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The Body Changers - Region-free National Geographic DVD

The Body Changers - Region-free National Geographic DVD
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Model: Region-free DVD
Manufacturer: National Geographic
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“This is a beautiful portrayal of the amazing ability of some living creatures to change into something different”

For human beings, change is an integral part of life, from conception, through the aging process and up until death. But for some species, change is much more radical. Some creatures re-invent themselves. This program probes the intriguing subject of physical transformation in The Body Changers.

From salamanders with incredible limb-regenerating powers, to the gender-bending bluehead wrasse, which starts life as a female and ends up as a male, National Geographic investigates the fascinating ability of some of nature’s creatures to master their environment by undergoing unbelievable physical transformations.

Many animals have a special ability to transform themselves for survival, reproduction or both. For example, the redwing blackbird’s brain dramatically changes shape to accommodate the chants and songs for mating.
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.

We are first shown the development in humans from birth and from children into adults, before we look at the development of baby animals into adults. Growing up is also a form of transformation! The changes in facial features are fascinating, both for humans and Orang-utans.

The program 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 whose spores transform into something resembling a stalk that plays a vital role in the proliferation of roundworms.
Other highlights include:

  • frog spawn developing into tadpoles, which develop into frogs and toads
  • a dragonfly nymph, which begins life under water and gets an amazing make-over into a flying insect
  • the changing colour and seasonal appearance of the arctic fox
  • ptarmigans (a ‘grouse’) which changes its plumage
  • buds transforming into the most beautiful flowers
  • adult salmon changing and dying after spawning

The documentary shows beautiful close-ups of life at an embryonic stage and the development to birth for a variety of different animals. It also uses time-lapse images to illustrate the various stages of development.

For more details, some video clips and a selection of photos from this wonderful documentary, please visit the PBS website.

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ITEM SPECIFICATION

Region:             Region 0 (all regions, region-free)

Video format:     NTSC

Sound:              Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo

Language:         English or Chinese (select from menu)

Subtitles:          English or Chinese or none (select from menu)

Menu:               Chinese (English translation will be supplied)

Screen size:      Full screen (4:3 aspect ratio)

Duration:           55 mins approx

 

COMPATIBILITY

This DVD is produced in NTSC video format and is region-free - it is guaranteed to play in all Region 2 and Region 1 DVD players. This DVD will play in DVD players worldwide. If in doubt, please contact us.

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