'Nature: The Cheetah Children'
(DVD / PG / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: The forested hills of Zimbabwe may not seem like typical cheetah habitat, but it's here that cinematographer Kim Wolhuter forges an amazing relationship with a wild cheetah family.
DVD Verdict: For two years, Wolhuter shadows a mom and her cubs to reveal what it takes to turn cubs into predators. Along the way, he discovers the heartbreak and triumph every cheetah mother must face as she raises the next generation.
In incredible color and even more incredible close up, 'The Cheetah Children' follows a mother and her five cubs for about a year and a half. We watch them grow and along the way we also see tragedy strike.
And yet at all times, the mother protects her young ones and also teaches them about life out in the wild, how to hunt, kill, and survive on their own, come the day she passes. With some amazing photography, you kinda get the feeling halfway through that the mother has accepted him being around and isn't wary of him as a danger.
Along the way you can also learn a slew of Cheetah facts, such as the Cheetah is the world's fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway and that the Cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.