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Wild Weather : Complete BBC Series [2002] [DVD]

Donal MacIntyre , John Maguire , Ben Fox    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Donal MacIntyre
  • Directors: John Maguire, Ben Fox
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSF3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Wild Weather is a major BBC documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate with the engaging presenter Donal MacIntyre. The four one-hour programmes focus on wind, wet, cold and heat, and explore how these produce hurricanes, monsoons, ice storms and tornadoes, as well as regulate the global environment. MacIntyre, best known for his investigative series MacIntyre Undercover (1999), travels the world, from beneath the North Pole to the saturated humidity of the Belise tropical rainforest. Bringing to mind the daredevil John Noakes from 1970s Blue Peter, MacIntyre skydives, is battered by a wild tunnel, frozen in an ice-box, subjected to a reservoir flood and endures a marathon across the Sahara. Survivors' accounts tell the stories of such disasters as Hurricane Andrew, a New York state snow storm and the flood of Britain's eastern coast in 1953. The intelligent use of computer graphics enhances clear explanations of the jet stream, ocean currents and other phenomena, in a series which is part geography lesson (but with a great teacher), part reality TV entertainment show. Occasional flash-cut editing and some inappropriate techno/drum & bass on the soundtrack will irritate viewers who remember life before MTV, but otherwise this is an excellent mainstream documentary series. --Gary S Dalkin

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All four episodes from the BBC documentary series about extreme weather conditions. 'Wind' looks at hurricanes, the Aurora Borealis, and winds from space. 'Wet' visits the wettest place in Europe, as well as finding out about Texan drought and the Indian monsoon season. 'Cold' visits the Inuit of Greenland and discovers how they survive in the extreme cold. Finally, 'Hot' travels from the desert to the jungle, and explores the phenomena of heat waves and lightning. Presented by Donal MacIntyre.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Teaching 6 Jun 2012
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I use these videos as a teaching resource whilst teaching extreme weather to year 9. Easy to use as the chapters are split into simple sections and a mix of simple explanations and clear case studies make this ideal for use in the classroom. Would recommend to any geography department.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Weather 15 Jan 2003
This was my first DVD purchase (initially for the same reason as Catherine - glad I'm not the only one!) based on the broadcast of the series earlier this year, and it certainly doesn't disappoint - well up to the usual high standards of the BBC nature/science team.
Stunning CGIs and Macintyre's very approachable, sometimes self-effacing presentation both entertains and educates. The accounts of people who have survived the worst nature can devise certainly make one think about what we all may be doing (however unconciously) to exacerbate the conditions we all have to live with, and what we may be able to do to counter some of the effects.
The four programmes , when viewed together, show clearly how every aspect of weather is interlinked globally, from the Poles to the Tropics.
Overall, beautiful imagery and the informative script make this DVD well worth a viewing!
(One slight niggle, though - what happened to the out-takes mentioned in the pre-release reviews?! The ones that have been left in the programmes are funny - it would have been nice to see more!)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High drama 6 May 2006
For anyone interested in weather and climate, this series will be fascinating. We Brits have always been obsessed with the weather, but now that we have global warming and an increase in wild weather all over the planet, who wouldn't be interested in the sort of environmental drama that can kill you if you're not prepared? I've watched these programmes several times now - on TV and on the DVDs - and I never tire of them. Quite apart from the tidal wave of information presented here, there's a barrage of beautiful scenery, storm and CGI images - and even the music is very good (apart from the odd "boom chuka boom chuka boom boom boom" and "tika tika tar, tika tika tar" that, for no reason that has ever been adequately explained to me, seem to mar almost ever modern documentary, making subtitles very useful indeed from time to time). Donal MacIntyre is excellent in the role of mad adventurer/presenter. He gets his kit off at every opportunity to imperil and expose his poor body to the elements. I was filled with admiration and sympathy in turns. When he stands in a freezer at -18 degrees centigrade for half an hour, wearing only sandals and shorts, subjecting himself to quite severe hypothermia and showing signs of real physical distress, I shiver along with him as the cold seems to pour from the TV screen into my living room. Doctors and scientists explain the physiological changes that happen to the body when it overheats or loses too much heat, and how these changes lead to damage and even death. Meteorologists and climatologists explain where the weather comes from and what causes the climate to change. It's quite comprehensive and conveyed in good, plain English. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A storm-chaser's delight 3 Dec 2011
Had I lived in middle America, I would have been a storm-chaser and, on those rare occasions when we have really violent storms in the UK, I am quite often seen outside watching and enjoying them. This is an excellent DVD and series for this, not only because it shows some truly violent storms, it also explains why they happen and makes Nature much more understandable.

Four one hour programmes filled with information, extraordinary film and research into Nature at its most violent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INFORMATIVE 28 Jan 2013
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Very informative about different types of weather and how it catches people unawares.The two american guys getting frostbite and losing limbs after abandoning their car in New York is pretty horrendous.Learn how the seas move around the planet and wind systems work etc.Interesting from a laymans point of view.Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great history of weather. 26 Jan 2013
Lean about wind, wet, cold, heat. 2 disc set with donal mcintyre.good special affects helps you understand how we get the weather we do subtitles English sdh great for school kids to learn about weather.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Weather 22 Jan 2013
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Donal MacIntyre is absolutely brilliant explaining all about the complexes of our planet and how it all
impacts on the weather globally, both calm and severe There are not enough stars on the rating scale
to describe it as far as I am concerned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series 14 Jan 2013
By M. Wood
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It's a bit noddyish at times..... typical new style of programme making, having to make things "fun". But there's enough good factual information to make this a fascinating insight into the world's weather systems and the underlying streams of air and seawater that drive our weather patterns.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Man-of-the-moment (10 years ago) Donal MacIntyre hosts a great one-off series - the title speaks for itself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary White
4.0 out of 5 stars good info if a little too long
The key con Celts were great, but I bought it to use in addition to other teaching resources and found that it was padded out a bit. Was entertaining and still worth watching.
Published 6 months ago by A-J
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As with any BBC DVD, this was most interesting and informative. The visuals are excellent and presentation good. Could recommend to anyone who enjoys the subject matter
Published 7 months ago by Rosalie Friend
Published 7 months ago by KENNETH HICKFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation
Very good visual effects loved it and very informative. It will be easily watched again and with our grandchildren. Thanks also for the enthusiasm of the presenters.
Published 11 months ago by Terry Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars wild weather
informative and dramatic. Makes me thankful live in the UK where severe conditions are more rare than in say, 'tornado alley.'
Published 12 months ago by cathw
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
thank you and sorry its taken so long i was very happy with the product and
will tell others so they can buy from you
Published 13 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a must for all fans of extreme weather or an interest in geography and the environment in general.
Published 13 months ago by KerryC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun while learning
I watched this with my 12 year old son and we both really enjoyed it. You learn loads whilst watching a genuinely interesting and entertaining programme.
Published 14 months ago by B D Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Weather
I loved this series when I watched it on tv. It is exciting, accurate, and packed full of interesting facts.
Published 14 months ago by Sue Heard
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