of hairdryers thawing out a lump of hairy ice that I can take, and while them finding the first mammoth tusk was interesting by the time they had dug up the 50th I was almost asleep...
There is also a problem with the CG. It is just terrible!! Whereas in walking with dinosaur you really felt that the dinosaurs were alive, in this the mammoths look horrible and dont walk relistically. The program looks like it was rushed so that it could jump aboard the Walking with Dinosaurs bandwagon.
I'd recommend trying to catch a repeat on Discovery before buying this disc
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 31, 2001
Format: DVD
This is good for watch on television once in a while. But if you want a good film about mammoths watch Walking with Prehistoric Beasts. It has just as many mammoth shots as Land of the Mammoth but are much more realistic. Not to mention all the great other creatures beasts describes. Land of the Mammoth had bad special effects. It should have talked more about cloning the creature itstead of digging in the ground and repeating the same shots over and over again. They were diging in the block but the film stops before they got to the interesting part of the block. Now it is good for hard core mammoth fans but I suggest Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Parker on April 3, 2001
Format: DVD
I have both of these DVDs, both this one, and the previous, Raising the Mammoth, which I found to be fascinating, informative and entertaining. Granted, they are not Jurrasic Park or some such, but they were not intended to be. They are documentaries, not feature films. And true, the Computer Graphics, in some cases, was not up to the standards of Walking with Dinosaurs, but again, I don't think that was the intent of the producers, although I think they would have liked it to be.
These two films, seen back to back, show the efforts being made and the studies conducted in the scientific field of endeavor, not the made for TV movie. If you really want to learn what is going on with research into these areas, you will really enjoy these films. And, it is true, in the end, they discovered that the animal they had hoped to be intact seems to have been damaged, either by injury, exposure or predation after death, there is still a lot to be learned from these films and I urge you all to view them, if you have the slightest interest in this field of study.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim F. Martin on March 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Well, just saw the Land of the Mammoth special on Discovery. Not bad, nice to have a two hour special on one of my passions, paleontology. It seemed to wander a bit, and if you curious mainly about the Jarkov mammoth it was full of padding, though of course the other stuff was acutally more interesting. The mammoth CGI segments were nowhere near as great as those in Walking With Dinosaurs which stilll remains the standard for these types of programs, but they tried and have more than I have seen anywhere else. The CGI woolly rhinos were pretty good, and it was nice to see attention devoted to them, being a prehistoric rhino fan. I liked how they discussed how they used insect and plant remains to infer the environment and habits of mammoths, good to see that addressed on Discovery.
They discussed the ideas about mammoth extinction, primarily disease, climatic change, and human hunting. I have never subscribed the disease theory and I thought their case for it was weak, but they did a reasonably good job covering climatic and human reasons for mammoth (and other Ice Age megafauna) extinctions.
They also discussed the notion of bringing back mammoths via cloning, one of the main reasons the Jarkov mammoth has received the attention it has. Discovery did hint at the fact that the Jarkov mammoth may be only scraps, but didn't definitely say so. I have read that there is some controvery that the Jarkov mammoth is not a complete specimen, and towards the end of the program they did seem to acknowledge that it might be the complete specimen they had hoped.
All in all not bad. One of the very few videos on extinct mammals, a subject that needs much more coverage. A good buy in opinion.
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Discovery: "Land of the Mammoth"

Oh, boy, this is boring! I mean truly, phenomenally, incredibly boring. One would have thought that at some point an editor or producer would have looked at this and gone, "OMG!" Obviously, he didn't, and this made it to the screen.

Gosh, what can I say about "Land of the Mammoth?" There is an awful lot of mucking about in the mud, and there is a lot of frozen tundra and snow. There are shots of helicopters' flying over frozen tundra and snow, and there are shots of Reindeer's prancing over frozen tundra and snow. There is a frozen tunnel with frozen remains and probably frozen scientists' examining them. There is a frozen block with Mammoth tusks' sticking out of it that has the paleontologists all exuberantly, ecstatic over it. 'Tis a good thing that they are having such a good time because the viewer certainly isn't!

The CGI is crappy, and the Mammoths look like children's oversized, stuffed toys. There are brief appearances by a Wooly Rhinoceros and an Irish Elk. They are either dimly lit or hidden in the mists, which probably is a good idea. The brief bit on the Mammoth hunters of the past that could have been interesting is just skimmed over.

There is a little discussion near the end about possible causes of the extinction of the Wooly Mammoth, but it doesn't go anywhere either. Oh, well. The basic problem with this documentary appears to be that Wooly Mammoths are intrinsically interesting creatures, but that, that is not really the case with the paleontologists who study them.
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