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DVD ReviewWhen 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 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 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 ExtrasStatic menu
Scene Access with 30 cues
Extras Grade: C-
Final CommentsIf 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.
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