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Wildlife Specials: Tiger [DVD]
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David Attenborough narrates this documentary on the tiger, a swift, powerful but elusive creature. Included is film of the more trusting specimens who have grown up as part of Project Tiger in Madhya Pradesh.
Dangerous, powerful, but above all breath-takingly beautiful, tigers have for centuries sparked awe and admiration. Yet, it is their very uniqueness which has made them a prized object for hunters. This film could be the last complete portrait of tigers in the wild as there is a real chance they could be extinct within the next decade.
Their elusive lifestyle has made filming difficult, but after 25 years of the Project Tiger scheme operating in India's Madhya Pradesh, these big cats have become more trusting. An award-winning team of producers and cameramen have teamed up to follow the lives of several tigers by day and, by using low-light cameras, at night. The result shows the majesty of these fascinating animals and the importance of saving them from extinction.
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Even with David Attenborough billed as the narrator (he does not present or appear except holding a tiger cub at the very beginning) I prepared myself to watch not expecting much at all, but instead was greeted with this masterpiece of a work.
The quality of the photography is utterly superb. If you've a decent TV or a Plasma/LCD you'll relish the extremely sumptuous glorification of colour throughout.
There are no wasted scenes or seconds of footage. Every image has direct & pressing relevance to the story being told which unfolds in a relaxing manner allowing the viewer to really 'feel' what is being portrayed.
The music score is masterful too. There is a fantastic long shot at the start of the piece which zooms in from miles away to a warden on an elephant walking through the forest timed absolutely perfectly as they emerge into a clearing against the natural greens and orange of the surroundings. Film making of a very high order indeed.
I was totally taken aback by the warmth and feeling of this portrayal - the story of which is adequately dealt with by other reviews here.
Sadly, at the start of the closing credits it states that one of the main photographers (Chip Houseman) died before seeing his own undoubtedly superb work on this programme.
Rent it or buy it. Either way it's a steal at the price. I have watched it many times now, and it just gets better.
David Attenborough is as always perfection itself in his role as narrator being able to properly convey the appropriate level of gravitas, emotion and tragedy for the events that take place here.
It wasn't as educational as I originally expected. The emphasis is more on the storyline however the filming is a joy to watch.
It would have been nice to refer the viewer to a website address at the end of the film so that we can keep up to date with what happened next. I assume the tigers are still living in the sanctuary and I would have liked to know more about the sanctuary and the lives of the gamekeepers who work there.
The documentary is superb. I have recorded videos of Tigers in Kanha and can vouch for the difficulties one faces when filming in a thick deciduous forest that is almost impenetrable in places. In addition to the excellent footage, there is a good story which reaches a climax at the end.
All in all, a great video and probably the best documentary on this fast vanishing species available on the market.
It is beautifully shot and wonderfully narrated. I was left wanting more when the end credits started rolling!
Please note this feature seeks to highlight the trials and tribulations of tigers in the area. It is not meant to be a fluffy DVD to "ohh" and "ahh" over. Don't get me wrong it is funny and touching at times, but it is also real and there are a few bits which are gruesome to highlight the real dangers faced from other tigers. Another reviewer gave this a one star because of this, but to me this adds to the quality of the feature.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes tigers and wildlife. Buy it!
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Absolutely amazing dvd, very informative and stunning images. Made me love tigers ever morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the David Attenborough documentaries. His voice is very distinctive and he is a fantastic narrator. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeunniska Lecointe