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Inside Nature's Giants [DVD]

Mark Evans , Richard Dawkins    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mark Evans, Richard Dawkins, Graham Mitchell
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NXDI4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Bafta® award-winning series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet. Most wildlife documentaries show how animals behave, but by exploring their anatomy, Inside Nature's Giants reveals how these creatures really work.

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans is joined by a team of experts in anatomy, evolution and behaviour to put some of the most popular and enigmatic large animals under the knife: an elephant, crocodile, whale and giraffe.  

Evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins will show how anatomy provides proof of natural selection, biologist Simon Watt looks at how the human body matches up, whilst Mark Evans shows the animals in action. All aided by enthusiastic, scalpel-wielding anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who loves nothing more than being knee deep in a dissection.

Inside Nature’s Giants delves under the skin of these magnificent beasts to look at their unique anatomy and reveal the secrets of their evolutionary past. This is natural history as you’ve never seen it before--from the inside out.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 22 Aug 2011
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This DVD is for anyone with an enquiring mind; however, it will be of particular interest to those who wish to understand the basis for the modern scientific rejection of creationism and related superstitions.

The four species of animal are examined both inside and out, clearly demonstrating how they have evolved to fill their current ecological niche. There is nothing gratuitous in these films, they are not gory; there is only a clinical examination of each animal with appropriate footage of it in its natural environment demonstrating the benefit of its evolutionary developments in the wild; each adaptation being clearly explained by a relevant expert.

Very good filming, very good commentary and a very competent team of scientists. One of my best purchases, I look forward both to the book and the next series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I See Dead Animals... 22 Aug 2011
There are moments when Channel 4 beats the BBC hands down when it comes to making creative factual television. This series is one of those moments, and you can't help feeling that it was all filmed for a fraction of the budget of one of the Beeb's big `landmark' wildlife series.
`Inside Nature's Giants' is an inspired idea which has been brilliantly realised. It's hardcore science without being stuffy. It's full of facts but does not patronise. It treats the viewer as if we might have an attention span of longer than 30 seconds, and doesn't shy away from tackling complex concepts and structures. If you have any interest at all in biology, anatomy and animal evolution then you'll find these four programmes fascinating.
However, if you are squeamish then you should not watch this series! Each programme is essentially an autopsy of an unusual animal which examines its internal organs and structures, to explain how they work and how they developed in that way. There's blood and guts, bad smells (in the studio... not at home!) and discussion in blunt terms of what can be delicate subjects. It's a bit like `Your Life In Their Hands' used to be, but more graphic. The adorable anatomist (she's so keen it's impossible not to like her) literally wades into some animals, hacking and sawing to get through skin, bone and tendons to show us the interesting stuff. Most of the studio crew spend each programme up to their elbows in goop - small children will probably love it...
Each dissection is accompanied and enhanced by footage of live animals and CGI segments. These animate the anatomy which has just been uncovered, so we can see how a particular section of musculature, pipework or bone structure actually works in a living animal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Nature's Giants DVD 17 Sep 2011
My 11 year son and I have watched this together. Both with a keen interest in Biology found this DVD truely remarkable in its content. The attention to detail without the need to be too bloody kept the focus on important factors of how each animal was able to live, survive, evolve and the pathology aspect was extremely interesting.
A very worthwhile purchase that will be watched and rewatched again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
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educational and interesting, but wouldn't watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 5 Mar 2014
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I watched the tv show and thought it was very interesting so looked for the dvd.
It takes the best 4 dissections and has them all in this one dvd.
i would recommend this dvd to people who are interested in the mechanisms and physiology of animals. Not for the screamish though!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars educational films 11 Dec 2013
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I use this series in my biology lessons for 10th graders. The giraffe one is useful as part of the evolution curriculum. They invariably ask me for more of these video's, wish there were more available in this series. However some parts are very graphic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!!!!!!!
Loved it I chose thhis coz it so intesting an educatioal and amazing to see inside theses amazing animals really get a in deeth look at these animals
Published 18 months ago by Miss J. P. Lovelock
5.0 out of 5 stars Autopsy
I loved the tv series, and found the dvd to be a collection of those shown on TV. Very informative, excellent explanations and done with respect. Well done. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Miss Cazzy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMAL INTERESTS
Published 20 months ago by fordy m
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I really enjoyed watching this. I will recommend it to my A level Biology students. The anatomy lessons in the video really help explain the physiology and the evolution of animals... Read more
Published on 31 July 2012 by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Documentaries of Animals Close Up (Way Close UP)
This is an absolutely fantastic series that allows us to take a closer peek at the anatomy of animals we are all relatively familiar with, but haven't really seen close up. Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Moonfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside natures giants
Animals how you e never seen them before! Highly interesting if you enjoy animal biology and anatomy. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Mr. James C. Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
if you're interested in animal anatomy this dvd is a must. not for the squeamish but amazingly interesting without blinding us with science.
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by R. Waldie
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