David Attenborough's Life On Land - A DVD Encyclopaedia (DVD)
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Complete collection of famed naturalist David Attenborough's groundbreaking wildlife documentary series, exploring the rich variety of plant and animal life on the planet. Using a variety of pioneering camera techniques, these documentaries revealed aspects of the natural world that had never been seen on camera before, and established Attenborough's reputation as the greatest wildlife broadcaster in the world.
LIFE IN THE UNDERGROWTH:
The complete series presented by David Attenborough, exploring the extraordinary world of insects and invertebrates. For every one human being, there are 200 million insects, and our planet's ecology is entirely dependent on their existence. In this series, Attenborough uses groundbreaking and sophisticated new camera techniques to investigate how insects first developed, how they adapted to winged flight, how silk became essential to invertebrate survival, and how insects reproduce and managed to develop the most complex social groups in the animal kingdom. Episodes are: 'Invasion of the Land'; 'Taking to the Air'; 'The Silk Spinners'; 'Intimate Relations'; and 'Supersocieties'.
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS:
David Attenborough takes the viewer on a guided tour of plants' lives: travelling, growing, flowering, their struggle with other plants and animals, and the ingenious ways they adapt to even the harshest conditions. Using time-lapse photography the programme shows us top plant-life action.
LIFE IN COLD BLOOD:
David Attenborough explores the extraordinary success of a group of animals that has survived ice ages and mass extinctions, has been around for millions of years, and easily outnumbers mammals and birds.
In telling the story of the reptiles and amphibians – the most enduringly successful animals ever to walk on land – David Attenborough completes his overview of life on the planet.
Reptiles and amphibians ruled the world for nearly 200 million years and today there are over 14,000 varieties of them. Some are huge – among the deadliest creatures on Earth; others are tiny and number among the strangest.
Where did these ancient creatures come from? How have they transformed themselves into the bizarre and beautiful forms alive today? And what is the secret of their epic success?
The very latest technology enables extraordinary and previously unseen behaviour to be captured in intimate detail, overturning the myth that cold blooded life is slow, solitary and primitive and revealing these creatures to be as dramatic, social, sophisticated and passionate as warm blooded animals.
THE LIFE OF BIRDS:
David Attenborough presents this series detailing the many and varied breeds of bird to be found around the world. In 'To Fly or Not to Fly', David traces the evolution of the bird back millions of years to the time of the dinosaurs. 'The Mastery of Flight' reveals the secrets behind birds' aeronautical skills. In 'The Insatiable Appetite', David looks at the tools birds use to help them forage for and consume food. 'Meat-Eaters' details the strategies and skills used by meat-eating scavengers. In 'Fishing for a Living', David looks at the birds who feed on the sea, from filter feeders to fish eagles. 'Signals and Songs' details the ways in which birds communicate, from song to colour patterns. In 'Finding Partners', David looks at the mating rituals and patterns and the part they play in a bird's life. In 'The Demands of the Egg', David looks at the dangers inherent in the natural urge to reproduce. 'The Problems of Parenthood' investigates the demands made on the parents of insatiably hungry young birds, while in 'The Limits of Endurance', David looks at the challenges birds must face in order to survive their constantly changing environment.
THE LIFE OF MAMMAL:
All ten episodes from David Attenborough's series looking at the most diverse group of animals ever to inhabit the Earth. 'A Winning Design' highlights the differences between mammals, reptiles and birds. 'Insect Hunters' focuses on mammals who have specifically adapted to eating insects. 'Plant Predators' examines how herbivores have adapted, while 'Chisellers' concerns those mammals who feed primarily on roots and seeds. 'Meat Eaters' follows the eternal race between predators and prey, and how both individual and pack hunters have adapted. 'Opportunists' examines the way that mammals with variable diets are able to adapt to new environments. 'Return to the Water' looks at seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales. 'Life in the Trees' explores the world of tree-dwelling mammals. 'Social Climbers' concerns the complexities of monkey social life. Finally, 'Food for Thought' looks at what happened when mammals developed the capability to walk upright.
THE FIRST EDEN:
Sir David Attenborough presents this fascinating look at the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean region, charting the area from its first settlers right through to the cityscapes of today. Attenborough looks at man's attitude towards nature from the rise of ancient Egypt to the fall of the Roman Empire, the transformation of the lands around the Mediterranean due to human migration, wars and the growth of trade in medieval times, the discovery of the New World and how the cutting of the Suez Canal introduced new species to the area.
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