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Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI1Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Introduced and presented by David Attenborough, Great Wildlife Moments is a feature-length anthology that compiles some of the most memorable moments from the BBC Wildlife Unit. With a running time of 108 minutes it consists of 38 sequences drawn from the greatest archive of natural-history filmmaking in the world, breathtaking television spanning the entire biosphere from never-before-seen creatures in the ocean depths (Blue Planet, 2001) to Attenborough himself in zero gravity high above the Earth (The Living Planet, 1984). The anthology is divided into seven chapters covering different environments from "Snow and Ice" to "Jungles", an approach that both gives structure to the film and offers an effective vision of the sheer diversity of life on planet Earth.

Most people's favourite sequences will be found here, from a killer whale taking a sea lion on the beach in The Trials of Life (1990) to Attenborough communing with mountain gorillas in Life on Earth (1979). Other segments come variously from BBC wildlife specials, Wildlife on One, The Natural World, The Kingdom of the Ice Bear (1985), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Attenborough in Paradise (1996), The Life of Birds (1998) and The Life of Mammals (2002), with additional narrators including John Hurt, Andrew Sachs and Simon King. This is a fine selection made all the more rewarding by Attenborough's endless enthusiasm and celebration of the world about us.

On the DVD: Great Wildlife Moments is presented at 16:9, anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. Unfortunately most of the material was originally shot for traditional 4:3 broadcast and so has been reformatted by carefully cropping shots at the top and/or bottom. For the most part this works acceptably with little of visual significance lost, though a sequence of emperor penguins from Life in the Freezer is ruined. Only one 4:3 segment--Attenborough high in the rainforest from Attenborough in Paradise--has been presented in its original ratio. Picture quality varies depending on the age of the clips, with material from Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals being flawless and older footage offering some grain, which is never too distracting. Sound is again variable, the Dolby Prologic soundtrack effectively smoothing the transitions between older mono soundtracks and more recent surround sound. The main extra is a fine commentary that is specific to each sequence and calls on the original producers, directors or cameramen (most but not every section has a commentary), while a 12-minute "making of" is actually more of an extended trailer for other BBC wildlife DVDs. The disc also includes a useful BBC Natural History Unit filmography. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

Over the years, BBC wildlife documentaries have featured the most incredible footage, illustrating just how ingenious, beautiful, frightening – and even how funny the natural world can be. Now the most amazing and dramatic moments of these programmes have been collected on one DVD.

A combination of talent, patience, split-second timing – and not forgetting – good luck, has allowed some of the world’s most famous natural history film-makers to capture these unique and extraordinary moments on camera. The tension mounts as crocodiles prepare to ambush zebras at a river crossing; a ruthless python kills and eats a gazelle; unbelievable underwater filming captures the elegance of elephants swimming and David Attenborough gets close to mountain gorillas. Along with bears, monkeys, meerkats, lions, whales and some of the more bizarre members of the animal world, these wildlife stars reveal the sheer awe-inspiring magic of the natural world.

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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Tribute 3 Jan 2004
The title says it all: "Great Wildlife Moments" and "David Attenborough". What more could you want? This is a grand tribute to 50 years of wildlife documentaries from the BBC and from the Master. Not all are Attenborough productions but there are only so many places he can be at any one time. For the uninitiated, this is an excellent introduction to the scale and range of BBC productions in this field and, for afficianodos, probably every favourite moment will be found, from DA and the mountain gorillas (naturally), to the treacherous zebra crossing, the grotesque python sequence and the fabulous mimickry of the lyre bird. All 38 sequences are presented as they were originally and this leads to my only quibble for I think the production would have benefited from a narration linking the sequences and celebrating the BBC's achievement in virtually creating the wildlife documentary genre. David Attenborough does an introduction but then the sequences are played with no further commentary apart from that on their original tracks. There is an option to turn on a commentary by the producer of each sequence but these, though interesting in themselves, are individual to that particular excerpt (and a warning: not all sequences have a commentary, which could have you, like me, trying to turn it on for some time before realising you've chosen a sequence without it). Quibbles aside, this is a terrific compilation and a real tribute to the producers and presenters and especially the camera teams that provided us with such outstanding films.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough chooses the moments - great! 3 Dec 2011
Like another reviewer, seeing David Attenborough and the BBC on the cover was sufficient for me to buy this DVD. Many years ago, as a teenager, I read David Attenborough's "Zoo Quest for a Dragon" and was enthralled; I have been ever since. To have moments from wildlife chosen by Attenborough is like going round the Tate Gallery with Leonardo or Vincent, being shown a golf course by Jack Nicklaus, sitting in a concert hall with Beethoven, being taught the violin by Nigel Kennedy; he is the best there is and this DVD is excellent.

Not many bonus features just a whole host of wildlife moments. Viewers will watch, gasping and amazed.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 4 July 2012
By Penny G
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Bought for a young five year old naturalist in the making, and completely captivated him. This inspiring collection could be the start of a wonderful life path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality 22 Aug 2011
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the service was perfect,and quality very good,the main point is ,the product was as described and my granson plays it over and over!
ps wants the whole series!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic dvd for the price 10 Jan 2011
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I bought this as a christmas present for my 18mth old son who loves watching animals. The dvd is divided up into 6 or so themes with some of the highlights of the best known wildlife documentaries (eg blue planet). I wasn't sure if he would be ready for watching wildlife documentaries so didn't want to spend loads on a box set, and at this price you can't possibly go wrong. 10/10
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this DVD because it was offered at a bargain price, but it was worth its weight in gold. Every clip was well chosen and thoroughly entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining 1 Dec 2012
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what can I say, any documentary I've bought involving David Attenborough has never disappointed, me just like this one they are all great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program 15 Jan 2012
By Mawar
Bought this DVD for my wildlife-adventure-at-heart son. But he's not the only one enjoying it. Our family is great fan of David Attenborough and although some of the narrators are not David himself (I thought this was taken from David's programs), overall they are really good.
Really worth it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wildlife
Very good My mum enjoyed it Great value Not a lot more to say. Long live David Attenborough. we all say
Published 3 months ago by Ms Linda Louisa Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is another great video of David Attenborough, the man I admire. Only if everyone in the world would value our world and the wild life as he does, then we will have a true... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emeka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wildlife Moments Introduced by David Attenborough [DVD]
The quality is very good, presentation excellent & the product was as described. Will play it over and over again!
Published 4 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars great wildlife moments
My step son enjoyed this and would like more of this if David attenborough did this again would say a good buy
Published 5 months ago by rudispurs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
The grandson is very happy with this DVD. Great viewing and very educational for the whole family and I would recommend for anyone with children or grandchildren.
Published 8 months ago by PaulM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
David Attenborough brings things to life like no other naturalist can. Yes, I have got David Attenborough "The Life Collection" and a lot of the extracts from that are... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough moments.
Just what I was expecting. Very good footage of some of the best wildlife scenes that David Attenborough has done.
Published 9 months ago by Debbie Farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch
A good compilation of the best documentaries, many by Attenborough. A great watch and a great value product.
Money well spent!
Published 9 months ago by Al18561
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
my 5 year old son loves wildlife programmes and really enjoyed this .He liked the way it was animal by animal and could find the scenes he liked best.
Published 9 months ago by s c cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
This was a great entertainment for me as I fed my newborn! I thought my little boy might like it too-but a bit too extreme for him yet!
Published 11 months ago by miss r aughton
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