G rizzly Man," from The Discovery Channel and Lions Gate Films, was recently released on video and is now available at most video stores.

It is a fascinating documentary that covers the all too strange life of Timothy Treadwell, a grizzly bear activist who was savagely attacked and then eaten by the wild animals he so dearly loved. Though he usually worked alone, Treadwell was unfortunate enough to have his girlfriend Amie along during the fatal encounter, and she too is mauled and eaten alive.

As I've said before, "Yikes!"

The film, which was directed by Werner Herzog, is gripping, horrifying and heartbreaking. Treadwell captured portions of his own demise on film, and so there are "Faces of Death" moments when you wonder what the filmmakers are going to reveal. (It is all tastefully handled, however, no pun intended.)

The film has macabre aspects to it. We see some of the final footage that was shot on the day of the attack, we watch interviews with the pilot who discovered what was left of the bodies, and we witness others as they are affected by the grisly grizzly details.

But despite your reaction to these gruesome moments, the film is meaningful and memorable. Treadwell, as crazy as he was, captured some of the most incredible grizzly footage ever filmed. And then, there are all the questions the film raises: Why in the world did he do this? Was it for the fame? Or, even worse, was it because he found wild animals to be safer companions than human beings?

"Grizzly Man," rated R, is a must-see. It is one of the best films of 2005.

Rating: A

Jim Chastain II


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