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The Botany of Desire DVD
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Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world -- seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato -- evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.
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PBSThe Botany of Desire DVD
 
4.8

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most engaging and inspiring

This video should be required viewing for all aspiring Master Gardeners. One of our Maine Extension researchers went to Kazakhstan to get apple stock after seeing this film. Maine growers nurture heirloom apple...Read complete review

This video should be required viewing for all aspiring Master Gardeners. One of our Maine Extension researchers went to Kazakhstan to get apple stock after seeing this film. Maine growers nurture heirloom apple stocks. Being Native American, my husband was most interested in the domestication and development of the potato, which underscored his teachings. There's something for everyone in this film!

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Not Quite What I Want

It is not "horrible" ...but, I will never use this in the classroom, and will probably never watch it again, past the first 20 minutes I have...Read complete review

It is not "horrible" ...but, I will never use this in the classroom, and will probably never watch it again, past the first 20 minutes I have seen. I wish to be respectful of the views of those with a more positive view of the work. I personally, did not find this of real value, given my hopes and goals.

Within those first 20 minutes there was one nugget of interesting fact re: the positive effects of grafting vs. the biological isolation expereinced by ancient apple trees ...but that seemed to occupy the entire time ... a bit of a poor Johnny one note... The pace is painfully slow, with sweeping panoramas better suited for the big screen.

The narrative is blended, somewhat surprisingly with, and yet still disappointingly, the legend of Johnny Appleseed. I can applaud the desire to integrate history, urban legend and science. It's an admirable concept. Unfortunately for my money, (and it was my money), the filmmakers have managed to give all three areas a bit of a black eye.

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5.0

so much insight!

By brennan

from grand rapids, mi

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Comments about PBS The Botany of Desire DVD:

What a wonderful in-depth look into the plant world.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Quite What I Want

By Noth82

from Danbury,CT

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Comments about PBS The Botany of Desire DVD:

It is not "horrible" ...but, I will never use this in the classroom, and will probably never watch it again, past the first 20 minutes I have seen. I wish to be respectful of the views of those with a more positive view of the work. I personally, did not find this of real value, given my hopes and goals.

Within those first 20 minutes there was one nugget of interesting fact re: the positive effects of grafting vs. the biological isolation expereinced by ancient apple trees ...but that seemed to occupy the entire time ... a bit of a poor Johnny one note... The pace is painfully slow, with sweeping panoramas better suited for the big screen.

The narrative is blended, somewhat surprisingly with, and yet still disappointingly, the legend of Johnny Appleseed. I can applaud the desire to integrate history, urban legend and science. It's an admirable concept. Unfortunately for my money, (and it was my money), the filmmakers have managed to give all three areas a bit of a black eye.

 
4.0

As good as the book...

By Bunny lover

from Oakton, VA

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Comments about PBS The Botany of Desire DVD:

I read the book and loved the video version, it teaches us so much, gives us the opportunity to think about evolution of some plants. A great buy for students.

 
5.0

interesting, my husband is a botanist

By dahlia

from pennsylvania

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Comments about PBS The Botany of Desire DVD:

got to ;ove those plants

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

How Wonderful Our Creator

By How Wonderful Our Creator

from Oxford, MI

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Comments about PBS The Botany of Desire DVD:

Very, very interesting subject matter. Good, attention-holding scientific exploration. Really beautiful photography. Excellent mind candy!

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