You know it's Shark Week when you're scrolling through the channel guide and every program on The Discovery Channel includes the words 'Attack,' "Bite,' 'Giant,' 'Great White' and/or 'Killer' in its title. But they don't always focus on the danger aspect; last night I caught one program that featured Great White sharks found two thousand feet below sea level ... or something like that. It was cool. You should watch. However, if you don't have time to watch Shark Week or happened to have missed previous Shark Weeks, The Discovery Channel has just released a Shark Week 20th Anniversary DVD Collection. Have there really been 20 years worth of Shark Week? Wow. I did not know that.
Anyway, the DVD comes complete with 14 classic Discovery Channel programs from Shark Week, including Shark Hunter: Chasing the Great White, Future Shark, Prehistoric Shark, Anatomy of a Shark Bite and (one of my favorites) Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa. Yup, we're talking 11 hours of programming across all four DVDs. If you're a fan of sharks -- or just someone who likes to visualize coming face-to-face with one of these monstrous beasts -- then I'm sure you'll want to add this puppy to your DVD library. I'm one of those warped people who actually loves diving with sharks. I've done so on four separate occasions now, and it's my dream to one day dive with a Great White. I know, I'm screwed up, but that's my thing. For another, more sympathetic take on the shark trade (Shark Fin Soup is actually an upscale meal in many countries), try and check out the documentary Sharkwater if you get the chance. It's currently touring the festival circuit (where I caught up with director Rob Stewart earlier this year) and is probably one of the most beautiful, gut-wrenching docs I've seen in quite some time. Gotta love those sharks!
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