Nature - Radioactive Wolves DVD Review
of you are probably hugely familiar with the television program known
as Nature that airs on PBS. Then again,
maybe some readers are going to be more like me and have only watched the
program a few times over the years. It's a brilliant concept for a
week that the series is airing a new episode, there is a different
theme and highlight
about various global issues that is broadcast to the public. Nature is a documentary series. Every episode has this
approach to documenting
issues related to nature.
episode highlighted on this release is entitled Radioactive
Wolves, and it's all about the environmental wilderness
that exists following Chernobyl's nuclear disaster. This specific
episode is a
must-see for Russian history buffs and those who are interested in the
aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster on the environment and the
the nuclear effects. Since the disaster
happened 25 years ago the environment surrounding it for 1,100 square
remained off-limits to humans as the nuclear side-effects are
dangerous to humans. Yet there is wild-life that continues to live and
documentary doesn't have to be seen by those with massive knowledge of
events, though. It's well made and can appeal to a wide range of
interested in learning something new about important wilderness issues.
issues explored in this episode are important to understanding the
on some animals following nuclear disaster. It certainly is an area in
further exploration. Yet the scientists
who were involved in creating this documentary and who conducted
have contributed much to understanding this aspect of nature.
say that some of the findings of the researchers are surprising is an
understatement. The nuclear energy actually has a positive effect on
endangered species, and this is something that brings a lot of
play about the entire animal population. It is certainly unlike
expect going into the documentary.
depth of detail was excellent in examining these grounds previously
to human beings. Now, with the limited range allowable for researchers
explore, there have been some fascinating findings in the
of the Chernobyl-aftermath grounds.
has produced an excellent, insightful, and fascinating documentary with
director Klaus Feichtenberger that is worth seeking out. If you enjoy
documentaries produced for the PBS Nature
TV series this is an excellent entry that's especially notable for
interested in Russian history.
documentary is preserved in its original widescreen aspect-ratio, as
for 16:9 HD televisions. The DVD edition of the documentary is
step below the Blu-ray of Klaus
Feichtenberger's Radioactive Wolves
but that doesn't mean that this release is without some merit. Viewers
equipped with DVD players will find the PQ more than passable.
is some issue with
interlacing. It certainly distracts when slowing down frames from the
it doesn't find a way to distract during the documentary in-motion and
shouldn't be a huge concern for most viewers. It's a relatively minor
Colors are vivid, surprisingly so, and the image has a clean and robust
even in Standard Definition. I certainly
think that most viewers will be satisfied with the strong clarity on
for the environmental landscape highlighted in this Nature
surround sound is reasonably engaging to listen to. One of the things
stood out to me was how the animals, especially the birds, sounded with
surround sound. It made the overall experience even more enveloping and
engaging. You start to feel as though you are actually in that
hear the animals of the mysterious nature zone. It's a better
listen to than many documentaries happen to have.
SDH subtitles have also been provided.
features of any kind are included on this release.
amazing just to think about how the Radioactive Wolves
on this DVD release is the documentary featured as the Season 30
the long-running PBS series Nature.
How incredible it is to have a program this informative last for so
as a public-service broadcast. It's yet another reason to love PBS.
for the documentary itself, director Klaus
Feichtenberger has crafted an impeccable
inside-look at the nature related aftermath surrounding the Chernobyl
This makes for an insightful and altogether educational experience that
worth the price of admission.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.