- Actors: David Attenborough
- Directors: Alastair Fothergill
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 178 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RW40
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,424 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
David Attenborough: Life In The Freezer - The Complete Series [VHS] 
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David Attenborough's natural history exploration into life in the Antarctic. Unique filming of some of the largest, smallest, sturdiest mammals who survive sub-zero temperatures, biting winds and a changing ecology. The series also looks at the role of the ocean as both challenge and home to marine animals; the cruel effects of the Antarctic winter on shelter and food supplies; and finally the great expeditions by Man to reach the South Pole.
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Life in the Freezer has the best of both worlds, being very well filmed in 1993 (but obviously not in the HD class of the ludicrously-overblown "Life") while also telling a compelling story across the six episodes. The series has the unusual format of six 30 minute episodes, rather than the 50+10 minute format that has become ubiquitous since. The shorter episodes are actually superior in terms of pacing and keeping the viewer engaged throughout (and you can fit them all on a single disc!). For example, why would you labour through the ghastly anthropomorphised narration of "March of the Penguins" when you can experience the concise, powerful telling of the same story in a third of the time here? The final episode is unusual in looking at the human involvement in Antarctica; visiting (for example) Scott's hut and exploring the human legacy of exploration in the Heroic Age. I thought that the move away from the wildlife might be an irritation but, in fact, it adds another dimension to the series and ends the six episodes in a very satisfying way. I find this small masterpiece one of the absolute jewels of Attenborough's marvellous career and urge you to buy it.
There are some incredible moments- the life and death of creatures who's whole lives seem to consist of nothing but hardship, huge mountain ranges untrod by human footsteps and the driest place on earth; where the only living things are algae in the rocks.
It's not an epic like the other Attenborough titles- the episodes are 1/2 hour or so long but what it seems to do is cover a bit of everything.
Not such a bad thing when you consider there really isn't that much there:
birds (mostly penguins)
krill (lots of)
whales (not enough of)
seals (can be nasty)
algae (a bit dull)
man (can also be nasty)
Very well put together with breathtaking camerawork this is well worth having and watching again & again.
My favorite bit of all is the Emperor Penguin, standing in a screaming blizzard for months, in darkness, huddled together in the middle of the continent, incubating his solitary egg and waiting for his partner to return so he can then walk 100 miles to the ice edge to eat himself.
Don't miss this one.
The photography (BAFTA award winning) is superb and the narration is exactly what you would expect from Sir Attenborough, humourous, informative, and accessible to all ages. I can thoroughly recommend not only this title but all of Sir Attenborough's programs, from Blue Planet to Life of Mammals - They will be a much valued part of your DVD collection for years to come.
No doubt an excellent video to acquire!
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ANYTHING that David Attenborough , makes... directs..narrates...Has me spellbound....ICON.Published 1 month ago by Ian Jackson
What can you say david attenborough.... nature.... perfect in everyway.
david you are natures marry poppins.
if you love david n nature this is well worth a watch