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Last updated January 22, 2022

Chasing Ice Poster

Chasing Ice

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
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180° South

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Trace the history of American national parks with director Ken Burns's rousing documentary, which recounts how remarkable heroes fought to preserve nature for all people and offers striking views from Yosemite, Yellowstone and other stunning locales. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this Emmy-nominated program also features the voices of talented actors like Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, John Lithgow, George Takei and Sam Waterston.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
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Ghost Adventures

2007 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

The inspiration for the hit Travel Channel series "Ghost Adventures," this full-length documentary follows paranormal investigators Zak, Nick and Aaron as they bravely explore Nevada's notoriously haunted Old Washoe Club and Goldfield Hotel.
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Craigslist Joe

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Setting out to explore whether America still has a sense of community where people help each other through hard times, 29-year-old Joseph Garner spends a month depending on the goodness of Craigslist posters for his survival.
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Michael Palin: Himalaya

2004 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Intrepid adventurer Michael Palin treks the majestic Himalayas in this installment of his popular video travelogue. Palin journeys through Afghanistan and across India to the region near Mount Everest's base known as the Death Zone.
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Michael Palin: Himalaya

2004 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Intrepid adventurer Michael Palin treks the majestic Himalayas in this installment of his popular travelogue series. Palin journeys through Afghanistan and across India to the region near Mount Everest's base known as the Death Zone.
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National Geographic: Appalachian Trail

2009 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Stretching approximately 2,175 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the longest marked trail in the country, hiked in part by some 4 million people each year. National Geographic straps on the boots to explore the splendors of this celebrated route. Marked by challenging climbs, sweeping vistas and dense forests, the mountainous trail is kept healthy and wild thanks to the efforts of countless conservationists, volunteers and scientists.
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Stephen Fry in America

2008 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Stephen Fry embarks on an odyssey through all 50 states, taking a comic's delight in the vast differences in regional cultures that he finds. From the Deep South to the mountains, he engages cheerily with all sorts of Americans along the way.
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National Geographic: Secret Yellowstone

2007 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

National Geographic cameras capture unseen aspects of magnificent Yellowstone -- America's oldest national park and among the most visited, though only 10 percent of its massive acreage is known and traveled. Viewers journey through the ecosystem's untamed beauty to sites tourists never see, including a 20-mile-long canyon and newly discovered waterfalls. The documentary also focuses on the effects of restoring Yellowstone's wolf population.
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Stephen Fry in America Poster

Stephen Fry in America

2008 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Stephen Fry embarks on an odyssey through all 50 states, taking a comic's delight in the vast differences in regional cultures that he finds. From the Deep South to the mountains, he engages cheerily with all sorts of Americans along the way.
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Pedal-Driven

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This documentary delves into the escalating conflict between mountain bikers, hungry to ride the open road, and the federal land managers charged with protecting the public lands that belong to us all.
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Ultimate Predator

2006 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Manny "the Shark Man" Puig gets up close and personal with sharks, alligators, bears, snakes and other dangerous critters in this collection of crazy animal encounters from the creators of "Jackass" and "Wildboyz."
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Disney Parks: Disney's Animal Kingdom

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This documentary offers a look at the Walt Disney Co.'s revolutionary Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Fla., which presented unique challenges to the project's designers in combining theme park rides and live animals in the same environment. The program features a fascinating backstage glimpse of the park, including its Dinosaur attraction, as well as the Tree of Life and spectacular Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari.
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Disney Parks: Ultimate Walt Disney World

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Walt Disney World Resort has plenty of wild action for kids as well as adults. Discover all the speed and adrenalin-pumping fun Disney has to offer in this program, which explores a cool space flight, a 13-story elevator plunge and more. For those who want to "accelerate" their park experience, take a ride on one high-speed roller coaster that journeys into the dark or hop on another that moves backward.
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Ride the Divide

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Starting in Banff, Canada, and ending at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Great Divide mountain bike race extends 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide. This scenic documentary follows three determined cyclists attempting the grueling ride.
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Disney Parks: Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Go behind the scenes at America's all-time favorite vacation destination, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and get an intimate look at the technical wizardry, imagination and dedication required to create this wonderland of entertainment. Extraordinary inside access provides a close-up look at the park's many spectacular attractions, including the Haunted Mansion, Mission: Space and The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
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The Endless Summer

1966 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

The quintessential surf film directed and narrated by Bruce Brown follows summer around the globe in 1966. Mike Hynson and Robert August ride the wild waters of Hawaii, Australia, Africa and other exotic locales in search of the perfect wave.
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Discovery Atlas

2006 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

From the helicopter commuters of Brazil to the gondoliers of Venice this epic documentary series paints indelible portraits of people and places throughout the world. China and Australia are other stops along the gorgeously photographed journey.
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The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti: IMAX Poster

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti: IMAX

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This lush documentary explores the science of waves and the formation and culture of the beautiful island of Tahiti. Surfing champion Kelly Slater visits to hang with his friend, legendary surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer, and search for huge waves.
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National Geographic: Secret Yosemite

2007 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Yosemite is America's most frequently visited national park, but much of it remains untamed. Thanks to this National Geographic documentary, viewers can venture into Yosemite's spectacular wilderness to marvel at natural wonders tourists never see. The journey through nearly 700,000 acres features breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias, the towering El Capitan rock formation and the park's wild denizens, including black bears, bats and foxes.
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Beyond the Gates of Splendor

2002 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This documentary tells the extraordinary story of five American missionaries who, in 1956, were killed in Ecuador by the indigenous Waodani tribe. After the murders, family members of the slain men take up the missionaries' work with the Waodani.
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Disney Parks: Disney Cruise Line

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

If you've been to the Disney theme parks but still haven't explored the wonders of the Disney Cruise Line, this virtual behind-the-scenes tour offers a sneak peek at what you're missing -- including Disney's private destination island, Castaway Cay. Once you're aboard, you'll visit the ship's amazing Animator's Palate restaurant, with a décor that gradually changes from black and white to color, among other highlights.
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Touching the Void

2003 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This gripping docudrama retells the mountaineering trek gone awry of Simon Yates and Joe Simpson, who falls and breaks his leg while climbing in the Andes. Yates attempts to lower him to safety but fails, forcing him to make a pivotal decision.
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