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Nature: In the Valley of the Wolves/Christmas in Yellowstone [Blu-ray]

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Program 1: In the Valley of the Wolves - The Druids are one of the largest wolf packs ever documented, once numbering thirty-seven strong. But, when their alpha female is killed by another pack, and their patriarch is found dead, their reign over the spectacular Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley comes to a sudden end. A lone black wolf takes charge of rebuilding the clan on the edge of the valley. With a new generation thriving, he leads the Druids back to battle the rival Slough pack! Filmed in high-definition. Rating: TV-PG.



Program 2: Christmas in Yellowstone - Yellowstone in winter. Look in any direction and it takes your breath away. Celebrate the beauty and wonders of the season in one of the most extraordinary places on Earth. Here are sights that only a fraction of Yellowstone's almost three million visitors each year are privileged to see. Observe red foxes as they dive headfirst into the snow seeking a rodent repast. Marvel at the beauty of "diamond dust" crystals as they swirl around herds of elk. Listen for the percussive thunder of cracking ice as it ricochets off the mountains. Enter the den of a grizzly bear that gives birth to two cubs while deep in hibernation. And follow the trail alongside photographer and writer Tom Murphy, who has been coming to Yellowstone for the past twenty-six winters to camp, take photographs and experience the solitude of the park. Conclude this unforgettable visit to Yellowstone on a joyous note by joining revelers in the Lodge to sing songs of the season by a roaring fire. Academy Award winner Linda Hunt narrates this mesmerizing program that captures winter in the wilderness in all of its splendor. Filmed in high-definition. Rating: TV-PG.

Review

"Epic...spectacular beauty." --The New York Times

"Spectacular photography...gives us a rare view of the majestic national park and the animals there." --The Sacramento Bee


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Product Details

  • Actors: F. Murray Abraham
  • Directors: NATURE produced by WNET
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, 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: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UJENQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ryan N. on September 24, 2009
[My recent review for the standard definition version of this title-before I bought the Blu-ray]
I have always felt a spiritual companionship with wolves, and this DVD is one that I will cherish forever. Nature: Yellowstone takes an intricate look at the lives of a few packs of wolves in the Yellowstone region of North America. The way in which these various packs of wolves were depicted, and the time and energy it took to follow them from season to season, really gave me the impression that whoever worked on this piece really cared about what they were filming (creating), and they were willing to take the time to make sure that their footage contained emotional content, and that it was also carefully orchestrated. Christmas in Yellowstone (program two on this DVD) was also very good, and it proved to be a good accompanying piece to program one. Another great DVD about one wolf in particular is Nature: The Wolf That Changed America
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Drew on November 22, 2010
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I have been a collector of books and videos on wolves my whole life. Without a dout one of the greatest wolf films I own and have ever seen. Amazing story that anyone would love.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bob on November 6, 2009
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I got this recently for my gf, and we both loved it! The special on wolves is very interesting and shows off any high def theater. This program is absolutely and completely different from the wolves in the Planet Earth series. The wolves featured in this series are primarily the druid pack in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley and the program focuses on their hunting in the winter, among other differences. The wolves are referred to by number, rather than by name (a little annoying to follow at times). Their stories are also well documented at [...]

I will admit that the Christmas in Yellowstone is fairly worthless. But one can't complain too much at 1080p video of one of the nations best parks in winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Love on March 23, 2013
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In The Valley Of The Wolves; is about a rivalry between two wolf packs, one pack is called the Druids Pack, and the other is called the Slough Pack. The location they focus on is in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley. The climax of the documentary is the battle between the Druids, and the Slough's. The Sough's are victorious and takes over the Druid's territory as their own.

Another interesting part is where the Sough Pack chased down, and kills a coyote that had intruded into their territory, and tried to feed on their kill. The music is good and the picture quality is crystal clear. The next movie is Yellowstone in Winter, this film is also educational, and more about the landscape than the inhabitants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. House on December 3, 2012
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We watch "Christmas in Yellowstone" every year - it's become a tradition. It's a great family feel-good doc showing the beauty of Yellowstone around the holiday season. But "In the Valley of the Wolves", although beautifully shot and interesting, is definitely not for all family members. The 'harsh realities of nature' may be fine to witness for adults, but may be too intense and downright depressing for younger or more sensitive viewers. Several killings (and eating of carcasses) are portrayed, and wolf/coyote deaths are rampant. Bummer. 5 huge Stars for "Christmas in Yellowstone", maybe 3 for "In the Valley of the Wolves", with a bit of warning. Both features shot in High Def.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2013
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I thought both of these nature documentaries were fantastic - especially Christmas in Yellowstone - but if you're looking for blu ray picture quality as astounding as the Planet Earth series, it's not nearly as good. Not bad by any means, but certainly missing some of the vertigo-inducing crisp sharpness that 1080p fanatics like myself obsess over. For the great price, I still give it a high recommendation. Great for wintry nights, or in my case, a cheap way to beat the July heat when the air conditioner is on the fritz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greenlight on July 7, 2011
You will remember "In the Valley of the Wolves" for years.

This is a very different kind of wolf film. As an astute document of the tribal life of wolves, it delivers a visual message that is devoid of obtrusive, controversial theory about the impact of restoring wolves to their role as top predators.

Further, it is neither about wolf life-cycles, nor their behavioral and physiological adaptations. Rather, it paints a long, sober portrait of the ever-present quandaries of wolf tribes. Filming spanned three years -- more or less equivalent to the natural life span of a wild wolf -- and it becomes glaringly obvious why their lives are so brief in the wild. Even with human protection and monitoring, they face their own overwhelming and often totally unexpected struggles in survival -- daily struggles that are compounded seasonally by stark rates of generational turnover.

Along the way, this film takes a look at the parallel lives of species that literally follow wolf packs in the very traces. Landis makes especially poignant juxtaposition to coyote lives, canids who are subjugated by wolves primarily to scavenging and foraging along the fringes of wolf territorial claims.

Bob Landis is the eye behind the lens, and he is featured in conversation in a 15-minute DVD extra. Christmas in Yellowstone is a wonderful, worthwhile complement to the main film.
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