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River Monsters (2009)

Jeremy Wade , Jeremy Wade  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Wade
  • Directors: Jeremy Wade
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LW9IMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Extreme angler Jeremy Wade is on the hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. This rip-roaring ride through the dark side of nature mixes action and adventure with mysteries, edge-of-the-seat chases and a battle of wills between man and almost supernatural beasts. Watch as Jeremy Wade deconstructs exactly how these river monsters are constructed to kill.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars River Monsters- Season One August 30, 2009
Ever since watching the first episode of River Monsters, I've been hooked (no pun intended). It really makes you think of what is lurking beneath the surface of the worlds oceans, rivers, and streams. The show is both educational and it will make your skin crawl!

Trust me, seeing a man nearly swallowed by a giant Amazonian Catfish, it's just down right out creepy! Anyways, below is the episodes that are included on this Season One set. This set contains all seven episodes from the first season. Season Two premieres Spring 2010!

Episode One- Piranha
- In 1976 a packed coach crashed into the Amazon killing 39 people. By the time the bodies were pulled out by rescuers some had been so viciously mutilated by piranha they could only be identified by their clothes. Tracking down survivors and eyewitnesses of piranha attacks, Jeremy Wade reveals why the piranha fills our nightmares.

Episode Two- Killer Catfish
- Two years ago, on the treacherous Kali River, high in the mountains of Northern India, Jeremy Wade unearthed the mother of all fisherman's tales and the ultimate freshwater horror: a super-sized freshwater fish turned man-eater. Jeremy takes on the biggest, toughest challenge he's ever faced as he heads back to the Himalayas to separate fact from fiction and track down the monstrous beast.

Episode Three- Alligator Gar
- In the Deep South is a river monster with the reputation of a devil. Blamed for a series of violent attacks on humans, this creature is said to be as vicious as a shark and as big as an alligator. The authorities said it should be annihilated, but not all are so quick to condemn it. Extreme angler Jeremy Wade heads to Texas on its trail in an attempt to uncover the facts behind this animal's notoriety.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Innovative and Highly Entertaining! December 20, 2009
I must start by saying I rarely view Animal Planet shows on tv. I was intrigued by the cover of this series when I saw it at the store and decided to purchase it after reading the few reviews posted right here on Amazon. Let me tell you, I am not disappointed in the slightest! This series and its host Jeremy Wade provide some of the most entertaining and memorable video in a nature series I have seen in years.

Each episode runs approximately 41 minutes. This season contains 8 episodes in total (1 of which the dvd says is a "bonus episode" even though it is in the main menu). I hope future seasons will contain a bit more content, even though this is well worth the price for a 1st season.

As for the show itself, the video footage is superb. Jeremy Wade sets up each episode in roughly the same fashion. He describes local legends, historical events and eyewitness accounts centering around the species of the episode. Thereafter he travels to the region and begins to research the actual events - usually going as far as finding the ACTUAL people involved in the legends. Mythbusters has actually dealt with a few of the events....but this is NOWHERE near as fascinating as when Jeremy actually finds the people to whom the event occurred and then brings them back to the site it happened at. Along the way the host shows himself as having very rich onscreen character as well as extensive knowledge of the creatures he encounters. After establishing possible theories as to what creature is responsible for the attacks, he begins to fish the rivers. Usually he meets with failure the first few times, and turns to local fishermen and other experts to refine his fishing method. Jeremy is a highly skilled professional angler...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 21, 2011
By SuzieQ
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This show is awesome. Jeremy Wade is awesome. I could watch this show all day and not be sick of it. He is fascinating and keeps you interested. highly recommend to anyone sick of all the garbage on television today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show on television May 31, 2010
River Monsters is an absolute blast. Jeremy Wade is a fantastic host who stops at nothing to land the biggest fish he can. The first season is a great introduction to Wade's adventures. Even those who don't enjoy fishing are likely to find River Monsters an entertaining show. As a fisherman myself, I am envious of Wade's job. I can watch these episodes over and over and not be bored at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series June 7, 2010
By Dr O
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I would recommend this series to anyone interested in naturalist documentaries. Wade is intelligent, well-informed, clearly experienced and very well spoken. He is obviously not primarily a showman nor does he overly dramatize the expeditions. Yet there is always a gratifying sense of mystery and a touch of suspense unfolding. He very much lives up to his self described role as "extreme angler".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Wade is my son's hero! November 29, 2009
By BrandiC
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My son is 8 and is going to be stoked to receive this for Christmas. He is totally fascinated with fishing and the real-life adventures Jeremy Wade encounters. The video footage is awesome, amazing, entertaining and educational. So glad I found it on DVD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommended it March 6, 2011
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After searching for piranhas online, I've gotten hooked on watching this. I'll recommend this, simply because its interesting, educational, and makes you more aware that there is more to the fish itself. If anything, I'm hoping to watch Season 3 soon, or wait for the DVD for it to come out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish On! Fish On!
I love this show!

Jeremy Wade - zoologist, biologist, and extreme angler travels the globe in search of freshwater river monsters. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ron2900
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVES River Monsters
We bought these a long time ago and they are still watching them! We all learn something new every time we watch!
Published 8 days ago by Jean Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Sometimes a few too many repeats of past experiences. A great risk taker to find the truth behind the tales.
Published 1 month ago by Muriel Retra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
See stuff and wild waterways as well as their native species that will blow your mind! Take guided tour with wonderful host Jeremy Wade. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars River Monsters
A great compilation of some of Jeremy Wade's great adventures with his fishing tackle. Worth the money and the time. Mr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edmond Schmolke
5.0 out of 5 stars great angler
I love all his episodes cause I love fishing and can watch some one catch the big ones cuz I can't
Published 4 months ago by Francis Oppelt
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just fish ...
I've used River Monsters in my cultural geography class because they provide a first hand view of the people that Jeremy meets while he fishes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Bradshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting viewing!
I adore Jeremy Wade's River Monster's.
The links to the different culture's mythologies are fascinating and I appreciate that he's not out to kill things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nic
4.0 out of 5 stars even if you don't fish
I don't fish and I don't watch fishing shows-never understood spending all that money on gear just to annoy fish you aren't going to eat-but I enjoy seeing the places he goes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne Witkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
We love watching episodes over and over again... stunning videography and crazy fish... not sure I want to swim in the lakes and rivers anymore ;)
Published 8 months ago by Mom Lady
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