Nature: The Leopard Legacy
(DVD / PG / 2021 / PBS)
Overview: A mighty leopardess rules over an area along Zambias Luangwa River. She has just given birth to two cubs and faces the challenging task of motherhood including feeding the cubs and defending her territory.
In the process, one of the cubs is lost, but she forges on as a devoted mom to her other blue-eyed cub.
DVD Verdict: One can always count on the PBS Nature series for spectacular visuals and The Leopard Legacy is no exception.
Lianne Steenkamps keen and arresting camerawork makes for a gorgeously compelling presentation featuring a bold, stealthy leopardess as she raises her brood to sub-adulthood.
She and her young are absolutely stunning to watch as they climb trees, dodge danger, and snag carnivorous snacks (i.e. seven minutes into the program and you have already witnessed a jaw-dropping antelope takedown).
Prepare to see the following animals of Zambias Luangwa Valley (even though some only grace us with brief cameos): baboons, storks, antelope, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and some feisty little squirrels.
The Leopard Legacy not only excites, it has the potential to move audiences to the point of shedding a few tears. While some viewers will likely find this somewhat of a throwback to Animal Planets classic series Big Cat Diary, it differs in the sense that it is more toned-down, more refined, HD-enhanced, and lacks visible hosts.
In fact, narrator Noma Dumezwenis voice has an uncanny tonal resemblance to Saba Douglas-Hamiltons, the host who was regularly in charge of covering Diarys leopard segments. Highly recommended and a joyous, entertaining watch from start to finish. [MY] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.