Disc 1: Hummingbirds - Hummingbirds take extraordinary to a whole new level. They are the smallest warm-blooded creatures on the planet, but they are also among the fastest. With wings that beat up to 200 times every second, they are among nature’s most accomplished athletes, the only birds able to hover, fly backwards, and even upside down. Because hummingbirds live their lives in fast forward, much of their fascinating world is typically lost to human perception. But using cameras able to capture over 500 images a second, the hummingbirds’ magical world can finally be seen and appreciated. Amazing footage shows these little powerhouses are far more than delicate nectar gatherers — they are also deadly predators. And watch as the birds display their elaborate mating rituals, showing off with nose dives that subject them to over ten G’s of force — enough to cause an experienced fighter pilot to black out! These tiny marvels dazzle and delight bird watchers all over the world, and NATURE reveals their stunning abilities as they have never been seen before. Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham narrates. Rating: TV-G.
- Behind-the-scenes with filmmaker Ann Prum
- Deleted scenes
Disc 2: Birds - Program 1: Extraordinary Birds - Stunning NATURE photography takes flight to capture the wondrous behavior of the world's most extraordinary birds. Follow the warlike falcon hunting for prey, a storm of wild birds who bring a monsoon to an Indian reservation, the 5,000-mile commute of a tiny hummingbird, and more! Program 2: Parrots: Look Who's Talking - This fun, visually rich program profiles a bird of magnificent color, both in plumage and in personality. Adoring owners talk about their parrots, including one who loves opera, and another who dunks cookies on demand!
Disc 3: Pale Male - Of the millions of newcomers who flock to New York City, a red-tailed hawk’s astounding arrival in 1991 made history. No other red-tailed hawk had ever attempted to make Manhattan his territory. Affectionately dubbed Pale Male, he made an exclusive Fifth Avenue apartment building his home. Pale Male became an instant celebrity who made New Yorkers’ hearts and imaginations soar. Oscar-winner Joanne Woodward narrates this award-winning presentation of the Emmy-honored PBS series, NATURE. Join the close-knit community of bird-watchers who faithfully gather daily to follow the progress of this exquisite, powerful bird of prey as he hunts Central Park’s wild creatures, courts his mate on Woody Allen’s balcony, builds a penthouse nest, fiercely protects his family from attacking crows, and encourages his baby chicks to fly. Pale Male and his family become a magnificent obsession for the captivated crowds below. To the regulars on the beach, it’s better than Broadway. And so is this very special program that the Audubon Society has proclaimed “a classic.”
Disc 4: American Eagle - "A soaring tribute to our national emblem. Masterful."-Audubon Magazine.
Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle is one of America's triumphant comeback stories. It is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak, and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about the bald eagle beyond its distinctive appearance. Filmed in breathtaking high definition, this riveting program takes an unprecedented look at this remarkable bird and its surprisingly tough struggle to survive in the wild. Rating: TV-PG.
Disc 5: Raptor Force - "Viewers in search of the bloody, kill-or-be-killed school of television are in luck."-Chattanooga Times Free Press.
An elite group of fliers remain the envy of every human air force. Their targeting skills, cunning battle tactics and nimbleness on the wing are unmatched by any machine. They are birds of prey-raptors-and they are a source of inspiration for designers of high performance aircraft. Now, revolutionary tiny cameras designed by engineer and falconer Rom MacIntyre allow you to take off with the biggest, fastest, and deadliest things on wings! Learn the secrets of nature's aerial killing machines and how they have mastered, more than any other type of bird, the art of soaring. Stunning aerial footage and computer graphics demonstrate how engineers have used raptor's tricks and tactics to devise fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth. Experience for yourself what it is like to fly with nature's deadly aces! Rating: TV-G.
Disc 6: The Wild Side of Paradise - Discover a Hawaii and Cuba that few tourists are privileged to see in two classic episodes of Nature contained on one specially priced disc. Violent Hawaii reveals how the most brutal forces of the natural world created a tropical paradise. Breathtaking high-definition photography captures active volcanoes, monster waves, crushing rockslides, and even blinding blizzards! Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean is an astonishing and unprecedented look at Cuba's wildlife. From coral reefs and swamps to forests and caves, see some of the world's most unusual creatures virtually unknown to the outside world...until now!
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