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Echo & Other Elephants [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YN5A0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I have been a huge fan of wildlife documentaries since I was about 5, and this series by the BBC has always stood out to me as one of the best. It follows a research team led by Cynthia Moss who has been studying the elephants for many years, & although Cynthia researches and studies several wild Elephant herds, this documentary focuses on the group led by Echo, a wise old matriach, and follows their daily lives & their trials and triumphs. The elephants were studied and filmed for around 20 years in total- although the actual time covered in each documentary varies.

This DVD (sadly not available in region 2 so you'll need a multi-region player to view this in UK) brings together three of the four documentaries and clearly shows the intelligence and loyalty of these animals, and has some very touching and intriguing insights.

I wasn't aware before but there are two versions of the Echo of the elephants documentaries (the Nature releases are also region 1 but use a different narrator) just to confirm the versions on this DVD are the ones narrated by David Attenborough.

Sadly Echo passed away from natural causes due to old age,(her sister Ella leads the group now) by this time Echo had worked her way not only into the researchers hearts but also into those of the film crew and millions of viewers, and two documentaries were released, both in memoriam to her and as an update as to how her family were doing.

One was entitled an "Echo: An Elephant to Remember" which has been released by Nature on a separate DVD, but the BBC's tribute to Echo "An Unforgettable Elephant" has yet to be released (if they ever plan too).
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By Ellie on 14 Mar. 2013
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Excellent DVD. Echo the well known elephant that passed away 3 years ago. It tells her story so well. The extra films of other elephants are also interesting.

Only complaint is that this is only available in Region 1 why cannot it be release for Europe.
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Product was not in good condition as it was from a library which had a clear out. I could not get the disk to read and it was not worth complaining about given the cost.
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If you want to get closer with elephants in your own living room, you should buy this DVD. I love it!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An elephant classic 24 April 2008
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For those who owned the film on VHS - this is the original version with narration by David Attenborough and Cynthia Moss. The film is wonderfully filmed in Amboseli. Echo and Eli are of course in the centre most of the time, while some of the shots show Cynthia with Kili in the background. Very nicely done. The story is very moving and the narration by DA and CM is simply great. A real must for anybody in love with African wildlife and elephants in particular. Even better - go to Amboseli and do as Cynthia, park your 4WD in the middle of one of the herds in the swamps and turn off your engine and just sit on the roof and listen and look. Enjoy.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough and Elephants - a great combination! 7 July 2009
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Readers of my reviews will know that I am a sucker for both David Attenborough and Elephants. I'm happy to see a good documentary that combines the two. This set is actually a combination of several documentaries focused on the elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Each episode was done at a different point in time, so you can actually see how Echo and the other elephants in the family grow up. Cynthia Moss, a top elephant expert, provides commentary along with Attenborough.

The second disc stars Saba Douglas-Hamilton, daughter of the famous elephant expert Ian Douglas-Hamilton. Her documentaries include a mix of elephants, experiences with locals, following researchers, and other wildlife. It goes beyond Amboseli into the Namib and other parts of Africa, which is a nice touch. My favorite scene on this disc is actually her attempt to radio-collar desert lions.

This disc is far superior to another documentary about Echo, Nature: Echo of the Elephants. First of all, it has Sir David Attenborough as the narrator, which makes a big difference (trust me, having seen both recently, I can attest there is a difference). Second, this disc has several episodes and over 5 hours of footage, whereas Nature: Echo of the Elephants only includes the first documentary (around 40 minutes).

Those of you interested in African Elephants might also want to check out:

The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

Elephant Reflections

Elephant Destiny: Biography Of An Endangered Species In Africa
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy elephant DVD 29 Nov. 2010
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I owned "Nature: Echo of the Elephants" which included: "Echo of the Elephants" and "Echo of the Elephants The Next Generation." I bought this DVD and because I love David Attenborough (and he narrates this version). This is a two disc DVD, the first disc includes:

1. Echo of the Elephants - story of Echo and her new born calf Eli, and researcher Cynthia Moss. Hand down the best elephant DVD I have ever seen.
2. Echo of the Elephants The Next Generation- con't story of Echo and her family. Also excellent.
3. Echo of the Elephants: The Final Chapter - recap of the first two DVD and an update on what has happened to the elephants. I found this a bit slow and lots of repeating from the first two Echo stories.
4. Elephants Nomads of the Namib Desert - hour long look at two desert elephant families and their struggles living in the desert. Very good story.

Second DVD is about Saba who is also an elephant researcher in Keyna. All of these are 30 minutes long.
1 Living with Elephants: Saba helps an African woman find a herd of elephants so she can apology to them. (I didn't really care too much for this one.)
2. Nabibi's Desert Giants: also about the desert elephants, but also some great shots of other animals like Sea Lions and desert lions. (This was very good.)
3. Search for Virgo: Saba searches for an old elephant named Virgo. (Kind of of slow story.)
4. Elephants of Samburu (parts one and two): Saba and her adventures with several herds of elephants and rescuing of an abandoned baby elephant. Really enjoyed it. Lots of great footage.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to keep.. 13 May 2008
By Anna K. Martinsson - Published on
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The BBC's Natural Worlds trilogy of Echo and other Elephants is an amazing story (not yet finished) that will give everyone an insight to the world of this truly remarkable animal. Additional to Echo's southern Kenya homerange of Amobseli you also learn about elephants in other parts of Africa such as Namibia and the forest elephants of the Congo. Once again no one does the wildlife documentaries quite like the BBC... A compelation to treasure,
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo and Other Elephants 14 April 2010
By S. Bastian - Published on
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This DVD follow the life Echo, who lost her mother to poachers and bevame the matriarch of the clan. She had to learn the hard way how to lead her family. The story is true and it follows this clan of elephants through death of the baby elephant that could not keep up in dry, hot weather, with no food for her. Bbecause there are months of no rain Eco much keep the family moving to a place she remembers there will be food and water. You experience the wonderful, enduring closeness and real love you these highly intelligent mammals have for one another. They are fiercly devoted to each and will fight to the death to protect their family. I do no want to ruin the ending, but anyong who loved these majestic mammals, will be thrilled to have this DVD in their library.Echo of the Elephants: The Story of an Elephant FamilyElephants: A Book for Children
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