Predators: The Ultimate Killing Machines

2000, Nature  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 7.60/10 from 10 users.

Predators: The Ultimate Killing MachinesPredators, a series of six half-hour films, uses miniaturized cameras mounted on the hunters themselves to show the chase from their perspective. The series also uses action replays and computer animations, allowing it to analyze the tactics of predator and prey from every angle. It shows that both are often evenly matched, with no room on either side for the slightest mistake. One of the series producers, David Wallace, explained what his team had set out to do.

Explosive moment. "In a standard natural history series, we take the life cycle of an animal or a place and beam the viewer there. We give them something like binoculars so that they can see it in a very classical, real way. "What we're trying to do in Predators is to take a tiny moment in time, the moment when a predator detects, identifies, approaches and grabs its prey.

"We try to explode that very short moment and open it up so that the viewer can see what is going on. "These are really important moments for understanding how animals work. Their senses, their bodies, their behaviours are all designed for these moments." Hunters featured in the first film, The Ultimate Predators, include cheetahs, crocodiles, golden eagles, great white sharks and spiders.

Fatal heart attacks. The team dropped it into water from a height of 15 metres to simulate the real acceleration and impact of a dive. The series also reports on one species of spider (Amaurobius) whose young eat their own mother. It found that polar bears have the best sense of smell in the bear family, and can detect a seal 64 km away.

It takes four days for a dog whelk to eat a mussel, which in the last ten hours undergoes a series of fatal heart attacks. And it takes killer whales more than 30 years to perfect their skill in beaching themselves to catch sea lions. But David Wallace insists that Predators is not gruesome: "There's very little blood and gore in this. What we're really trying to do is celebrate the magnificence of the predator - and the prey."

14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. diatorr

    worth 2 C

  2. PayasoX187
  3. PayasoX187

    Watched the whole three hours.
    Very entertaining.

  4. James
  5. James

    I didnt like it to be honest, whats the point in naming the series "the ultimate killing machines" if there is no blood and gore? i don't think it is possible to fully show 1 but not the other.

  6. O.o
  7. O.o

    No silly peta members who's gonna complain about animals eating other animals?

  8. His Forever
  9. His Forever

    Me too! I've watched the whole thing twice now. I liked it.

  10. Joe Johnson
  11. Joe Johnson

    Anybody can say that they watched it and then put a posting like this.
    What is your analysis of the piece?
    Did you learn anything from it?
    How was the narration?
    Was the cinematography done well?
    I could go on, but you get the idea.....

  12. Joe Johnson
  13. Joe Johnson

    Anybody can say that they watched it and then put a posting like this.
    What is your analysis of the piece?
    Did you learn anything from it?
    How was the narration?
    Was the cinematography done well?
    I could go on, but you get the idea.....

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  14. Joe Johnson
  15. Joe Johnson

    There is nothing new in this documentary, I have seen many, many low budget pieces like this. Sit in a jeep and film with a powerful zoom lens, that's about it. The underwater shots could be filmed at a zoo for all I know.
    No good helicopter shots or anything like that - that would be too expensive on a low budget piece like this I guess. 1 out of 5 rating.

  16. philswift
  17. philswift

    Can' t watch this due to the terrible music that goes with it. Sounds effects poor too, the cheetah skeleton piece has horses hooves as a sound effect/mood music!. Terrible waste of amazing video footage. Decision maker for music should be thrown to the lions.


    really good doc

  20. Sterling Thompson
  21. Sterling Thompson

    I agree, most nature documentaries are coupled with a soothing narrators voice, and minimal music. This is like watching a horror film. I can understand that its about predators, and there are plenty of chase scenes, and tension is only natural, but to have a synthesizer blaring dramatic and haunting tones throughout the entire program was a bad call. I find myself turning down the volume just high enough to hear the narration, but low enough so the soundtrack is minimal. Someone somewhere got paid to make this sound track... maybe there's hope for anyone in the horror-documentary genre

  22. 911_was_an_Inside_Job
  23. 911_was_an_Inside_Job

    Simply amazing, inspiring.

  24. thirt13n
  25. thirt13n

    I see people in some of those animals. (I also see those animals in people).

  26. Ferdyindrasetiawan
  27. Ferdyindrasetiawan

    good job, I'm very sure about predator documentary.

    to website holder please to documentary about killer whale, Im love this creature

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