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Nature's Great Events [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

David Attenborough , Joe Stevens    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UHO18Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Nature’s Great Events takes up the mantle left by the stunning BBC series Planet Earth, and offers a closer look at some of the most fascinating and dramatic natural happenings on the planet. Narrated by David Attenborough, it digs in some detail into the impact on nature of certain events, and manages to hone in on small stories in the midst of major happenings. It’s a breathtaking cocktail.

What particularly lifts Nature’s Great Events too is the stunning photography. Those who recall Planet Earth will recall just how superb the shots within that frequently were, but if anything, Nature’s Great Events tops it. The cinematography here is world-class, and it greatly enhances the series around it as a result.

That said, there’s more than enough substance to Nature’s Great Events as it stands anyway. Diligently made and researched, and presented in an accessible, yet not condescending manner, it’s another major success for the BBC in this area, and further cements why it’s a world leader where natural history documentaries are concerned.

Credit must go too for the decision to include the making-of material. Back when the BBC broadcast The Blue Planet, these were often just as interesting as the main feature itself, and the same is true here. It’s a genuinely fascinating insight into the production of such an ambitious, and unmissable, series. --Jon Foster

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Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events, and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth, with all the emotion, intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary, this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate. Whereas Planet Earth gave us a global view, Nature's great events delves into the more personal, emotionally engaging approach. Nature's great events brings us the same high definition quality and "wow factor" images we've come to associate with Planet Earth. Using state of the art filming technology, Nature's Great Events on BBC One captures the Earth's most dramatic and epic wildlife spectacles and the intimate stories of the animals caught up in them. From the flooding of the Okavango Delta, in Africa, to the great summer melt of ice in the Arctic and the massive annual bloom of plankton in the northern Pacific Ocean, each of the six programmes features a different event set in one of the world's most iconic wildernesses. The characters include tiny grizzly bear cubs emerging from their den in snow-covered mountains; baby elephants struggling to survive against drought and lion attack in Africa; humpback whales hunting as a team; the world's largest concentration of dolphins and sharks gathering off the coast of South Africa; and polar bear families navigating their precarious way on ever-thinning ice.

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning - another BBC triumph! 13 Aug 2009
The BBC have done it again! If like me you can't get enough of the 'Planet Earth' box set in HD then you MUST buy this. The photography as you'd expect is at times simply breathtaking and apart from the obvious stars of the show being the animals themselves, special mention must go to the camera crew and production team for creating another masterpiece. The icing on the cake is of course Mr Attenborough's narration. Like most people I've grown up watching his programs over the last 30 years and for me no nature documentary is complete without it being presented or narrated by the great man himself - simple as that. The main reason for me upgrading to HD a few years ago was to be able to watch programmes such as this in HD. This DVD and other recent BBC releases have proved to be justification enough (if only the earlier Attenborough films were remastered into HD - here's hoping). If you don't own a Blu-Ray player already and you like nature documentaries, buy one now you won't be dissapointed :-)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! 26 April 2009
Highly enjoyable for all ages. I would have found the price tag worth it simply for the laugh-out-loud sight of a bear, treading water and trying to kick a fish to the shallows. That's only one of the many, many scenes to enjoy. The cimematography is brilliant, the stories gripping, and the animals fantastic. Kudos to the BBC. If you like nature documentaries, don't even think about it. Get it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good or even better then Planet Earth!!! 21 Mar 2009
By Antony
Just received this copy and watched it and this is probably better then Planet Earth by BBC. First of all on standard DVD format the picture quality is just fantastic. The stories are entertaining, and it has the informative diaries at the end of each program showing how they made it which is just as interesting as the real feature. Great DVD, get it so they make more of these!!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Planet Earth 14 April 2009
I didn't have high expectations for this series in terms of writing or story telling. It was a sure bet that the photography would be immaculate but I was weary that images might have drowned any attempts at intelligent story-telling. From the first 5 min of watching the first programme I knew that there was nothing to worry about. On the contrary - this is one of the strongest sequel-type shows the BBC Natural History Unit has produced in recent years. Outstanding writing, mesmerising images and well, how can you go wrong with a narration by David Attenborough. Well done to the production team!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
These documentaries come as no surprise for the unconditional Attenbouroug's fans. Impressive scenery, spectacular animal behaviour images, and nature cycles explained in the typical accesible and personal way David Attenboroug uses as a narrator. The use of CG and HD cameras, plus some revealing space imagery just adds up to the spectacular nature of this nature program. Much in the line of Blue Planet and Planet Earth. I do not think any nature lover should be dissapointed. A viewing pleasure, another love declaration for our planet and its diversity.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
I love the series Planet Earth when I first watched it on DVD. Nature's Great Events was to me still of very high quality filming by BBC Natural History (my favourite Nat. Hist. film producer) BUT subject-wise, I was quite disappointed as the series is a kinda of recycling many of the scenes that were already on Planet Earth. However, the only new part to the series was the episode on the Great Salmon was really superb; how the underwater scenes were filmed, of the Grizzly bears trying to fish dead salmons from the bottom of the river! Very good narration by Sir David Attenborough (I love his series and many of the series by him were actually filmed in the Agriculture Research Stations where I work!). If you have bought a copy of Planet Earth, well, Nature's Great Events is perhaps just another 'version' of Planet Earth. Recommended if you have not seen Planet Earth yet.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is a genuinely awe-inspiring series. Attenborough and the BBC's natural history unit once again gives us a glimpse into the natural world with Attenborough's narration adding his unique extra dimension to the incredible events being shown on screen. An extra fetaure here, though, is that the cameramen and the other film makers are introduced in all of their glory. the diary sections at the end of each episode give a fantastic insight into the sort of skill and dedication needed to bring the events to our screens, and Attenborough's own admiration for their skills shines through. The series was fantastic on normal TV, but here on Blu-ray in 1020p high definition it becomes truly breathtaking. The events shown leave anyone who is interested in the natural world with a buzz that tingles the back of the neck and leaves the heart beating faster. A truly wonderful series that is a real "must buy" for anyone who likes the natural world.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Content is superb, quality is disappointing 9 Nov 2009
I have a region B disc.

Just one thing to add to all the good stuff said already: the image quality is just disappointing. This blu-ray is not in real 1080p, it is 720 or even less, and it is sooo obvious on a big screen (I use a JVC projector + 120''), it's not even funny.
It's such a shame that such outstanding content is affected by visible artefacts and inferior clarity. People, who would like to watch this documentary on a good equipment -- be warned and do not have high expectations about quality.

What is more disappointing, is that the actual resolution is not mentioned on the package, so there's no way to be aware of it until you play the actual disc at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir David Attenborough takes us through the various Great Events,...
Sir David Attenborough takes us through the various Great Events, which have all previous been shown on TV and various times but are now all combined in one DVD. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nature lover
Really enjoyed all the detail of nature great events. I especially enjoyed the Sardine run. Great DVD for all ages
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This documentary series is yet another outstanding offering from Sir David Attenborough thumbs up five star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... watch with the kids and another winner by the great David
Lovely to watch with the kids and another winner by the great David Attenborough
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great cinematography.
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wildlife from nearly every continent in summer winter ,spring,the polar bear,the sockeye salmon run and grizzly bear,africas cheetahs,lions and drought,whales new born,a double... Read more
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