Nature: Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom [Blu-ray]
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I found the documentary very informative and it's inspired me to seek out more information on these fascinating creatures. My only complaint is the one I have with most episodes of Nature: it's too short! It's so well done though that I can't bring myself to give it less than 5 stars. If you're interested in animals and wildlife research, I urge you to check out this all too brief glimpse into one of nature's most elusive creatures. You won't be disappointed.
If you hate wolverines, "Chasing the Phantom" is not for you. This is definitely a "nerd" show. Apart from a lot of wolverines (what else?), we get to meet a number of human enthusiasts with a perhaps somewhat unhealthy obsession with this particular animal. One of them, Steve Kroschel (who reminds me of the crazy guy from A-Team), even breeds wolverines at his "wildlife center". The center also spouts a moose?! The funniest part of the documentary is when Kroschel's "tame" wolverines attack his camera equipment! Meanwhile, two other wolverine-bitten explorers search the pristine wilderness of Montana's Glacier National Park for the elusive glutton. One of the boys admits that he wants to *be* a wolverine, and "bite whomever he wants to bite". Oookay...
The most fascinating piece of info about the actual wolverines, is that the promiscuous male (who mates with several females) actually returns to all of "his" females, helping to rear the young. An interesting family arrangement, and apparently an unexpected one for scientists who until recently assumed that these animals were solitaires, with little or no meaningful interaction between different members of the species.
Definitely a treat if you like out-sized mustelids, and the crazy folk who chase them. Five stars!
The episode is presented in beautiful 1080i HD which really does credit to the scenery, which was shot mostly in Alaska and in Montana's Glacier National Park. The audio quality is as good as the video, being presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. The disc comes in a standard plastic case as with most of the PBS Nature Blu-ray releases so there shouldn't be a worry of scratching the disc when you take it out. There are no extras to talk about but that is par for the course with most releases in this series.
The information includes historical theories about wolverines, modern information from scientists in the field who track wolverines and study their habits, as well as the first person experiences of a scientist who has actually raised a pair of wolverine kits to adulthood. Indeed, the scenes where he is teaching the young wolverines and playing with them are a highlight.
Anyone who loves weasels, as wolverines are in fact a kind of weasel, will love this show as will anyone who simply likes animals and nature. I guarantee that if you watch this you will learn a lot about these amazing creatures and their uncertain future in the age of global warming. It has cute factor and is entertaining and education factor too so I rate it as a great buy, especially as it is usually less than $20 on Amazon.
It is well made and informative.
I highly recommend it.
Everyone I have viewed it with agrees!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected. There wasn't much documentary about the activity of the wolverine on a daily basis, like how it may confront larger predators in its territory.Published 7 months ago by Ricki
it really didn't tell much about wolverines, was mostly about how hard they are to find in the wild. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Loyd Eskildson
My introduction to Wolverines came through Doug Chadwick's book "The Wolverine Way" which may have inspired this PBS special on Wolverines. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Peridot
I could watch this DVD numerous times because the narration is entertaining and the film footage is excellent. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by A. Nielsen
Was a little disappointing but still entertaining. More about the researchers than about the wolverine. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Cicelyman