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Secrets Of Nature [DVD] [1922]


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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Secrets of Nature

Launched in 1922, the films in the Secrets of Nature series explore animal, plant and insect life. The series pioneered groundbreaking techniques of slow-motion, time-lapse and microscopic photography, made by enterprising men and women at the forefront of science and nature filmmaking, including Percy Smith, Oliver Pike and Mary Field.

Wondrous worlds and natural processes are made visible for the first time sweet peas unfurl in the sunlight, white owls swoop on their prey, sea life lurks on the ocean floor and butterflies patiently spin their cocoons. This collection of 19 films is full of rare and special sights, films which paved the way for the natural history programmes that we know and love today. They are testament to the patience and dedication of the scientists and naturalists committed to revealing the mysteries of the natural world.

Extra Features:

  • All Films newly transferred to High-Definition from original film elements.
  • <li Comes with fully illustrated booklet containing contextualising essays.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Shepard on 26 July 2010
This awe-inspiring DVD presents 19 of the 144 "Secrets of Nature" theatrical short films made by British Instructional Pictures with great care and intelligence between 1922 and 1933. Each is transferred in high definition from the vintage nitrate or best preservation element in the BFI National Film and Television Archive, and the stunning image quality does justice to the breathtaking black-and-white photography of the original works. The series was designed to serve as popular entertainment, an intention especially apparent in the narrations of the early talkies, and achieved this so well that they were satirized by cartoons in "Punch;" however, the standard of production is very high and the editorial organization is a model of lucidity. Presented without ruffles or flourishes, the films frequently attain the eloquence of real visual poetry.

The DVD is organized in four sections: "Techniques," films which demonstrate microscopic, time-lapse, underwater cinematography and other special techniques of scientific filming, including "Fathoms Deep Beneath the Sea," "The Plants of the Pantry," "Magic Mixies (my personal favorite)," "The World in a Wine-Glass," "Romance in a Pond," and "Brewster's Magic;"; Birds, probably the most impressive section, including "The Cuckoo's Secret," "The White Owl," "The Bittern" and "The Nightingale;" Insects, which includes "Skilled Insect Artisans," "The Battle of the Ants," "Busy Bees" and "The Aphis;" and Plants, including "Floral Co-Operative Societies," "Peas and Cues," "Scarlet Runner & Co.," "The Strangler," and "Gathering Moss." There is also a 36-page booklet with excellent new essays by naturalists who are obviously impressed with the films and hold them in high esteem.
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By Carol Patterson on 18 Jan. 2013
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I chose this rating as a present. It was delivered in excellent condition and works perfectly.
The person I bought it for was very impressed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Carter on 29 Jan. 2014
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After the glowing reviews (2) of this product, I am uncomfortable with my negative evaluation but in fairness to others who might consider purchasing Secrets of Nature, I believe another viewpoint is necessary. These "secrets" may have been cutting edge in the last century (1900's) but it is possible that much has been learned in the nearly 100 years since these shaky black and white images were made. The narration is written - cameras did not have audio at the time. I made it through moulds and creatures that were vegetable and then turned into animals but when the habits of the cuckoo were documented in the 1920's for the first time, I could go no further. Seeing the film crew driving cars that my grand father would have known and being dressed in turn of the century clothing was too much. I decided that I did not live in the past but longed to see new information that was professionally presented.
My recommendation to those interested in purchasing "Secrets" is to seek information that is more current.
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By Mr Michael fisher on 3 Jan. 2015
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Very Interesting thanks.
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