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Your average backyard garden may look tranquil and serene on the outside, but what lurks beneath will truly amaze you-as Leslie Nielsen is about to discover. As he strolls among the flowers, herbs and vegetables, there's a war for survival raging around him; from dangerous daddy longlegs and ferocious fire ants, to an eight-eyed jumping spider in a wrestling match with a belligerent bee. There's even a Top Gun-style air battle between a praying mantis and a bat. In this terrifying-and funny-new natural history comedy, National Geographic filmmakers use state-of-the-art cinematography to reveal what the world looks like from the insect's point of view.
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First, this DVD is recorded right of a VHS cassette and does not have the usual options that a DVD would have (menu, subtitles, etc...). In fact it starts playing as soon as you put it in the player. That's fine with me, but may bother some other folks.
The content itself is a little dated in that there is one scene where they have obviously "blue-screened" a bumble bee to fly around Nielsen while he tries to get it away. Also the bat chasing a mantis is staged, but other than that the footage is good.
Of course, all of this is peppered with Nielsen's irreverent comments and humor. Two of my favorites are when he is spraying his garden with insecticide and says with a grim look on his face, "Smells like victory." There is also a faint helicopter sound in the background. The other is when a bat is seen taking a praying mantis in slow motion (real footage) and Nielsen states, "There's no Deus in this machina."
I have watched this a couple of times since I bought it, but if I had to do over again, I would not have paid the $20.00 Amazon wants for it. In my opinion, it is worth $10 at the most and probably $5 would be a "best price." However if you are a Nielsen fan you'll like this and maybe even think 20 bucks is a fair price. Otherwise see if you can find it for cheaper, much cheaper.
Even though there are some obvious blue-screen moments the pictures are incredible as the shrew battle, and the acorn weevil feasting on acorn.
Leslie's enthusiastic story telling actually fits rather nicely.
Watch out for the shrew!