I had high hopes for this documentary, as I loved the Big Cat diaries series on TV, and I loved the story of the Cheetahs. Imagine my surprise when, despite the prominent display of the cheetah family on the cover, they cover cheetahs for all of five minutes out of the three-hour show.
In addition to this shocking disappointment, most of the "cat" documentary (aside from the lions' story) was painfully focused on the human interaction with the cats rather than the cats themselves. While that is acceptable and indeed necessary in some quantity (preservation of habitats, outcry against random and senseless consumption and poaching), in the amount present in this documentary it just became preachy and irritating.
The disk is titled "Wild African Cats" yet it has a segment on tigers and cougars. The section on lions includes them at play, with cubs, and hunting. The section on tigers focuses only on the fact that there will soon be no wild tigers due to decreasing habitat areas and poaching--primarily for Asian medicines, which absolutely incenses me. I haven't watched the piece on cougars yet, but I'm guessing it too will focus on the diminishing numbers of mountain lions and any area for them to roam. It just makes me sad to watch, but, unfortunately, it's an accurate view of what the increasing billions of people on this planet are doing to these beautiful creatures.
Though it doesn't list it in the movie details, this was released in 2011.
I really liked this film. It was actually three separate stories: lions, tigers, and cougars. It was very long but very interesting and informative. It was also done very tastefully, such as when the cats killed other animals, I wasn't traumatized, especially when I found out that the cats may not eat but every few days, either because they are unsuccessful in the hunt or their prey has moved on. I love all cats, large and small (like house cats). The film offers a close-up view of the daily lives of these amazing creatures.