National Geographic: The Nature Series [DVD]

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Five hard to find documentaries of the Nature Series aired by National Geographic Channel between 1999 and 2001. Never before presented in a box set.


Escape into the wild with this stunning anthology of nature and wildlife specials. This collectible set captures never-before-seen moments of our planet’s most magnificent creatures and places.

Journey to exotic and endangered landscapes, witness the fight for survival among powerful predators and dive into vast underwater worlds. A celebration of the best of adventure filmmaking, this is a thrilling collection that is not to be missed.

This is a Nature Series of documentaries as only National Geographic can produce. They were presented on the National Geographic Channel between 1999 and 2001 and were produced by National Geographic Television and Thirteen/WNG in association with Trebitsch Production Int'l, GmbH.

The 5 episodes of the series are presented in a box set of 5 DVD discs. See the list of episodes and other details under Additional information.

We have given this DVD box set a 3-star rather than 4-star rating because a small part of one of the plastic DVD holders is cracked. The fault can be seen in the More pictures section.

This movie comes from our personal collection and only one piece is available

DVD rating
Rating - Very Good
Very Good: a well-cared-for DVD that has been seen, but remains in great condition. The film is complete, without interruption, and does not skip. The box may show limited signs of wear, as may the liner notes.


Richard Roughton, Sally Kellerman, Michael deGruy, Allison Argo (hosts)


Colour, PAL

Main soundtrack

Dolby Digital 2.0


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 2

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National Geographic Society

Release date


Run time

260 minutes (4 hours 20 mins)



List of episodes

Episode 1: The Body Changers

Many animals have a special ability to transform themselves for the sake of survival, reproduction, or both. And, as anyone who has watched a caterpillar become a butterfly knows, some animals experience two very different existences, in effect, living for a time as one creature and then changing into another. This episode probes the intriguing subject of physical transformation. It explores a broad range of creatures with astonishing abilities, from the redwing blackbird, whose brain dramatically changes shape to accommodate the chants and songs of mating rituals, to a fungus that transforms itself into something resembling a stalk that plays a vital role in the proliferation of roundworms.

Episode 2: The Noble Horse

Discover the power, mystery, and romance of horses, one of nature's most magnificent creations. The mystical bond between humans and horses has endured throughout the ages. In this film, we'll travel back in time 4,000 years to the magic moment when the relationship between man and horse was forever changed, thrill to wild stallions sparring on the Western plains, marvel at the high-stepping display of the Spanish horse, and hear hooves thundering like heartbeats as rare horses are reintroduced to their Mongolian home. Horses have been our faithful servants, our tireless comrades, and our loyal friends and National Geographic offers a privileged look at the many ways that horses have captured our imaginations and our hearts.

Episode 3: The Octopus Show

Dreaded by sailors through the ages, this other-worldly looking denizen of the seas is surrendering the astonishing secrets that have brought it almost mythical status. With footage of octopus species rarely, if ever, seen before, including one with giant eyes and another with antennae in place of suction cups, National Geographic takes viewers into the deepest realms of the ocean for a front-row view of their show.

Episode 4: The Urban Elephant

Elephants have a history of captivity that stretches over 200 years. They participate with humans in a surprising array of professions, including tourism, construction, and performance. And their gigantic footsteps may disappear from the face of the earth. The enigmatic subjects of this episode, Asian elephants, are losing territory to the inevitable process of deforestation. Industrialization all over Asia has hurt the mahouts, or elephant drivers, so that the trained elephants and their riders are being driven into major cities such as Bangkok to earn a meager living receiving donations and food from curious tourists.

Episode 5: Trail of the Cougar

Hunted almost to extinction over the past three centuries, cougars are making a comeback today, with some 30,000 living in the wilds of North and South America. But still they face uncertain prospects, as human encroachment continues to shrink their natural habitats. Frequently referred to as mountain lions in some regions, cougars formerly roamed freely throughout the Americas, staking out the largest habitat of any New World mammal. But with their wilderness homes continuing to disappear, the normally secretive and solitary creatures often wander into human communities today, with sometimes amusing and sometimes tragic results.




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