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National Geographic - Inside the Living Body (2002)

P.J. Brown , Kate Burton , Kirk Simon , Karen Goodman  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: P.J. Brown, Kate Burton, Donald Coffey, Richard Frackowiak, Fred Gage
  • Directors: Kirk Simon, Karen Goodman
  • Writers: Kirk Simon, Karen Goodman
  • Producers: Kirk Simon, Karen Goodman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWX6TO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Geographic - Inside the Living Body" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

National Geographic provides a whole new perspective on the extraordinary processes involved in human life with this primarily internal look at the human life cycle from conception through old age. Thanks to amazing technological advances like camera pills and high-definition endoscopes, physicians and scientists can now obtain actual camera footage and images of body processes as well as create elaborate computer simulations to aid in the research and understanding of how the human body works. This 95-minute exploration of the human body and its processes follows human life from fetal development through the amazing changes demanded of virtually every organ in the hours after birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. It explores the senses and how they work, brain development, digestion, blood circulation, cell division, the hardening and replenishing of bone, puberty, sexuality, childbirth, changes inherent in the aging process, the virtual shutting down of the body at death, and much more. The fascinating camera footage includes everything from the digestive process of food from the mouth through the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, large intestines, and then to excretion; to blood flow through the heart, veins, and capillaries; and the accumulation of fat in the abdomen and intestines. While the squeamish might proclaim the graphic footage gross, it is incredible, fascinating, and educational. Significant time is also devoted to detailing life choices like exercise, drinking, smoking, listening to loud music, and stress and how those choices can directly affect our bodily functions and overall health. This 2002 presentation is an informative, graphic look at the amazing human body and how it works. --Tami

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From the producers of the critically-acclaimed and highly rated In the Womb, Inside the Living Body follows the development of a female body throughout her life - from first cry to last breath. This 90 minute documentary takes you beneath the skin to reve

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inside scoop of your insides, for real. April 18, 2010
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This biology program is a must have for anyone interested in seeing real footages and microscopic detail such as blood flow and heart valves. Also, they inserted an arthroscopic camera down the gut. There's a tad bit amount of computer generated, such as baby's skeleton crawling on the kitchen floor, but overall we're given the real deal, blood, guts, and squirting glands. Yummy if you're not light headed. It also narrates our body's changes from birth to death in laymen terms. I highly recommend this video. It is very interesting, intuitive, and never a dull moment.

Some technical aspects: Running time is in fact 96 minutes, not 60 as Amazon incorrectly lists. It aspect ratio is letterboxed widescreen; you'll have black bars on BOTH the tops AND the bottoms of your screen. Not sure why the producers did this, but you can easily correct this to fill your entire screen by hitting the zoom button on your TV. Don't worry, quality is still maintained, and excellent picture. Relatively recent release '07, I did wish a blu ray version was available.

If you wish to have only 1 biology dvd on your ownership shelf, it should be this one. The second one to accompany this is: the National Geographic - Incredible Human Machine. The third is: Discovery The Human Body Pushing the Limits blu ray.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Teaching July 20, 2008
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I teach school in L.A. and this is a great video to make the students think and ask questions. You can show the entire video at once or just show sections at a time. The video is Awsome but make sure you watch it before lunch. Some of the video might be difficult for people with weak stomachs.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite teaching tools! February 25, 2011
I teach a quarter-long 6th grade health class and I show this the first week of every term. It's a fantastic overview that we can then refer back to as we go more in depth later in the class. This is not a video you'll just want to play straight through for kids. I would suggest watching it a few times first to know where you'll want to fast forward (like one of the first scenes of the live birth), where you want to pause to forewarn kids to avoid upset stomachs or awkward giggles (some digestions scenes, one where a baby is breast feeding, the puberty scenes, and one where a woman's glutes are awkwardly being massaged). It's also good to know where you'll want to insert your own extra info or try to simplify some of the explanations as some things may be too complex for younger viewers to understand. I think anyone high school age or older can get it all pretty easily and I wouldn't recommend for anyone under age 10. Although I understand this is designed for slightly older viewers, it works great even for my middle schoolers since I've now seen is about 50 times and know exactly how I want to use it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to watch and understand May 30, 2009
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I watched this on NatGeo two years ago and was excited to see it for sale - my dvr somehow had erased it! This is so informative and interesting that my 5 and 4 year olds were sitting and watching it with me. I look forward to showing parts of it in my HS level Biology class that I teach. Really amazing footage, CGI, of the processes occurring in the body. Truly an amazing machine.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars educational March 26, 2008
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Great view of the body from birth, inside the digestive and airways, to adulthood and old age. I used it in class.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good presentation December 7, 2008
By Cherile
Informational and easy to understand. Outstanding graphics. Worth more than the money I paid for.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Technology Not Medical Science January 16, 2012
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This video contains very basic body functions with content appropriate for a 12-year-old. This video is all about new camera technology, not about the magic of life. I couldn't finish it and had to skip through what I did watch. You'll learn nothing as an adult, but your children may find it interesting if you don't mind them watching the close-ups of the vagina as the baby comes through and the graphic, nipple-sucking nourishment scenes. A puzzle to me. What are they trying to show? Cameras inside the body move through tunnels of tissue that leave you WITHOUT a "Wow, look at that" feeling as well as the "I didn't know that" expectation as you watch the baby grow into an adult. Extremely boring and without the inspirational advances in medical science that I was expecting. If you're pregnant, you will probably love it. If you have an interest in new technology, irregardless of the lack of new information, you'll enjoy that part. If you're a medical/science junkie, as I am, looking for information, forget it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great educational tool January 30, 2009
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I watched it with my children ages 8-16 and found it to be a great educational tool.
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Published 5 days ago by moidac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Linda Fyffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice journey, but....
Interesting presentation, lacks individual organ viewing, which disappoints both my wife and I. For example we wanted to look at the wrist bones because a friend had broken... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sirzak
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Published 1 month ago by SHARON M RICE
2.0 out of 5 stars painfully slow
This DVD takes an eternity to glance over many subject while really saying nothing. It is like the annoying friend we all have that can turn a meaningless event into a 2 hour... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
great delivery, for elementary school 6th graders i have to block several pieces, but the info is engaging with high rigor, love this one
Published 3 months ago by Tessie Fackler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Living Body
We first saw this on TV and decided it was a film to add to our library. It's grapics and animation showing how each body system works is just amazing and very informative without... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eadie Hampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the LIving Body
Excellent educational tool for high school and adults as well. Great presentation ! National Geographic photography cannot be beat for any age.
Published 9 months ago by Dennis E. Blazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the DVD
This parallels the life of someone from birth to death. It is a most interesting watch for the whole family.
Published 10 months ago by Unknown
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot repetitions
Some interesting information, but not enough for my taste.. a lot of scenes are repeated. Not worth the price paid.
Published 12 months ago by E.L.
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