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Nature: Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom [Blu-ray]

n , a , Joseph Pontecorvo  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Joseph Pontecorvo
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047H7Q5O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, blood-thirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This one-hour high-definition film for Nature will take viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure an environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolverine Revealed November 19, 2012
I caught this documentary the other day on PBS. I hadn't heard very much about wolverines before and had assumed that they were more plentiful then they really are. I hadn't realized how difficult they are to capture on film or that their numbers are dwindling. The documentary follows two different groups of naturalists documenting the movements of wolverines and a wildlife filmmaker raising wolverines in captivity on a 60 acre wildlife refuge in Alaska. The documentary cuts between these three main stories while providing information about the wolverine itself.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demon of the North July 29, 2013
In my mental universe, the wolverine isn't particularly mysterious. We have a number of them at our local zoo, right here in Stockholm. Kids love 'em. They are cute, cuddly and playful. In fact, they are more cool than brown bears. Of course, they are also extremely dangerous...

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Nature's Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom is a well presented, entertaining and educational show about the rarely seen but legendary Wolverine, perhaps the most mysterious and misunderstood creature from the frozen north.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a wonderful Blu-ray about wolverines, who are related to weasels, mainly because the people who track them love them so much. We see school children in Alaska who treat them like pets. Wolverines are seldom seen in the wild unless you know how to track them. They can be gentle with people, but will attack a grizzly bear. I have gone backpacking in the Sierra Nevada many times, but have never seen a wolverine. They are amazing animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! November 6, 2011
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Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom was very interesting.
It is well made and informative.
I highly recommend it.
Everyone I have viewed it with agrees!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of natures best October 24, 2013
By L J
What little I knew about the Wolverine. It was my school mascot. Then to watch this PBS on this animal was an eye opener. These men that made this doc and the person that raised the pups are amazing people. Five star file I really learned a lot from this film thanks much L
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 21, 2013
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This video get you to know the phantom of the Wolverine. This my favorite animal, because it's an animal that isn't understood. And this video helps you understand the Wolverine better.
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