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David Attenborough - The Private Life of Plants [DVD] [1995]


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Product Features

  • Featurette - 1. The Making of The Private Life of Plants

Product details

  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Directors: Neil Lucas (II)
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Attenborough's thrilling series, taking us on a guided tour through the secret world of plants, is captured on this amazing DVD. The account of plant life's struggle for survival is seen as never before in a story full of drama, beauty and staggering achievement. Attenborough takes us through each aspect of plants' lives travelling, growing, flowering, their struggle with other plants and animals, and the ingenious way they adapt to even the harshest of conditions.

From the 290-foot-high California Sequoia or the rattan plants that use ferocious ants as bodyguards, to the insect- and even rat-devouring pitcher plants of Borneo, the mysteries of the plant world are unravelled. Using fantastic time-lapse photography, Attenborough shows us plant life in action; beautiful filming highlights the biggest, brightest and the most bizarre of plants and, with the aid of computer graphics, we enter the inner workings of the bodies of plants. Prepare to be surprised and delighted as Attenborough takes you on a journey through a world you thought you knew.

Synopsis

All six episodes of this compelling look into the hidden world of plants are included on this BBC DVD. All are presented with customary verve and insight by Sir David Attenborough.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By RDG on 30 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
The quality of this series is truly remarkable and its title is not misleading: It reveals the private life of plants in a breathtakingly new way. It shows how varied the strategies of plants are in the struggle for survival and it sheds light on the intricate ways in which plants and animals have adapted to each other. The quality of the time-lapse photography in this six-part series is truly amazing. Camera movements, focus shifts and perfect lighting create dramatic time-lapse sequences with a quality unmatched by anything else that has been shown on TV. It's simply a class of its own. See how plants crawl, fight, and devour other plants and animals. The series also demonstrates how plants and animals live together, a relationship forged by half a billion years of co-evolution, and how plants often exploit animals - not the other way around. You'll never see plants in the same way as before.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 15 Feb 2006
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When plants and fungi get the Attenborough treatment, we know we'll see them as we've never seen them before. He explains that some plants are as fierce, active and territorial as animals. Some are adventurous travellers, hunters, lurking predators and kidnappers. Others form close relationships with animals, fungi and different plant species. Only we never see any of this because plants live at a different speed to us. Even the fastest growing plants move too slowly for us to detect without the help of clever modern technology: time-lapse photography. And here's the amazing film evidence that plants are busy, bustling and fighting for survival - just like us. There are 6 episodes of about 50 minutes each. They are:
1) "Travelling" which looks at plants that have some remarkable ways of getting their seeds and even themselves dispersed over great distances, in time as well as space. We see plants that quest forward, searching for things to grip or invade, plants that pull up their roots and tumble, plants that explode in order to spray their seeds as far as possible and plants that float or fly their seeds away. The plant that most impressed me was the magnolia seed discovered in a 2,000 year old burial, that germinated into a tree that produced flowers different to all magnolia flowers in existence today.
2) "Growing" shows how plants use the materials around them, such as water, air, sunlight and minerals and change them into plant material. They are very efficient at building themselves out of these simple ingredients. Even in places where there are hardly any resources they often manage to cling to life and grab what little rain and nourishment becomes available from time to time.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
This is maybe the best documentary ever filmed about plants. It is very didactical and amusing, like most of David A. ones. It is a pity it has the old 4:3 TV format because it would have been great to see it in the already usual 16:9 one. Yet, the quality of the image is really good. I recommend it to all the plants (and nature) lovers out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zallen on 13 Feb 2006
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Having stunned us all with his original Life triology which did concentrate on the wonders of the animal kingdom (although the first did mention the origin of life: bacteria, algae, protozoa and plants), this makes a logical successor by concentrating on the huge variety of the plant kingdom, which make all animal life on this planet possible. Attenborough's style is surely know to all: travelling the world to bring to our living rooms the most amazing sights and combining education with entertainment seamlessly. If all scince lessons were like this then biology would be the most popular subject at school!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By skgr on 6 July 2004
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As you would expect from David - another great educational, informative series.
A lot more calming than other 'The Life of...' series, but just as fascinating!
If you enjoyed any of the other series you will definitely enjoy this one as well.
Great for children if you want to introduce them to the world of plants as well - without the gore associated with the other series of 'Life' docs.
Strongly recommended, especially if you are a fan of Attenborough wildlife docs and must for any DVD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 17 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
“The Private Life of Plants” isn't as spectacular as David Attenborough's later foray into the kingdom of Plantae and Fungi, “Kingdom of Plants 3D”, but that's mostly a function of the camera technology. Otherwise, all the bizarre stuff is here: 500 year old strangler figs, the Venus fly trap, the pitcher plant, the giant water lily, or the perfectly ordinary bramble – ordinary, that is, until you film it with time-lapse photography, revealing that the bramble bush is about as aggressive as an expansive human empire…

Somehow, I got even more paranoid about the houseplants surrounding me as we speak, after watching clips from this six-part series! As a kid, I assumed that plants were boring and somehow “girlie”, but it seems they are just as cool as sharks or mountain lions, ha ha.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Man on 24 July 2013
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An enjoyable romp through the world of plants in the Attenborough style but he clearly is not an expert. Many errors in names he pronounces and SO many more fascinating aspects of plant evolution and function should have been shown. But many are shown in great perfection nonetheless. The time lapse sequences are always of great value to us chattering apes to understand their ways. ALL producers of natural history programs should read 'In Praise of Plants' by Francis Hallé which is very helpful in putting things in the right perspective!! So few episodes given to a fundamental subject is a symptom of our blinkered zoocentrist attitude. Ten on the bird (which are only one type of animal after all), series for goodness sake, and only six for an entire kingdom of life?? This is not good enough!
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