05/22/2015  
Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26HeForShe Campaign Features Star-Studded Cannes ConversationDespite The Gods on DVD May 19The Gunman on Digital HD Jun 16 & Blu-ray Combo Jun 30So Bright Is the View on DVD May 26Bar Rescue: Toughest Rescues on DVD May 19

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2...
See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26...
First look: Bill Murray in Netflix's "A Very Murray Chr...
'Late Show' Set Dismantled A Day After David Letterman ...
'Dancing With the Stars' Finale: Who Took Home the Gold...
Jane Fonda Admits She's 'Not Proud' of Plastic Surgery...
Everyone is missing the most important part of Louis C....
HeForShe Campaign Features Star-Studded Cannes Conversa...
Despite The Gods on DVD May 19...
Natalie Portman to Play Jackie Kennedy in Film About JF...



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Artisan Home Entertainment presents
Raising the Mammoth (2000)



Review By: Brian Cook   
Published: July 25, 2000

Stars: Jeff Bridges - NarratorBernard Buigues
Director: Jean-Charles Deniau

MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 91 minutes
Release Date: June 27, 2000
UPC: 012236105992
Genre: documentary


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- A-B-B+ C-

DVD Review

When I was a kid, I always wondered why my Dad would watch those boring nature documentaries. He would sit there staring at the television, eyes wide with fascination, while I lay bored to death on the floor. Well, now it's my turn! My son, Roddy, stuck around for about fifteen minutes of this documentary while I sat there staring at the television, eyes wide with fascination.

Raising the Mammoth tells the story of Bernard Buigues and his team of explorers who travel to Siberia in search of a fully intact wooly mammoth. With the help of an ancient Siberian tribe of reindeer herders, Bernard is led to the spot where a mammoth lay frozen below the surface for the past 20,000 years.

The documentary then shows what Bernard and his team had to endure in trying to find the mammoth and bring him to the surface intact, battling the harsh Siberian weather the whole time. I remember reading about the mammoth extraction on the internet, but I had no idea what the explorers went through in order to bring it to the surface.

This is an extremely interesting story of man versus nature. In addition to the mammoth excavation, we learn a little about the history of the mammoth and his relationship to the modern day elephant. We also learn of the explorers intention to possibly clone the mammoth by using preserved tissue samples. The only complaint I have about this disc is that the story just seems to run a little long with some repetition. But, compared to what Bernard and his men had to endure, I shouldn't complain. Overall a very interesting story if you are into this sort of thing. My Dad would love it!

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Obviously, this is not a big-budget Hollywood production and the image quality of the disc reflects that. The image is a little soft and grainy, but it in no way distracts for the viewing experience. The disc handles the bright outdoor snow scenes, of which there are many, quite well. A very clean transfer which is perfectly acceptable for this type of presentation.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The audio is Dolby stereo and it sounds very good. There is really no need for any surround activity on this documentary, so it is not missed. The narration and dialog are clear and there is even some LFE activity present. Very good audio transfer.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 30 cues
Packaging: Alpha
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Scientist Biographies
  2. Mammoth Fact-File
  3. A Conversation with French Explorer Bernard Buigues
  4. Mammoth Timeline
Extras Review: The extras included on this disc are definitely nothing to write home about. Each of the four extras are presented as material that needs to be read off the screen, even the interview with Bernard Buigues, which I was looking forward to seeing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the extra material isn't interesting. I'm just saying that it would have been much more interesting had it been presented in the form of a booklet. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed with the extras on this otherwise great disc.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

If you are the kind of person who finds nature documentaries fascinating, you should love this disc. It is a very interesting story about an absolutely amazing accomplishment. The audio and video compliment the presentation nicely and, even with the annoyance of the supplemental material, I would highly recommend this disc to anyone who is even remotely interested in this kind of story.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

sci-fi, drama, television, a very murray christmas, bill murray, netflix, sophia coppola, george clooney, amy poehler, chris rock, paul shaffer, rashida jones, miley cyrus, the late show, david letterman, ed sullivan theater, taco bell, dancing with the stars, abc, rumer willis, riker lynch, noah galloway, val chmerkovskiy, celebrity, jane fonda, mile high club, plastic surgery, grace and frankie, saturday night live, louis c.k., racism, israel-palestine, movies, cannes, documentary, movie, jackie, jackie kennedy, darren aronofsky, pablo larrain, pitch perfect 2, rebel wilson, super fun night, derek hough, nastia liukin, american idol, fox, jennifer lopez, harry connick jr., keith urban, ryan seacrest, gary newman, daytime soap, general hospital, anthony geary, genie francis, frank valenti, mad max: fury road, mel gibson, george miller, tom hardy, hugh keays-byrne, charlize theron, the cw, arrow, the vampire diaries, supernatural, the originals, jane the virgin, the flash, the 100, izombie, reign, beauty and the beast, action, afc football championship game, jim mcnally, john jastremski, tom brady, bill belichick, music, prince, baltimore, rally 4 peace, freddie gray, 3rdeyegirl, metropolitan museum of art gala, kim kardashian, chloe sevigny, john paul gaultier, georgia may jagger, sarah jessica parker, rihanna, comedy, scifi, joss whedon, the avengers, chris evans, cris hemsworth, samuel l. jackson, scarlett johansson, jerem renner, revenge, manhattan love story, selfie, the mccarthys, the millers, gracepoint, mulaney, red band society, utopia, bad judge, dallas, 10th birthday party, kelly monaco, maks chmerkovskiy, meryl davis, hemorrhage, australia, tokyo, san francisco golden gate, docuementary

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store