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Nature: Birds of the Gods [Blu-ray]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the sixteenth century they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going April 12, 2011
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I expected more footage on the birds themselves. I bought the DVD because I wanted to know about the behavior and biology of these birds. There was some information on that, but not as much as I would have liked to have had. It seemed to me that the scientists/researchers had more screen time than the birds. I wanted to see more birds and less reaction shots of scientists watching the birds. More birds and less scientists struggling through the forests.

I've watched other PBS DVDs on birds and loved the Nature: Hummingbird dvd. It also included a little more footage than I wanted to see on bird banders. But on the whole, the documentary achieved a good balance between the scientist footage and bird footage. In Birds of Paradise, I felt like I learned more about the scientists researching the birds than I did the birds.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of Paradise November 29, 2011
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This blu-ray is about the various bird species of New Guinea, an island located in the Pacific Ocean.

Narrated by David Attenborough, there is a brief introduction to New Guinea tribes and their customs which threaten the survival of the birds. We follow a native bird conservationist group which include locals, Miriam Supuma and Paul Igag, who go through great efforts to document and count the bird species.

New Guinea bird species are also called birds of paradise due to their exotic plumage and courting behaviors.

Here are the birds of paradise covered in this video.

King bird of paradise
Greater birds of paradise
Raggiana bird of paradise
Rifle bird of paradise
Black sicklebill
Lawe's parotia bird of paradise
Magnificent bird of paradise
Wilson's bird of paradise
Blue bird of paradise
Superb bird of paradise

As another person wrote, regarding wanting to see more bird species, I agree. But I understand the need to highlight bird conservancy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NATURE: BIRDS OF THE GODS June 13, 2011
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Very informative, with an emotional edge. The awesome beauty of these birds, and the time and energy spent on
their displays, renders me speechless. Good insight into what is done to protect and preserve them; but also being sensitive to the traditions of the native tribes of the region. I also possess "Attenborough In Paradise", which is equally spectacular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird of the Gods DVD April 10, 2012
By Nimue
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Absolutely beautiful exotic birds, some I've never seen before. It was amazing watching the people who devote their lives to carefully photographing while protecting these beautiful birds. Five stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First let me point out if you buy the video expecting to see nothing but footage of the birds themselves you will be dissapointed. These birds are hard to find and videograph. But you will get a well rounded and interesting documentary of the natives who live in New Guinea and how they relate to these magnificent birds.
The two researchers who are also natives, take one of David Attenborough teams to some very remote sites to see and record some of these amazing and other worldly birds. The love of the land, these two individuals have for their home is obvious and they make it their life's work to count and monitor the populations of these birds to determine what conservation actions are needed to insure these birds are here for future generations to enjoy. I wish I had the opportunity to join these two researchers on their quest.

Although I know this is not the forum for the recently released National geographic version I just wanted to add that having just seen it I personally found David Attenborough's version, much more interesting. Nat. Geo. version again does not have much video on the birds themselves, in all fairness, they are hard to find and take videos of (although the quality and shots of the birds are better compared with Birds of the Gods) you will get lots of video of the photographer and the videographer, either setting up cameras, facing hardships, not to mention girls hauling their equipment around. I recommend borrowing a copy of the Nat.Geo. version so you can see the awesome video (what little there is of it) before buying it. But "Birds of the God's" at least for me is a keeper, and one I will see again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 11, 2012
By Char
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Very informative and interesting. Quality footage. Would buy more like this. My kids even got into watching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of the Gods June 13, 2011
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This is a great DVD. Informative and keep you interested. Great learning tool for children about birds. Shared this DVD with my 90 year old Mother, who has been interested in birds for a long time. She and I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and marvelous August 15, 2014
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This footage is astonishing. I am not a birder. I speak as someone who is thrilled by wildlife and the beauty of nature. We have watched this at least 3 times. It is probably our favorite video, even over feature length Hollywood films. You will be surprised by the strangeness of these beautiful creatures and will wonder that they exist at all. Then you will want to jump on the first plane to New Guinea and sit in the rain for 3 weeks just to catch a glimpse of these marvelous birds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful video and story
Beautiful video and story. My cat likes it too - watches it with me and looks behind TV trying to find the birds.
Published 13 days ago by Suzanne Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
A must for EVERY birder!!!
Published 3 months ago by CHUI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good
Published 3 months ago by Jurippa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I ordered this to help make up for the Attenborough in Paradise not working. It is a great DVD and worth the money!
Published 6 months ago by A. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous photos of one of Nature's most beautiful and exotic creatures
The authors take you through their incredible years' long journey to capture these photos and increase our knowledge of these birds. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Photoboy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulous DV
Saw this on PBS and couldn't wait to own it. Watching these birds is magical and sometimes takes your breath away. It would make a splendid gift for anyone who loves nature.
Published 9 months ago by B. Fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Birds DVD
Absolutely fabulous, in all ways! Beautiful & interesting birds, scenery, photography, narration, information, etc. Simply breathtaking. I've watched this a few times... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program
Well done program about some of the most fascinating species on earth. A must see for bird and nature lovers.
Published 12 months ago by D. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not a standout
This video seems to be an excerpt of other wonderful documentaries that the BBC has done. As such, it doesn't have the sweep and polish of those other documentaries. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael A. Kalm
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in paradise
"Birds of the gods" is a documentary narrated by David Attenborough. It follows a team of local scientists in New Guinea, as they attempt to find various birds of paradise and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ashtar Command
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