Top TV Science & Nature movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Planet Earth: The Complete Collection on DVD Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
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Narrated by David Attenborough, this Emmy-winning series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between, exploring the planet's most fascinating wildlife and challenging environments.
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David Attenborough
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, British TV, United Kingdom, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, BBC, Discovery Channel, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Life in the Undergrowth on DVD Life in the Undergrowth
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In this landmark five-part documentary, renowned naturalist David Attenborough uncovers a microscopic hidden world bustling with life and death, where remarkable creatures live on a grand scale -- despite their diminutive size. Thanks to astounding technological advances, you'll get up close and personal with antler moths, cicadas, desert locusts, glowworms, silk-spinning spiders and a swarm of other invertebrates.
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David Attenborough
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Director
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Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Life on DVD Life
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Television icon Oprah Winfrey narrates this fascinating Discovery Channel nature program that captures the vibrancy of animal behavior via spectacular high-definition footage filmed over the course of four years. The result is an ever-changing landscape of the beautiful and the bizarre -- from a breathtaking swarm of fruit bats flying across the evening sky to a curious mole that uses bubbles to smell its underwater prey.
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Oprah Winfrey
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Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent The Life of Birds on DVD The Life of Birds
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David Attenborough's documentary series is the definitive film exploration of Earth's most colorful creatures: birds. Researchers traverse the globe, exploring 42 countries and examining more than 300 species.
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David Attenborough
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Director
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TV Shows, British TV, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, United Kingdom, PBS
Rent Wild China on DVD Wild China
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This six-part series uncovers some of the most exotic and uncharted natural habitats hidden within the vast and diverse topography of China, including Yunnan's forests, the Tibetan plateau, the Silk Road and the Mongol steppes.
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Bernard Hill
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Director
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TV Shows, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Education & Guidance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, British TV, BBC
Rent The Universe on DVD The Universe
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Discover the secrets of the universe in this groundbreaking documentary series that pairs animation with fascinating insights on distant planets, asteroids, black holes and other celestial marvels.
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Erik Thompson
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Education & Guidance, History Channel, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Life of Mammals on DVD The Life of Mammals
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Naturalist David Attenborough hosts this in-depth examination of the most diverse class of life on Earth: mammals, from the smallest shrew to the biggest whales and the most advanced primates.
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David Attenborough
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TV Shows, British TV, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, United Kingdom
Rent Ken Burns: The National Parks... on DVD Ken Burns: The National Parks...
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The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
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Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson, Tuan Luong, Juan Lujan, Nevada Barr, Terry Tempest Williams, William Cronon, Paul Schullery, Alfred Runte, George Takei, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Andy Garcia, Sam Waterston
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Director
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Documentary, TV Miniseries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Education & Guidance, TV Science & Nature, PBS Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, PBS
Rent Life After People on DVD Life After People
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Imagine what Earth would be like without people. ... Based on expert research and featuring Industrial Light and Magic's state-of-the-art imagery, this program reveals what the planet could be like centuries from now, without human inhabitants. Stunning animations present the effect a human-free Earth would have on natural resources, plants and animals. The program also examines the fate of many manmade structures.
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David de Vries
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries
Rent Earth: The Biography on DVD Earth: The Biography
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From the BBC comes this momentous documentary that uses satellite images and compelling narration to chart our planet's intriguing history, exploring Earth's unique and diverse features while stressing the importance of protecting it for the future. Combining time-lapse photography and computer-generated imagery, the video shows how our world -- forged by volcanoes, the atmosphere, glaciers and oceans -- has teetered between disaster and renewal.
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, British TV
Rent Origins: Nova on DVD Origins: Nova
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this program, which examines the origins of the cosmos, including how the Earth was formed, how life on Earth began, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and how the Big Bang produced inhabitable planets. Join the scientists as they try to capture echoes of the Big Bang, pose the question "Do aliens already walk among us?" and dig into dozens of other mind-blowing topics.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Director
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension on DVD Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension
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Determined to understand the repeating patterns he was finding in nature, French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot used an early form of computer imagery to produce his own versions, coining the recurring shapes <i>fractals</i>. This installment of the PBS series "Nova" examines the rules of these self-similar patterns and explores the ways these fascinating geometric configurations can be applied in the fields of science, medicine and the arts.
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Magnetic Storm: Nova on DVD Magnetic Storm: Nova
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In this PBS "Nova" documentary, scientists discuss the bewildering causes and effects of the Earth's magnetic field, including the fact that the field appears to have weakened during the last few decades. A group of experts, including physicists and geologists, examine the individual elements that make up the field -- from the molten core to the far reaches of space -- in search of answers to these perplexing questions.
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Duncan Copp
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Journey to the Edge of the Universe on DVD Journey to the Edge of the Universe
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This National Geographic program takes you on an epic, uninterrupted voyage through the cosmos, beginning on Earth and traveling outward through the solar system and the Milky Way, past distant galaxies and to the very limits of the universe. Images from the Hubble telescope and innovative computer graphics make possible the single, long traveling shot that comprises this journey, and unobtrusive narration explains the sights along the way.
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, National Geographic
Rent Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova on DVD Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova
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While pursuing his theories on the universal law of gravitation, scientific genius Isaac Newton was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible, practicing the hidden art of alchemy and pioneering calculus. Using dramatic scenes starring Scott Handy as Newton, this "Nova" documentary re-creates the unique climate of late 17th century England, where a fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine.
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Scott Handy
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Karen Barss
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Evolution on DVD Evolution
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Covering all facets of the evolutionary process, this comprehensive PBS documentary -- narrated by actor Liam Neeson -- looks at everything from the genesis of Charles Darwin's natural selection theory to the clash between science and spirituality. Via computer animation, dramatic re-creations, film clips and expert interviews, the seven-part series presents a definitive view of how evolution has changed our perceptions of the world.
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Liam Neeson, Chris Larkin
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Director
David Espar, Susan K. Lewis, Alastair Reid, Joel Olicker, Kate Churchill, Richard Hutton, Gail Willumsen, Noel Buckner, Robert Whittlesey
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Documentary, TV Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, PBS Documentaries
Rent MythBusters: Mega Movie Myths on DVD MythBusters: Mega Movie Myths
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Special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman test some of the outrageous stunts seen on the silver screen to determine if they really work in this edition of the Discovery Channel's popular series. Taking exciting moments from movies including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Dukes of Hazzard, the duo tries to verify whether an awning can break a fall from a great height, if a gunshot will unlock a door and much more.
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Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Reality Programming, TV Science & Nature, Discovery Channel
Rent Life in Cold Blood on DVD Life in Cold Blood
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David Attenborough hosts this compelling documentary series that explores the world of reptiles and amphibians, using amazing new technology that gives viewers a real inside look at these creatures' lives. A co-production between BBC and Animal Planet, the show follows a variety of cold-blooded creatures all over the world, examining the individual behavior and complex societies of these fascinating animals.
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David Attenborough
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Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Hyperspace on DVD Hyperspace
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Impressive computer-generated graphics and animations of stars, comets, nebulae, black holes, wormholes and distant galaxies are featured in the six half-hour episodes of this visually stunning documentary about space. Narrated by actor Sam Neill, the program presents an array of thought-provoking facts and theories about the birth of a star, the beginning of life on Earth and everything in between.
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Sam Neill
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TV Shows, British TV, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Science and Nature Documentaries, BBC
Rent Cosmos on DVD Cosmos
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Renowned astronomer and author Carl Sagan explores the mysteries of the universe in this award-winning series, presenting fascinating and controversial insights into astronomy, biology, religion, evolution and more. With a focus on mankind's place in the grand scheme, universally speaking, Sagan takes viewers on an educational intergalactic journey through topics such as the Big Bang theory, early civilizations, purported UFO abductions and more.
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Carl Sagan
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Fox
Rent Allosaurus: Walking with Dinosaurs Special on DVD Allosaurus: Walking with Dinosaurs Special
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This moving film centers on the existence of a dinosaur that lived millions of years ago. Uncovered in Wyoming, Big Al -- the most intact Allosaurus skeleton ever found -- gave experts an exceptional look at what this unique dinosaur may have experienced on earth. With incredible special effects and astounding insights, Allosaurus is an impressive and touching look at the world's largest beasts.
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Kenneth Branagh
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Director
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Documentary, British TV, TV Science & Nature, United Kingdom, TV Documentaries, Discovery Channel, BBC, Foreign Regions, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Prehistoric Planet on DVD Prehistoric Planet
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The team that brought us the "Walking with Dinosaurs" series now offers this special presentation narrated by actor Ben Stiller. Amazing computer graphics let viewers travel back in time 220 million years to when the dinosaurs lived. Witness these extinct wonders -- the largest creatures ever to roam the Earth. Based on both Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, this program has been reworked specially for children.
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Ben Stiller
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Director
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Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, BBC, Education & Guidance, Dinosaurs, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Pompeii: The Last Day on DVD Pompeii: The Last Day
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Take a step back in time via this engrossing program and visit the fabled "vanished city" on its last day, when Vesuvius erupted in a 24-hour reign of terror that covered the ancient town with tons of volcanic ash and mummified many inhabitants.
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Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter, Jonathan Firth, Rebecca Clarke, Inika Leigh Wright, Martin Hodgson, Rachel Atkins, Robert Whitelock, Chad Shepherd
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Peter Nicholson
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Documentary, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Historical Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, United Kingdom, British TV, Discovery Channel, BBC
Rent Human Planet on DVD Human Planet
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This series travels the globe to explore the connection between humans and the natural world, in myriad climates and environments. Kenyans steal food from lions, dolphins help Brazilians fish, rhesus monkeys overrun a Jaipur market, and more.
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John Hurt
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TV Shows, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, Discovery Channel
Rent Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial on DVD Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
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With this episode, the popular "Nova" series examines the trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, a controversial legal battle sparked by a group of science teachers who refused to comply with an order to teach intelligent design. Through scene re-creations, interviews and expert testimony, the program presents the arguments of both sides and illuminates the conflict that thrust the people of Dover into the worldwide spotlight.
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Dogs Decoded: Nova on DVD Dogs Decoded: Nova
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Man's best friend has much to tell us about ourselves, as witnessed by this "Nova" episode that highlights recent scientific revelations about the genetic makeup of dogs, and the implications of those revelations for humans. The program also examines the bond between man and dog, and demonstrates how in the safety of human-controlled spaces, dogs have evolved into a staggering array of canine creatures.
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent BBC Atlas of the Natural World on DVD BBC Atlas of the Natural World
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Part of a renowned series from the BBC, this documentary takes viewers on a journey through the natural wonders of Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. First, explore the amazing variety of environments and the rich assortment of wildlife on the giant continent of Africa; then, take a look at the history and landscape of the Mediterranean and Europe, from their origins billions of years ago through the development of human societies.
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David Attenborough
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, British TV, TV Science & Nature, Foreign Regions
Rent To the Moon: Nova on DVD To the Moon: Nova
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The mission was impossible. The odds were astronomical. The results were spectacular. "Nova" shares the fascinating inside story behind "one giant leap for mankind." This expanded two-hour special shares vivid recollections of astronauts and legendary flight directors, as well as many of the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions. Rare interviews and amazing footage capture America's full-throttle effort to be the first to the moon.
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Everest: The Death Zone on DVD Everest: The Death Zone
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PBS's "Nova" chronicles a scientific study of high-altitude physiology, gauging a group of Himalayan climbers' physical and mental changes as they set out to conquer Mount Everest -- the very pinnacle of Earth. Jodie Foster narrates as the "Nova" camera crew captures Everest's simple but stunning splendor. The drama reaches a gripping climax during the descent, when the fate of a desperately ill climber hangs in the balance.
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Jodie Foster
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David Breashears
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Science and Nature Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions on DVD When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
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Follow the 20th century's space race all the way to the moon -- and beyond -- in this documentary series. The program features eye-popping footage from a host of various missions, plus in-depth interviews with NASA astronauts and engineers.
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Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, Gary Sinise
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Miniseries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries
Rent The Miracle of Life: Nova on DVD The Miracle of Life: Nova
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While birth is an everyday occurrence, each birth is the culmination of one of nature's most complex and mysterious processes, as examined here in this documentary that takes viewers on an incredible voyage through the human body as new life begins. A breakthrough in science and cinematography, the images of photographer Lennart Nilsson presents a spectacular look at a microscopic world of beautiful colors and forms that lie deep inside us.
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Lennart Nilsson
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent How the Earth Was Made on DVD How the Earth Was Made
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With remarkable on-location footage and stunning special effects, this informative program from "The Continents" series traces the course of the Earth's evolution from a bubbling mass of molten rock to the hospitable planet we live on today. Cutting-edge scientific insight and interviews with prominent geologists will fire your imagination and ensure that you'll never look at the Earth in quite the same way again.
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Edward Hermann
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Director
Peter Chin
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Bees: Tales from the Hive: Nova on DVD Bees: Tales from the Hive: Nova
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Explore the inner workings of a beehive in this fascinating episode of the popular public television series "Nova," which explains how and why these hardworking insects manufacture honey and the lengths they'll go to protect it. Fascinating close-up footage captures some of the most important moments in a bee's life cycle, including a fight to the death between two rival queens and a drone mating with a queen while flying at top speed.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent MythBusters on DVD MythBusters
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Fearless hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take viewers on an eye-opening -- and often explosive -- journey as they examine some of the most commonly held beliefs in popular science and culture.
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Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Robert Lee, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Discovery Channel, TV Reality Programming
Rent Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova on DVD Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova
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Scientists have traveled to outer space and to the deepest recesses of the Earth to unearth the mysteries of nature and science, but few frontiers are as difficult to explain as a mother's womb, a small universe that's rife with question and wonder. How does it nourish and grow a human being through nine months of pregnancy? "Nova"'s team of researchers makes the most of high-tech instruments to take a peek into the nine-month evolution of life.
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John Lithgow
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Director
Lennart Nilsson
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Strange Days on Planet Earth on DVD Strange Days on Planet Earth
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Actor Edward Norton narrates this thought-provoking National Geographic series that gets to the bottom of the most vexing environmental mysteries. Segments explore the global spread of disease, the indispensable role of predators and other topics.
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Edward Norton
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Egypt: Engineering an Empire on DVD Egypt: Engineering an Empire
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Peter Weller takes audiences back 5,000 years to meet the world's first structural engineers -- the architects of Egypt's great pyramids -- in this presentation that provides a revealing look at the world's first superpower. Bringing ancient civilization to life with cutting-edge digital graphics and interviews with Egyptologists, the program examines these freestanding marvels through the eyes of the pharaohs who commanded their construction.
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Peter Weller, Charles Van Siclen
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Director
Christopher Cassel
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Hidden Hawaii on DVD Hidden Hawaii
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This gorgeously shot documentary from National Geographic explores the tropical wonders of Hawaii's pristine Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, where rare aquatic plants and animals thrive in crystal-clear waters. Striking underwater footage brings the beauty of these islands to life and also reveals the dangers that threaten many of the species living in Papahanaumokuakea, the largest marine protected area in the world.
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, National Geographic
Rent What Are Dreams?: Nova on DVD What Are Dreams?: Nova
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The stuff of dreams -- not just the content, but the circuitry and neurological coding, too -- is the subject of this penetrating "Nova" inquiry into the most mystifying of human activities. Researchers are taking a variety of investigative tacks, from "eavesdropping" on sleeping rats to methodical studies of thousands of dreams, in an effort to fill in the blanks of understanding. Their findings give tantalizing glimpses of the mind at rest.
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Jamie Effros, Deidre Barrett, Patrick McNamara, Howard Katz, Robert Stickgold, John Shneerson, G. William Domhoff, Erica Harris, Matthew Wilson, Sara Mednick
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Charles Colville, Sarah Holt
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Alien Planet on DVD Alien Planet
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Scientists imagine all the possible characteristics of life forms on Darwin IV, a hypothetical planet 6.5 light years away from Earth. From hollow bodies to jet propulsion to luminescence, what does evolution hold in an entirely different ecosystem?
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Pierre de Lespinois
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Genres
Documentary, TV Shows, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Forces of Nature on DVD National Geographic: Forces of Nature
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Rain, snow, sleet, hail, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes -- Mother Nature has a way of exerting its power and majesty over humans time and time again. This breathtaking video from the acclaimed National Geographic team of documentarians captures natural wonders and disasters in all their danger and glory. Filmed in large-format film to bring the images alive, the volume also includes a making-of featurette, a disaster map and more.
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Kevin Bacon
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, National Geographic
Rent Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real on DVD Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real
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Dragons come alive in this stunning program that explores what the world would be like if the mythical creatures truly existed. Fire-breathing beasts wing their way to reality through state-of-the-art computer animation, live action and science. You can even get a lifelike view of a dragon's internal organs! This imaginative program provides an in-depth look at the creatures from their evolution to their anatomy.
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Cast
Paul Hilton, Katrine Bach, Aidan Woodward, Tom Chadbon, Niccolo Cioni, Hamish MacLeod, Brad Lavelle
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Director
Justin Hardy
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Journey to 10,000 BC on DVD Journey to 10,000 BC
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Although it's filled with stunning scenes re-creating the realities of life in prehistoric times, this A&E docudrama shouldn't be confused with 10,000 BC, the big-screen epic about prehistoric life directed by Roland Emmerich. In this program, you'll follow the earliest humans as they interact with a variety of now-extinct creatures, including woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, as well as a few animals that are still around today.
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Jennifer Antkowiak, Paul Blumenfeld, TJ Cencula, Robert Cooney, Brian Danner, Nathan Hedrick, Rusty Locke, Ian Stoker-Long, Russell Woron-Simons
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Director
David Padrusch
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, History Channel
Rent Deadliest Catch on DVD Deadliest Catch
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The waters are frigid, the swells are 30 feet and rising, and the risk of injury is ever present: Game's on for another season of this documentary series that follows the Dutch Harbor, Alaska, fishing fleet in its pursuit of "red and orange gold."
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Cast
Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Edgar Hansen, Bill Petrie, Phil Harris
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Reality Programming, TV Science & Nature, Discovery Channel
Rent Faces of America on DVD Faces of America
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Following his acclaimed PBS series, "African American Lives," Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. again explores the lineage of Americans, using DNA analysis and in-depth research to determine the ancestry of 11 notable individuals. Gates's guests for the diverse genealogy examinations include comedian Stephen Colbert, poet Elizabeth Alexander, actress Meryl Streep, author Louise Erdrich, chef Mario Batali, Queen Noor of Jordan and others.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr., Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Alexander, Meryl Streep, Louise Erdrich, Mario Batali, Queen Noor, Eva Longoria, Malcolm Gladwell, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Kristi Yamaguchi
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Through the Wormhole on DVD Through the Wormhole
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, this documentary series explores the interface between science and philosophy as it investigates the origins of the universe, the beginnings of life and similar topics through the lens of cutting-edge scientific discoveries.
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Morgan Freeman
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Discovery Channel
Rent Human Body: Pushing the Limits on DVD Human Body: Pushing the Limits
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Innovative photos, graphics and computer-generated images provide a fascinating look inside human anatomy, examining the muscles, bones and organs of bodies in motion in this Discovery Channel series. Focusing on extraordinary physical and mental feats accomplished during moments of great stress, the show explores the physiological changes that help achieve such remarkable results. Topics include sight, strength, sensation and brain power.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Man vs. Wild on DVD Man vs. Wild
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Whether he's braving scorching temperatures in the Sahara or trekking his way across a glacier, there isn't a situation on Earth ex-British special forces soldier Bear Grylls can't survive -- even if he's forced to drink his own urine to stay alive.
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Bear Grylls
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, British TV, TV Reality Programming, Discovery Channel, TV Science & Nature, United Kingdom
Rent Depression: Out of the Shadows on DVD Depression: Out of the Shadows
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This PBS documentary explores depression, a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans. Touching the lives of people from diverse backgrounds, depression still carries a stigma that causes some sufferers to go without treatment. Real people with depression talk about their experiences, and scientists offer commentary to shed light on the disease, including its diagnosis, treatment and current research.
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, Healthy Living, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent This Emotional Life on DVD This Emotional Life
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Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Daniel Gilbert hosts this three-part PBS series that explores the range of human emotions and how we can strive to become more positive in our day-to-day lives.
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Daniel Gilbert, Chevy Chase, Richard Gere, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., John Leguizamo, Katie Couric
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent National Geographic: Africa on DVD National Geographic: Africa
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This epic series from National Geographic presents Africa through the eyes of its people, conveying the diversity and beauty of the land and the personal stories of those who shape its future.
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Joe Morton
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Director
Graham Booth
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries
Rent The Brain on DVD The Brain
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Drawing on cutting-edge computer graphic imaging, scientific case studies and expert analysis, this History Channel documentary offers a fascinating exploration into the inner workings of the human brain. From the processes of making decisions to theories on the brain's role in the battle between good and evil, this one-of-a-kind experience unravels the mysteries behind many of man's deepest questions.
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Richard Vagg
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, History Channel
Rent Nature: Pale Male on DVD Nature: Pale Male
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Since 1991, when a red hawk decided to make the roof of a privileged 5th Avenue apartment building its home, New Yorkers have embraced the creature they named Pale Male. Bird watchers trained their lenses on it constantly, and locals adopted it as an offbeat pet. In December 2004, when the building's co-op board ordered the removal of Pale Male's nest, environmentalists and pet lovers grew aflutter with anger and shock. Joanne Woodward narrates.
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Joanne Woodward
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Attenborough in Paradise on DVD Attenborough in Paradise
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Renowned naturalist David Attenborough takes viewers on journeys through some of the world's most fascinating and vivid natural wonders in this collection of seven of his television specials.
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Cast
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Are we alone in the universe? In this captivating PBS documentary, science writer Timothy Ferris examines the research aimed at answering the age-old question. The film contains startling visual effects; interviews with astrophysicists and other experts who provide insights about the probability of life elsewhere in the cosmos; and a segment about the radio transmissions used to try to contact intelligent life beyond our solar system.
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What would happen on Earth if suddenly every human being on the planet vanished? This documentary from National Geographic explores how nature would establish a new equilibrium in the absence of human influence.
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This edition of "Frontline" heads to Mount Everest, where climber and filmmaker David Breashears relives the rescue effort to save climbers who were stranded in subzero extremes caused by a ferocious storm on May 10, 1996. When the storm hit during filming of the IMAX documentary Everest, Breashears and his crew risked their lives to save fellow climbers. Now, Breashears searches for answers to the disaster in which eight people lost their lives.
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Go on a wonder-filled journey through the Arctic and Antarctic with this visually stunning program that explores both of these wildernesses and their inhabitants, including courting polar bears, surfing penguins and the wandering albatross.
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, British TV, United Kingdom, Science and Nature Documentaries, Discovery Channel
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Although chicken is a staple in the diet of most Americans, the history of this tasty bird has yet to be really explored -- until now. Poultry is as popular as ever as an entr&#233;e choice, and this tongue-in-cheek documentary sets out to uncover the truth about the bird that has touched the lives, and stomachs, of so many. Included are amusing and often surprisingly touching stories that will forever change your view of the flavorful fowl.
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Saying good-bye to cell phones, cafes and civilization, four families chuck everything to live off the land in one of the last places where the true pioneer spirit prevails: the Alaskan bush. This documentary tells their story. Martin Sheen narrates the struggles and triumphs of a man-vs.-nature battle that nature just might win, with temperatures of 50 below and grizzlies competing for food in a landscape that's as beautiful as it is harsh.
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Rent Lightning!: Nova on DVD Lightning!: Nova
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"Nova" takes you on a high-voltage trip into the most electrically charged weather in the world, culminating in a dazzling lightning show set to music. Join scientists as they tempt nature by creating the world's tallest lightning rod, which triggers awe-inspiring thunderbolts a few hundred feet from observers and creates a chunk of "petrified" lightning. Then, visit with some of lightning's tragic victims who thought they were out of harm's way.
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Linda Garmon
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Naturalist David Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, visiting stunning locations like the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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David Attenborough
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Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Battle of the X-Planes: Nova on DVD Battle of the X-Planes: Nova
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NOVA follows the battles and backroom deal-making between Lockheed and Boeing in their race to win the largest defense contract ever, worth $1 trillion. Follow four years of decision-making regarding test flights, aviation engineering and contract negotiations that resulted in the Joint Strike Fighter -- a plane made to be adaptable, affordable and stealthy.
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Documentary, Military Documentaries, PBS, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Mystery of the Megaflood: Nova on DVD Mystery of the Megaflood: Nova
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In the 1920s, geologist J. Harlen Bretz advanced a startling hypothesis that the deeply pockmarked terrain of eastern Washington was not the result of slow weathering but rather of a catastrophic flood that engulfed the area thousands of years ago. This fascinating episode of "Nova" plunges into the mystery of the ancient deluge and offers new evidence to support Bretz's once-ridiculed ideas, which made him the subject of professional ostracism.
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Richard Donat
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Director
Ben Fox
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Rent Prehistoric America on DVD Prehistoric America
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Travel back in time 14,000 years to imagine North America before man's existence. This documentary, which originally aired on the BBC, compiles historical data and scientific theory and offers realistic views of prehistoric beasts such as the woolly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger via stunning computer animation technology. This unique look at the past offers a fascinating glimpse into a world that has captured imaginations.
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Director
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Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Nature: Koko on DVD Nature: Koko
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In the 1970s, a gorilla named Koko taught scientists much more than they'd imagined about how animals, humans included, communicate. This documentary, part of the popular Nature series and narrated by Martin Sheen, examines how Koko interacts with the doctors who studied her, including lead researcher Penny Patterson, with whom she forged a strong bond. By letting viewers in, Koko flung the doors wide open to the world of communication.
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Martin Sheen
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent The Human Face: Bonus Material on DVD The Human Face: Bonus Material
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The bonus material contains an extended introduction by John Cleese, UK television trailers, Face facts, biographies, a photo gallery and interviews.
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Rent The New Medicine on DVD The New Medicine
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Before her death in 2006 from lung cancer, Dana Reeve filmed this thought-provoking program exploring the use of holistic remedies in modern medicine. Moving beyond traditional treatments and examining more lifestyle factors, an increasing number of doctors are supplementing their work with a host of healing alternatives -- including meditation, hypnosis and acupuncture -- to treat the whole body and restore their patients' health.
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Muffie Meyer
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Rent The Creation of the Universe on DVD The Creation of the Universe
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Timothy Ferris hosts this PBS documentary that delves in to various scientific theories about the origins of the universe -- the big bang theory, cosmology and others -- via stunning photography, animation, special effects and in-depth interviews. Brian Eno wrote the vividly evocative score for this fascinating exploration that features leading physicists Carlo Rubbia, Murray Gell-Man and Stephen Hawking.
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Timothy Ferris, Carlo Rubbia, Stephen Hawking, Murray Gell-Man
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Rent American Experience: The Lobotomist on DVD American Experience: The Lobotomist
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First hailed as a promising cure for mental illness, the lobotomy soon became known as an utterly barbaric procedure that ruined lives. This documentary explores the history of the surgery and its early proponent, Dr. Walter Freeman. Uncover the rise and fall of this "medical miracle" through interviews with historians, health experts and relatives of victims.
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Rent The Unknown World: Nova on DVD The Unknown World: Nova
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Join micro-photographer Lennart Nilsson on a hunt for creepy-crawlies lurking in your own home, even on your body. Armed with a special camera, Nilsson captures common bugs and magnifies them to Godzilla size for a new perspective on the ordinary. But perhaps most amazing is what Nilsson captures that's invisible to the naked eye: larvae in your coat, a swarm of critters in your hair, and the unseen drama that plays out after a kiss.
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Lennart Nilsson
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Director
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Day the Universe Changed on DVD The Day the Universe Changed
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Author and historian James Burke produces and hosts this 10-part BBC series that explores the impact that scientific advancement and discovery has had on humankind's philosophical perception of the universe. Chapters include "The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks," "Point of View: Scientific Imagination in the Renaissance," "Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises the Heavens" and "Fit to Rule: Darwin's Revolution."
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Cast
James Burke
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, United Kingdom
Rent Inside Hurricane Katrina on DVD Inside Hurricane Katrina
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Using government audiotapes, interviews and round-the-clock news coverage, this in-depth National Geographic special seeks to answer a long list of questions -- among them, why were emergency personnel so woefully unprepared for Hurricane Katrina? After tearing a path through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Katrina was declared the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in United States history.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Rent Nature: A Murder of Crows on DVD Nature: A Murder of Crows
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Long associated with darkness and foreboding, crows are collectively called a "murder." But they're actually monogamous, highly social and some of the most intelligent animals on the planet, as explored in this eye-opening edition of "Nature." Among other takeaways, you'll learn about crows' remarkable ability to recognize and remember individual human beings ... to the point of being able to pick them out of a crowd up to two years later.
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Susan Fleming
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Rent Modern Marvels: Baseball Parks on DVD Modern Marvels: Baseball Parks
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This all-American installment of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" series tells the story of the nation's baseball parks, from the sandlots and wooden ballparks of the 19th century to the monolithic stadiums of today. Archival footage and interviews with baseball historians reveal how the concept of the baseball park was born and how the traditions we now treasure -- including the all-important hot dog -- came to light.
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Rent Kingdom of the Blue Whale on DVD Kingdom of the Blue Whale
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Journey around the globe with a team of top scientists to learn more about blue whales in this superb National Geographic documentary. A deep undersea expedition reveals information about the behavior of these fascinating creatures below the surface. Other areas explored include migration patterns, gender-specific behavior, feeding strategies, breeding grounds, the amazing range of dialects in whale communication and much more.
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Rent Building the Great Pyramid on DVD Building the Great Pyramid
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In this riveting BBC documentary, scientists, archaeologists and engineers take you back to the time when the great pyramids of Egypt were constructed. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids still stand today.
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Jonathan Stamp
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Rent Deadliest Warrior on DVD Deadliest Warrior
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Who would emerge victorious if a Roman centurion were pitted against a Rajput warrior? Or if outlaw Jesse James faced off against gangster Al Capone? This series surveys military might across the millennia by examining fictional face-offs.
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Rent Voyage to the Planets and Beyond on DVD Voyage to the Planets and Beyond
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Blending the latest scientific views and cosmonauts' real-life experiences with stunning computer-generated imagery, this gripping docudrama conceptualizes the risk and awe of a six-year mission to probe other planets in Earth's solar system. Expanding the borders of imagination, the program takes viewers on the ultimate human adventure. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, fact files and more.
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Rent Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone on DVD Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone
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Although Yellowstone receives nearly 3 million visitors a year, few witness the fierce beauty of its winters. In this episode of "Nature," photographer Tom Murphy captures the hush of the landscape and the efficient survival methods of the park's inhabitants. Wolves and elk reenact ancient predatory relationships, while bears give birth in a state of deep hibernation. Linda Hunt narrates Murphy's 26-year quest to record the park's winter harmony.
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, Science and Nature Documentaries
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Filmed at Idaho's rugged Sawtooth Mountains, this Emmy-winning documentary explores the behaviors and social lives of wolves. As filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher raise a pack of wolves, they demonstrate the bonds these creatures can form with humans.
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Richard Kiley
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Rent Nova scienceNOW: How Does the Brain Work? on DVD Nova scienceNOW: How Does the Brain Work?
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes viewers on a head trip, examining questions about how the brain works in this NOVA special. Tyson visits with Penn Jillette and Teller to examine magic and the mind. Elsewhere, he explores the work of synesthesia researcher and neuroscientist David Eagleman, posing questions like, "What exactly is artificial intelligence?" and "How can the mind be controlled by magnets?"
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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Penn Jillette, Teller, David Eagleman
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Rent Scourge of the Black Death on DVD Scourge of the Black Death
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In an age when medicine is making amazing gains, could a new disease as deadly as the plague reappear? This comprehensive History Channel documentary explores the possibility of just such an occurrence. The program traces the black death's still-murky origins; its devastating spread across Egypt, Asia Minor and eventually Europe; and the scourge's lasting consequences. In addition, scientists discuss the most recent breakthroughs in the fight to prevent a pandemic.
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Director
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Rent Nature: Ireland on DVD Nature: Ireland
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This installment of the series produced by the acclaimed Nature team showcases the grandeur of the Emerald Isle. Going beyond the usual travelogue, the film takes viewers to places they've never been before so they can truly appreciate the natural treasures of the country: the lush plant life; the animal families that call the country home, including peregrine falcons and dolphins; and the magnificent countryside, from the mountains to the bogs.
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Deep within the rain forests of New Guinea live birds bearing almost impossibly beautiful plumage. Known as "birds of paradise," these creatures have inspired explorers and ornithologists for centuries. Renowned naturalist David Attenborough heads a team of scientists as they seek to film these elusive animals in their stunning natural habitat. Along the way we learn of their peculiar habits and elaborate mating rituals.
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David Attenborough
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Harvey Jones
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Meet the cuttlefish, the underwater world's master of disguise. In this "Nova" special, the colorful cousin to the squid and octopus shows off its amazing ability to shift shapes and change colors to blend into any background. Beautiful underwater camerawork captures these fascinating invertebrates that use their surprisingly sharp intellect and speed for mesmerizing and killing prey -- as well as mimicking the opposite sex when they need to.
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Rent Modern Marvels: Battle Gear on DVD Modern Marvels: Battle Gear
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This installment of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" series delves into the development of weapons and equipment -- from the gladius of Ancient Rome to today's M16 assault rifles, infrared scopes and biological-weapons protection -- to explore the evolution of body armor. From battle armor to bubble gum, you might be surprised by what soldiers have carried into battle -- and what they'll be sporting in future wars.
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Rent Welcome to Mars: Nova on DVD Welcome to Mars: Nova
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It's a mission to Mars in this special, which follows the 2004 adventures of two rovers as they explore the Red Planet. The NOVA team joins mission scientists as they monitor the two rovers' (Spirit and Opportunity) progress and thrill at the amazing images transmitted back to ground control. Things gets dicey when Spirit malfunctions, but Opportunity steps in and snaps an image that answers the question of whether there was once water on Mars.
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Mark Davis
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Tag along with MythBusters Jamie and Adam for explosive fun as they try to blow up a cement truck filled with hardened concrete, send an ordinary water heater through the roof of a house, dunk a ticking time bomb under water and much more.
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Cast
Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Nikos Andronikos, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain, Heather Joseph-Witham, Grant Imahara, Robert Lee
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Reality Programming
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While visiting Earth's most impressive natural wonders -- including spectacular mountains, deserts and oceans -- host Brian Cox explains how our planet has been shaped over billions of years and explores its place within the solar system. Drawing on a wealth of scientific data and remarkable images from space, the series offers viewers valuable new insight into our magnificent home and our planetary neighbors.
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Dr. Brian Cox
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Rent How Smart Are Animals?: Nova scienceNOW on DVD How Smart Are Animals?: Nova scienceNOW
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Host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the mystery of animal intelligence, presenting cutting-edge research that provides insight into the minds of dogs, dolphins and octopuses -- and finds that we often underestimate their cognitive abilities.
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Director
Director
Alexis Bloom, Julia Cort, Rushmore DeNooyer, Irene Pepperberg, Joshua Seftel, Dana Rae Warren
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Despite what you may hear from political pundits, the threat of global warming is very much in evidence, and climate change is already a part of our world. By talking to a variety of people -- including farmers, doctors, schoolchildren, teens, police officers, bicycle couriers and a cadre of respected researchers -- this PBS program explains the signs and science behind the phenomenon. Singer Alanis Morissette narrates.
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This three-part journey from National Geographic travels into the distant past to watch our planet take shape through the actions of lava, magma and time; explores Earth's magnificent seas; and reveals the awesome power of wind, water and ice.
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Patricia Clarkson
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Go behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory run by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Pasadena, California, and meet the scientists who have brought the $820 million Mars Exploration Project to fruition. Learn about the mission that proved a smashing success, bringing twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity to the surface of Mars, from where they sent rarely seen images back to Earth.
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Rent Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment on DVD Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment
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Deserted in the harsh Alaskan interior, nine outdoor enthusiasts must rely on their resourcefulness to make it back to civilization alive, foraging for food, building makeshift shelters and battling plummeting temperatures along the way.
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Jason Willinger, Trish Bulinsky, Jake Nodar, Dan Rac, Carolyn Yamazaki, Fredric Birt, Joe Harner, John Ulmer, Kimberly Wise, Penny Jo Johnson
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Rent The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey: Complete on DVD The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey: Complete
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Join famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau on his beloved vessel, <i>Calypso</i>, as he heads to the depths of the sea to commune with the awesome creatures who call it home. This series gathers episodes from "The Cousteau Odyssey." The masterful maritime expert takes viewers all around the world as he investigates shipwrecks and rarely visited lands. Perhaps the most wonderful part is the beauty of Earth's waters.
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Jacques Cousteau, Theodore Strauss
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