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National Geographic Video: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas [VHS] (1998)

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304474636
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


Although we romanticize lions as mighty kings of the jungle, their reign is in fact a tenuous one. It is challenged daily in southern Africa by vicious packs of hyenas that compete for prey. Between the two species exists an ancient feud, and it unfolds in Eternal Enemies with all the drama of the warring Capulets and Montagues. Watch as lions bring down a zebra, only to be attacked themselves by a pack of hyenas that chases them into the trees. Glowering, the big cats watch as the thieves devour their dinner. Days later the lions exact revenge, killing the hyena leader but leaving her uneaten as a warning to the rest of the clan. Other scenes in this video are equally impressive, including life inside a hyena den--which captures the sounds of lions growling outside--and a tense encounter between a snake-bitten lioness and a pack of hyenas. With its gripping story line, Eternal Enemies is a standout among animal documentaries. --Demian McLean

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Trek into the hidden battlefields of northern Botswana where lions and spotted hyenas clash in overlapping territories. With never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud that has been waged for millennia. Follow the Southern Clan, led by a powerful hyena matriarch whose firstborn female cub kills her sister at birth to assure her succession as leader of the clan. Lurk in the shadows as a lioness from the Central Pride gives birth to three cubs and then encounters a deadly Egyptian cobra. You'll be stunned by breathtaking chase scenes as the hyena matriarch is brutally killed by a male lion, throwing the clan into chaos. Discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry between ETERNAL ENEMIES: LIONS AND HYENAS.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a savage, riveting documentary May 19, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is without question the most violent, horrific animal documentary I have ever seen; the fight for survival between the lions and hyenas is brutal, but goes beyond fighting over food, to actual territorial warfare. The cruelty shown in this footage should not be seen by children, but is extremely educational for those who have the stomach for it.

There is also a segment on the agony of a poisoned lioness that is terribly sad, and hard to watch.

You will learn things about hyenas that will surprise you: It is a matriarchal society, where the males are smaller, and their role in the pack quite marginal. The females also have the appearance of hermaphrodites, and engage in "mock mating", caught on film here for the first time. We also witness their habit of fratricide, where the most powerful of the young will kill its weaker brother or sister.

The ferocity of the hyenas, coupled with their "laughing" sounds, make these scavengers truly "the horrors of the night".

Much of this documentary is chilling, some of it is very moving, and all of it is unforgettable. Filmed in the northern regions of Botswana, the creative forces behind this film are Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and the narration of the beautifully written (and often quite poetic) script is by Powers Boothe.

Watching a film like this puts the harshness of nature into perspective, and also says a lot about our lower instincts, and the "endless cycles of life and death", shown here with some spectacular cinematography.

Total running time is one hour.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best nature video I ever saw January 4, 2007
By dansw4
I got this on VHS tape many years ago and was so disappointed when the wear and tear over the years had made the tape unplayable.The DVD is just as good as i remembered it and the quality of the transfer onto DVD was quite good considering how many years ago this footage was shot.To this day its still probably the best, most graphic nature video out there when it comes to predators battling other predators.I got Predators at war with this one and this one is better.Predators at War is decent to but it doesn't capture as many actual encouters,alot of it is after the fact showing a dead animal and telling you later what happened to it.Lions and Hyenas actually shows alot of battles as they are taking place.I would highly recommend this video to nature buffs who can handle graphic and violent content of hyenas and lions doing battle.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lions and Hyenas Oh My! September 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is as intense and savage as nature videos get. Great narration from a strong voiced Powers Boothe lends urgency to the film, I was all wrapped up in it just seconds after it began thanks to him. The Lions are not always the "King Of The Beasts" as you might think. When a pack of Hyenas attacks, the Lionesses are pretty helpless to defend there kill. However one male Lion refuses to be bullied. A male whose African names means "He Who Comes With Fire" is big, bold, and definetly pissed! When he attacks the Hyenas, his intent is not a meal, it is simply to kill. You can almost feel his hatred for the Hyenas, can there be anything in Africa more fearsome? Almost as if to drive the point home, he leaves the leader of the Hyena clan out in the open in a crumpled heap for all the Hyenas to see. Not dead, mind you, but with a broken back, having just crushed her spine in his massive jaws. A stark reminder that nature can be savage, and merciless, definetly cruel. He is also an attentive, almost loving father to his cubs, allowing them to crawl all over him, even as he tries to sleep in the shade. I highly recommend this video for anyone seeking to delve deeper than the average glossed over nature video goes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 12, 2007
It is a documentary dvd that any African wildlife lover should not miss.

This is the first time that I have an actual duel between a hyena and a lion, resulting in the death of the former. It must have taken a lot of doing to track the hyena clan and lion pride to their eventful confrontations. It was a wonderful work of filming a wildlife event. This is my favorite national geogaphic wildlife film.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Achievement May 10, 2007
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This is one of the best documentaries on wild life ever made. The narrator is incredible, the information presented is articulate and fascinating, and the footage of Lions and Hyenas in their natural habitats is amazing. What makes the documentary so outstanding, in my opinion, is that so many elements--photography, narration, writing, creativity, natural situations--came together so beautifully and were presented so clearly. The pace of the documentary is also finely tuned to the point where there never seemed to be a dull or irrelevant moment. If you have even the mildest interest in animals, I strongly suggest purchasing this documentary.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True, to the Point June 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It may seem weird that a person from South Africa, like myself should want to watch a film on Lions and Hyenas. The thing is is that when I cannot get into the bush I watch movies like this one. I have yet to see a film that is so true about the interactions between these two animals. Many people think that the Lions are at the top of the African food chain, but they are infact possibly second to the Hyenas. This is the first film that I have seen that actually shows a Clan of Hyenas hunting for food , and a Pride of Lions scavanging form their greatest enemies. This is so far the best movie about Africa that my friends and I have ever witnessed.
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Published 4 months ago by Paul Glickman
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for non US DVD Players
The movie itself is fantastic, however it cannot be played on a non US region code DVD player. This should be clearly stated.
Published 5 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite NG documentary
I saw this documentary a long time ago, and recently purchased it on Amazon. I absolutely love it. Its almost like a play, but the characters don't have scripts. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Desert Eli
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My Pops wanted this DVD as well. He's a freak for wanting to see animals act like animals. I think that makes my father an animal.
Published 7 months ago by Isaac David
5.0 out of 5 stars Best lion DVD ever!
This is the most graphic and violent Lion DVD ever made. If there's a better one let me know. The narrator was terrific. Now days nature videos are censored. Simply the best.
Published 8 months ago by Mozzer101
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary!
One of the best documentaries on lions and hyenas! Pulls you into the lives of these great creatures. I totally recommend watching.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly gruesome!
WOW! What a brutal showdown between Lions and Hyenas. This gave me chills and made me happy I was neither! Great documentary but not for the feint at heart.
Published 9 months ago by Keith Langkan
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