Reptiles and amphibians ruled the world for nearly 200 million years and today there are still over 12,500 of them. Some are huge, the deadliest creatures on earth. Some are tiny, among the strangest to be found anywhere. Together, they not only outnumber mammals or birds but in their colourful variety and extraordinary behaviour, they far surpass them.
So where did these ancient creatures come from? How have they transformed themselves into the bizarre and beautiful forms that are alive today? And what's the secret of their epic success?
In Life in Cold Blood, David Attenborough traces the story of their evolution and overturns the myth that these creatures are just primitive killers, to reveal them for what they truly are.
Billed as the last in David Attenboroughs series of Life
nature documentaries, Life In Cold Blood
leaves you dearly hoping that proves not to be the case. For once more, as he has done many times in his distinguished career, Attenborough gently - and unobtrusively - delivers an utterly fascinating insight into the world in which we live.
The focus of Life In Cold Blood is on reptiles and amphibians, bringing into focus a series of creatures very much of all shapes and sizes. Across the episodes that make up the series - all of which are contained in this DVD set - the programme makers delve into the lives and mannerisms of its subjects. They do so with some quite stunning camera work, bringing to our screens things that have quite simply never been seen before.
As much as perhaps we shouldnt take for granted the heights that Attenboroughs work easily scales, Life In Cold Blood happily matches the standards of his earlier series. Often genuinely jaw-dropping, and never less than completely absorbing, the DVD set is rounded off with some equally intriguing extra features that delve into the complex production of the programme itself.
If Life In Cold Blood really does bring the Life series to an end, then its even more reason to cherish it. Even without such emotive reasons, this is nonetheless an extraordinary series, thatll make you look at snakes, frogs, crocodiles and turtles in very different ways. Unmissable. --Simon Brew