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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008368I7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,234 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M on 12 April 2013
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By London Slim on 26 Sept. 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter O. Gandolfi on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Mellor on 10 Sept. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anitta Rose Poulsen on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cj on 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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By D J F on 21 Jan. 2015
This review is of the 2D DVD

Watching and listening to David Attenborough at work is like settling down wrapped in a particularly warm, soft and luxurious bathrobe as his words draw you in to yet another stunning documentary - this time with a difference. Following two one off 3D collaborations with Sky TV, this is his first series in similar vein. Running over three 50 minute episodes in HD quality, here time lapse photography is used to capture the world of many rare species of plant life entirely within Kew Gardens. We discover that 90% of the world's plant life exists in one form or another at Kew and are drawn in in wonderment as the symbiotic relationship that exists between some times just one species of plant and insect - or animal - is revealed.

I am a long term fan of Mr Attenborough's work, owning many of his box sets but feared that a series for Sky would somehow dilute his core strengths as a presenter. Anyone thinking along similar lines can play those fears as this is every bit the equal of his BBC Series in terms of content and in fact is superior thanks to simply stunning picture quality. A natural follow up to his earlier "The Private Life Of Plants", on the strength of this I will be exploring his subsequent Sky Series as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dragonangel on 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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