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  • Actors: Martin Shaw
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BMWG62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,536 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the makers of Meerkat Manor, Lemur Street is an animal soap opera exploring two warring gangs of lemurs who live as neighbours on the tropical island paradise of Madagascar. The gangs are each made up of about 20 ring-tailed lemurs, both ruled by a dominant female and their lives are packed with drama, infighting and bullying as they jostle for dominance. Roving opportunistic males trying to join the troop, babies and juveniles causing havoc and the constant threat of boa constrictors, eagles, hawks and territory wars ensure our lemurs lives are full of colour. Stylistically mixing 'Neighbours from Hell'; with the family drama of 'The Sopranos', we look at the real life births, deaths, battles and friendships in the life of a ring-tailed lemur. Narated by Martin Shaw

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 29 Oct. 2008
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Lemurs. My initial thoughts extended to: meh. They're not especially cute, they don't lend themselves to being made into adorable iconic cartoon characters, and on the surface, they're probably the least lovable of all the primates. How wrong I was! How curiously and exceedingly wrong.

Lemur Street tells the story of two rival lemur groups: the Graveyard Gang and the Tornado Troupe. (I much prefer the Graveyard Gang - tis impossible not to have a favourite...) Both groups are led by females; Graveyarders are led by Crystal who is serene and regal; Tornados are led initially by Electra and, after she is deposed through violence, by Amazon, who is feisty and aggressive.

The episodes detail their battles and their mating habits (they have lots of them!), their new babies and as the worst drought for a decade hits Madagascar, it follows their daily hunt for food and water.

For me, there are 3 stars of the show. The first being Gizmo, and if his fate doesn't make you cry, I'm not sure anything can. Gizmo is the first son of Tornado queen Amazon, and it may be him that draws you in so deeply. Later in the series, she has another baby - Orinoko. He is the second star of the show, and he reaches dizzying new heights of cuteness. Finally, old ugly Peg-leg is the stand-out character of the entire documentary. He has only 3 legs after being attacked by a dog, but he's wily as a fox. After a forest fire, his best friend, Derek (nice but dim), goes missing and, growing increasingly anxious without his bud, Peg-leg risks leaving his troupe to go back 4km in search of him and their renuion is genuinely touching.

There are extreme highs and lows in here: we witness the deaths of 3 baby lemurs and the cameras don't shy away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 10 Nov. 2008
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Lemur Street is the latest in a long line of infectious tv series following the lives of animals told in a soap like dramatic fashion. If you are a fan of similar TV shows like Monkey Business, Meercat Manor, any of the Big Cat shows, or indeed anything with David Attenborough then you will enjoy this. There isn't anything particularly new here (unless you've never seen a lemur before), as we follow two neighbouring gangs of ring tailed lemurs while they struggle for territory, forage for food, try to survive and protect their families. Narrated by Martin Shaw to keep viewers aware of the unfolding actio, Lemur Street is a wonderfully filmed series which teaches us about these beautiful creatues, and is interesting, funny, sad, but ultimately rewarding as we get a glimpse of the daily habits of the Graveyard Gang and The Tornadoes. The Lemurs are the stars of the show and like the series mentioned above, you will soon find a favourite whether it be Peg Leg or Amazon, and hope that they will triumph.

As i am a fan of animals and animal tv shows (and am known to have had the odd lemur on my shoulder) I caught most of this when it was originally aired. The first episode introduces to most of the characters and background before launching us Hollywood style into a full scale battle as the Tornadoes invade the Graveyard Gang for food. From here in every other episode we follow the back and forth action between the two groups, entwined by softer family moments such as grooming and playing- this is the way of nature, that we are all ultimately the same albeit separated by mere parts, meaning that we will defend our own to the death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2008
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This series proved to be a fascinating insight into the world of Lemurs with stunning photography and filming which must have taken ages to put together. That aside, the story follows two troupes of Lemurs, The Tornados and the Graveyard Gang. The former are hooligans led by a somewhat despotic Queen and the latter are more refined in a lemur kind of way.

The DVD's focus on their perpetual warring with each other over food, territory and females and is highly amusing for the most part but do be warned, Nature is red in tooth and claw and there is one sad part on DVD 1 that nearly had me in tears..........however, this is the wild and only the fittest survive!

It was lovely to see some of the other Lemur species too, particularly the spectre like Sifakas leaping sideways across the road.

A thorougly enjoyable production which will give pleasure over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2008
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Lemur Street, it almost sounds like a 1950s urban thriller! Well, you might be surprised. This 20 episode series (460 minutes) had a television showing a while back and got a great following too. The story of 2 troupes of lemurs is fascinating but it's not all cuddly so be warned. There are plenty of scraps and some making up too and with names like the Grave Yard Gang and the Tornadoes you know there is going to be plenty going on. The dominant female animals are all characters and the boss so you do not mess with them. It's amusing to see them all basking in the sun in their own unique way. There is also interaction with other creatures and the daily lessons to be learnt by the juveniles.

The big plus of this series and I thought so when I watched it on television was the photography. The picture quality is really excellent and brings the action right into your living room. The series is expertly filmed and edited for Oxford Scientific Films and with all the added sounds of Madagascar it takes you right there.

The only minus is the humanization of the lemurs and whilst this has been made into a story the narration, excellently delivered by Martin (The Professionals) Shaw does at times needs turning down so that you can just enjoy the scenery and animals and not the humans!

Having said that, I don't think you will find a more interesting series unless your thing is meerkats. And who couldn't love lemurs, they just look so cute?
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