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National Geographic Video: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas [VHS]
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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.
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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One of my favorite movies - well worth the purchase price. This is a 22 year old film and there is still nothing like it I've seen. The case and disc were in great shape. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have watched a lot of nature videos over the years, but I don't think I have ever seen a finer one that this one.
This is documentary film making at its best. Read more
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