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The Living Desert (1953)

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  • Directors: James Algar
  • Format: NTSC
  • Classification: U
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001852WFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first in the True Life Adventure series from Walt Disney featuring outstanding footage taken in the desert land of the USA.

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By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2010
Format: VHS Tape
While one can tell that this was shot decades ago - no HD, surround sound or ultra close up shots - it is a fabulous documentary about life in the US deserts - with a strong emphasis on animals (plant life is largely ignored).

The documentary takes on the form of a story of survival and slowly goes from creature to creature, describing their unique challenge in the fight for survival in the arid climate. While there are plenty of predator / prey scenes, these have been shot in a more innocent time and only those selected for inclusion, where the prey escapes or where it fights back successfully. In addition to that the scenese selected have been chosen with a keen eye for the humorous - with a lynx being forced to swallow its pride and climb up on a cactus to evade being slain by a boar, or the beetle biting the tongue of the toad that found it tasty looking, or how gerbil fight back at snakes, it really is a relaxing, pleasurable documentary - one where one will not need to calm down crying children, who perchance identified with some of the prey too much, after it is over.

On top of that the soundtrack is supremely well chosen to complement the goings on and create a level of tension appropriate to the moment. All in all, an easy five stars and a wonderful addition to any DVD collection.
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A classic natural history film which ought to be released on dvd along with the others
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