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on 23 September 2006
I have only seen Lions: Spy in the Den, but I have to say it is probably the best wildlife programme I have ever seen. I remember buying it on its own, and have watched it over and over again. The programme follows a group of cubs as they grow up, and it makes you laugh and cry. This programme is definetly child friendly, and held my sister and i spellbound as we watched. Narrated by the amazing David Attenborough, with some spectacular photography, this is top quality footage. For such a great price, don't hesitate in spending your money on this fantastic collection. Seriously, you won't regret it.
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on 22 April 2010
This Spy in the..., "series" was brilliant and certainly put an obviously whole new perspective on things! Very well edited; good, clear speaking which we know is important for many viewers, and the photography itself was as we now seem to expect from the BBC - FANTASTIC! Go on, give it a try: you'll enjoy the whole DVD and done in these various sections means you don't have to see it all at once. Well worth it.
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This DVD features 3 separate hour long episodes utilising disguised static and motorised cameras to get intimate pictures of the target species. As they are early and relatively short productions I found them overall less enthralling than Tiger - Spy in the Jungle [2008].

Of the three films the study on different bear species was the most intimate and revealing, despite the stage being split between American Black Bears, Giant Pandas, Brown/Grizzly Bears, Polar Bears and the South American Spectacled Bear. Debuting is the Magicam- a totally reflective box - which disguises itself among the undergrowth. The best moments for me were the Spectacled Bear and her cub. Surprisingly 70% of their diet is made up of bamboo. They also love crunching bromeliads (those spikey roseate plants with the fantastically coloured flower bracts). Mother bear is so entranced by bromeliad gathering that she manages to whack her small cub out of the tree- ouch. Also surprising was the fact that Grizzly bears like to only eat the skin and underlying fat from their salmon catches- not the actual flesh itself.

Second best was the portrait of elephants. If they get miffed then a swift controlled back leg lashes out- newborn calves being the particular victims of frustrated visiting males and jealous aunts. Due to the large size of elephants and the position of the camera on the ground (Dungcam) the shot is generally made with a fisheye lens- which does get a bit wearing after a while.

I found the lion episode the least satisfactory. I suppose it seemed to have less revealing moments. However it did emphasise how the lionesses in the pride do all the hunting and the pride male just blunders up at the end and steals the kill- typical! After seeing the tiger documentary, I note that lion cubs do actually try to chase prey at an earlier age- even if they are not particularly successful- tigers seem to loll about and wait for mum to feed them until they are at least two.

Also available by the same production company is Trek: Spy On The Wildebeest [2007].
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on 29 August 2014
Another one to add to my Attenborough collection. Really enjoyed seeing the animals close up, and the elephant episode (faeces) was very amusing. Attenborough is an extremely good naturalist. Subtitles extremely helpful - quality excellent. This is an extremely difficult DVD to track down, and I am glad to obtain it. It arrived two days before the first date stated by Amazon! Thanks!
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on 14 August 2014
Very entertaining and funny. The elephant program was especially hilarious when the "dung-cam" (I call it the pile-of-poop cam) kept following the elephants, much to their annoyance. They tried to crush it by stepping on it, and one kicked it away, obviously wondering why that pile-of-poop kept following it around.
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on 28 March 2016
My grandson loved it
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