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Product Details

  • Format: 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: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K4X5US
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Premiering in 1963 broadcast on prime-time from 1968-1971 and airing in syndication until 1988 the Emmy Award-winning MUTUAL OF OMAHA'S WILD KINGDOM was one of the longest-running and most beloved television series of all time. A pioneer of the narrative nature-documentary format the educational series followed venerable host and ecologist Marlin Perkins (later joined by Jim Fowler Peter Gros Stan Brock and Tom Allen) as he trekked to the farthest reaches of the globe to study wild animals in their natural habitats. This nostalgic collection presents 50 of the series' best and most popular episodes covering such animals as cheetahs gorillas polar bears crocodiles falcons and sharks.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 787364755790

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By William Haugen on February 2, 2007
The Definitive 50 Episode Wild Kingdom Collection contains portions of six previously released Wild Kingdom DVDs with the complete episodes from the Hunters of the Sky DVD. Good collection if this is your first Wild Kingdom DVD which is an excellent series of programs. However if you already own Wild Kingdom DVDs this collection will include episodes from previously released DVDs.

The episodes included in the Definitive 50 Episode Wild Kingdom Collection are all from previously released Wild Kingdom DVDs as follows:

The African Wild - Disks 1 and 3.

The African Wild 2 - Disk 3.

Australia's Awesome Animals - Disk 2.

Dangerous Encounters in the Wild - Disks 1 and 3.

Hunters of the Sky - Disks 1, 2 and 3.

Mammals of North America - Disks 1 and 3.

Wild Cats - Disks 1 and 3.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jrc on October 8, 2007
I literally grew up with Mutual Of Omaha's WILD KINGDOM! I have fond memories of the show. As a previous reviewer mentioned, sometimes the footage is far from perfect...one has to remember that some of these shows are well over 40 years old! Plus, I seem to remember them as always being a bit rough. Marlin Perkins was a kind, grandfatherly figure as host. I think people often forget that he was a bona-fide Zoologist (PhD).

As to some of the information from the shows being dated, that is true. As a previous reviewer mentioned, one has to view them in context.

The folks in their 30s,40s, and 50s are probably the best target audience for the shows, although they should appeal to a broader audience. There is a large nostalgia factor here.

As to the presentation, well....this IS a BCI release, after all. They are not always bastions of great quality DVD releases. Actually, they didn't do a bad job. I picked this one up at a discout club for $23. Not bad for 7 double sided discs and 50-30 minute episodes.
(I also complain that the box is rather a poor touch and there is very little documentation included....not even production dates).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heather D. Mcleod on May 28, 2008
This is definitely geared for purchasers who grew up with Wild Kingdom. My husband and I are 37yrs old and have fond memories of the show. We bought it for our 4.5yr old WHO IS ADDICTED to it. We have to restrict his viewing time.

I think it was definitely worth the $$. It is interesting to watch and covers a broad range of animals. the quality is not the greatest but my son hasn't noticed. As one viewer mentioned this is footage from the 60-70's.
I would far rather watch this with my son that cartoons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lanny Boehm on September 25, 2011
My dad used to talk about Wild Kingdom all the time when I was growing up. I am too young to know the show, but I was thrilled to get this DVD set and watch what he was always talking about. It doesn't waste a lot of time with the mythology of environmentalism and animal rights, it just shows animals the way they live, how they hunt and kill, and teaches a lot about them and promotes a love for the animals. It's a little dated and I found that MY kids didn't watch too much without getting bored (except when the kills happened!) but still, for me it was great to see so many of these shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Brewer on January 11, 2009
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This show is as fun and captivating today as it was when it originally aired.
I got this as a Christmas present for my father - i remember watching it with him when I was little - now I'm watching it with my children - and they love it as much as I always have - the 50 episodes have a great variety of all the show had to offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raider on January 26, 2011
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I really enjoyed watching these dvd's. First time I have seen Marlin Perkins & Jim Fowler in Wild Kingdom since the 60's. I remember growing up watching them. At one time I had an autograph picture of Marlin, wild kingdom book, 2 comic books,& a world wall map showing where they had captured animals. Don't know where that stuff is now, but at least I have these dvd's. I did an internet search and cant find any of this stuff for sale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Morris on October 24, 2009
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There are 50 episodes on this DVD set. Each episode is about 20 minutes long, so it's a perfect "bag of tricks" in case you have more time. The episodes are decades old though, so be aware of this. But the outdated clothes and people do provide some quality entertainment. My teenage student love the videos though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jazjef on January 29, 2011
Fantastic program---like no other---totally unique and memorable from my childhood. However, these shows are created one season at a time---why not offer them: 1) by season...then 2) by animal species/family....then 3) by geographic area. This seems to me to be a logical marketing progression for a video series of this type; yes, there's a hint of this---but it occurs haphazardly, not with a high level of intent and organization like it should be for all the seasons. When I get Amazon search results on this the organization of the different DVDs offered makes ZERO sense....it's barely logical at all. Some people like these shows because they bring back childhood (organized by season); others because they like a particular species of animal (organized by animal type)---like cats; still others because they like to know about the wildlife specific to their own or other geographical areas (by geography). Marty Stauffer's 'Wild America' is offered in two large volumes---seasons 1-6 and seasons 7-12---spectacular program with marketing that is SIMPLE and LOGICAL. If these WK videos weren't so spectacular for their educational and time-capsule value this series would be doomed. The people in charge of producing and marketing these DVD's get to keep their jobs simply because of Marlin Perkins, his co-stars---both animal and human---and the producers of the show.
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