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David Attenborough: The Life Of Birds - The Complete Series [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LNW2LA



Like the albatross glimpsed in the beginning of this 10-part series The Life of Birds quickly takes flight. Sir David Attenborough hosts this unprecedented and extraordinary global look at the magnificent and often curious winged species with which we share our planet. Like the best wildlife shows, The Life of Birds offers a fresh and accessible view of creatures we may take for granted (didn't Alfred Hitchcock warn us about that?). The focus of this series is not on the different bird species, but on bird behaviour. Remarkable and awe-inspiring footage preserves the wide range of tools and techniques with which birds fly, hunt for food, attract a mate, hatch their chicks and defend themselves against predators. Attenborough pops up in the most remote, most exotic locales, with occasional comic effect: at one point, night-vision cameras capture the rare sight of the nocturnal kiwi as it forages for food on a New Zealand beach; the camera pans to reveal scant paces away our guide shining a flashlight on the nonplussed bird. --Donald Liebenson

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David Attenborough presents this series detailing the many and varied breeds of bird to be found around the world. In 'To Fly or Not to Fly', David traces the evolution of the bird back millions of years to the time of the dinosaurs. 'The Mastery of Flight' reveals the secrets behind birds' aeronautical skills. In 'The Insatiable Appetite', David looks at the tools birds use to help them forage for and consume food. 'Meat-Eaters' details the strategies and skills used by meat-eating scavengers. In 'Fishing for a Living', David looks at the birds who feed on the sea, from filter feeders to fish eagles. 'Signals and Songs' details the ways in which birds communicate, from song to colour patterns. In 'Finding Partners', David looks at the mating rituals and patterns and the part they play in a bird's life. In 'The Demands of the Egg', David looks at the dangers inherent in the natural urge to reproduce. 'The Problems of Parenthood' investigates the demands made on the parents of insatiably hungry young birds, while in 'The Limits of Endurance', David looks at the challenges birds must face in order to survive their constantly changing environment.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 10 Mar 2004
By A Customer
This remarkable piece of work captures the beuty and behaviour of all species of birds all over the world. It is not only educational but also quite comical to watch. A great DVD for all people from birdwatchers to children, this film captures it all and delivers alot of information on the breeding and hunting of the species aswell as how the birds attract mates and flying techniques. The photography and filming of this feature is remarkable as all of David Attenboroughs work is and you can see where all the hard work has gone into this.
A great film.....
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 1 Nov 2003
Can anyone make wildlife documentaries even remotely as good as this one? The photography is superb, the explanations made simple and astonishing facts crop up everywhere in the series. These 500 minutes will seem to short. Leaves you gasping for more.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough at his best 4 Dec 2000
By A Customer
The BBC have done it again, with more than a little help from the Maestro of Nature Documentaries, David Attenborough. The Life of Birds is an excellent series giving you comical, scary, strange and above all wonderful glimpses into our feathered friends. This will make a wonderful addition to anyones collection, whether ornithologist or just nature lover. Can't recommend this set highly enough.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best DVD's in my collection. The set is excellent, entertaining, and educational. The best feature in my opinion is the sound. I switched my stereo on, and enjoyed unbelievable sounds from different birds.
Everything about this DVD is excellent. The case, film menu, quality of recording. Cannot recommend it high enough. This deserves a six stars.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 15 April 2005
By Fop
Anyone who has even the vaguest interest in Natural History will mavel open-mouthed at the complexity, endless variety and unbelievable beauty of the subjects brought to life by the BBC and D.A. in this landmark of a series. Creatures from all points of the globe are encompassed with the help of incredible images of the world's birdlife.
I cannot forget the footage of the Superb Lyrebird impersonating the sounds within its rainforest home, many of which are man-made; the accuracy is incredible!
This is simply an unparalleled achievement within the ever expanding series of "Life" documentaries. I cannot recommend this set of DVD's more - a must for anyone, avian enthusiast or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Birds 23 Jan 2012
By Oz_Roz
This DVD has great content and images and captures amazing footage, but unfortunately because it was filmed 14 years ago the quality of the film is not that great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted 4 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Delighted with this dvd, which I ordered to replace the original video recordings. Our video recorder died, replaced with a dvd recorder and I missed being able to see this wonderful series. Now I am enjoying viewing it all again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much birds eating and being eaten 7 April 2010
By bernie VINE VOICE
This is just as good any documentary on single subjects and can give Blue Planet a run for its money.

From the beginning, it is fascinating with both extraordinary graphics and amazing insight as to the life of birds. Even though it comes on multiple disks, you will be left wanting for more. Naturally, one of the mod important elements in this production is David Attenborough with his intriguing presentation stile and pacing.

The only downside is that this documentary suffers from "yum yum eate'm up syndrome." The depiction of something being eaten is proportionally over emphasized; this distracts from the rest of the film.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good value for money.
Published 15 days ago by David croxford
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Birds- DVD and "Re-packaged" DVDs
Excellent documentary, scientifically solid and entertaining, both for professionals and amateurs.
Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by C.M. Palmberg-Lerche
5.0 out of 5 stars How Does He Do It?
Attenborough sticks again! How does he get these fantastic films? Don't know but very happy he does. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Poacher
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
I had watched this in the 90s when on BBC tv, and enjoyed it again although technology has improved considerably since then.
Published 4 months ago by Rosie Culham
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd.
Great. If you love birds you'll love this! It was very interesting and well presented as always by David Attenborough.
Published 7 months ago by Mr P R Bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
another David Attenborough classic very education and well filmed and presented well buy it and enjoy it I did again and again
Published 9 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Birds
Pleased with my purchase of Life of Birds. Item arrived promptly. I will certainly be recommending you to all my friends
Published 12 months ago by E Tyler
3.0 out of 5 stars The usual zoocentrist speil
OK. I can see that ornithology is a major passion of many people. And botany and evolution a much lesser thrill for folk but for natural history documentaries to spend such little... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Green Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Great DVD and has been much enjoyed already. This present was well received and it arrived on time and well packed.
Published 19 months ago by Shopper Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst service ever
This was meant to be a present for my little sister. I ordered it with 2-3 weeks to spare. I had to travel before it came, I figured there was a problem in customs or something. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Maggie395
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