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Nature: An Original Duckumentary

4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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The story will follow a wood duck family and discover how a male and female create a bond migrate together across thousands of miles nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B0L4H8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,158 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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one of the best films of the entire life cycle of American Wood Ducks, the most colorful of the N American duck species. very well done, edited and with up-close footage of ducklings leaping from tall trees, the annual migration headache of waterfowl, and the courtship rituals of these beautiful birds. great for science students, biology majors, birding clubs or natural history programs; Giamattis narration is subtly humorous and on point for the subject.
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Marvellous documentary from PBS looks at some of the many types of ducks in the world, exploring their point of view, their evolutionary enhancements, and their sense of social structure. Highly recommended.
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this documentary is one of the few that does not show any of its stars being killed. They mention only a few babies survive but never show any of the ducks being killed. I am glad for that and was able to watch this film and feel good throughout. The photography is incredible. The colors are breathtaking and seeing ducks just being ducks was wonderful. I wish there was more films like this.
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What an absolutely wonderful dvd!! My dad let me borrow his to watch and within just a couple minutes I was totally engrossed! I will be ordering my own! The photography was just spectacular. My only complaint was an hour wasn't long enough.
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I'm an animal lover. I've seen hundreds and hundreds (no exaggeration) of videos about animals and nature. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. I don't typically collect DVDs, but after I saw this episode on TV, I absolutely had to have it. Since then I've watched it a number of times and have shown it to numerous friends -- there is no one who hasn't gushed about how good it is after they saw it! The photography is spectacular, and who can resist 1-day old wood ducks leaving their nest 70 feet off the ground?
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One of the best Nature documentaries available. Vivid photography, and an in-depth description of a few ducks I didn't know. If you like ducks, this is for you.
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I feel like this may be a trend with nature-themed programs on PBS, including the entire "Nature" series.

Compare this program with, say, the BBC David Attenborough "Life of Birds" 10-part series. That series is quite old, and was meant for a general audience, more general than maybe the audience of "Nature," but "Life of Birds" is less cheesy, has more real info and clearly explained facts and concepts of anatomy, biology, animal behavior, etc.

Like "Duckumentary," "Life of Birds" also has some lame music tracks, but just to give you an idea, "Life of Birds" is a series of 10 episodes, and I never got really sick of the music. For "Duckumentary," I'm over it after 15 minutes. WHY is there a music track over almost the entire program?? And, as another reviewer mentioned, why is the narration mixed so far below the music track??

I think this is part of the general settling for mediocrity in TV, and a trend to dumb down "Nature," "Nova," and other PBS mainstays. If you want dumb nature, watch "Discovery Channel." PBS is going to lose its niche if this trend continues.

The videography is great, but the program over all is far worse than "Life of Birds" which was filmed two decades ago in standard definition. That's saying a lot.

Though, "Life of Birds" does have David Attenborough, and he, as is his genius, makes the audience connect so intimately with nature, in a way that this program fails to do.

Keep the same footage, add a brilliant host, shut off the music track for most of the show, and greatly add to the scientific discussion, and this would be a great program.
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This is an absolutely wonderful "duckumentary." The photography is some of the best I have seen. I was interested in the life of wood ducks, which is the feature duck, and it does a excellent job on this also. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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