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Predators at War

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3.9 out of 5 stars (27) IMDb 8.3/10

Take an ultimate look at the deadly game of survival through the minds and eyes of Africa's 5 mega-Predators.

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Mike Secher
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Jeff Morales
Starring Jeremy Irons, Mike Secher
Supporting actors Kim Wolhuter
Studio National Geographic Channel
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I myself am very interested in African Wildlife, and Africa can be a rather unforgiving place. This Documentary is very well done in the way it presents everything. It revolves around a long drought that happened at the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Africa, and is centered around five Main Predators. A Pride of Lions, A Clan of Spotted Hyenas, A Lone Leopard, Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs. It portrays what happens when water is scarce, and food is hard to find. These five predators constantley have to fight for food with each other, which leads to some amazing confrontations, hence the name Predators at War.

It is very well narrated and shows some amazing footage, One of my favorite parts is when several female Lions, A Hyena, and A Leopard are all fighting for the same meal, its tense! Its also very graphic and portrays the true nature of these beasts in Hard Times, so its not the best for the Kids. Its my favorite Animal Documentary and that's why it deserves a perfect Five.
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I saw it on NGC before the release on DVD, and I ordered several copies since I thought it is a wonderful gift.

The scenes are very well selected so that it matches perfectly with the narration. If you are looking for battles between large African predators this is it! But watch out, scenes are tough and loaded with the natural cruelty that characterizes the terrible survival fight in animal life. Basic instincts.
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This is not a video about normal interactions between predators. Rather, this is a video about predators under stress. Drought has hit the Mala Mala game reserve, and two rainy seasons have passed with little or no rain. Food is scarce, and the competition between the predators is becoming more and more fierce.

The normal enmity between lions and hyenas, never quiet in the best of times, is intensified. Both lions and hyenas steal prey cached in trees by leopards, hyenas leaping from the ground, and lions climbing to dangerous heights. Lightly built cheetahs, who normally abandon their prey at the slightest opposition, instead defend it. Wild dogs and vultures also vie for their share. Increased competition means more confrontation - and more violence.

Third generation game warden Kim Wolhuter captures the action on film. There is no lack of dramatic moments, whether during hunts, or during the sometimes fatal fights over carcasses that follow. The video does not flinch from showing the details - details which, while sometimes gruesome, nonetheless illuminate the underlying ecological dynamic. Wolhuter's occasional commentary helps explain how the drought is affecting the animals' behavior, making them more aggressive and less predictable.

Unfortunately, the producers saw fit to jazz up an already good video with questionable metaphors and sometimes inappropriate special effects. The narration pushes military similes too far - lions, while powerful, are not armored like tanks. The visualization of the animals' musculature is useful, but the visualizations of the animals as mechanical robots is at best gimmicky.
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Normally, I very much dislike animal documentaries that have human military type themes which is quite common on NGC. From the title this sounds like another ignorant stereotypical NGC doc that tries to explain animal behavior in human (military)terms. However, this doc actually is quite appropriately named and it truely is a story of predators at war for survival. I've never seen such amazing footage showing the harsh interaction of so many predators. The scene where the leopard, lions, and hyenaes are all fighting over the same kill in and out of a tree is absolutely beyond words. The conclusion is unlike anything I've ever seen and you will quickly understand why lions don't like to climb trees.

I saw this on cable last night and can't quit thinking about it and immediately ordered it. I watch ALOT of nature shows and this ranks near the top (Life of Mammals is still #1).

For those that say this isn't appropriate for children are projecting human emotions in a judgemental way onto nature. Nature is what it is and children should see this. This isn't human violence and there's no reason to shelter your children from the reality, harshness and beauty of nature. It is our preconceived notions of nature that need to change and not nature itself.
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A Kid's Review on March 4, 2007
Format: DVD
This was probably one of the best documentaries ever made, also the goriest! There is a scene where a pack of hyenas were mobbing a nomadic hyena, if that sounds bad enough later a uunattended hyena cub was killed by a male lion(Lions hate hyenas by the way) and when the mother returned, she began to eat the corpse of her cub! There are also scenes of lions eating other lions, and a mother leopard ate her cub since there was no other food for her to eat.I gave it a four because most of the fighting was between lions and hyenas and not from what probably be cooler fights like between l

ions and crocidiles. Do not eat on a full stomach because there are some realy nasty scenes such as when hyenas and lions are ripping each others guts. otherwise it is a pretty good movie and I reccomend you by it, make a review, and write whether you agree or dissagree with me about it.
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