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David Attenborough - Life in Cold Blood [DVD]


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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 289 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010Z9ORE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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Billed as the last in David Attenborough’s 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 shouldn’t take for granted the heights that Attenborough’s 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 it’s even more reason to cherish it. Even without such emotive reasons, this is nonetheless an extraordinary series, that’ll make you look at snakes, frogs, crocodiles and turtles in very different ways. Unmissable. --Simon Brew

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Music Time on 1 May 2009
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I waited a while for a Blu-ray release of this, but it just wasn't forthcoming so I gave up and plumped for the DVDs. Glad I did - they look beautiful upscaled, and the series itself is another masterpiece. Stunning photography, informative enthusing from Dave, and the same inescapable sense of wonder and delight at the beauteous diversity of nature as is present in all of Attenborough's programs.

My only real disappointment was the complete absence of komodo dragons. As the largest lizards, and the closest real life representation of their namesake mythical creatures, I felt sure they would make an appearance at some point, but they were nowhere to be seen. The iguanas got short shrift as well, making little more than a cameo, but the komodo dragons' absence stands out more.

Still, this is another gem from the BBC and Attenborough, and a must-watch for anyone interested in reptiles, amphibians, and nature in general.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Feb 2008
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Life in Cold Blood is another sterling wildlife series from the BBC, presented with warmth and authority by veteran naturalist David Attenborough. This DVD set contains all the core episodes plus a variety of additional, behind-the-scenes material, to run to over five hours. The photography is beautiful and the reptilian subject matter is intricately examined and explained for al to understand. It's an excellent teaching tool while at the same time providing colourful entertainment for anyone with a vague interest in natural history.

Using new filming techniques help to keep what can be a bit of a staid subject more interesting. Tricky animation shows how cold-blooded reptiles move heat around their bodies to stay warm, or demonstrates what goes on inside a giant python when it's just eaten an entire deer. (In fact, the footage of the snake swallowing the deer is some of the most extraordinary natural history filming I've ever seen).
LICB also uses ground-breaking filming to illustrate what's going on underneath the skin - and the heat cameras brilliantly demonstrate how a sea iguana changes temperature throughout its daily routine. The occasional animation of the odd dinosaur is a welcome bit of fluff, too (after all, T-Rex is much more camera-friendly than a snake which spends three days out of four being dormant!)

The Cold-Blooded Truth explains how reptiles function differently to warm-blooded mammals; how they use the warmth of the sun to function and how bigger reptiles can store heat and so be active even at night. The Amphibians episode looks at the creatures which first made the transition from the oceans to dry land, and how their descendents (mainly frogs) need now to balance their needs to stay moist with their need to be warm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Roper on 29 May 2009
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if you are a fan of david attenborough and also love repitles then this is for you... it truelly is amazing. combines facts with gobsmacking footage.

trust me you wont regret buying this item!!
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I'm at uni now studying zoology and herpetology and this is the DVD that inspired me its fantastic and he presents it so well this series was brilliant.
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This is DVD bring joy to my life, I love these little colourful intelligent being, I learn how their life in the juggle. because I live with one of this little being we call him Harry together we play and I learn about their way of life, with the DVD allow me to learn more of their behaviour, when in the cold winter morning he sleep with me on my warm chest. I also love David Attenborough what a wonderful work he have done to bring this to the TV for us to enjoy in the comfort of our own home. with much appreciation.
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By MP on 5 Oct 2014
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This should be the last of the life series but i hope not because fish are still missing but shourley for now it is the best the camera is much improved from the 70's life on earth if only they had it for life of birds,anyway nice layout loved the episode on snakes much information I never knew. The lizard episode is great as well with the flat lizard scene being one of my favorites showing them in slow motion jumping to catch flies in mid air next to a river.Great documentary
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2008
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When I was little, I was mesmerised by David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries. And now twenty years on I still absolutely love them.

The passion of the man and the team he works with is more than apparent, especially when in the additional features you see what lengths they go to, to bring you maybe a just a few seconds of stunning footage.

Whether you're a reptile fan, or whether you can't stand them - this series will highlight the variety and complexity of these creatures. There's so much beauty amongst those scales - it's not often that a series captures so many jaw-dropping moments, but here, every few minutes you find yourself amazed by what the natural world has to offer.

It seems that with every Attenborough series you hear those words "...never before captured on camera", and this is no different. Animal behaviour never witnessed before is documented on film, I felt privileged to watch this - even the experts the BBC worked alongside were gawping at the videos with childish glee. It's like watching the moon-landings, but in this case you're seeing things which have happened every day for thousands of years (if not more) but it is only now that we are beginning to understand. This doesn't just further your understanding of the reptiles filmed, it furthers scientific understanding among the biologists who study these animals.

Each episode concerns itself with a specific area, for example; Snakes, or Frogs - and then we are treated to ultra close up footage with a fantastic musical score. Each episode contains genuinely spectacular moments, the sheer diversity is emphasised. This gives you an appreciation of what fantastic wonders this world contains.
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