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Tiger - Spy in the Jungle [2008] [DVD]

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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016ORTSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 world’s 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 India’s 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 there’s 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.

It’s 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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By Boof VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2008
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This DVD (from the BBC series) is truly stunning. It grabs your heart from the first minute and doesn't let go until the end and beyond. It is the story of a female tiger in India and her 4 cubs (2 girls, 2 boys) from when they are 10 days old and we follow them through babyhood, adolesence and watch them as they make their first steps to becoming independent. Most of the filming is done by "trunkcam" which are log shaped cameras that elephants carry on their trunks as they wander through the jungle. The cubs don't seem at all phased by them and indeed are sometimes so intrigued that they get so close that one trunkcam ends up submerged in the pool and being tossed around by an over excited tiger cub!

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.
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This captivating series follows a family of Indian tigers from when the cubs are 10 days old to when they reach maturity. Using modern filming techniques (and disguised cameras carried by elephants), this film gets amazingly close to the tigers, their prey and their rivals, and captures their hunting and family behaviour in ground-breaking detail. There are fewer than 3500 Indian tigers left alive in the wild, and this is probably the best footage we'll ever see of a young family.

The narration is top-notch as usual from David Attenborough, although the infatuation with 'rock cam' and 'trunk cam' and the like is getting a bit old. However the pictures are well worth the techno-wheez, because we see the four cubs from their earliest days in intimate close-up. It's unusual for a tiger litter to be this big, and the young mother has real trouble keeping all four of them under control (even when they can hardly walk straight!)
The filming and script are unsentimental, if a little bit dramatic to keep things pepped up. In fact the tiger cubs are under constant threat. They live on a wildlife reserve but even so must be protected from poachers. The only protection from other animals is their mother, who must hunt for herself and the cubs, and keep away leopards and jackals, and fend off any strange male adult tigers. She also has to do a formidable amoutn of hunting to keep the cubs from starving, and it's fascinating to watch her stalking, chasing and -- sometimes -- actually catching the deer she regularly preys upon.

OK, so if you've seen many wildlife films then you're used to the life cycle of a tiger and there are no great shocks here.
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By Recycled Rabbit TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2008
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Covering 2 years in the life of a tigress and her 4 cubs, this 3 part documentary is truly - well- amazing. I'm so pleased that it remains unsentimental- the only tiger with a name is the father, "Charger" (after his unnerving habit of charging the film crew). (I just couldn't watch Meerkat Manor which I found cloyingly anthropomorphic). Yes it does slightly overplay the tension in the 3 episodes (will their mother return after a mysterious absence to catch them dinner?). But injury from territorial scraps with other tigers is a real threat to survival- as evidenced in the documentary. It's quite astounding that these cubs grow so quickly, yet are incapable of learning to catch their own food for such a long period of time- in fact they bounce around interfering with their mother's stealthy attempts, setting off the deer alarm calls.

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
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I bought this DVD a few weeks ago after becoming very interested in knowing more about the lives of wild big cats. I must say I am amazed at the quality of footage that you get from this DVD. It contains three episodes, which are about an hour long each, which follow the growing up of four cubs, their mum and their dad who you don't often see in other Tiger programs. It starts off with the cubs I think a few weeks old. They have just started venturing out in the open and still have their eyes shut. It is quite amusing watching them falling all over the place while their mother goes around collecting them.

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.
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