What are your favorite Wild-Life / Historical Documentaries?

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  1. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    I'm catching Planet Earth II right now and it's bringing back nostalgia from the other David Attenborough BBC documentaries I used to watch.

    I do have a collection built up with some major titles like Earth (1), First Life, Life in / Of ..., and some movies like Disney's African Cats, Bears, Chimpanzees, etc.

    I love a bit of (ancient) history, and absolutely love nature documentaries, so what are some ones that you like and recommend?
     
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    My wife and I actually just watched a new documentary about the first climbers to successfully ascend Meru. It was a fascinating story.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meru_(film)

    http://www.merufilm.com/

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    I love the Battlefield documentary series, especially the episodes about WWII. It makes learning history a lot more interesting than the heavily biased textbooks I had in school.

    The nearly zero bias is what makes the series so appealing to me. Most war documentaries have interviews with veterans, which gives a nice personal view of history, but it also introduces a lot of bias. The Battlefield series has no interviews. It takes an outside observer POV.
     
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    Planet Earth II would probably be my favourite. Excellent camera work.
     
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    Agree completely about Planet Earth II - it was stunning. That would easily top my list of Wild Life documentaries.

    Now, as for history - I will have to give that some thought.

    However, a few superlative documentaries ought to be mentioned: The BBC series "The World At War" was superb, and Claude Lanzmann's "Shoah" was astonishing, and horrifying, and brilliant, as was "The Act Of Killing".
     
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    'The World at War' and 'Planet Earth II' are two of my favorites.
     
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    Blue Planet, which I can watch again and again. BBC are broadcasting Blue Planet II later this year. I might have done a bit of wee when it got announced :)
     
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    I used to watch Nature on PBS regularly. Now I seem to have drifted away from nature shows, but engjoy them when I come across them.

    World at War was mentioned, that is awesome. I also like The Civil War by Ken Burns. :)
     
  9. shyam09 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Fantastic collection everyone -- so far I'll be adding Meru, Battlefield, and The Act of Killing to my collection (the ones that stood out to me the most).

    I'll take a look at The Civil War, The World At War, and Shaoh later on. And of course Blue Planet II when that comes out.
     
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    My favorite was Battle Field series. I think it is the best documentary, I have ever seen.
     
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    Let us know what you think after watching.
     
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    Back in 1974, we were forced to watch a documentary about wildlife, I believe it was called Beautiful People. At that time, I thought it was the most awesome documentary about animals that I have ever seen. Now I want to see it again and see if it still holds the same charm.
     
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    Planet Earth II - Mountains was just hilarious and awesome. The bears danced, the flamingos danced, the eagles did some high jump kicks in slow-mo.

    So far (only two episodes in) it's the best episode I've seen. Highly recommend that one.
     
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    I will watch anything Ken Burns makes multiple times with great attention.
     
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    Planet Earth II was stunning - one of the best wildlife documentaries I have ever seen, a superb series, one I cannot recommend highly enough.
     

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