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Land Of The Tiger [VHS] [1997]


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  • Actors: Valmik Thapar
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CVR5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Naturalist Valmik Thapar takes the viewer on a tour of the wildlife across the Indian sub-continent - a journey that takes in all types of weather and terrain. It starts in the icy Himalayas, through the lush forests, flat plains and parched deserts to the mighty rivers and the oceans. The video features all the episodes from the acclaimed BBC television series.

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Not just tigers, but a wide range of indigenous creatures are the subjects of Land of the Tigers, a two-tape set. In a fascinating contrast with the curatorial reverence with which most narrators of wildlife programmes treat their subjects, the hyperanimated Valmik Thapar not only presents some superb footage of the wildlife of the Indian sub-continent but describes how these animals are regarded within Indian culture--sometimes deified and revered, or the subject of dance or art or part of daily life.

Of course, one disadvantage of transferring nearly five hours of factual TV programming to video is that the continuity and the revisiting of key ideas and impressions can become grindingly monotonous if, as here, no attempt is made to edit the material into a single-package format. However, treat it exactly as it was first broadcast, by rationing yourself to one programme-sized chunk at a time and letting Thapar's recapitulations and lingering, revelatory moments happen as they were originally intended and, if you've any interest at all in the wild life and cultural heritage of the region, you won't be disappointed. --Roger Thomas


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Steele VINE VOICE on 11 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw Land of the Tiger in 1997 shortly after returning from a trip to India. This ravishingly beautiful series is a tour de force at presenting the magnificence of the Indian sub-continent's indigenous wildlife. It was almost like continuing the holiday. India's wildlife is so overlooked compared to that in Africa. It is truly the only area of the World which is comparable in the diversity and splendour of its megafauna. Here are found deer and antelope, bison and buffalo, tigers, lions and leopards, wild dogs and wolves, elephants and rhinos, wild goats and wild asses. From the realm of the snow leopard in the snowy wastes of the Himalaya to the maneating tigers of the Sunderban mangrove forests, from the richly populated seas of the Indian Ocean to the forested hills of Khana (the land of Kipling's 'Jungle Books') this superb series is perfect in every respect. Valmik Thapar is a charismatic and knowledgeable guide and narrator. No more than one would expect of the curator of Ranthambore National Park and tiger reserve. The fact that India's wildlife survives on a knife edge, sharing the sub-continent with a billion people who add twenty million more to their number each year, makes this a particularly poignant series. Watch the animals while you can, buy this - it's great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Sanders on 18 Feb 2009
Format: VHS Tape
The programmes are shot brilliant and superbly. Extremely interesting. I am a Tiger lover and adore the creatures.

Valmik Thapar is outstanding. The way he talks with so much passion and enthusiasm. The tales he decribes with the mix of Indian faith (Buddhism and Hundi). As you listen to Valmik, you fall under his spell and you feel his passion for the programme.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rs Mumford on 14 Jan 2011
Format: VHS Tape
It's actually been some years since I saw this wonderful documentary series on TV. I still recall much of the stunning imagery, that I think has not been surpassed to this day. I would love to buy it, but I no longer own a VHS (thankfully consigned to history now) Can I please respectfully ask that whoever owns the copyright for this please get it reformatted to DVD/BluRay it would be a terrible shame to see this gem lost to history due to the format
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MASTER SK SELVARAJ on 2 May 2007
Format: VHS Tape
This series really shows the rich wildlife of the Indian Subcontinent. Especially important as India is becoming so overpopulated that this may be the only way to see wild animals of the region in the future, although i hope this does not happen. I have been to the Badra Tiger Reserve in Southern India and let me tell you that seeing a wild Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural surroundings is something i will never forget.
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