'Nature: Soul of The Elephant'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. 'Nature: Soul of The Elephant' allows Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who with the remains of two bull elephants, and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led.
DVD Verdict: This INCREDIBLE documentary, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert have done an wonderful job here in bringing to life paths, destinies that could have been taken by two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, have assessed their lives thereafter.
From the times they would have spent with family, with each other, to the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. Yup, it is all told here through the lovingly expert eyes of both Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
'Nature: Soul of The Elephant' is just, well, simply put, incredibly amazing. With photography that is beyond outstanding also, of course. This film captures the exquisite beauty of these creatures, and of their tight and loyal family structures. It must be recognized that we are animals as well, and as such are part of the entire animal family.
Indeed, every animal plays a part in the web of life, whether we recognize this or not. The film is narrated by the Jouberts who have dedicated their lives to the photographing, and preserving the animals of Africa. Preservation is vital, or we will face paradise lost. An amazing documentary, and one for the ages, that's for sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.