National Geographic - Ultimate Enemies (Ultimate Enemies/Eternal Enemies/Relentless Enemies) [DVD]
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Dereck and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers from Botswana, and National Geographic Explorers in Residence. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and key African wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. They have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for over 25 years as filmmaking for them has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to a worldwide audience. All their efforts, over a lifetime, all coincide with one aim: to rehabilitate the environment and return vast tracts of land to nature and to protect the wild creatures that depend on it.
Across three visually spectacular programmes, Dereck and Beverly capture amazing new behaviour between lions and their rivals. In Ultimate Enemies the lions at a waterhole in Botswana have developed a special skill, they have learned how to hunt elephants. In Eternal Enemies lions and hyenas clash in overlapping territories. With never-before-seen footage, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud and discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry. Finally, in Relentless Enemies thousands of buffalo are trapped on an island with the great lions of the Tsaro pride - larger, more fearsome and more innovative than your typical lion. The buffalo are forced to devise defensive tactics and eventually learn to fight back.
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it is absolutely fascinating to watch lions going around their "business" , without the
interference of a presenter trying to be funny, talking about their personal lives
and appearing more on screen than the real
subject of the documentary, as in many documentaries made in the last 5-8 years.
It is refreshing to watch this documentary about lions that is actually
I watched it many years ago and asked for a friend to record it. She did, vhs, but she used
that 6 hours economy mode and the copy turned out to be unwatchable.
Now, finally, National Geographic is bringing this excellent series of documentaries to dvds.
One word of warning. Nature can be very cruel and many
scenes, such as lions eating a zebra alive, will be too uncomfortable for some to watch.
But, then again, there are far worse things on daily news.
1) Ultimate enemies - run time: around 60 mins, about a pride of lions which preys on elephants, including mature ones.
2) Eternal enemies - run time: around 60 mins, about the conflict between lions and hyenas.
3) Relentless enemies - run time: around 90 mins, about a pride of lions in Okavango which specializes in preying on only one herd of buffaloes.
I find the 1st and 2nd ones informative and interesting. Apart from showing the relationship between the species they also shows how those animals socialize and cooperate, providing some soft moments among many violent scenes. The video quality is a bit low due to their ages, but that does not prevent me from enjoying them.
The 3rd one is less interesting with disjointed narrative. The script is sometimes exaggerated and contrived, for example when following a hunt there are phrases like "the setup is perfect", "this is exactly like the lions expected", etc., but then the lions failed. Overall, this is still a very worth seeing DVD
1) Ultimate Enemies (Audio: English 2.0; Subtitles: English);
2) Eternal Enemies (Audio: English 2.0; Subtitles: English);
3) Relentless Enemies (Audio: English 2.0; Subtitles: English).
The best of them is Eternal Enemies (lions vs hyenas), that is a must see: see a lioness and her small cubs being attacked by a poisonous snake while hyena cubs fight to death (only one will survive). The lion's pride is attacked by another pride and the result may be death. The leader hyena annoys the dominat lion, that is much bigger than her. I am very glad that this DVD has been released. Although it is an old movie, it's really worth seeing.
Absolutely loved it !!
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Really enjoy this movie I think it's the best one I've seen yet.thankyouPublished 22 months ago by John Tomelty
The narration for the first film was bizarre, the 2nd film was really fantastic and I did enjoy the 3rd.Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by Mike Botha