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Nature: Birds of the Gods [Blu-ray]

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Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the sixteenth century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

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  • 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:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I expected more footage on the birds themselves. I bought the DVD because I wanted to know about the behavior and biology of these birds. There was some information on that, but not as much as I would have liked to have had. It seemed to me that the scientists/researchers had more screen time than the birds. I wanted to see more birds and less reaction shots of scientists watching the birds. More birds and less scientists struggling through the forests.

I've watched other PBS DVDs on birds and loved the Nature: Hummingbird dvd. It also included a little more footage than I wanted to see on bird banders. But on the whole, the documentary achieved a good balance between the scientist footage and bird footage. In Birds of Paradise, I felt like I learned more about the scientists researching the birds than I did the birds.
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This blu-ray is about the various bird species of New Guinea, an island located in the Pacific Ocean.

Narrated by David Attenborough, there is a brief introduction to New Guinea tribes and their customs which threaten the survival of the birds. We follow a native bird conservationist group which include locals, Miriam Supuma and Paul Igag, who go through great efforts to document and count the bird species.

New Guinea bird species are also called birds of paradise due to their exotic plumage and courting behaviors.

Here are the birds of paradise covered in this video.

King bird of paradise
Greater birds of paradise
Raggiana bird of paradise
Rifle bird of paradise
Black sicklebill
Lawe's parotia bird of paradise
Magnificent bird of paradise
Wilson's bird of paradise
Blue bird of paradise
Superb bird of paradise

As another person wrote, regarding wanting to see more bird species, I agree. But I understand the need to highlight bird conservancy.

Video is under 52 minutes. Options include English Subtitles, 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, and Video Description.
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Very informative, with an emotional edge. The awesome beauty of these birds, and the time and energy spent on
their displays, renders me speechless. Good insight into what is done to protect and preserve them; but also being sensitive to the traditions of the native tribes of the region. I also possess "Attenborough In Paradise", which is equally spectacular.
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Absolutely beautiful exotic birds, some I've never seen before. It was amazing watching the people who devote their lives to carefully photographing while protecting these beautiful birds. Five stars!!
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This footage is astonishing. I am not a birder. I speak as someone who is thrilled by wildlife and the beauty of nature. We have watched this at least 3 times. It is probably our favorite video, even over feature length Hollywood films. You will be surprised by the strangeness of these beautiful creatures and will wonder that they exist at all. Then you will want to jump on the first plane to New Guinea and sit in the rain for 3 weeks just to catch a glimpse of these marvelous birds.
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First let me point out if you buy the video expecting to see nothing but footage of the birds themselves you will be dissapointed. These birds are hard to find and videograph. But you will get a well rounded and interesting documentary of the natives who live in New Guinea and how they relate to these magnificent birds.
The two researchers who are also natives, take one of David Attenborough teams to some very remote sites to see and record some of these amazing and other worldly birds. The love of the land, these two individuals have for their home is obvious and they make it their life's work to count and monitor the populations of these birds to determine what conservation actions are needed to insure these birds are here for future generations to enjoy. I wish I had the opportunity to join these two researchers on their quest.

Although I know this is not the forum for the recently released National geographic version I just wanted to add that having just seen it I personally found David Attenborough's version, much more interesting. Nat. Geo. version again does not have much video on the birds themselves, in all fairness, they are hard to find and take videos of (although the quality and shots of the birds are better compared with Birds of the Gods) you will get lots of video of the photographer and the videographer, either setting up cameras, facing hardships, not to mention girls hauling their equipment around. I recommend borrowing a copy of the Nat.Geo. version so you can see the awesome video (what little there is of it) before buying it. But "Birds of the God's" at least for me is a keeper, and one I will see again.
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If you love birds, then you will love "Birds of the Gods!" I covers the some of the most beautiful species of birds on the planet! I really enjoy the fact that David Attenborough interacts with nature in his documentaries. He does not just narrate. It is a wonderful learning experience of beautiful detail. I would recommend this animal lovers and bird lovers alike.
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This video seems to be an excerpt of other wonderful documentaries that the BBC has done. As such, it doesn't have the sweep and polish of those other documentaries. It's not awful, but if shelf space is at a premium, not recommended.
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