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National Geographic - Inside the Living Body

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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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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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  • 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.)
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWX6TO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Geographic - Inside the Living Body" on IMDb

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Yenn on 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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David Johns on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gift Recipient on February 25, 2011
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By courtlani on 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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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Block on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome VINE VOICE on 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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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cherile on December 7, 2008
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Informational and easy to understand. Outstanding graphics. Worth more than the money I paid for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serg on September 3, 2009
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I'd recommend it everyone who does not looking for hard studies but want to know how our body works. This disk mostly like introduction in human biology. It consists good narrations and accompanying music a lot of animations and real video made with help of micro cameras inside living body. Video covers processes of developing, living and aging from birth to the very final moment. It is not anatomy course and does not cover names of bones, muscles, whole structure of brain, central and peripheral nerve systems and so on. And because of that it is easier for perception. It has enough information from DNA to external structure of body to get understanding of how our body live but not get borin National Geographic - Inside the Living Bodyg of complicity. I really enjoyed this movie.
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