(DVD / NR / 2019 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: Mythical creatures spring to life when expert investigators and filmmakers combine eyewitness accounts, scientific fact and computer graphic imaging on journeys to the frontiers of knowledge.
DVD Verdict: Well, if you like (nay LOVE) Game of Thrones and all that CGI that goes with it to create the dragons and mythical monsters, you will LOVE this quite stunning Legendary Beasts DVD from the BBC.
Mythical creatures spring to life when expert investigators and filmmakers combine eyewitness accounts, scientific fact and computer graphic imaging on journeys to the frontiers of knowledge.
The Beast Seekers investigate the sailor’s legend of the Kraken, a terrifying multi-tentacled sea monster that snatches men from ships’ decks and crushes entire vessels, sending them to the ocean bottom.
The Beast Seekers travel to Fiji to learn about Dakuwaqa, an all-seeing, all-knowing Shark God – a huge beast that can change shape at will.
In the ancestral Navajo lands of New Mexico, the Beast Seekers investigate the legend of a giant bird predator the size of a small airplane.
First up we get to meet the Kraken, a legendary cephalopod-like sea monster in Scandinavian folklore of giant size. Indeed, and according to the Norse sagas, the kraken dwells off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes nearby sailors.
As we discover, "allegedly" a kraken attacked a ship off the coast of Angola in the 17th century, but as with most creatures of this ilk, stories may be actually based on a real creature, the giant squid. That said, if it were a real beast, probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying as the Kraken!
Next up is Mega Jaws. Here we travel to Fiji to learn about Dakuwaqa, an all-seeing, all-knowing Shark God. A huge beast that can change shape at will it is actually revered and feared (in equal measure) by the people of Fiji!
An incredible beast that most often takes the form of a shark - protecting and policing the waters of Fiji - known as Dakuwaqa, in its shark form, it is described as being more than just a shark.
As we're informed via the "legend," it (or as it's termed on this DVD, "he") is many times the size of a Great White Shark and has incredible speed and intelligence.
"He" has super senses and the strength to crush a 100-foot fishing vessel with one bite!
Lastly we have Bird Monster. The most grounded of the myths, according to the Navajo Creation Myth, in the process of emerging from the underworlds and settling on their land, the People (Diné) faced many dangers from the natural environment and its harsh conditions; as well as from spiritual beings.
These threats figure in the legends as monsters that take the shape of humans, birds, animals, and rocks. The heroic figures of the twin warrior brothers, Born of Water (Tobadzîschíni) and Monster Slayer (Nayé̆nĕzganĭ), were engaged in a series of battles with the various monsters, and, as the legends tell it, destroyed them one by one.
The Bird Monster, also known as the Great Bird or Monster Eagle (Tsé Nináhálééh), was one of those menacing beings. Most accounts tell of a giant bird who lived in Ship Rock (Tsé Bitʼaʼí), a landmark monolith in the Navajo homeland, located in northwestern New Mexico.
The bird was very powerful and could lift people up in the air and throw them against the rocks in order to kill and then eat them!
Furthermore, the geologic formation of Ship Rock itself is also believed to be the body of the great monster laid out on the ground, with the two ridgelines extending away from the peak marking the beast's outstretched wings. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.