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Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink

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The recent mysterious killings of four critically endangered gorillas in the Virunga National Park, bordering Rwanda and Congo, sent shockwaves through the international conservationist community. In a twist of fate, Animal Planet recently filmed a television special documenting gorillas from this region and their desperate struggle to survive. Golden Globe winner and Oscar®-nominated actress Natalie Portman (Closer, Garden State, the Star Wars trilogy) partnered with Animal Planet to appear in this new special as part of her recent travels to Rwanda. There, she witnessed firsthand the plight of the diminishing number of gorillas in the region shortly before the recent accounts. Welcomed by the Rwandan government, Portman and animal icon Jack Hanna spotlight the gorillas — who so closely resemble humans — in an international effort to bring attention to their dire crisis. GORILLAS ON THE BRINK, slated to air this fall as part of Animal Planet's Emmy® Award-winning series SAVING A SPECIES, is an intimate journey through the mysterious lives of these endangered primates.

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  • Directors: Guy Nickerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Animal Planet
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000ZIZX40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David Roberts on August 28, 2008
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Thought I tend to watch documentaries more then anything else (at least in preference), I'll admit to staying on this film as opposed to skipping past it because of Portman. She strikes me as genuine.

The film does what is supposed to. It shows that these animals seem to have qualities that mimic our own. It shows they are suffering like many of our own. It shows that it doesn't take many people to really make a difference in the world.

These gorilla's are in essence becoming Refugees.

4 stars for the film + 1 star for the host

/s refugeeX
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I thought Gorillas on the Brink was well-produced with beautiful shots of Africa and good information on the things that people are doing to save the gorillas. Natalie Portman is an interesting, sincere host. If you like her as an actress, you will probably like this DVD.

The only reason that I give it 4* instead of 5* is that I wish there was more footage of the actual gorillas. There are a significant number of segments where Natalie is interviewing/having conversations with conservationists and experts, but there isn't a gorilla in sight. Since this isn't shot in a zoo, you have to remember that the camera-people are trying to get shots of the gorillas in their natural habitat, and sometimes it is hard to get close enough to get that perfect shot. That said, there is an especially interesting segment where Natalie, Jack Hanna, and Natalie's mother are standing and observing a group of gorillas (in very close proximity). Great shots and also great tension during this segment!

If you are interested in gorillas, this DVD provides plenty of information and perspectives, and it will give you some memorable footage of them, but it isn't jam-packed.
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Good presentation of efforts in saving and preserving the life of
the mountain gorilla family. These efforts are the results of many
people and contributors. Wildlife conservation and prevention of
cruelty should be our life time focus for the future of our fragile
planet.
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