Raising the Mammoth
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A few examples will prove my point. The first concerns the difficulty in removing the block of permafrost that encased the mammoth. It is hard to believe that the scientists involved would have left to chance the matter of whether or not the block was too large to be lifted by the helicopter at hand, as was portrayed. Surely calculations giving them some reasonable hope of success were in hand or some other method of removal would have been pursued, but the last-minute suspense was played to the hilt like a Bruce Willis thriller.
At one point we are told that the Siberian Woolly Mammoth stood twice the height of a man and weighed as much as 10 elephants. Almost immediately following we are told that the Columbian Mammoth, prospering in the milder climates of North America, was the largest of mammoth species and stood twice the height of a man and weighed as much as 10 elephants. Which is true? How could the largest of the mammoth species be the same size and weight as a lesser member? And why were we repeatedly treated to truly substandard animations of mammoths that surely did nothing to "bring them to life"?Read more ›
Perhaps a little tedious for young restless viewers who just want to see a real "live" mammoth, this show covers everything... the horrible frigid conditions in which the scientists prepared to locate and raise the animal, technology used, local native peoples, and right down to the DNA.
These scientists use everything from the biggest helicopter on earth to a simple hair dryer to do their work... to actually see the tufts of hair protruding from the ice is breath taking, and hearing the scientist describe the smell of the still intact animal can really put goose bumps on you. They discuss the real (a la "Jurassic Park") possibility of creating a real Wooly Mammoth clone, using a modern elephant as a surrogate mother... and the second best option, an actual hybrid of the prehistoric animal and an African or Asian elepahnt. Can you imagine? This a great show for classrooms, home-schoolers and anyone who loves animals, science and the allure of prehistoric animals. Not just the old dried-up bones, but the entire animal... right there in suspended animation... an incredible sight to behold.
Raising The Mammoth is an interesting story showing how difficult it was to retrieve the iceblock,but couldn't they have waited until later to actually show us the Mammoth?
All we see is some red fur at the top of the Mammoth and the tusks which had already been removed.
Apparently,most of the head had already rotted away after being left to the ellements by people retrieving the tusks,but the rest of the body was intact.
The DVD does have some good extras such as a Mammoth timeline and an interview,but the end is disappointing because we never get to see it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great, wonderful, awe-inspiring documentary about the recovery of a full mammoth carcass in the Siberian tundra. Do I really have to say any more? Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Tropicalwolf
It was REALLY cool when a whole bunch of blizzards came. And finding the mammoth was the coolest part! It's so great I say you should buy it immediately. Read morePublished on December 4, 2004
I found the premise intriguing and the presentation a bit exhausting in getting to the real meat of the story. Read morePublished on July 2, 2000 by Clark Durrwachter