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Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0094IG7PQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Revealing the extraordinary super-powers of the animal kingdom. Nature is miraculous. And in this exciting series Richard Hammond sets out to demonstrate exactly that by investigating the weird and wonderful engineering solutions that can be found in the animal kingdom. Elephants, giraffes, owls, vultures, cuttlefish, hagfish these are just some of the animals tested. Mind-blowing adaptations in action using ultra high-speed, super-microscopic, and ultra-violet photography, reveal exactly how they work in a series of compelling experiments which have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very forefront of science.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2012
Despite the title, these one-hour programmes aren't a wildlife documentary series. They're a clever way of exploring new and innovative technology, which happens to have been inspired by specific aspects of the natural world.
So each episode looks at three or four different ways in which animals or plants have adapted to meet challenging conditions, and then explores how those adaptations can be replicated using modern tech to, say, improve crash helmets (from kingfishers) or make anything waterproof (from butterflies) or make a submarine steer more easily (by using the same style wings as vultures). So we're given an insight into how the animal's biology has become adapted to suit its circumstances, and then the same theories are use in modern engineering to similar effect.
Some of the wildlife filming is simply gorgeous: like the slo-mo shots of a kingfisher swooping into the river, or the stunning displays of a cuttlefish in camo-mode. Richard Hammond's presentation is just what you'd expect: not entirely serious and entirely engaging; not exactly heavyweight but good at finding the balance between the spectacular and the serious. So one moment he'll be throwing himself off a cliff to study how thermals work, and then next he'll be using a kiddies' toy in the desert to demonstrate how the brain doesn't work when it gets really hot. The series doesn't take itself too seriously - but, as with the use of an exoskeleton to help a man with spinal injuries walk again - it doesn't trivialise important subjects, either.
This series obviously had a decent budget: there's a fair bit of globe-trotting and several interesting experiments -- some of them home-made, but others seem to be part of ongoing R&D and research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. D. White on 29 Jan. 2013
This is actually very good. The same circle of BBC presenters seem to end up one each and every factual/reality show these days, including Richard Hammond himself. But this show is seriously worth a view. Its clear, just from the sheer number of locations used, that some serious money was spent on the show. The concept of the show - taking evolutionary characteristics of animals and applying the science to human situations - may seem a bit of a fad on paper, but its very easy to follow and whether or not there is any truth behind the experiments conducted and the theories suggested, visually it is a great show.
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I just loved this on TV and so much so that I ordered it from Amazon UK. Initially I thought Richard Hammond how could I take him seriously but it is a brilliant Documentary if you love wild life and what he shows is truly a 5 star Nature show. I can not wait to watch this again. I loved it so I wanted it in my DVD COLLECTION and you will not be disappointed.
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tried to watch them all while they were being presented on television but I missed a few and didn't realise that they had been sold on a dvd, now I can watch the ones I missed.
arrived on time and in fine working condition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Ray on 10 July 2013
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A really well made and exciting look at nature and biomimetics! Watched it with my kids and we were all completely blown away.
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