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BBC Wildlife Specials: Eagle [DVD]

David Attenborough , Kate de Pury    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Directors: Kate de Pury
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADW7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A study of the most famous bird of prey, the eagle. In this BBC Wildlife Special narrated by David Attenborough we look at around sixty different types of eagle and their different methods of hunting and survival.

Synopsis

Few birds have captured the human imagination as deeply as the eagle. Throughout the centuries this majestic bird of prey has been the symbol of strength and courage, such is the perfection of its design. There are 60 different kinds of eagle throughout the world - each type having adapted spectacularly to hunting different forms of prey. Remarkable aerial photography captures the dramatic life of eagles as never seen before...


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4.6 out of 5 stars
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked little gem. Tiger. 28 Dec 2006
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I came across this wonderful work when it was aired on BBC 4. It was listed as an hour long program & referred to as "A Wildlife Special", usually code for not very special at all by programme pushers.

Even with David Attenborough billed as the narrator (he does not present or appear except holding a tiger cub at the very beginning) I prepared myself to watch not expecting much at all, but instead was greeted with this masterpiece of a work.

The quality of the photography is utterly superb. If you've a decent TV or a Plasma/LCD you'll relish the extremely sumptuous glorification of colour throughout.

There are no wasted scenes or seconds of footage. Every image has direct & pressing relevance to the story being told which unfolds in a relaxing manner allowing the viewer to really 'feel' what is being portrayed.

The music score is masterful too. There is a fantastic long shot at the start of the piece which zooms in from miles away to a warden on an elephant walking through the forest timed absolutely perfectly as they emerge into a clearing against the natural greens and orange of the surroundings. Film making of a very high order indeed.

I was totally taken aback by the warmth and feeling of this portrayal - the story of which is adequately dealt with by other reviews here.

Sadly, at the start of the closing credits it states that one of the main photographers (Chip Houseman) died before seeing his own undoubtedly superb work on this programme.

Rent it or buy it. Either way it's a steal at the price. I have watched it many times now, and it just gets better.

David Attenborough is as always perfection itself in his role as narrator being able to properly convey the appropriate level of gravitas, emotion and tragedy for the events that take place here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice storyline with beautiful filming 1 Jun 2007
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I've watched this a couple of times with my son and we've enjoyed it every time.

It wasn't as educational as I originally expected. The emphasis is more on the storyline however the filming is a joy to watch.

It would have been nice to refer the viewer to a website address at the end of the film so that we can keep up to date with what happened next. I assume the tigers are still living in the sanctuary and I would have liked to know more about the sanctuary and the lives of the gamekeepers who work there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 2 Sep 2010
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This story depicts Lakshmi the tigress' struggle to survive and raise her young in the wild.

It is beautifully shot and wonderfully narrated. I was left wanting more when the end credits started rolling!

Please note this feature seeks to highlight the trials and tribulations of tigers in the area. It is not meant to be a fluffy DVD to "ohh" and "ahh" over. Don't get me wrong it is funny and touching at times, but it is also real and there are a few bits which are gruesome to highlight the real dangers faced from other tigers. Another reviewer gave this a one star because of this, but to me this adds to the quality of the feature.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes tigers and wildlife. Buy it!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 8 stars 11 Dec 2005
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The documentary is set in Kanha National Park in central India - a sanctuary that I have been to dozens of times. It is a place that all Tiger enthusiasts should see at least once in their lifetimes.
The documentary is superb. I have recorded videos of Tigers in Kanha and can vouch for the difficulties one faces when filming in a thick deciduous forest that is almost impenetrable in places. In addition to the excellent footage, there is a good story which reaches a climax at the end.
All in all, a great video and probably the best documentary on this fast vanishing species available on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars G-g-g-g-Great G G Good viewing 30 Nov 2013
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This man is the best presenter the natural world has ever had and he has done so much for us to realise just what is out there for us to enjoy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Beauty of the Tigers world 16 April 2008
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Tiger- this is a fantastic film ,defenetly worth 5 stars, about a tigeress and her 3 trouble makking cubs, Its the first time the bbc managed to film the Tigers world in this detail. Its a story of good fortune the mother provides for her cubs untill she is forsed away by a new egresive male, then the cubs are on there own, wild dogs, spotted dear and langre monkeys also star in this special film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfect 12 Feb 2014
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These documentaries recorded and produced for viewing. By the wild life departments do not require any comments. Good value for money.
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The Tiger is heart-stopping impressive - the embodiment of grace,power and danger filming- has traditionally been hampered by the elusive lifestyle they have been forced to adopt, But after 25 years of the - Project Tiger Scheme- operating in the Madhya Pradesh reserve these magnificent animals have become most trusting,permitting this extraordinary intimate film which follows these elusive tigers so from sunrise to breathtaking sunsets, in monsoon rains and shimmering heat and sweating temperature unbelievable in India.

TIGERS come from the heart of each filming this masterpiece of expertise and innovation award-winning cameramen using revolutionary filming techniques backed by the latest scientific research one of the most elusive,keep up with movements and with camera traps are perfect to what goes past them when the cameramen are not watching and collect amount of data they pick-up is incredible piece of technology and like looking through at another world and secret of these magnificent super cat they are and now being extinct it's will be STOCKING TO THE WILDLIFE indeed GREATEST LOSS EVER AND WE NEED SAVE THESE ANIMALS BECOMES EXTINCT and UNBELIEVABLE 3,200 LEFT IN THE WILD, SURELY MUST BE WAKE-UP CALL?

NARRATED BY THE KING OF WILDLIFE SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH THINK HE WOULD AGREE TO THAT "WE DO NEED WAKE-UP CALL BEFORE IT'S LATE WOULD YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF IF THAT HAPPENS, EXTINCT".

Spellbinding and which cannot stop watch and impressive camera work incredible viewing,Recommended to my friends
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
Bought this as 2nd hand disc for 1p - that's right 1p plus p&p (1:26) couldn't pick something like this up in a charity shop for that price
Great content but then you can't... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tricky woo
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
also found this video after i had found tigers with bob hoskins so order this one as well. Just love watching tiger in the own habit.
Published 9 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A great understanding of the Eagle is gained. Great video and narratation. I am watching more in the David Attenborough series.
Published 12 months ago by Margaret Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildlife Specials Tigers
Great DVD with David Attenborough narrating. All the BBC wildlife dvds are good. And I especially like tigers! Good value
Published 12 months ago by MISS MARGARET DRABBLE
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC is the best.
Concerning the documentaries I admire the job done by BBC. Specially Sir David Attenborough. He has been a quest at our home more than 10-20 years now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ersel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This is a very interesting DVD indeed, and works well with David Attenborough's "Spy in the Jungle" which I also have. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Greg Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildlife Special Tiger
Did see this when it was on TV and loved it. The story of the mother tiger and her cubs very enjoyable.

Tigers are my favourite they are magnificent
Published 20 months ago by Gems
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC Serpent
The quality one would expect from the BBC Wildlife team. I'd have liked to have seen a bit more about the different attitudes to snakes around the world, the medical importance of... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by Mr. A. G. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!
If you love tigers and wildlife conservation, you'll love this. Captivating footage and narrative about the life and conservation of these beautiful animals.
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Red
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