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National Geographic: Ultimate Nature Collection [Deluxe Edition] [10 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:04/28/2009

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    Special Features

    • Bonus programs: renegade lions, cheetah chase, wild chronicles: whales, the making of forces of nature, behind the scenes with the jouberts
    • Creature profiles and facts
    • Nature photo galleries
    • Closed Captioned


    National Geographic: Wolves - A Legend Returns to Yellowstone
    From lupine director David Douglas and nature specialists National Geographic, this documentary looks into the reintegration of wolves within the parameters of the oldest national park in the United States, Yellowstone of Wyoming. Self-described as the epicenter of everything that's still wild and untamed in America, this is the setting and eventual homeland of these transplanted tundra dogs. Struggling against declining numbers and an eroding environment, biologists have taken preventative measures to ensure the world does not lose another species to the endangered list or to the growing list of extinct creatures. ~ C. Dwayne Smith, Rovi

    National Geographic: Forces of Nature
    Kevin Bacon narrates this documentary (produced by the National Geographic Society) which examines the elemental power of earthquakes, tornadoes, and volcanoes. Combining striking archive footage with computer-created reenactments and interviews explaining just what causes these natural forces to lose control, the film's sequence on volcanoes is centered on the massive Soufriere Hills eruption of 1995, while an tremor in Izmit, Turkey, which cost the lives of 17,000 sets the stage for a segment on earthquakes, and Dr. Joshua Wurman leads a group of "storm chasers" as the filmmakers investigate tornadoes. Forces of Nature was shot and initially exhibited in the high-definition IMAX film format. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    National Geographic: In Search of the Jaguar
    Following renowned researcher Alan Rabinowitz deep into the field, this nature documentary from National Geographic determines just what it takes to understand the elusive beast, as Rabinowitz tracks the big cat, discovers clues about its behavior, and strives to help protect it. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

    National Geographic: Eternal Enemies - Lions and Hyenas
    Filmed in northern Botswana, this National Geographic documentary examines the bitter competition for survival between lions and hyenas. These two species act like warring kingdoms, viciously attacking one another, stealing food, and constantly tormenting each other. Several of the scenes are startling in their brutality. ~ Ed Atkinson, Rovi

    National Geographic: Gabon - The Last Eden
    National Geographic: Last Stand of the Great Bear
    This National Geographic special explores a 250-mile area of the British Columbia coastline, also known as the Great Bear Rain Forest. While this special focuses on the bear population of the forest and the other members of this habitat, it is also a study of the industries that are cutting into the forest and the effects they are having on the ecosystem., Rovi

    National Geographic: Relentless Enemies
    Few of natures creatures share such a fierce rivalry as lions and buffalos, and in this documentary from National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert the brutality of these confrontations is captured in all of its ferocious glory. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    National Geographic: Eye of the Leopard
    Experience the cycle of life as seen through the eyes of the African floodplain's most feared predators as National Geographic takes viewers on a spectacular, high-definition voyage the likes of which few humans have ever experienced. For three years scientists tracked the remarkable cat named Legadema through Botswana's Okavango Delta. Acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons narrates as viewers watch the defenseless cub grow into a skilled hunter, and the skilled hunter transform into a predator with the stealth and ferocity needed to survive in one of the planet's most unforgiving climates. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    National Geographic: Dolphins - The Wild Side
    Dolphins are well known for their intelligence and shrewdness, but oft ignored is their wilder, more aggressive side. This hour-long exploration of the world of dolphins exposes the viewer to both sides of the dolphin through the extensive use of underwater-camera footage. Dolphins are shown hydroplaning after fish through ten inches of water, ramming into one other in a quarrel over females, and escaping a group of hungry orcas in Alaska. There is also a ruthless scene in which a group of dolphins insidiously surround a school of sardines, providing further evidence of the dolphin's wilder side. Along with the incredible cleverness of dolphins, National Geographic: Dolphins -- The Wild Side illustrates, through a number of real-life examples, the violence and anger these sea creatures express in fighting for mates, hunting for food, and battling with rival dolphin species. ~ John Schietinger, Rovi

    National Geographic: Kingdom of the Blue Whale
    This documentary from National Geographic takes a super in-depth look at the mysterious creature the Blue Whale, exploring how the effects of currents on the ocean floors influence the ways the massive creatures travel and eat, and even examining the animals' DNA. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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