The Alps - Realm of the Golden Eagle

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Nature Documentary hosted by Andrew Golder and published by Discovery Channel, ORF, ZDF in 2002 - Chinese, English Multilanguage narration

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1.200 kilometres of massive chains of rock form the most famous mountain range in the world. Rising from the sea at Nice, reaching tens of thousands of peaks, the Alps fade away again to the south of Vienna. In between, stretching out in a wide curve, is a fascinating world - familiar with it's legendary summits, surprising in it's natural diversity. Following more than 5 years of production and with opulent use of time lapse cameras, aerials and specialised film equipment, a completely new view of the Alps has emerged with peaks reaching for the Heavens but yet with still secrets.

This series was the winner at several wildlife film festivals around the world.

[edit] Legacy of the Ice Age

Several ice ages have not only radically reshaped the peaks and valleys of the Alps, they hace also changed wildlife. A few species have survived from before the last glacial period, but most of today\ufffd classic Alpine animals and plants have immigrated from the east and the north of Europe where cold cols conditions had defined limits of life. Ibex and chamoix have come from the Himalayas, marmots from Siberia, mountain hares from beyond the polar circle. After the ice age, the receding ice cut off their way back. Cold-loving species like the mountain hare and the ptarmigan were forced to permanently colonize the higher regions of the Alps and to remain, until this day, on the arctic island in the very heart of a climatically moderate Europe.

[edit] Summits of Life

When winter bears down on the Alps, the mountains show their grimmest face. Extreme masses of snow, furious storms and low temperatures bring distress to the golden eagle's realm and, last but not least, to the majestic raptor itself. The classic winter drama played out among the Alps- wild inhabitants has been captured in many gripping scenes - from an avalanche breaking and devouring a herd of chamois to the long slow-motion drop of one of the animals, from the hick-hack between ravens and eagle about one of winter's victims to the survival strategy of crossbills breeding in the middle of winter to profit from an abundance of spruce seeds. Marmots have found the most comfortable way to pass the frosty season - they hibernate in their underground dens for half the year. Here they also mate and give birth to their young - scenes that have never been documented on film before.

[edit] Return of the Big Hunters

No other creature has made as much impact on the Alps as man. Vast areas were deforested and the wealth of minerals was exploited. As the highlands became pastures and human settlements spread, all the large predators - the wolf and the brown bear, the lynx and the otter as well as the golden eagle were mercilessly hunted down. By the end of the 19th century, these and many other wild species had become nearly or completely extinct. But now the big hunters are returning - some with man's help, others all bythemselves. Man's attitude about wild nature has changed, but as in the past, the fate of the big predators lies in human hands.

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  • VIDEO BITRATE...: 1724 Kbps XviD at 29.970 Fps
  • AUDIO BITRATE...: 95 Kbps VBR MP3 / 95 Kbps VBR MP3
  • RUNTIME.........: 50m 35s
  • ASPECT RATIO....: 1.80:1
  • RESOLUTION......: 576x320
  • LANGUAGE........: English/Mandarin
  • SUBTITLES.......: English/Chinese

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