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Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Paul Christie, Howard McGillin, Peter Coyote, Jay O. Sanders
Director: Nigel Cole
Genres: Kids & Family, Educational, Documentary
Get A Little Closer to Alaska in This Double Program DVD! - Program 1: A Mystery in Alaska - One man's efforts to discover who -- or what -- is killing off the Stellar sea lions takes you into the depths of an underwater m... more »
Alaska never looked so good or taught me so much
Kyle Tolle | Phoenix, Arizona USA | 09/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Part One: A Mystery In Alaska
Stellar Sea Lion populations have steady declined in recent times and this first installment takes an exhaustive look at various elements that may be contributing to this dilemma. At the onset of this search for answers, whales, water pollution, fishing nets, and weather conditions are just some of the factors that are examined as possible causes for the dwindling sea lion numbers.
Further in-depth investigation by scientists and other experts uncovers clues pointing toward disturbing fluctuations of fish species due to a complex set of reasons. With Herring being a major food source for sea lions and numerous other competing species, their depleted stocks are at unstable levels and this plays a significant role in the sea lion crisis. The scope of the research conducted and the subject material in this beginning segment is impressive, revealing, and interesting on many different levels.
Part Two: Sled Dogs - An Alaskan Epic
The world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race, from Anchorage to Nome, is an 1100 mile grueling and often treacherous journey across some of the harshest and unforgiving terrain in Alaska and the Yukon.
Beginning with a historical background of the origins of sled dog racing, a fascinating exploration of this amazing event is covered quite thoroughly. Daily activities of `Mushers' and their dogs for the duration of the race show the highlights and many times, the dangers, that they face in this harrowing trek.
The Iditarod is a rigidly structured event with well supplied checkpoints along the route. As far as animal welfare is concerned, these incredible dogs are very well bred, highly trained, and meticulously cared for. Along with being examined repeatedly by veterinarians during the race, any one of them that is removed during the competition for any reason is safely flown back to Anchorage.
Aside from many persons racing for the ultimate prize of winning it all, other participants have different motivations for competing and their thoughts are revealed here. Featured in this segment also is a captivating look at the trust, friendship, love, and camaraderie that are defining elements in the relationship between Mushers and their dogs. When all is said and done, it comes down to a basic test of an individual and their dogs battling Alaska and her oftentimes brutal environment in a contest like no other.
`Nature: Alaska' is another shining example among the many excellent titles in the award winning PBS nature series of programs. Stunning cinematography, good quality narration, and compelling subject material all combine to create an impressive documentary that I would gladly recommend to anyone.