WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2007)–National Geographic brings its dramatic high-definition cinematography to HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc for the first time with Emmy® Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s “Relentless Enemies,” a fascinating look at the deadly ballet between isolated herds of lions and buffalo living in Botswana’s Duba Plains. When it premiered on the National Geographic Channel in 2006, “Relentless Enemies” was the highest-rated natural history program to air on the Channel.
The 90-minute film, narrated by Academy® Award winner Jeremy Irons, is available for pre-order Tuesday, Feb. 20. The retail DVD will be available online at shopngvideos.com, by calling 800-627-5162, or in stores where DVDs are sold Tuesday, March 27, 2007, for $34.99 HD DVD/$34.99 SRP Blu-ray Disc and $19.98 SRP for the standard DVD.
“Consumers of HD and Blu-ray technology are constantly searching for new, compelling content that showcases the high-quality picture and audio that this rapidly advancing technology has to offer,” said Patricia Najda, vice president of National Geographic Domestic Home Entertainment. “For decades, audiences have been drawn to National Geographic programming for its captivating stories and superb cinematography and audio that give viewers a front-row seat to undersea dives, high-altitude climbs and authentic animal behavior. As such, we’re in a unique position to deliver the kind of material that caters to the HD/Blu-ray format and its audience, and will be looking for more opportunities to do so as the technology grows in popularity.”
National Geographic Channel launched its new HD channel in January 2006; it is currently available to 50 million homes. For two years in a row, National Geographic Channel was identified as the No. 1 network that viewers most wanted to see available in HD, according to a national Beta Brand Identity Survey.
In response to the increasing demand for National Geographic HD content, National Geographic Home Entertainment plans to distribute additional titles in HD and Blue-ray formats in 2007, following the release of “Relentless Enemies.”
Filmed over two years, “Relentless Enemies” takes viewers onto a unique battlefield in the Okavango Delta to witness the grueling fight for survival of highly specialized lions that prey almost exclusively on buffalo. There the river forms small, sandy islands and creates an environmental phenomenon that has isolated an exceptional buffalo herd and a unique pride of lions.
With nowhere else to go, the disparate species have responded to each other with new attack strategies, defense tactics and even physical attributes. The lions’ constant struggle with the powerful buffalo has resulted in a community of enormous cats — bigger and stronger than other lions — with extraordinary team-hunting skills. Not to be outdone, the buffalo have developed their own unique adaptations, including a well-defined social order and formidable strength that enables them to fend off, and even attack their predators. In fact, the buffalo’s adaptation has been so successful that the enormous swamp cats seem to be losing out.
The film is paired with the 25-minute supplemental feature “Cheetah Chase,” available on all three formats.
“Relentless Enemies” is produced for the National Geographic Channel by Wildlife Films Botswana. Producers are Dereck and Beverly Joubert; the writer is Dereck Joubert.
The companion hardcover book, “Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo,” is available now in bookstores.
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Street Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Pre-Order Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007
Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 HD DVD/$34.99 Blu-ray Disc/$19.98 DVD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 90 Minutes
Technical Specs: HD DVD & Blu-ray Disc:
– Video: 1080p High Definition 16X9 1:78:1
– Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
– Subtitles: English SDH
– Video: 480i
– Audio: Stereo
– Subtitles: None
DVD: Letterbox, Closed Captioned