Tiger - Spy in the Jungle  [DVD]
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As David Attenborough, narrator of this revealing documentary says: "This is the most intimate portrait of tigers ever seen."
From the day their eyes open and they tumble out of the den, Tiger Spy in the Jungle captures the day-to-day lives of four tiny tiger cubs as they grow up alongside their devoted mother in the very heart of India.
The tiger is not only the worlds favourite wild animal but also one of the rarest.
To enter the world of this tiger family, John Downer and his wizard team, cameraman Michael Richards and techno-boffin Geoff Bell, deploy the ultimate all-terrain camera vehicles elephants kitted out with the latest high-definition secret weapons of wildlife filmmaking trunk-cam, tusk-cam and log-cams. The four elephants here in Indias Pench national park have also been taught new filming skills by their mahouts how to keep a steady trunk and a delicate touch.
As eco-friendly 4X4s, the elephants carry the hefty trunk-cam and smaller tusk-cam wherever the tiger family goes across its 10-square mile territory. The tigers seem oblivious to the elephants and allow them to place trunk-cam right under their whiskers to film. The elephants also use the devices to film the tigers on the move. The human film crew film from another elephant and control the ele-cams remotely.
Tigers may be the A-list celebrities, but theres a cast of rising B-list stars too. Cheeky langur monkeys are transfixed by their reflections in log-cam, and rare sloth bears, red dogs and a leopard with her cubs all make cameo appearances.
Its almost unheard of for four cubs to survive through to adulthood, and these four face many dangers along the way from rogue male tigers and leopards in their territory to being left home alone. Tiger Spy in the Jungle is there every step of the way.
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It's great that technology presumably derived from the robotic equipment developed to explore Mars is being targeted at a better understanding of this planet and its vanishing inhabitants. The film crew use both static, elephant held and remotely controlled self propelling cameras to catch intimate shots of the tigers and other inhabitants of the park. One seeming problem is that most of the resident wildlife likes to check out its reflection in the camera lens- and one of the cubs wasn't adverse to giving a camera a dip in the pool.
When the cubs grow and start scrapping you suddenly see the unleashed raw power of what started as bundles of fluff tumbling uncontrollably down rocks. You wouldn't want to meet one of them unexpectedly. Yet you so admire their strength and beauty. Also available by the same production company are Spy In The... Complete featuring lions, bears and elephants and a two parter Trek: Spy On The Wildebeest  .
The DVD is a story, narrated by David Attenborough, rather than bitesize chunks about various animals. It's narrated cleverly so that we feel compelled to keep watching the tigers as they go about their daily business. There are some very funny parts and some sad parts but ultimatley it is a joy to watch them develop into adulthood. I may be bisaed as I am a tiger fanatic but I would wholeheartely recommend this DVD to all.
You also get to see many other rare, hardly ever filmed animals in their habitat as well which makes the DVD all that better to watch.
I could go on about the amount of content you get with this DVD but I will be here all day and will spoil it.
It is all filmed with the help of camoflauged cameras placed by elephants, which turns out to be a fantastic idea with some amazing footage.
The commentry is by David Attenborough who I think is the best you can get. He makes you enjoy the experiance so much more.
I have already watched this DVD twice through and as it is so watchable i'm sure this will never gather dust.
I would definately recommend this to anyone, whether they have a love for wildlife or not.