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Werner Herzog - Encounters in the Natural World Boxset (includes Encounters at the end of the world, Grizzly Man, White Diamond, La Soufriere & Flying Doctors of East Africa) [DVD]

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  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00288W2F8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A collection of five documentaries about the natural world by film-maker Werner Herzog. In 'Encounters at the End of the World' (2007) Herzog travels to Antarctica accompanied only by his cinematographer to explore the unique landscape and history of the world's most southerly continent, and to meet some of the people who live and work there including scientists of various disciplines. 'Grizzly Man' (2005) explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among the bears for 13 summers and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. In October 2003, Treadwell's remains, along with those of his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, were discovered near their campsite in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve. They had been mauled and devoured by a grizzly, the first known victims of a bear attack in the park. 'The White Diamond' (2004) portrays the struggle of an aeronautical engineer who designed and built an airship to fly it over the forest canopies of Guyana. In 'La Soufriere' (1977), Herzog visits the island of Guadeloupe, on which a volcano is about to erupt, and talks to people there who refuse to be evacuated. 'The Flying Doctors of East Africa' (1969) looks at the flying doctors service of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Tanzania and Kenya.

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This beautifully packaged box set contains three full length documentaries and two shorter features by the great German film director Werner Herzog.

LA SOUFRIÉRE

This short piece concerns a Carribean island which was evacuated after rumblings from a volcano, which threatened to blow with the strength of five or six atomic bombs. Herzog and his crew went there after the evacuation to film absolutely eerie footage of a deserted town, with a sea full of dead snakes. They interview one of the residents who refused to leave. "Where should I go? Death waits forever, it is eternal."

GRIZZLY MAN

This is Werner Herzog's tribute to Timothy Treadwell, the grizzly bear enthusiast who was torn apart and eaten by the creatures he loved in 2003. It consists mainly of footage shot by Treadwell himself in the wilds of Alaska. The film can be very tense to watch, especially the scenes near the start where Treadwell is touching the bears, and you are constantly waiting for them to knock the camera from his hand and decapitate him.

In some ways Treadwell reminds of the late Steve Irwin, both in his manic demenaour, and the fact that he died at the hands of the wildlife he sought to protect. He also reminds slightly in his mannerisms of the comedic actor Jim Carrey, making the footage shot just hours before his death seem all the more eerie.

One friend of Treadwell's has criticised this documentary for portraying Treadwell as a man with a death wish, while not focussing on the fact that he spent 35,000 hours living in direct contact with the bears before he was finally killed - an amazing feat.
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Even the very brief 'flying doctors of Africa' film in this set is compulsive viewing. There is an odd, naive humanity to all of Werner Herzogs documentary footage. Excuse the cliche but his fascination with people is child-like and this means that very simple, natural footage and scenes make the final cut, things that other directors would have left out.

'Encounters at the end of the world' is mesmerisingly beautiful in parts and frankly odd in others. The collection of people are a sight to behold, all very strange and collected at the bottom of the world like droplets of mercury in a shallow dish.

'Grizzly Man' is about a very sad man who garners Werner Herzogs sympathy and understanding. His strangley understandable, but ultimately deplorable obsessional interference with the population of grizzlys is cring-worthy in places and sading in others. This does indeed have to be seen to be believed.

I really liked this set. I watched all the films twice within about a week. They are oddly comforting, compulsive viewing and left me feeling quite lonely when all the wonderful charcters had finally gone from my video screen.
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This boxset contains 5 of Herzog's finest documentaries. With his unique way of seeing and thinking, he creates viseral scenes. His newest acomplishment 'Encounters at the End of the World' is lush and otherworldly and full of comic moments. As always Herzog litters his beautiful scenes with humorous moments, intentional or otherwise, they make the films. Highly reccomended!!
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Herzog you are a wonder! You have to hand it to him, there aren't many filmmakers that manage seamlessly the transition between on screen/off screen, fiction directing and acting but good old Herzog does it with aplomb! The humour in his conversations is so dry (I saw him at a Q&A once and he considers himself a story teller and that he doesn't interview but instead has conversations) but he also manages to get fascinating information from his subjects. He clearly develops instance relationships with people and knows how to focus on the captivating things we wouldn't normally think of. This is a film about people with unusual careers in an isolated foreboding place. I have told many people about the Penguin sequence. It's a must see!
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Werner Herzog's genius is indisputable.
This box set is very appealing and the Antartica story would justify the purchase by itself. The inclusion of 'The Flying Doctors of East Africa & La Soufrière' dvd in this box is not evident because these are much earlier works than the other documentaries. Nevertheless, it is a great way to start watching and collecting the moving footages and texts of Herzog.
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I can confirm that the blu ray of Encounters at the End of the World does feature a commentary. It's not advertised on the cover but you can find it under the audio option. One of the other extras on this disc is a one hour interview with Herzog, which is fascinating. The box set is fantastic, well worth it.
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The films are beautifully rendered in Blu-ray technology. Grizzly Man was my favorite although the others came close seconds. The pack is very good value for money.
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Especially grizzly man, flying doctors of east africa, and white diamond. Grizzly man also includes a good extra feature of when they were producing the music.
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