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Insectia [2001] [DVD]

Georges Brossard , German Gutierrez    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Georges Brossard
  • Directors: German Gutierrez
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000649GE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Actors: Georges Brossard
Director: German Gutierrez
Manufacturer: Ilc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insects and Arachnids 20 May 2013
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This DVD collection is unique given the subject matter. I found the information was great and the enthusiasm of the host brilliant, although you do need to get over the accent a little bit. Beautiful creatures great macro filming, what a subject. Leaves you with wonder at how the diversity occurs.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Bug's life 15 April 2003
By A Customer
A truly eye opening journey into the world of insects by one of the world top experts.
All about their lives and habits, what we have learned from them, what we still may learn from them and what uses we make of them, from jewellery to food.
A very interesting and informative series.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spell-binding, fascinating, professionally done 20 Nov 2003
By cyclista - Published on Amazon.com
My husband and I have enjoyed several of these episodes. The sound and lighting are always professonally done. The transition from insect to insect is smooth and keeps it from getting tedious. Georges Brossard as the narrator is always intense, but sometimes quiet and sometimes loud. Every episode has kept our complete attention. I can't take my eyes off the screen.
Georges Brossard left his job as an attorney to travel around the world and pursue his interest in insects. He was responsible for the creation of the Montreal Insectarium and has been mandated by the Audobon Organization to create an insectarium in New Orleans. (The Insectia web page has more information.) His vision is to make insects interesting to everyday people, including children. I think he is succeeding.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insects rule 11 July 2002
By T. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this dvd collection for my 7yr old son who is totally infatuated with anything in nature. I was not disappointed. Brossard takes us along with him on a trek that spans most of the globe and shows us insects in all their variety and splendor. He draws enough connections between man and insect to make me wonder who is the superior species. By the end of the last dvd (which comes with bloopers) my son wanted to go running off to the amazon rain forest and even I, who shudder at anything with more than four legs, would be willing to reconsider a camping trip. Well worth the money...for anyone who loves "bugs" or knows someone who does.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Oct 2002
By "jfnsantiago" - Published on Amazon.com
When I purchased this DVD I was expecting to watch a documentary the level of BBC or National Geographic. Unfortunately the scientific informations provided by this video scarcely fill one disc and the remaining topics in other 3 discs are only about curiosities, popular beliefs, ancient legends and bugs being used as medicine and food. Differently from David Attenborough's serious documentaries where his interference is minimun and necessary, the presence of Georges Brossard (a mixture of actor, clown and ontologist) is annoying. He wishes to be the star of the show more than the insects. Unbelievably, even the scientfic informations provided by him are limited and not new: The only insects' way-of-life he focus in detail are ants and termites but all of these informations can be found in documentaries not specialized in insects such as BBC's The Life of Plants and Trials of Life. The two stars go to some beautiful closes on insects and that's all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's be reasonable 13 Feb 2007
By T. UU - Published on Amazon.com
Some here have dinged this series for its presentation of traditional practices which may be seen as barbaric. Others have dinged it for its lack of scientific information. The fact remains however that there is little material available which presents the phylum Insecta in a favorable or at least non-terrifying light. What "Insectia" lacks in scientific detail it certainly makes up for in abundance of high quality footage. The narrator is passionate and affable.

What has been described as the depiction of "cruel practices" by certain other reviewers is simply the objective presentation of the role that insects play in various cultures around the world. To deny their importance in these respects is to discard their importance to us historically, mythologically, and culturally.

In the end, this series might disappoint serious entomologists, but they'll certainly delight their children. The series is overflowing with footage I've never seen elsewhere, presented in a captivating manner that I can't wait to force upon my nieces and nephews (and eventually my own children). No one should be horrified by insects, and if anything, this series will ensure that.
21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment 10 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
THis is not a documentary about insects. It is a collection of amature caliber location shots starring the commentator - sparingly peppered with stock footage of bugs purchased from WGBH and others. The only thing that is good about this set is the packaging that it comes in - which is what led me to purchase it. It is, however, quite deceptive as to what the content of the DVD's actually is. I cannot emphasize enough - If you want a box set about the "Crocodile Hunter" of the insect world shot with a cheap video camera - this is your DVD. If you were looking for information and footage of insects (as I was) you will be totally dissapointed.
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