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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 22 Aug 2011
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G. Cowley (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This DVD is for anyone with an enquiring mind; however, it will be of particular interest to those who wish to understand the basis for the modern scientific rejection of creationism and related superstitions.

The four species of animal are examined both inside and out, clearly demonstrating how they have evolved to fill their current ecological niche. There is nothing gratuitous in these films, they are not gory; there is only a clinical examination of each animal with appropriate footage of it in its natural environment demonstrating the benefit of its evolutionary developments in the wild; each adaptation being clearly explained by a relevant expert.

Very good filming, very good commentary and a very competent team of scientists. One of my best purchases, I look forward both to the book and the next series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I See Dead Animals..., 22 Aug 2011
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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There are moments when Channel 4 beats the BBC hands down when it comes to making creative factual television. This series is one of those moments, and you can't help feeling that it was all filmed for a fraction of the budget of one of the Beeb's big `landmark' wildlife series.
`Inside Nature's Giants' is an inspired idea which has been brilliantly realised. It's hardcore science without being stuffy. It's full of facts but does not patronise. It treats the viewer as if we might have an attention span of longer than 30 seconds, and doesn't shy away from tackling complex concepts and structures. If you have any interest at all in biology, anatomy and animal evolution then you'll find these four programmes fascinating.
However, if you are squeamish then you should not watch this series! Each programme is essentially an autopsy of an unusual animal which examines its internal organs and structures, to explain how they work and how they developed in that way. There's blood and guts, bad smells (in the studio... not at home!) and discussion in blunt terms of what can be delicate subjects. It's a bit like `Your Life In Their Hands' used to be, but more graphic. The adorable anatomist (she's so keen it's impossible not to like her) literally wades into some animals, hacking and sawing to get through skin, bone and tendons to show us the interesting stuff. Most of the studio crew spend each programme up to their elbows in goop - small children will probably love it...
Each dissection is accompanied and enhanced by footage of live animals and CGI segments. These animate the anatomy which has just been uncovered, so we can see how a particular section of musculature, pipework or bone structure actually works in a living animal. Throughout it all the experts are excited and enthusiastic - also always respectful and aware that they're dealing with a real creature which once lived. It's a wonderful example of a well-adjusted attitude to life and death and biology itself.
The team aims to discover what each animal died of, or at least to share some of its medical secrets with the studio audience and ourselves. They can't always uncover what the cause of death was, but there are frequent surprises about each animal's condition. Of the four animals on this DVD (elephant, giraffe, whale, crocodile), my favourite by far (and possibly the hardest for the team to do) was the whale.

Creative, educational, intelligent and enthusiastic documentary TV. Brilliant.
9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Nature's Giants DVD, 17 Sep 2011
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My 11 year son and I have watched this together. Both with a keen interest in Biology found this DVD truely remarkable in its content. The attention to detail without the need to be too bloody kept the focus on important factors of how each animal was able to live, survive, evolve and the pathology aspect was extremely interesting.
A very worthwhile purchase that will be watched and rewatched again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 July 2014
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Very pleased with DVD and Service
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 July 2014
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educational and interesting, but wouldn't watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, 5 Mar 2014
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I watched the tv show and thought it was very interesting so looked for the dvd.
It takes the best 4 dissections and has them all in this one dvd.
i would recommend this dvd to people who are interested in the mechanisms and physiology of animals. Not for the screamish though!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars educational films, 11 Dec 2013
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I use this series in my biology lessons for 10th graders. The giraffe one is useful as part of the evolution curriculum. They invariably ask me for more of these video's, wish there were more available in this series. However some parts are very graphic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!!!!!!!, 17 Feb 2013
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Loved it I chose thhis coz it so intesting an educatioal and amazing to see inside theses amazing animals really get a in deeth look at these animals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autopsy, 28 Dec 2012
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Miss Cazzy Bee (Reading, England) - See all my reviews
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I loved the tv series, and found the dvd to be a collection of those shown on TV. Very informative, excellent explanations and done with respect. Well done. Would recommend and have since allowed my children to watch this. I believe they have learnt a lot through this dvd and do not regret my desision to let them learn this way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMAL INTERESTS, 26 Dec 2012
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IF YOU LIKE ANIMALS AND WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE THEN THIS IS GREAT. THE CONTENT IS OUTSTANDING AND SO INFORMATIVE, WITHOUT BEING GRUSOME.
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