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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VYJX9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Extreme angler, Jeremy Wade, is on the hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. This rip-roaring ride through the dark side of nature mixes action and adventure with mysteries, edge of the seat chase and a battle of wills between man and almost supernatural beasts. These killers lurk in the serpentine waterways of the planet, mooching murderously underwater, growing to truly awesome sizes. Like all the best horror movies the images are intense and immediate, the grade is gritty and real, together heightening the drama on screen. With graphics overlaying the live action, Jeremy illustrates to the viewer, using forensic methods, exactly how these river monsters are constructed to kill.

Episodes include: Piranha, Bullshark, Alligator Gar, Piraiba/Candiru, Arapaima and Wels Catfish.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nightcrawler on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
as the title says, there really is some impressive river monsters on this dvd. this is one of the best or if not the best series about freshwater fishing. if you've seen robson green extreme fishing then you'll be pleased to know that river monsters not only is better, but also puts it to shame.
this is a 288 minute dvd broke into six 48 minute episodes:

EPISODE LISTINGS.

(1) The Piranha.

(2) Alligator Gar.

(3) European Maneater.

(4) Amazon Assassins.

(5) Amazon Flesh Eaters.

(6) The Bull Shark.

as good as the dvd is - i must tell you a few things. first, the killer catfish episode is missing from the uk version, so, if you want that episode - buy the usa dvd instead, secondly, its not possible to buy season 2 or 3 in the uk, i don't know why this is, but american tv channel animal planet seem keen not to release a uk version, however, you can still watch river monsters season 2 & 3 on itv well from time to time anyway.
overall, its a great dvd and worth buying.

********UPDATE********
River Monsters series 2 is now available for purchase in the uk, it is a pal version.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Kyle on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I first saw this show by mistake one night on ITV4 while just skipping through and literally became 'hooked' on it. The reason: unknown. He found a living piranha fish inside another piranha fish; told the story of a fish that swims up a person's `dark area'; and was almost dragged off a cliff by a giant catfish: AWESOME. It doesn't seem that original, or gripping, or indeed different from any other Discovery Planet style documentary where it makes out that the lesser spotted seahorse is a man eater and serial killer. And yet: I watched, watched again, purchased the DVD and now am a frequent visitor to the website. As sad as I am, there is something really cool about the show. It is helped however by extreme fisherman / biologist / explorer / real-life, gritty Indiana Jones Jeremy Wade. His enthusiasm bursts out every second, and not in a comedic Steve Irwin way, no he seems to actually love what he does and is full of scientific know-how that just pours out this mouth like spit. Enjoyable and interesting, `River Monsters' is a good old fashion "cool" show to watch - however, Jeremy does have a strange obsession with a fish I would never consider to be able to fit a man inside its mouth: The Catfish. Not quite Jaws but hey - if Jeremy is scarred of it, I'm sure as not going back in the water...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham (Wigan) on 11 Jan. 2011
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I bought the River Monsters DVD for my son for Christmas after he had watched the series on TV. He has already made good use of it and has watched certain parts numerous times, especially the catfish episode. This was amazing. I never realised fish like this existed. Would definitely recommend this purchase, even if you are not interested in fishing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lisa on 31 Dec. 2010
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My boys and partner watched some of these on the tele, I decided to get the DVD for an xmas present, and so they could see the ones they had missed. GRIPPING, it had them hooked for over an hour, and they still have another one to watch.
They are into fishing so this was perfect for them. Also very informative. A must see for any one interested in any type of fishing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Palmer on 25 May 2011
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Didn't see all of Season 1, but finally got it on DVD and was not disappointed. Read the reviews from other customers and noted the comments about the catfish - didn't realise there are 2 episodes about catfish (Wells and South American). Don't mix with the American one - NASTY!!
Can't wait for Season 2 to be released in Region 2. A definite must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc Stynen on 12 Jan. 2011
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In a few words: this is a very fine series, very well, carefully made with a scientific approach and sensational moments.
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This is the first season of the positively scary series "River Monsters", aired on Animal Planet. Extreme angler Jeremy Wade travels around the world in search for fish that would make every ghost-hunter, bigfooter or ufologist green of envy. These monsters, after all, are real - and they are firmly entrenched on "our" side of the great material-astral divide...

In one episode, Wade investigates reports about freshwater sharks. He teams up with a group of young men in Australia whose main pastime is to catch bull sharks where the local sewage plant meets the river. Sure enough, Wade manages to catch a young shark that seems to be thriving in the mixture of freshwater and plain old k***. He also catches an even larger bony fish, the Goliath Grouper, which I found to be scarier than the shark!

In another episode, we follow Wade as he searches the Amazon for the Arapaima, a scaly "dinosaur" fish infamous for attacking and overturning small boats. This fish can knock a man unconscious, leaving him at the mercy of the many scavengers of the river. Once again, it becomes clear to the philosophically-inclined viewer that whoever made this planet, certainly didn't made it for us...

Catfish, piranhas and the alligator gar (which really looks like an alligator!) are other monstrous and hungry "big fish" featured in this season of "River Monsters". Next time you go down to the local lake, don't forget your life insurance!
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By Philip Rudge on 20 Jan. 2012
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I caught (ha,ha) this programme late in the first series late on ITV while flicking through channels.

What's intriguing about this show is that it is part fishing, part zoology, part detective and part explorer genres. The presenter Jeremy Wade looks for 'killer' river fish around the world. Although a shark is in the series, these are some of the lesser known fish with fearsome reputations for massive size and ferocity...except for piranha, small and ferocious.

Wade explodes some of the myths, by swimming with piranha and alligator gar, while confirming others, sometimes by putting himself at risk. Blood is spilt!

I am not an angler, but the locations, extreme weather, history, hunt and finally catch are impelling. Wade is an excellent presenter in an understated way and to an extent the actual fishing is a side show to the main event, mans relationship with nature.

I personally could do without the reconstructions of attacks on people as I think that Wade's narrative is adequate enough.

The DVD has the lengthier version of the shows without the ads and is much better than the shorter versions currently airing on ITV.

This is never going to be a mainstream show (another unintended pun), but I recommend it as something different to the normal wildlife show. You may never swim in the river again!
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