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Nature: The River of No Return

Isaac Babcock , .  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isaac Babcock
  • Directors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077PBPQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Deep in the untamed heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless areas left in the lower 48 States. Named in honor of Idaho Senator Frank Church, and for the rugged Salmon River that flows through it, the vast 2.5 million-acre wilderness is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Defined by deep canyons and mountain forests, it is a perfect habitat for abundant animal life, including wolves that are being restored to the area after an absence of 50 years. This is the place where a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, choose to spend a year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something of much greater consequence for both of them a story that will change their lives.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By wlc7
I watched the film on Nature and am now ordering the dvd. I just wanted to say that, for me, the narration by the couple both added to my understanding and appreciation of the wilderness area, and the wolves and other inhabitants there; and also was a very moving and brave personal recounting of their struggles on this journey. A film that may leave you with much to think about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Going To The Mountains Is Going Home" - John Muir September 3, 2012
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Nature: River Of No Return is one of the best documentaries the series has had in a long time that did not focus on a particular species or a particular type of animal. I loved it on PBS and bought it as fast as I could when it came out in HD.

At a glance, the film is about Isaac Babcock, a biologist, and his wife Bjornen, with whom he travels into one of the few remaining pristine wilderness areas remaining in the United States - the Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness Area. It contains just under 2.4 million acres of nearly untouched mountain wilderness. The Babcocks document their attempt to live in this wild area for a year with very little contact or assistance from the outside world. While doing so, they explore this amazing place and study the animals that dwell there while doing their best to leave the area as God intended it.

The video quality is absolutely stunning, not only because of being HD but because the content is that eye-opening. The shots of wolves in their natural environment doing what they do best while barely even registering that humans are around by itself makes this documentary worth a look. The birds, coyotes, and other animals that are also caught in action make this a true journey into another time and place. And all the while you get a glimpse of what life is like without all the modern things that we have so thoroughly convinced ourselves are absolutely necessary in a given day.

Anyone who even remotely values the wild places of the world will fall in love with this program. If you are someone who dreams of perhaps one day hiking to some of the places God created that we, the human race, have thankfully not destroyed yet, you too will love this documentary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome wildlife documentary September 19, 2013
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I really loved this film. What an awesome place. I would love to take a journey through this beautiful wilderness. The only thing I find wrong with this documentary is, it isn't long enough. I felt so calm and peaceful while watching this, I wanted it to continue for a whole lot longer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu-ray and documentary. June 5, 2012
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True high definition in a 16:9 ratio. On-screen promos, websites and station ID's customarily shown during broadcast were thoughtfully excised for the video release. This, coupled with our newlywed hosts' sometimes humorous candidness (particularly their rendition of "This Land is Your Land" on harmonica) makes their journey seem as though it is ours as well. So if you're looking for extreme nature (eg. the highest mountains or tallest waterfalls) you won't find it here, but you will get a true sense of the wilderness through some dazzling photography and the occasional mild touch of ethereal scoring, and a surround sound mix that is just enough to evoke a sense of fresh air without drawing attention to itself. There's also a most unexpected miracle that takes place between a hunter and its prey, silhouetted against the evening sky on a mountaintop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True human experience May 12, 2012
Most Nature videos have a political agenda today (we are ruining our environment, we must fix it before we perish). This movie has a rare human quality that most documentaries lack. Bjornen, the female narrator, describes her own experience with her untreatable illness in a very positive light. After months living in harmony with nature, she accepts herself as part of the animal kingdom. Her message to us is that life involves risk; many animals live or die out of luck rather than fitness. So, rather than live life "playing it safe," Bjornen shares with us the beauty of experiencing life to the fullest, even though her experience involves risk and pain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary April 21, 2012
Watched on PBS in April 2012; worthy piece by two nature lovers who shared their unusual experience in the wilderness with the rest of us... Great job on a small budget and with very small film crew!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film June 9, 2014
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I'll admit that when I walked into the living room and saw my husband watching this a tiny part of me thought, "Agh, another documentary!" But I was soon sucked into it and by the end was such a fan that the next day I bought a copy for my sister. This is a very real, engaging film. Unlike so many shows that create artificial drama, this is compelling for being understated drama - two people who come across as very honest, unaffected and likeable filming wildlife and dealing with challenges in an intense and beautiful environment. The footage is gorgeous, and the story is a good balance about both them and this amazing place they are in. I have to say that having studied and worked in the wildlife biology field, one thing that really struck me was how honest he was about what he saw during that scene with the wounded elk - very unusual for a biologist, in my experience, and another plug for how real this film is. Not to mention that it is an extremely beautiful scene from a visual standpoint. (And symbolically as well - watch the movie. :) I don't write reviews nearly as much as I should (seeing as I read them), but I had to put in my two cents for this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a nature lover, this is excellent! I highly recommend it!
Excellent! Stunning scenes of nature. A touching story by the authors. I saw this first on Netflix and ran and purchased a copy for myself. I highly recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by Gypsy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Attempt At Wilderness Filming
This is a nature DVD documentary that was not as great as I thought it would be, first it is too short and second even when the takes are great the narration is wanting, they could... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Princelight-7
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet brilliant
This is a wonderful documentary, that is very much down to earth and gives you the feeling of being there. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Molly Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
What an adventure! Great photography and narration. I seen this on Netflix and had to send a copy to my sister, who loves the great outdoors.
Published 11 months ago by Ossie Weinert
2.0 out of 5 stars Great cinematography, but
The scenery and camera work are awesome. I suggest you buy this and then watch it with the sound off. The script and narration are simply awful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. L. Tanty
5.0 out of 5 stars River of no return
thank God this young, newly married couple kept on their goal of this trip. Even though she was suffering with her illness.
Published 13 months ago by merry gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilderness!
Great camera work! Wolves in the wilderness, along with many other wild creatures. Wish it was longer, but it is still a very good story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T. Mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd river of no return
I really enjoyed this story and was done very well, i would recommend this to my friends. Also, great price, fast shipping!! :)
Published 24 months ago by apn
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