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'Outback: Journey Through Northwest Australia'
(Mark Coles Smith / DVD / NR / 2018 / PBS)

Overview: In a landscape so ancient that, in parts, it predates life on the planet, are animals superbly adapted to the harsh and beautiful extremes of Outback Australia.

Over the course of a year, we journey with the people and animals of Australia's Kimberley region in North West Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, bursting with character.

DVD Verdict: Directed by Brendan Fletcher and Narrated by Mark Coles Smith, 'Outback' is a very colorful, and very personal look at one man's Outback.

An introspective three-part documentary series about the rich and dangerous wildlife of the Kimberley region in the Australian Outback and some of the people there who live with it or off of it, 'Outback' also showcases that it is as large as California!

Kimberley has a population of only about 40,000 people, who live alongside animals that have superbly adapted to the harsh and beautiful extremes of their habitat. Filmed over the course of two distinct seasons, 'The Outback' premiered this past August 1st, 2018 on PBS.

Australia’s vast North West corner is a startling landscape, one so ancient that, in parts, it predates life on the planet. It can appear arid and empty, but is filled with animals that have adapted to its harsh climate.

Many are nocturnal, well camouflaged or prone to secrecy, from creatures reminiscent of the ancient landscape, like the saltwater crocodile, owner of the world’s most powerful jaws, to the most delicate of marsupial mice.

Ergo, 'The Outback' captures the life of these animals over the course of the dramatic wet and dry seasons that dictate their cycles of life.

Part One: “The Kimberley Comes Alive” - The Kimberley region in North West Australia boasts some of the most spectacular wilderness — and tough characters — in existence. As the wet season comes to an end, the humans and the creatures begin their adventures across this diverse and surprising landscape.

From tiny, orphaned joeys to majestic ospreys, survival takes guts (and sometimes even the huge hearts of humans to care for them). It’s a land where humans and animals live in dangerous, and exquisite, proximity.

Part Two: “The Dry Season” - It might be the dry season but there’s no rest in the Outback: There are turtle eggs to be laid, saltwater crocodiles to dodge and young birds on maiden flights. Cattle must be mustered from the far corners of vast cattle properties and, when that is done, rodeos spring into action.

More quietly, archaeologists are led through remote wilderness by traditional owners, revealing breathtaking galleries of ancient rock art. Out at sea, elite athletes dive the ocean depths in the name of the world’s most spectacular pearl, risking dangerous encounters with curious giants. While mother to marsupials, Mandy Watson, sets her babies free.

Part Three: “Return of the Wet” - Inland Kimberley is now so stiflingly hot, everything and everyone moves with caution — with the exception of gold diggers Honest John and Steve. The region’s remaining waterholes are packed with animals, forced dangerously close together. Windjana Gorge is a prime example – a pristine oasis where brave humans wade into crocodile-infested water in the name of science.

The coast is also a place to congregate. Thousands of shorebirds arrive from the world’s longest single migration, only to be blasted with nets by crafty bird lovers. The humidity builds until the skies finally explode with thunder and rain.

Nyul Nyul ranger Albert Wiggan sings a welcome to the life it brings and arrival of a new season in his ancient land. Trust me when I say that once you've seen this incredible new PBS documentary DVD 'Outback,' you will want to book a flight there the very next day! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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