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  • Actors: Primal Fear
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IXXY7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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PRIMAL FEAR goes beyond the innate terror associated with our deepest fears to examine the history, psychology, and science behind what scares us most. Each fear--being buried alive under six feet of suffocating dirt, the strike of a lethal snake, terrorist attacks that can occur at any time--will be explored by looking at its history, the science behind it, and contemporary survivor stories that relate what a near-death experience was like.

Examine the roots of each fear, when the fear flourished, how the fear has changed over time, and how many of these fears have been manipulated to create mass hysteria. Listen in as science experts, supported by CGI, show how the instinctual response to danger of fight or flight has been essential to survival throughout history, describe the physiological cause of death on those who didn t make it, and explore the influence of these fears on pop culture and the human condition. Feel your pulse quicken and your muscles tense as this fascinating DVD from HISTORY brings our most frightening fears to life.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on February 1, 2009
Format: DVD
Don't confuse this with that bad flick by Richard Gere and Ed Norton.

I once saw a great documentary series on the five senses. This work was quite similar in saying that humans need fear. It keeps us away from dangerous animals, lethal environmental conditions, etc. This work shows dangerous stuff but celebrates how our bodies have a sense to know to avoid these things.

This documentary has multiple purposes. It is historical in that it shows how ancient man or man from the recent past feared much of what we do now. It is biological in that it speaks about how the brain processes fear and how the body dies when put in some lethal situations. But then there's the Bart and Homer Simpson factor. I think this was designed for those who like the adrenoline rush of fear. The people who loved the film "Titanic" or love extreme sports may like this. It shows risky stuff like sharks, fire, bears, and all kinds of stuff that some people, mostly males, love to hate.

Here's my problem: this work doesn't really emphasize that not all fears are alike. When I think about the fear of rats or drowning, I see how that is something innate and something my ancestors and other species also feel and fear. But this work included terrorism in this list with rats and monsters. I do fear terrorism, but it's not an essential, knee-jerk part of my chemistry. My distant ancestors and pets don't fear terrorism in the way that they'd fear drowning or dangerous animals. Terrorism is a civilization-based, highly sophisticated matter that involves numerous actors. It depends upon political tension. So I wouldn't have included that in this work.

Similarly, the work said in the 1700s many people feared being buried alive, including President Washington.
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This DVD documentry talks about some of the fears we can have from those we learn as kids, like monsters in the closet or under the bed, to those we are born with to help us survive.
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