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on 31 October 2017
This is a brilliant 177 min REGION B/2 DVD, but what else would you expect of a wildlife documentary involving Sir David Attenborough.
Elephants carrying spy cams are used to track the lives of four tiger cubs and their mother. In unbelievably intimate footage you watch the cubs progress from their first playful sorties from their den and on through their learning adolescence. It's very rare for four cubs to survive through to adulthood and these tigers face many dangers along the way-from rogue male tigers and leopards in their territory to being left alone at home.
By following the tigers the camera carrying elephants uncover rarely seen wildlife, encountering a rock python, cheeky langur monkeys, an elusive sloth bear that carries her babies on her back, a leopard with her cubs and a fearsome pack of red dogs.
Even if you viewed this on TV the DVD can be used by children for educational purposes.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 August 2008
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 Spy In The... Complete featuring lions, bears and elephants and a two parter Trek: Spy On The Wildebeest [2007] .
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on 9 August 2013
This is excellent. Attenborough manages to follow the history of tiger cubs from birth to growing up, and adds his own contribution to the whole story. As tigers as a whole are extremely rare in the wild now, this is a very good reminder of the perils that wildlife face, and how man tends to disregard wildlife in his quest for modernisation. It is very rare for Tiger Cubs to reach adulthood, but Attenborough's DVD shows us it is possible.

Having said that, I am planning to add to this and obtain David Attenborough's "Wild India" DVD!

Had to obtain this a second time, as I foolishly accidently gave my first copy away! Everything I said above still holds with the second copy, which I received this morning. (10.2.14).
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on 10 April 2013
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC - A MUST HAVE DVD!!
Cannot say more than has already been expressed, other than to encourage ALL TO GET THIS DVD!
It is truly brilliant camera work by the elephants AND the humans involved, and a really innovative way of capturing 'never-before-seen' footage of life in the jungle for TIGERS, and many other species.
If you're worried about sad moments, as happens in nature, this DVD is about the LIFE of a magnificent and devoted tigress and her young tiger cubs, about their development and progress from tumbling, fumbling, bundles of fur, and their intrepid journey towards becoming adult tigers.
It is riveting viewing, with stunning footage that captures and relates life's up's and down's for four growing tigers cubs, and their young mother. A wonderful story about magnificent animals you will want to watch many times!
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on 11 August 2015
Was very intrigued by the title - Tigers......Spies??? Will George Smiley jump out from behind a bush with his camera???? Then I read the spies were in fact elephants, carrying and placing cameras. Coupled with the master of natural history programmes David Attenborough, I knew it would be a winner. A good story, well covered, even the elephants were shown to have holidays between the seasons, well deserved as they no doubt had to have the patience of a saint for a lot of the scenes. It shows how the tigers have a struggle to survive without humans getting in the killing game.
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on 26 February 2018
Really enjoyed this three part story following a family of tigers with minimum interference via elephant cams.
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on 29 June 2012
Firstly, I have to say that I think Tigers are probably the most beautiful creatures we have on this planet. That said, this DVD takes the viewer into never before seen footage of this secretive, beautiful large cat. The naturalness of the webcams enable fantastic close up pictures as the viewer follows the story of a mother and her 4 cubs and the trials and tribulations they experience. If you only ever buy one Tiger DVD then this is the one to buy.
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on 1 March 2018
Amazing dvd.
I know so much more about tigers.

Highly recommend!
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on 26 February 2017
Thank you for my DVD I hope tigers will always be alive for years please send me an e mail when series 10 doctor who becomes available on DVD to buy
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on 11 September 2012
This series is really riveting viewing. I was so glad I had it on dvd, and didn't have to wait a week for the next episode to see if the tiger cubs escaped whatever scrape they had gotten into, or whatever danger was threatening them! And the elephant "cameramen" were superb - not to mention all the unintentional footage of other animals caught on camera. Brilliant. Would love to see more programs like this.
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