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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant documentary, 27 Mar 2010
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Ms. S. Brocklehurst "siobhan79" (Leicestershire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Natural World - The Bear Man Of Kamchatka [DVD] (DVD)
As a huge fan of bears, I love this documentary. Seeing the bears grow up with Charlie is wonderful, and Charlie is the best bear-friend I have ever seen on TV. I am a huge believer in people living in harmony with bears, bears only become agressive to humans because they have never forgotten what man has done to them before.

This documentary shows Charlie doing the most wonderful thing - taking orphaned bear cubs from a zoo and taking them to their natural habitat, where they rightly should be. He acts as a "mother" to them, teaches them how to swim, catch fish, be bears. There are cute moments, funny moments, such a brilliant documentary to watch. Charlie respects the bears and in turn they respect him. Its a shame not all humans can do the same.

If you like this documentary, you will LOVE reading about his bear project "Grizzly Heart: Living Without Fear Among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka" which he wrote with Maureen Enns. I only wish Maureen were in this documentary too, after having read the book, I know she was just as in love with these gorgeous cubs as Charlie was!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film., 20 Feb 2011
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Peter Depeche (Portland State University, Portland, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Natural World - The Bear Man Of Kamchatka [DVD] (DVD)
Poaching, killing endangered animals for sport. Human is most vicious predator (kills not because he is hungry but for sport). If you cannot farm it - you cannot hunt it. Bear Man Of Kamchatka sacrificed TEN years to show what poaching and senseless killing of defenseless animals is. To some, the man is "a nut case", but most people who see the film realize what we should do: we should educate people that if we or our children are to enjoy the world and nature, we must preserve the environment and animals AT ANY COST.
Another good documentary films that people might like: Elephant Diaries, Echo of the Elephants, Amazon with Bruce Perry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bear Man, 14 Jun 2011
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I adore bears and have the Dvds of the Bear Family and Me, this is utterly charming set in the wilderness of Russia, Charlie rescues 2 orphaned bears from a zoo and has to be a " Mother" to them - it is quite amazing to see how they learn from him, he teaches them to catch salmon and all the skills needed once released back into the wild, he also takes them "snowboarding" the funniest sight I have seen for many a long time ( I did a couple of rewinds on that!) Hoewever, they are wild animals,and are released to fend for themselves, he is a very sweet man and it is obvious how anxious he is about them. Like the rest of us bear lovers he cannot understand why people have this irrational fear of them, enjoy this as I did - maybe one day bear hunting will be illegal everywhere, we can but hope.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 3 Oct 2010
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Fascinating, inspiring and heartbreaking.
The scenery and photograpy is amazing.It would be worth watching for the scenery alone.
Loved this but was left wondering whether anyone was going to take over and fill the gap so not a comfortable or happy ending and all the better for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary documentary, 28 Sep 2013
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This documentary is simply extraordinary - the relationship between Charlie and the bear cubs was so unexpected, and I both laughed out loud and cried.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated extraordinary story, footage of grizzlies as they really are--life-changing..., 13 Aug 2013
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The big story behind this 49 minute teaser continues to be played out in national and international policies and politics that impact bear populations wherever they still exist, very threatened, very mis-represented. Charlie Russell, a rancher from Alberta, Canada--understated, laconic--raises orphan grizzlies in a remote grizzly-rich corner of Russia in order to fact-check the grizzlies' reputation among us. What he finds is that their behavior is predictable, not naturally anti-human generally peaceable and quite sensitive in adjusting their behavior to ours. His food-supplies in the wilderness were never vandalized by grizzlies and the wild grizzlies around him never became a problem because he took care to protect them (very simple, portable electric fencing). Poachers on the other hand decimated his cabin and all the bears in his area, hunting them for gall bladders and boasting trophies. I only learned of this video from another Amazon reviewer of Charlie Russell's book "Grizzly Heart" and Kevin Van Tighem's "Bears Without Fear" and had to buy it from Amazon UK. It is amazing, not overtly political, just a phenomenal story--what one man did in order to understand another species. A longer video by Jeff Turner, "The Edge of Eden" --89 minutes--has more and puts the grizzlies' story into perspective: over 200,000 grizzlies killed in last 100 years, and maybe 100 humans. I hope that it will be re-issued and made available again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!, 7 Mar 2014
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This is the most amazing story about a wonderful man! I have watched it more than once and it never fails to make me laugh, feel wonder, and feel glad that someone has the time, patience, and heart to devote this amount of care on orphan bears! A very wise man who can teach all of us a lesson..
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