National Geographic - Inside the Living Body
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Some technical aspects: Running time is in fact 96 minutes, not 60 as Amazon incorrectly lists. It aspect ratio is letterboxed widescreen; you'll have black bars on BOTH the tops AND the bottoms of your screen. Not sure why the producers did this, but you can easily correct this to fill your entire screen by hitting the zoom button on your TV. Don't worry, quality is still maintained, and excellent picture. Relatively recent release '07, I did wish a blu ray version was available.
If you wish to have only 1 biology dvd on your ownership shelf, it should be this one. The second one to accompany this is: the National Geographic - Incredible Human Machine. The third is: Discovery The Human Body Pushing the Limits blu ray.
The video starts out following two parents that have a child, and then you watch the child grow up. You follow the child through the teenage years, adulthood, and finally, to the end of their life as an elderly person. I have to admit that it's sad as it ends in death, but the information covered throughout the video is spectacular and very interesting. Just don't expect the video to end on a happy/feel-good note...you might need to do something to brighten the mood after it is over!!
There are just a few things that you may want to warn your kids about if you are showing this to a class. I teach juniors and seniors, so *most* of them are mature enough to handle the video (although there are always a few that like to snicker and make comments). First, there's some childbirth. You don't see the WHOLE process, but there are some parts that are a little "gross." You also see a baby nursing- so you see a woman's breast and the edge of the nipple as the baby is suckling. Again, if you warn kids that these things will be shown, they're much more likely to react to it as it happens. The last part is that you see a lot of digestion from the internal view, so there's a lot of "glop" being squeezed around, pushed through sphincters, etc. You're likely to get a few "eew!" remarks from the crowd.
It's a great video- very informative, engaging, and accurate. This is something I plan to use each year to wrap up my Anatomy class.
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Good scientific information on how man functions and how we can learn about our beingPublished 2 months ago by LAM
I can see how school teachers might like this video, which seems geared toward teenagers. I did learn a few things, although the DVD also distorts some information, which is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Learning New Ways
This is a great educational video if you are interested in Anatomy and how we came to be. It shows our development from conception, the aging process until death. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RN student 2016