DVD Review: North America

North America DVD boxThe animals that inhabit North America are to some fascinating. I’m not just talking about your everyday wildlife but the ones you only know in zoos, aquariums or via books. The DVD North America narrated by Tom Selleck gives you a glimpse into the name animals and their habits via documentary style filming.

Broken down into a 7-part mini series on 2-discs, each episode has a different focus. They span only 47 minutes so just enough to watch a section leisurely or skip to the part that interests you the most. I wanted this with the teen and we did not watch it in order. The seven episodes and their short descriptions are as follows

1. Born to be Wild
Take an extraordinary journey through North America and meet the incredible array of exotic wildlife that lives in our backyard. Through epic cinematography and compelling storytelling, we experience their struggle for survival in this land of extremes.

2. No Place to Hide
A world of extreme storms and unpredictable blizzards, this land tests all those who set foot on it. From bunker building prairie dogs to the fastest land animals on the continent, the fight to survive shapes all who dare call this place home.

3. Learn Young or Die
In the upper reaches of this vast continent, survival is a daily battle. From avalanche-dodging grizzlies to head-bashing big horn sheep, from diving bears to cunning coyotes, we witness the extremes and the wonders of North America’s mountains and forest.

4. The Savage Edge
The water’s edge is America’s final frontier, where human civilization and untamable wilderness collide. Witness the explosive collisions that define the continent’s coasts, including a massive shark migration off of Miami’s crowded beaches.

5. Outlaws and Skeletons
The desert is more alive than you ever imagined. Human and animals alike endure at the mercy of the elements. From Death Valley to the deserts of Mexico, creatures battle for survival with astounding adaptations revealed.

6. North America: Revealed
To make North America, film crews crisscrossed this vast continent for three years. With over 2800 days in the field covering 8 countries and 29 US States, this series reveals the full wonders of the North American continent as never before.

7. North America: Top 10
Our viewers cast 35,000 votes to answer the question, “What is the top North America Destination?” In this special episode, we count down the results, revealing some surprises along the way.

We watched Learn Young or Die first. And finished with North America: Revealed, last. Episode is mostly about the cameramen who make this possible and shows what they go through to make it work including moments where it failed. While the vast majority of the footage is about and of animals there is a section about weather with a focus on Hurricane Irene. DVD extras include a music only track and filmmaker commentary.

Some parts are a little unsettling for young children (there is a large component of animal hunting including some kills catch on camera) but most are amazing to watch and the commentary gives you lots of information on hunting patterns. This is an educational film at its core and it does a good job here. It can be purchased from the Discovery Channel website.


I am a member of ENM Network. I was provided a copy of this DVD to review. All opinions are my own. 

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