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Extreme Bears

BBC Video // 2004 // 220 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 26th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson loves bears. There. He said it.

The Charge

Harsh climates, explosive action, stunning stories of survival!

The Case

From the naturalists at the BBC comes Extreme Bears, a collection of astonishing bear adventures that just absolutely filthy with bears. Three features on two discs:

• "Great Bear Stakeout"
Two hours of a pair of crazy guys—one of whom is named Buck Wilde!—venturing into the wilderness to follow around a couple of humongous grizzly bears and often come quite close to getting the genitals mauled to ribbons. The photography is beautiful and, in truth, some of the stuff the filmographers capture is quite harrowing, making the nearly two hours you'll spend with "Great Bear Stakeout" and terrific start to the festivities.

• "Polar Bear Battlefield"
It sounds like a Japanese game show, but this is a hefty look at the life and times of polar bears as they run around the frigid tundra, pawing for food and swimming through ice-cold water. The big hook for this special? The "revolutionary graphics" (their words)! From time to time, the picture will switch to some sort of trippy, infrared vision. It's as if the Predator is on the hunt for some polar bear skulls to add to his trophy wall.

• "Bears: Spy in the Woods"
Pretty simple, really: a bunch of camouflaged video cameras are deployed into the wilderness, capturing candid footage of panda bears chomping on shoots and leaves, polar bears screwing around in the snow and brown bears doing whatever it is brown bears do.

The DVDs: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo and no extras.

That's it. Nearly four hours of hot bear action. Nothing else you really need to know.

The Verdict

Not guilty. Bear hugs all around.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: BBC Video
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English (SDH)
• French
Running Time: 220 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Documentary
• Foreign
• Science and Nature
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None








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