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Kingdom of Plants [DVD]

David Attenborough    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008368I7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Using beautifully shot footage to illustrate his own inimitable narrative style, David traces them from their beginnings on land to their vital place in nature today, exposing new revelations along the way. He moves from our time scale to theirs, revealing the true nature of plants as creatures that are every bit as dynamic and aggressive as animals. And he does all this in one unique place, a microcosm of the whole plant world where some 90% of all known plant species are represented: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This spectacular adventure through the Kingdom of Plants is so immersive and compelling it has the capacity to amaze even the least greenfingered. Disc 1 Life in the Wet Zone & Solving the Secrets Disc 2 Survival Disc 3 The Making Of David Attenborough s Kingdom of Plants

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By John M
This is a David Attenborough series with a difference - it's not made by the BBC, and it was on Sky TV. That might make you think it would not be as good as Sir David's BBC work, but I actually enjoyed it more than most of the recent BBC series. The filming is at least as good if not better, but this has a better pace of storytelling than most - really makes it compulsive viewing. Also, amazing techniques that make plants really come to life through time lapse, slow motion and even infra red and ultra violet filming so you can see how plants look from a bee's viewpoint (they see in ultra violet!).

The makers have been really clever. They were able to capture the most amazing sequences - like plants that flower only once every 7 years - because they worked with Kew Gardens, whose experts evidently can pinpoint rare phenomena like this and tell the film makers exactly when to see these special events. So although most of the filming is done in Kew Gardens, you get a whole world of plants from the very exotic to the home grown - 90% of the world's plants are represented at Kew.

There is also a wonderful back-bone story to the series, taking you through how plants evolved over millenia, how they live and survive and thrive in the weirdest places, the secrets behind plant lives and even stories about the relationship between plants, insects, animals and humans. It has a huge sweep and of course David Attenborough is there to guide you through everything. I especially enjoyed the tale about the orchids and their huge variety and specialised adaptations - and also the carnivourous plants. There is a beautiful sequence about bats and cacti that is simply stunning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great in 2D 26 Sep 2012
Not seen the 3D version (still not made the jump to a 3D TV) but the 2D DVD version is brilliant. Attenborough's still got all the enthusiasm, passion and knowledge for his subject that he's always had, and the fact that (if you live in London) you can go and see all this incredible stuff for yourself at Kew Gardens is amazing.

A worthy addition to one of the greatest bodies of TV work ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid DVD 10 Sep 2013
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This is a very engaging work for those who, like me, do not know that much about the plant kingdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough rules! 8 Aug 2013
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The best Natural History maker we have, highly entertaining, beautiful, breathtaking nature scenes, and so skillfully narrated, I never tire of seeing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom of Plants 30 July 2013
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David Attenborough has a unique way of looking at the living world.
These films are brilliant and beyond compare - is that enough words?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly fantastic and Spectacular! 27 Aug 2012
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Once again David Attenborough hit the pot. I have all his DVDs -I am proud to be among the millions of his fans. But I wondered this time if I could still learn something new from the subject of plants, which he has already dealt marvelously in his latest masterpiece "Life". And I was not disappointed. It is really an enchanting and truly original voyage in the world of plants. David, you're great! Thanks for giving us these precious gifts!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom of plants 28 Aug 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this series
The plants were amazing and as usual David attenborough makes the perfect commentator
I would recommend this product to anyone who loves to see how flowers grow
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing viewing experience! 16 May 2012
I had the pleasure and honor to see the preview in London in 3D and it was an amazing viewing experience indeed. Sir David is such a gifted presenter and narrator and always find something new and unheard of to show and talk about. Mice eating Nepentes pitcher plants were even new to me. Kew gardens is a wonderful place to visit and this great series surely shows it as its best!

Dr Klaus Schmitt
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderland of Plants
Shot at Kew Gardens this is so informative. Beautifully shot showing things about plants you wouldn't dream would happen. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mrs joyce salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Weirds me out
David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the wonderful world of plants, fungi and insects. In the process, he makes an extended pitch for the Kew Botanical Gardens in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present
My grandparents think this is a great series and perfect for when it's too cold and wet to be out and about in their garden. Arrived in good time and in mint condition thanks
Published 2 months ago by Sophie Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up
bought it as a present for my grandfather. he absolutely loved it so that means I loved it too. thanks
Published 3 months ago by Aidan Quirke
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Of Plants
As usual David Attenborough gives his informative and experienced expertise in explaining in a way that the public can understand . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Martin S de B Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent watch.
I love all the documentaries David Attenborough takes part in and produces so this was another well awaited watch. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura April
1.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles :-(
Don't care if it's the best natural world series of all time. Really, I couldn't care less. I find it really annoying and inconsiderate that some DVDs are still being released with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DionysosBacchus
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST PERFECT
One of the best I have seen, High tec footage. Wonderful presentation of Mr. Attenborough. A new point of view when visiting Kew Gardens.
Published 5 months ago by Jorge Simão
5.0 out of 5 stars Details
David Attenborough is my hero. He hjas thought me so much about plants. I now teach my botany classes in a much more detailed way. Thank you Sir Attenborough!
Published 9 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars an obvious political statement
All nature programmes have an underlying political statement whether it is about power or natural selection. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dautun
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