BBC documentary WILD ARABIA gets dvd release

Wild Arabia WILD ARABIA (PG) 2012            £19.99
BBC natural history series exploring the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula. Journeying across Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan, the filmmakers explore the connections that link the wildlife, the landscape and the people, while photographing a wide diversity of animals, including camels, falcons and humpback whales, as well as capturing the first high-definition footage of the elusive Arabian leopard.

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Japanese documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI released on dvd this week

Image JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (U)   2011   JAPAN        GELB, DAVID    £17.99
Japanese documentary about Michelin three-star sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, and its 85-year-old owner Jiro Ono. While Jiro works endlessly, committed to producing the perfect sushi, his son Yoshikazu prepares to take over his father’s small but world famous restaurant.

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Professor Brian Cox’s latest documentary WONDERS OF LIFE released on dvd

Image WONDERS OF LIFE (E) 2012        £19.99
    Professor Brian Cox tells the story of the origins and history of life, from the fundamental laws which govern its creation, to the myriad species that populate our planet. Tracing how light, gravity, time, matter and energy combined 3.7 billion years ago to begin a process which ultimately led to the huge diversity of life we now have on Earth, Prof. Cox visits locations around the world to reveal how life came to adapt and develop in the most unusual and unexpected places.

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Collection of 23 documentaries, animations and short films from the 20th century which illustrate the history of Britain’s steel industry.

The stunning cinematography of Jack Cardiff in Steel (1945, dir Ronald Riley, 35min), forms the centrepiece of the dvd . The film has benefiting from pioneering digital restoration techniques making Steel  a dazzling Technicolor spotlight on skilled craftsmen who devoted their working lives to steel.  Shot in locations including Sheffield, Ebbw Vale and Glasgow.

The programme also features early footage of steelworkers at Parkgate Iron & Steel Co, Rotherham (1901) in feisty form; and the hair-raising Building of the New Tyne Bridge (1928, extract). The witty animation River of Steel (1951, dir Peter Sachs, extract) shows how we all depend on steel.

Presented by scientist and broadcaster Mark Miodownik and Mason Cardiff, son of Jack Cardiff.

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