Echo & Other Elephants DVD

Tue, 2008-04-01 00:55 by msowers · Forum/category:
New Echo DVD

Just received the copy I ordered in the mail today. It's a fantastic collection with all three Echo films and five others. I'm watching "Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert" now. Amazing to see all those elephants do to survive in those conditions. The DVD is available on Amazon, and I got mine from the Circuit City website, which seemed to be the best price. It's a great deal for so many documentaries, and especially to have all three Echo films on one DVD.

Getting good reviews...

Tue, 2008-06-03 04:04 by hcroze

For example, in the online Blogcritics Magazine:

Exerpt: "Overall, Echo and Other Elephants is a must-have collection for lovers of great nature footage. Elephants are covered with such zeal and care within these eight documentaries that it’s hard not to become completely absorbed in the material. The documentaries about Echo are indeed the best of the bunch and the footage featuring Moss and the elephants is amazing..."


Well now, I've ordered a

Tue, 2008-05-13 02:24 by Pete666

Well now, I've ordered a copy of the dvd set via Amazon. It just remains to be seen if either of my dvd players will play it.

Nolus Illegitemi Carborundum
If you've got it a TRUCK bought it

Hi all The dvd set

Sun, 2008-05-18 01:38 by Pete666

Hi all
The dvd set arrived yesterday and I've managed to get it to play in one of my dvd players. I must say that it's superb.

Nolus Illegitemi Carborundum
If you've got it a TRUCK bought it

New DVD set.

Thu, 2008-04-24 22:12 by Donna

Thanks for this news. I have the Echo flicks, but will order to get the others. I enjoy Saba on Big Cat Diary.


Good stuff!

Sat, 2008-04-12 01:53 by hge

This is a very good deal actually.
I still like Echo 1 the most. For Ely’s story is so heartwarming and inspiring. It is heartbreaking to watch an injured Erin and her calf being bullied by another family while they were weak and alone in Echo 3.
"Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert" is a very good film as well. It's sad to watch Himba fading away though.
Haven't started disk 2 yet.
Also, is the pilot our Harvey in Echo3? If yes, nice to see you there, Harvey!

Yes, the intrepid aviator is...

Sat, 2008-04-12 03:24 by hcroze

... I. The Echo-III filming was the source of material for the little ego trip in my blog. Nice of you to notice: I don't get much fan mail these days.
Cheers, Harvey

I am a big fan

Sun, 2008-04-13 01:35 by hge

That’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thank you very much Harvey.
I am a big fan of yours and the ATE as well. I read your blog about Echo's family, Vicky’s collar (I love that “Getting in the way: by Martyn Colbeck"), about giant snail, etc. When I first read about your involvement of the signing of Kenya Accord, I thought “It’s good for the country but too bad we won’t see Harvey’s input for a while”. Luckily the deal was reached fairly quickly and you are back.
Wish Kenya and everyone well.

Order placed!

Wed, 2008-04-09 17:29 by hosi67

Just ordered mine! Yeah! Thanks for telling us about it. Can't wait to recieve it!!

That's it!!! Now I'm sulking!!!!

Fri, 2008-04-04 06:44 by Pete666

I've had a look on and the BBC shop website and neither lists this set on R2 dvd (the BBC shop doesn't even mention it at all). I've just fired off an email to the BBC shop enquiring about it so I'll just wait and see what happens.


Nolus Illegitemi Carborundum

If you've got it a TRUCK bought it

I had a reply to my email

Fri, 2008-04-04 15:46 by Pete666

like this
"Unfortunately 'Echo And Other Elephants' is not currently available on
DVD or VHS through BBC Shop and we are unaware of any plans to release
this title in the near future."

So I'll have to keep looking. If anyone comes across a source of the set in R2 format could they please let me know?

Nolus Illegitemi Carborundum
If you've got it a TRUCK bought it

Why not for Europe?

Mon, 2009-06-01 17:21 by Christoph REAeV

This is very sad. Why is this phantastic elephant film collection hold back from viewers in Europe and not available in R2 (PAL)? I think Europe is a large market for this title as well. Maybe a release in Europe is dependant from the success on the American market? I hope the demand is higher than expected :)
I can imagine that Echo's death stimulates a new interest in the trilogy.


Echo and the Elephants of Amboseli

Wed, 2009-06-03 13:42 by cmoss

This 13-part series will be broadcast in Europe but I do not have the dates yet. Please note that this series is not a production of the BBC but rather of Animal Planet which is a part of the Discovery Channel. To get information on broadcast dates and times you need to check the Discovery website.

Australian Pay TV

Sun, 2009-06-07 09:48 by Jude

Hi all - we are watching the series on Tuesday Nights - it is fantastic! We particulalry enjoy the woman narrator and the references (often) to the "Women of the Aboselie Trust". The pathos, drama and humour in the series has us on the edge of our seats. it is particualalry poingnant given that it commenced here the week after Echo's death.

Hopefully the European members will be able to find it in some format - its well worth it!

Thanks to the whole team for the efforts in bringing this documentary to fruition.
Regards Jude

Echo and other Elephants

Tue, 2009-06-02 01:55 by Pete666

There are 2 ways round this.
You can either get enough folks to ask the BBC to release this on region 2 format that they actually do release it.
Or you can convert your dvd player to multi region which is what I've had to do to be able to watch the dvd set. Either contact the maker of your dvd player and ask them how to do it or google "dvd hacks"



Tue, 2009-06-02 06:13 by Hans

A third way would be to convert the DVD to region 2 or region-free, using suitable software like DVDFab HD Decrypter or DVD Shrink (both free). It is impossible though to convert NTSC to PAL without a loss of quality. But most players can play either format.

Institutions like the RIAA would like this to be illegal, and this depends on the laws in your country. Don't get me started on this topic …

We should not discuss this here in detail, but you can send me an email or head over to, register there, and ask.

And another one...

Wed, 2008-04-02 08:17 by hcroze

Thanks, Mark, for being the first on the block to flag the new re-releases. Cannot wait to get mine. Guess you know there's also a 2005 Nature series release that has only has the first two episodes, Echo of the Elephants and Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation. The newer one, as you point out, has all three, plus five other wildlife films (don't know which ones: perhaps you can let us know after you've seen them). Also, a couple of years ago, the Australians released a DVD with the three Echo films, plus Cynthia's Africa's Forgotten Elephants. Just for the record, these are our major film productions over the past several years:

  • Echo of the Elephants”, BBC Natural History Unit (1990-1992)
  • Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation”, BBC Natural History Unit (1992-1995)
  • Africa’s Forgotten Elephants”, Scorer Associates for BBC (1996-1997)
  • Echo of the Elephants: The Last Chapter?”, BBC Natural History Unit (2002-2005)

The dates show the filming periods, with the latter date being the year of release.

Full Episode List

Wed, 2008-04-02 19:58 by msowers

DVD 1 has:
Echo of the Elephants, Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation, Echo of the Elephants: The Final Chapter?, and Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert, another fantastic work by Martyn.

DVD 2 has: Living with Elephants, Namibia's Desert Giants, The Search for Virgo, and Elephants of Samburu, all by Saba Douglas-Hamilton.

Thanks for the information

Wed, 2008-04-02 01:50 by hge

Thanks for the information and thanks for your reply in "Little,small elephant". Very well said.


Tue, 2008-04-01 20:27 by clm1950

Ordered mine today. Looking forward to receiving it soon ...


Sat, 2008-04-12 16:28 by clm1950

Received mine yesterday. I just finished watching it. ALL of it. What a treasure. I watched the Echo series when it was broadcast on TV, but it was a delight to watch it all again.

The Elephants of Samburu is in 2 parts and part 2 chronicles the rescue of little Naserian who is now thriving in the Sheldrick Ithumba Unit in Tsavo.

It was wonderful to see all the interaction between Saba Douglas-Hamilton and the Samburu and Maasai people and the aerial footage of Samburu Reserve, Rift Valley and Lake Manyara was wondrous. I highly recommend this DVD for your collection.

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