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Nature: Salmon [Blu-ray]

Narrated by JAY O. SANDERS , Jim Norton , Rob Whittlesey  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Narrated by JAY O. SANDERS
  • Directors: Jim Norton, Rob Whittlesey
  • Format: 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: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NJC0K2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film will investigate the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish s life cycle. Each of our desperate efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex, and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little creature feature July 10, 2011
Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict- The 60-minute documentary examines the complex conservation efforts that include something called Juvenile Fish Transportation as well as the salmon version of in-vitro fertilization. Pulling back, we also see how it is necessary for the habitat to have a viable salmon population. It's a nice package and certainly educational; I learned much about a fish that I knew very little about, except the standard-issue "swimming in the opposite direction" stuff. Most stunning was the material looking at the decades of failed attempts to save the fish that backfired. Yikes.

A no-frills Blu-ray that accomplishes what it needs to in the tech department: the 1.85:1, 1080i transfer may fall a degree or two short for purists, but it looks great, clean and crisp, especially when it handles the underwater salmon scenes. The orthodox Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix pushes dialogue and little else. No extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges to Wild Salmon February 8, 2013
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This film does a good job detailing some of the challenges facing maintaining salmon stocks that are challenged by giant hydroelectric dams, but it is sort of depressing to watch.

I bought the video to help my young sons develop an appreciation for the fascinating life cycle of salmon and their important role in many ecosystems. It does this in sort of a backhanded and depressing way.

My sons definitely learned a lot about salmon, but they did not really like the video much because of its downbeat tone.
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By K Jones
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Informative and interesting video of the importance of salmon, and obstacles that they must overcome including man made and predators. This point becomes very clear as the film explains how much money various governmental agencies are spending to save the salmon. Even if you don't live in an area where the salmon spawn, you will enjoy learning about them, their challenges and their importance to us.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One sided attitude presented October 15, 2012
By jadams
I was very disappointed. This was meant for tree huggers with no "in between" solutions or discussion allowed. The only solution given is to just remove all dams...and there was no discussion of the consequences of doing that. There are solutions but the producers didnt want to even mention them. At one time there is a statement that the northwest should just find another source of electricity...period. Never mind the huge consequence of that single minded attitude. Hydro power is the cheapest, most efficient and the statement is to just get rid of it. I do not think that all the possibilities of saving the salmon have been tried and there is much to try. A particular river of stream designated for salmon could possibly be made perfect for producing fish....but lets go all out and condemn all possible solutions other than destroying dams....I am old enough to remember the almost yearly floods before the dams were put in. I know how valuable the electricity was in developing the cities and industry in the northwest. The people interviewed here are not in the least interested in those facts. I think also that there were a lot of assumptions made. One that I question is that the fish dont have the ability to swim effectively through lakes.....I dont think that was a proven fact. I have the feeling that there are better solutions than just the very radical solution of "no dams", but that would not further the aims of the "lets destroy the dams" people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can humans re-create what we destroyed? June 2, 2011
I love the taste of salmon. It's one of the few healthy things I eat. However, I could watch this without wanting to go buy some salmon to eat.

Salmon swim in lots of different waters, but they only breed in the wild in certain specific streams. Well, humans damned those streams up and then were surprised that the salmon weren't reproducing. This doc speaks about all that goes on in trying to address the matter.

It turns out that we've been putting fish in hatcheries for decades. Still, the fish need help getting back to the ocean. Farm-raised fish eat near the surface, so bird easily scoop them up when released. The turbines in the damns often dice them up. Sea lions cash in on humans dumping salmon at a certain point in the same predictable spots. Further, the disappearance of salmon may violate many Native American treaties.

They show a pair of salmon breeding. I wasn't expecting them to "do the nasty." However, those who think all animals breed like in "March of the Penguins" will be in for a surprise. When the fish were releasing eggs and male-goo, they did have their mouths open and I wonder if it felt orgasmic to them. The documentary never answers why salmon die after breeding. I also would like to know if some of them avoid breeding just to stay alive. (Did the two breeding fish get male-goo in their mouths?!?)

This seemed like a straw man argument. If factor X caused the problem, then it's obvious that getting rid of factor X would be the solution. The work tries to end on a positive note. It has an environmental message similar to "Avatar" and "The Lion King." The fish eat bugs and then they are eaten by larger animals and then the bugs dine on their leftover corpses and bones.

The work also raises concerns about biodiversity. One interviewee states, "We used to have Bach, Beethoven, and Handl and now we have Yanni, Yanni, and Yanni." This work is full of catchy quotes like that.
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