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30 Years Of National Geographic Specials [DVD]

Jacques-Yves Cousteau , Dian Fossey    Exempt   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Jane Goodall, Richard Kiley
  • Writers: Gail Willumsen
  • Producers: Barry Nye, Gail Willumsen, Jill Shinefield, Kathryn Pasternak, Nicolas Noxon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quadrant
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBW5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,780 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A celebration of three decades of the National Geographic Society's television specials. Included are clips of the first American television expedition to Everest, the undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, historic fossils with Louis and Mary Leakey, and scientists Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall's exploration of never-before-seen animal behaviour.

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Having enjoyed the region 1 original version of "30 Years Of National Geographic",I thought that I would buy the region 2 version because it was in PAL which has a better picture.
I was disappointed and appalled to find that the original 93 minute "30 years of National Geographic" program which has been shown on TV in it's entirety around the World was cut down to barely 52 minutes in the region 2 version.
Now these are programs which have been described as "national treasures" and yet they have cut it nearly in half.
How could they do this and with no warning to buyers?
Don't they think that international viewers are entitled to the entire original classic program?
Not only has the main program has been gutted,but the bonus 26 minute program "best of cameramen who dared" has gone,the NG previews are gone and even the 12 shot photo gallery has been reduced to only 6 shots.
So we are left with a paltry 52 minute program which will leave viewers of the original and eccellent TV show wondering where did the rest go?
It is extremely disappointing that they would do this to such a good show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection of wonderful documentaries 26 Mar 2007
Excellent compilation of some of the most interesting clips from National Geographic's top documentaries. They're only brief glimpses, but these are some of the greatest wildlife and discovery films ever made. Some of them were shot 15 or even 20 years ago, but they sure are still amazing!

The DVD available in the UK (in PAL format, not the American NTSC version) also contains a 25-minute bonus film about 'Cameramen who dared'. This is a look at how these cameramen managed to get these amazing shots. One photographer swims in a pool with alligators, with only his camera between him and their jaws! The bonus film is an unexpected but very welcome addition to a great film.

Altogether, an excellent introduction to National Geographic films!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Nat Geo's SPECIALS 5 Oct 2006
This is a brilliant overview of National Geographic's very best documentaries. Contains all the superb filming we have come to expect from the NG Channel. They have been selected from Nat Geo's huge repertoire so that they flow natutally from one subject into the next. This will keep you captivated for the full 55 minutes and you'll want to view it again and again. I found this a very worthwhile 'best buy' and am now looking to buy some of the individual 'Specials' on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars M.A.S.H All 15 Oct 2005
Any time anywhere u will never get bored.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but it doesn't matter 15 Aug 2003
By Kristen Cardozo - Published on
With 30 years of some of the best documentaries around to choose material from, it scarcely matters that there is no new footage. The narration seamlessly bridges the gaps between the various shorts from National Geographic specials of the past. I wasn't sure what to expect, since it is essentially teasers of other films, but this is a great film in its own right.
We got the film for our little boys, and they've loved it from day one. My older son is learning a lot about the differing relationships of the natural world, and the broad expanse of this film is perfect for him. It never gets bogged down in the mundane, but it also panders to a long attention span. This is a big difference from the National Geographic videos intended specifically for kids. They tend to be the same basic idea...cut footage from older films, but cut so that there is no footage of animals eating each other, no mating, and it is interspersed with unneccesary music videos and cutesy animation. Even with Dudley Moore's narration, it can't compete. Skip the kid stuff and give your kids the real thing.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one's a teaser! 21 Jun 2000
By Erin Bell - Published on
National Geographic does a wonderful job with beautiful footage of some of their most memorable topics. The sound is clear and the colors vibrant.
My children were spellbound...The topics ranged from lions, tigers, apes, insects, whales, mating practices of many animals (10 minutes worth, it seemed. We could have done without that part) sharks, snakes, alligators, explorers, volcanoes, dancers and more.
This video excites interest in many topics. Because of time constraints and the quantity of information, it doesn't go into detail. It does, however, give you a sneek peak of several NG videos as each segment is labled according to the video clip it came from. I would suggest watching this video in segments as so much information is presented that it is almost an overload!
I have purchased several bargain nature videos and am invariably disappointed with the quality. I would trade all my bargains for two or three of the National Geographic videos. This would be one of them.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE 21 Sep 2000
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This movie will be one of the cults of natural geographic's. The subjects differ from dancers to insects. I think everybody can find something about himself in this dvd. Sound quality and scenes are perfect. Extra features (pictures, cameramen dared movie)are good. This movie must be in all documentary lovers' library.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense educational value, absolutely delightful 30 Jan 2001
By Shekhar Scindia - Published on
This was probably the best purchase I ever made on amazon. I'd recommend it to anybody.. especially families with children.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Appetizer 28 July 2005
By Kelley S. Coyner - Published on
For a family living overseas without access to National Geographic broadcasts, this DVD was a nice introduction to the variety and beauty of the the specials. And it left us and our kids hungry for me. The downside, is that there the selections are very brief and we think we will find the full length DVDs and videos much more satisfying.
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