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Western Front [VHS]
Western Front [VHS]
VHS

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 22 Oct 2003
This review is from: Western Front [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As a professional historian I generally have a strong dislike for military historians. They often become obsessed with the measurement of the shells and the technical aspects of the firepower of the guns to such an extent that they almost seem to be glorifying their usage. They frequently forget the real suffering inflicted by these weapons. Such a charge cannot be levelled against Richard Holmes. He is constantly aware of the suffering of those on the receiving end of these weapons. His presentation is perceptive and straightforward without being patronising. His approach offers a different vision of the subject of the First World War without invalidating that offered by such videos as 'The Great War' or '1914-18 Total War/The Crucible'. Of course criticisms can be made. His approach is unashamedly written from an Allied perspective and it would be interesting to see what the Germans made of these situations. Also he doesn't always take in the wider aspects of the Western Front such as the links between the front line soldiers and the civilians in the rear. But this latter element is dealt with by other videos. So overall this is a very worthwhile contribution to the material on the First World War.


World War 1 In Colour - Complete TV Series [DVD]
World War 1 In Colour - Complete TV Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
Price: £6.00

86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 22 Oct 2003
The formula of using a famous actor to do a war documentary is a well tried one. Michael Redgrave and Judy Dench have done it very well for the First World War. Laurence Olivier did it superbly for the Second. Unfortunately Brannagh is a very pale imitation of any of these. Worse still is the commentary he is asked to read. This is a very shallow script. The idea of colorising the film is little more than a gimmick. The film editors have also committed the monumental error of reusing the same bits of film in different contexts thereby showing their very limited concern for historical reality. If you are interested in the First World War save your money and buy 'The Great War', '1914-1918 Total War/The Crucible' or even Richard Holmes' 'The Western Front'.
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Realm Of The Alligator [VHS]
Realm Of The Alligator [VHS]
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Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 18 Feb 2003
Wildlife documntaries are rarely less than interesting and this is no exception. The action takes place on the Florida/Georgia border near the South East coast of the United States. Presented by John Paling and an allegator expert the video shows an expedition into the swamps of the region. These sorts of videos are always interesting for the scenery as well as their wildlife content. But you do also learn a lot about Alligators, as well as their interaction with other animals, such as turtles. At one point an alligator threatens the presenter because he has been messing round with its nest. Well worth it.


BBC Wildlife Special - Polar Bear [VHS] [1997]
BBC Wildlife Special - Polar Bear [VHS] [1997]
VHS

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but the BBC have done better, 18 Feb 2003
The problem with this video is that the BBC have set themselves such superlative standards for nature films that when one is only 'very good' rather than the usual 'excellent' it tends to disappoint. When this film opens one is led to expect that we will be following closely the life of a mother and her cubs as the film about tigers in the same series does very successfully. This theme is not kept up for very long and we move on to brief glimpses of various aspects of the life of the polar bear but we do not get the same involvement as if the theme of that family had been followed closely. Neither did I come away with the feeling of having learnt that much about polar bears. We don't get much footage that we would not expect. They never manage to actually film a successful seal kill in progress. What was interesting was the attempts of bears to kill walrusses- an exercise which appeared doomed from the outset. Overall this video is well worth watching but it would not make it into my top ten nature videos.


Wildlife Special - Tiger [VHS] [1999]
Wildlife Special - Tiger [VHS] [1999]
VHS
Offered by londonstorehouse
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very moving, 18 Feb 2003
Another fantastic natural history documentary from the BBC. This really is their forte. The film follows the fortunes of a successful and devoted mother tiger and her three cubs in an Indian nature reserve. You get a clear sense of the trials of her life- at long last defended from poachers by the elephant patrols of the park rangers, she also has to face the possibility of attacks from wild dogs or male tigers trying to take over the territory and its females. It is easy to see why this beautiful and elusive creature has become so rare (although the loss of natural habitat at the hands of man does not get mentioned here). The camera work is brilliant, as is the commentary. The story itself is gripping as the lion seeks to defend its three cubs. There are moments of both tragedy and triumph- but I won't spoil the plot by telling you what happens. Highly recommended.


World of Wildlife Vol. 2 - Great Apes [VHS]
World of Wildlife Vol. 2 - Great Apes [VHS]
VHS
Offered by entertainment2yourdoor - posting every day until Dec 23rd
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like David Attenborough, you'll love this, 17 Feb 2003
This is a first class video. It is amazing how far film technology has come since those early days of 'Life on Earth'. There are two fascinating films here. The first concerns chimps in the Tai forest in the Ivory Coast. Some of the findings have been presented by Attenborough elsewhere, notably in the 'Trials of Life', but they are explored at greater length here. You get a real insight into the aggressive world of chimps. Since Scientists have started following this particular chimp community its numbers have halved (presumably because the Scientists' presence made the chimps less wary of poachers). The second film focuses on an Orang Utang and her baby in the Asian Rain forest. This is the first film to present Orangs in the wild. You get a glimpse of their mainly solitary lives but also their occasional social interactions. I would strongly recommend this video. The superb camerawork is accompanied by Attenborough's brilliant commentary. Well worth it.


The New Chimpanzees [VHS]
The New Chimpanzees [VHS]
VHS
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Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class documentary, 17 Feb 2003
Along with the 'Last feast of the crocodiles' this is my favorite National Geographic video. It is excellent. We are presented with different research projects from various parts of Africa and shown how varied cultures have emerged amongst the chimps of the different areas as they adapt to their particular environment. The aggression shown by the chimps as they kill and eat one of their babies or hunt for monkeys is offset by the attitude of the Bonobos (or pygmy chimps)- our closest living relative. The Bonobos make love rather than war. They engage in free love, including homosexuality, have equal rights for males and females and a culture based on non-aggressive coexistence. It is time more documentaries were made about these fascinating creatures sometimes known as 'the forgotten ape'. Perhaps they should be known as 'the hippy chimp'.


Last Feast Of The Crocodiles [VHS]
Last Feast Of The Crocodiles [VHS]
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Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best wildlife documentaries, 17 Feb 2003
The action is set in South Africa during a drought. The river in which the crocodile lives is a vital lifeline for all the animals of the area and we are shown a variety of species running the gauntlet of crocodiles. The pictures are amazing as you see baboons fighting to free their babies from the jaws of these reptiles and the various land animals fighting amongst themselves as the river runs dry. Another fascinating feature is the way the crocs are bullied by the hippos who share their water. If you are interested in wildlife check this out- it is fascinating.


Living With Gorillas [VHS]
Living With Gorillas [VHS]
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Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars depends what you're looking for, 17 Feb 2003
If you are interested in gorillas avoid this video. It tells you nothing of interest about them and you see them for a total of less than five minutes. However, if you are interested in the process of making documentaries about gorillas and in ways of encouraging neighbouring communities to develop an environmental concern for the gorillas then this is the film for you. Beautiful scenery and interesting people. The film basically follows two Europeans as they attempt a study of lowland gorillas. It traces their attempts to get the locals involved in their project. This in itself is interesting but I would also like to see the follow up when you actually learn about the gorillas.


Occupied France: Collaboration and Resistance, 1940-44 (Historical Association Studies)
Occupied France: Collaboration and Resistance, 1940-44 (Historical Association Studies)
by Roderick Kedward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and highly readable, 27 Dec 2002
Although this text was actually written about 15 years ago it has still not gone out of date. The analysis is intelligent and extremely original. One of the excellent things Kedward does here is to focus the reader's mind on questions of everyday life. The book is extremely readable and can be highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in history. The book will grab you from beginning to end. Even if you have never read anything else on world war two France check this one out.


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