BBC Dynasties Painted Wolf review: Bloody, brutal and spellbinding


Painted Wolf is hypnotic from start to finish. The visuals, in 4K, are something to behold and I am pretty sure the effect is much the same on lower resolutions. 0
Comment(s) The old girl is determined to keep her pack members safe, however. BBC Natural History Unit, known for its association with the inimitable Sir David Attenborough, has been at the forefront of these nature documentaries right from Life on Earth, which released in 1979 and spawned a host of similar documentaries, wildlife photographers and cinematographers. It is the phenomenal detailing on the animals and the surroundings that make Dynasties and specifically the Painted Wolf truly special. Advertising

The Painted Wolf episode is probably the most remarkable in the series. In one heart-wrenching scene, a tiny pup is torn alive by a clan of cackling hyenas. Yes, there is family drama in this episode good enough to make the makers of Game of Thrones blush. Cinematographers do a great job in depicting these magnificent animals in Painted Wolf. Popular Photos

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At the end, both the packs are restored to their original habitats. Advertising

It is thus often said that most technological innovations in filmmaking became possible due to the human desire to take a close look at wildlife. After a brief, bloody battle, Tait and her charges retreat. The camera-work in Painted Wolf is just astounding and makes it possible to observe these magnificent animals in unbelievable detail. Ultra-zoom lenses and drones are common today because we wanted to learn about the lifestyle of our fellow living beings in their natural habitat. The man could probably read a telephone directory and still hold our attention. The family in focus, led by the matriarch Tait, is driven out of its habitat by another larger pack led by her own daughter, Blacktip. The realness of all the blood and carnage as opposed to fake violence in scripted dramas stayed in my mind and put me off. Sir Attenborough’s voice remains as soothing as ever. Because it is not the number of pixels that makes it gorgeous. If you cannot stomach it, do not even come close to this episode. BBC’s Dynasties, narrated by Attenborough, takes an intimate look at the families of five endangered animal species: chimpanzee, emperor penguin, lion, painted wolf and tiger. The technology is continuously evolving due to understandably shy and wary nature of animals towards humans. Desperate, she leads them to what Disney would call the Pride Lands — the realm of the lions. It is set in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park and is about two rival packs of these imperilled canids that are also called African wild dogs. One is lost to a sudden attack by a crocodile who drags away one member in his unrelenting jaws (they have the strongest bite ever measured, after all), as its mates look helplessly. It is quite moving as well. But the real credit for this documentary must go to those who actually captured the footage. But Painted Wolf is particularly gory. Blacktip’s pack, still in pursuit, suffers casualties though. Life in the jungle is brutal, and BBC has never flinched from depicting all the tearing apart of innards. Painted Wolf will air on Sony BBC Earth at 9 pm on June 17. Just when you think technology behind wildlife cinematography has improved to a point where it cannot get any better, these BBC nature documentaries come and boggle your mind all over again.