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David Attenborough - The Link [DVD]
David Attenborough - The Link [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Price: 6.58

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating trip down our family tree, 7 Jun 2011
The Link follows in a long line of interesting documentaries from the BBC natural history unit and Sir David Attenborough. It details the discovery of one of the most complete skeletons ever of one of our primate ancestors, how it was found, the deals involved in purchasing it and its detailed analysis by a team of scientists. The story plays out a bit like a detective novel with a cast of enthusiastic scientists. Recommended if you are into natural history.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD] [1959]
The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 4.57

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a faithful rendition, 23 Dec 2007
The cover says that this is based on the novel. Never a truer word was written. It's an ok movie in its own right, with Cushing making a reasonable Holmes. However, for someone who reads Doyle and loved the novel - this was a disappointment.

The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man - Complete Series [DVD]
The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man - Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 15.71

70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - an old gem, 9 July 2007
I have been waiting for this series to be released for years, having the original hardback & paperback books. As well as an interesting biogeographical history of the Mediterranean, this series is a foray for Attenborough into anthropology, examining cave art and the changing role of animals in human society, from gods and spirits to objects of domestication.

Auschwitz - The Nazis And The Final Solution [DVD]
Auschwitz - The Nazis And The Final Solution [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Rees
Price: 5.00

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare we stare too long?, 23 Jan 2006
Although I read it second hand, one of the characters in Dante's Inferno is berated for watching two people argue for too long. The problem with evil is that we are often more fascinated with it that the goodness in human nature. However, Auschwitz presents a compelling view not merely of the evil of those who so demonize the other as to show no compassion, but also what such inhumane treatment does to those who have to endure it, and the schizophrenic nature of those who perpetrate such deeds and then happily return home to play with children.
This documentary is part reconstruction, part interview. The computer reconstructions are excellent, the historical reconstructions helpful. Benefitting from recently discovered documents, the series reconstructs the final solution in chilling detail. As John Raulston Saul comments in his book Voltaire's Bastards, it amply illustrates what happens when reason (in this case the logical approach to the final solution with the use of IBM punch cards, methodically planned death machinery, etc) detached from the other human faculties leads to monsterous behaviour. The Auschwitz commandant is shown playing with his kids. He is human, he is real, and yet he can be a monster because Jews are less than human to him. The largely unrepentant nature of former SS guards is no less disturbing, nor are the stories of some of the things that those who suffered did to each other. The dehumanisers dehumanised their victims.
We dare not stare too long lest our fascination be macabre, focussing too much on the mechanics as the Nazis did. It is more a 'lest we forget'view of history. Genocide has continued to occur, happening even as I write. Auschwitz reminds us why we must not tolerate it.

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