Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nature's Most Amazing Events DVD Review


Our family is a tad geeky. We watch the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the Science Channel. We probably own over 150 documentaries and we especially love nature based programming. Geeky? Well, maybe not. Where else can you see such pure and amazingly innocent creatures?

BBC Earth recently (6/16/09) released "Nature's Most Amazing Events" on DVD and Blu-ray (click title for a preview). I received a copy of the DVD, thanks to Mom Fuse, to review last week and we loved it. The DVD is packed with over 5 hours of incredible footage. The different episodes include The Great Melt, The Great Salmon Run, The Great Migration, The Great Tide, The Great Flood, and The Great Feast all narrated by David Attenborough.

I have watched a lot of these types of documentaries and I still learned a lot from this one. Did you know that the salmon from the Pacific die after spawning, but the Atlantic salmon don't? I didn't know that. I never heard of the Arctic narwhal whale either, but there is such a thing and it has a unicorn type tusk.

From BBC Earth:

This series employs state of the art photo-real satellite views from space, combined with revolutionary aerial techniques, stabilised camera mounts on boats, ultra high speed shooting, motion controlled photography and lapse time techniques pioneered on Planet Earth.

The Nature's Great Events team captured extraordinary wildlife footage, some shown for first time on television, including:
• Aerial footage of the amazing migration of the mysterious Arctic narwhal whale, with its unicorn-like tusk
• High definition footage of polar bears feeding on seals, struggling to survive as they hunt in broken ice and fall through
• The sardine run filmed with three crews in full high definition - underwater, aerial and on the surface
• Pioneering the boat stabilising mount to film the sardine run - previously only used in Hollywood feature films
• A shoal of sardines 15 miles long surrounded by thousands of sharks; 10,000 gannets raining down on a shoal of fish and a super-pod of 5,000 common dolphins - all filmed using the high definition helicopter mount
• Cape fur seals coming ashore to snatch gannet chicks from their colony
• The eruption of the Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano in the Serengeti - the first eruption since 1964 - filmed in HD from the ground and the air
• The epic scale of the wildebeest migration from the air
• Grizzly bear families emerging from their dens, in snowy Alaska, filmed with gyro-stabilised cameras mounted on helicopters
• A pack of wolves attacking an adult grizzly bear in North America
• High speed cameras film grizzly bears chasing down salmon in shallow water, showing their power and grace
• Underwater footage of bears catching salmon using their feet - filmed by producer Jeff Turner, who swam among them
• High speed cameras filming up to 2,000 frames per second reveal how salmon leap over three metres through the air to clear waterfalls
• Film of the Okavango Delta flood at every level - from macro to aerial photography
• A young elephant attacked and killed by a pride of lions in broad daylight
• Elephants using their trunks to siphon water from the top of dirty pools
• Underwater crew capture humpback whales engulfing a whole herring bait ball in one giant gulp
• A pod of killer whales attacking and killing a huge male sea lion
• Bubble netting by humpback whales filmed from the air and on the surface, together with incredible sound to illustrate the co-operative fishing behaviour of these few select whales.

If you enjoy nature this is a must own 2-DVD collection of beautiful footage. The price right now on BBC America is $25.98 for DVD and $29.98 on Blu-ray. Check it out!

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