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An overlooked little gem. Tiger.
on 28 December 2006
I came across this wonderful work when it was aired on BBC 4. It was listed as an hour long program & referred to as "A Wildlife Special", usually code for not very special at all by programme pushers.
Even with David Attenborough billed as the narrator (he does not present or appear except holding a tiger cub at the very beginning) I prepared myself to watch not expecting much at all, but instead was greeted with this masterpiece of a work.
The quality of the photography is utterly superb. If you've a decent TV or a Plasma/LCD you'll relish the extremely sumptuous glorification of colour throughout.
There are no wasted scenes or seconds of footage. Every image has direct & pressing relevance to the story being told which unfolds in a relaxing manner allowing the viewer to really 'feel' what is being portrayed.
The music score is masterful too. There is a fantastic long shot at the start of the piece which zooms in from miles away to a warden on an elephant walking through the forest timed absolutely perfectly as they emerge into a clearing against the natural greens and orange of the surroundings. Film making of a very high order indeed.
I was totally taken aback by the warmth and feeling of this portrayal - the story of which is adequately dealt with by other reviews here.
Sadly, at the start of the closing credits it states that one of the main photographers (Chip Houseman) died before seeing his own undoubtedly superb work on this programme.
Rent it or buy it. Either way it's a steal at the price. I have watched it many times now, and it just gets better.
David Attenborough is as always perfection itself in his role as narrator being able to properly convey the appropriate level of gravitas, emotion and tragedy for the events that take place here.