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Evolve (4-Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Each 45-minute episode of this fascinating series takes one evolutionary survival trait (e.g. eyes, skin or venom) & shows variations among different species & how they have developed. It covers the entire spectrum of animal life from dinosaurs to humans, including insects, fish & everything else in between.

Frankly, I felt I was taking a bit of a punt by buying this boxset because when it comes to natural world documentaries, I'd so far stuck exclusively to ones produced by the BBC's David Attenborough. I was also somewhat concerned that like so many modern documentary series, it may consist of lots of flashy visuals & CGI but very little content. However, the very opposite is true - the visuals are great but not stunning & each episode is crammed with countless amazing facts to annoy your friends with (did you know that rabbits have 360-degree vision & that sharks were among the first vertebrates to evolve a penis?). It also explains how scientists have figured these things out, such as how we know so much about Tyrannosaurus Rex's eyesight & mating habits when all that has survived is their fossilised skeletons. This gave me a sense of genuine awe of not only the animal kingdom but also how utterly cunning scientists can be. There were many sequences which I find myself literally gazing at with jaw dropped in wonder.

While Evolve is certainly not a visual feast in the same league as Life or Nature's Great Events, it makes up for it by being crammed with fascinating content. So many facts are prised into each episode that it would be impossible to remember more than a fraction of them after a single viewing, making this an awe-insipring series that can be watched over & over again. It's like opening a box of chocolates & being pleasantly surprised to find it has a second layer!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2011
The show is good & got good material however the narrator is too imposing & his voice is too intrusive in the commentary. It would've been better to get rid of him all together & let the scientists do the talk or get a more appealing voice to narrate. Also every episode is crammed with material that could've made 2 hours show instead of 1 hr. I guess he producer wanted to have everything in there while editing hours of useful material in the studio. In natural history documentaries, sometimes "Less is more".

Also every episode is made of 4-5 chunks that don't necessarily fit in together... I think it's made this way for TV ads breaks. However when watched as one set, it doesn't flow smoothly & fit naturally with the previous scene. In summary it's got good material but the execution of the programme could've been better. And also closer to the end of every episode it gets more like a marathon trying to keep up with the narrator's voice.
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on 14 June 2015
This was ok. It is a collection of quite a few episodes. I do prefer ones where the voice was not so dominating and focussed a bit more on the wildlife but still good I just think there are better series out there but some people may prefer this style. It is very American in its presentation with strong commentary.
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on 9 September 2014
The series is interesting, but the narrator is very annoying and the editing is way too fast. It is cut so fast, that sometimes I had a hard time making out what they were showing. I also didn't like that they used so many extreme close ups. Wouldn't buy again.
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on 10 May 2014
I still haven't watched it all yet. I like what i have seen so far, its hard work taking all this in to be honest, but i will watch it all.
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I gave up on this series after it contained too many inaccuracies
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on 30 March 2015
Haven't watched it yet, but assume it's good & well researched.
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on 11 December 2014
Very good and very fast thankyou.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
Bought for christmas as a present.Son rates it.Will be buying more of the same topic,looking forwards to that. Great stuff.
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on 25 January 2015
Good book
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