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David Attenborough: Attenborough In Paradise And Other... [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LNW2ME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of seven BBC television specials recorded by the legendary and much-loved wildlife broadcaster, covering his career from 1971 to 2002. Episodes are: 'Attenborough in Paradise' (1996); 'The Lost Gods of Easter Island' (2000); 'The Amber Time Machine' (2004); 'Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction' (2000); 'The Song of the Earth' (2000); 'A Blank on the Map' (1971) and 'Life on Air' (2002), a retrospective of his long and distinguished career in broadcasting.

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There are seven one-off 'specials' in this package. If you're interested in natural history, popular science or you like the sort of programmes David Attenborough makes, you'll find a casket of treasure to your liking here. The jewels in this box are:
1) "Attenborough in Paradise" (1996)
David achieves a childhood ambition of finding and filming the Birds of Paradise described by Alfred Russel Wallace in his book, "The Malay Archipelago". He visits New Guinea and surrounding islands to track down these breath-takingly beautiful birds. Their plumage, colours and mating dances are spectacular. The environment is so benign that the female birds can build their nests and raise their young without the help of males, so the females choose a mate on the basis of his beauty and dancing ability alone. As a result, sexual selection has produced the most incredible variety of extravagant displays imaginable.
2) "A Blank on the Map" (1971)
The central area of New Guinea was thought to be uninhabited until aerial photographs showed signs of human habitation. David accompanies an expedition into the interior to find and make contact with these people and map the area. He encounters tree kangaroos, an echidna, goura pigeons (another fabulously beautiful bird), an emerald tree python and leeches along the way. When they find a house, they don't hesitate to break in and rifle through the contents. When they eventually find people, they try to get them interested in trading beads and salt for food. They have limited success but then the people disappear - possibly (David feels) pushed too far too fast.
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David Attenborough's great strength is that he is so sold on his subject, he has no need to be anything but himself and so has proved to be able to reach a wide audience across the age spectrum. We made a bargain with our grandchildren that instead of spending the equivalent (and more) to take them to the local cinema, we would try investing in these DVD's instead with them being the judges as to how successful the idea turned out to be. We set a date and then all settled down with juice and popcorn to hand. The children (7 + 3) watched enthralled and gave the experience the thumbs up - quite an achievement with the competition being as stiff as it is. And of course, they've been able to watch again and again and again!! Now we're all enthusiastically saving up to buy The Life Collection.
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I thought this DVD was brilliant! The first DVD was mainly about New Guinea and the birds of paradise. It showed birds of paradise and bower birds and their incredible creations which amazed me.

David Attenborough once again proves that he is head and shoulders above most in his field. These DVDS have seven documentries all of which are interesting and very well done. It also includes 'Life on Air' a look back on David Attenboroughs career. They are all done with David Attenborough's enthuisiasm and and entertaining style.

He looks at Birds of paradise and Bower birds, some of the worlds most amazing birds. Definetly worth seeing!
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By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2013
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There is already an excellent and precise review of the episodes here so it would be pointless for me to repeat this information.

I had 3 favourites from this set:

From my own point of view I think this is a great collection of Attenborough favourites. I bought it based on the episode 'Lost Gods of the Easter Island' which I had seen before and the journey of Attenborough tracing the origin of an idol he bought in a New York Auction had me enthralled. It isn't just about tracing the idol, but an educational insight to the Easter Islands and why they came to fall.

The Amber Time machine episode was another personal view into Attenboroughs world. Based simply on a gift of Amber he received as a child and episode springs to life and holds you in its grip. You learn about the types of amber, where it comes from, how t traps insects and how it can act as a window into our past.

My other favourite was 'A blank on a Map'. This is where Attenborough explores a part of New Guinea that has been cut off from the civilised world. You really had a sense of what it must have been like for the early explorers trekking through jungles that had no trails and then looking for a tribe of people who had no contact with the outside world.

Some of the footage is a bit poor, but that is to be expected from some of the archival footage, however, that doesn't take anything away from this excellent set.

My last note is to say that I bought this set for under 5GBP on Amazon. At the time of this review it is being sold of almost 20GBP - I think it is a good set, but not for 20GBP. If you want it I would say shop around or wait and watch for the price fluctuations.
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David Attenborough's lifetime devotion to the study and dissemination of information about the state of the natural world is supported here by some 'occasional pieces'.

An essential supplement to the mainstream Attenborough, this includes a very sensitive encounter forty years ago with a remote culture in the highlands of New Guinea, south of Wewak and to the west of Madang. His Australian 'kiap' guide was respectful of where he was stationed. If only the others who encountered these cultures had been less concerned with removing the gold, enforcing christianity and looting forest resources we might have a better relationship across all cultures.
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