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Komodo- Secrets Of The Dragon DVD Review

Komodo- Secrets of the Dragon DVD

“Komodo- Secrets of the Dragon” is yet another fascinating BBC nature special.

Clocking in at 50 minutes, the Peter Capaldi (the 12th Doctor in “Doctor Who”) narrated “Komodo- Secrets of the Dragon” special offers up plenty of facts that you may have never known about Komodo Dragons. With Australian biologist Dr. Bryan Fry acting as a sort of host to ‘Secrets,’ we (the audience) learn about the Komodo National Park, the Komodo’s history, other closely related lizards (such as the Monitor Lizards and Megalania), the Dragons’ Indonesian roots as well as their hunting techniques, skull/teeth, speed, fighting, and swimming ability of this massive species of lizard.

Despite being weirdly marketed as a sort of tie in to the upcoming “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (notice the similar fonts), “Komodo- Secrets of the Dragon” has nothing to do with dragons of the fire breathing variety. Instead, it’s a very scientific and factual nature documentary about Komodo Dragons. While nature documentaries may be a dime a dozen these days, you can always count on BBC to deliver first rate programs and ‘Secrets’ is no exception. Whether the fearless Dr. Bryan Fry is getting up close and personal with Komodo Dragons or a venom gland is being discovered for the first time on camera, there’s never a dull moment here. Yes, I suppose one could take issue with the fact that this special runs a bit short and that it reuses footage from the “Life” series, but those are minor complaints at best.


Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? ‘Komodo’ is another typically visually stunning BBC production. It’s just a shame this wasn’t released on Blu-ray too.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo. How does it sound? The sounds of nature, Capaldi’s narration and Fry’s comments all sounded crisp and clear to this reviewer.

Extras include BBC Earth and “Earth Journeys” ads.

June 10, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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