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Journey Of Life [DVD]

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  • Producers: James Honeyborne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVKBG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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BBC documentary using state-of-the-art graphic techniques to show how the human race has been forged by evolution from the humblest beginnings to the conquering of a planet. From the depths of the ocean where life on Earth first began in the form of microscopic plankton, the programme moves on to the first footprints found on land dating back to over 500 million years ago: tiny tracks but giant steps on the journey of life.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC excels AGAIN in natural history dept. 29 Oct 2006
A superb from TV natural history documentary - one of the best I have seen in a long while. This superbly filmed 2 disc offering, 4 hours and 50 minutes, is what the BBC does so well - and it sits perfectly alongside any collection of David Attenborough documentaries!

Steve Leonard is a superb choice to lead us through the complete history of evolution - explaining in detail HOW life comes to be where it is today - from the first hints of life to multi-cellular humans, and even beyond! - close on 5 hours, never before spent so well! Everything is explained in detail, without being patronising, dumbed down, or too boring, and the filming is a visual treat all the way through. There is no frustrating overlay of needless music either, as seen in so many other productions (even some BBC, like Deep Blue) - often drowning out the narration. Here, any music is coincidental, and quiet enough so we can actually hear what is being said, or just listen to the natural background sounds.

Use is made of technology too, with computerised imagery used to good effect - demonstrating points, though never over dramatising. This is truly a set worth buying if you are at all curious about the world around you, and have any sense of wonder or desire for education - yet it is probably pitched just right for the average person to benefit fully from it. You may just become addicted!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sensible, informal survey of living creatures 29 Aug 2006
Five one-hour programs - life in the sea, then land and then air. Animal predators, parasites and cooperators. Human life - how we became different from the other apes and why chimps can't tie a shoelace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good DVD on the evolution of life 23 Dec 2007
I had some knowledge about the evolution of life before watching this DVD but felt hat I needed to develop my knowledge about it a little more.I enjoyed watching and learning about the evolutionary stages of just about all forms of animal and plant life on Earth. The explanation of the evolution of humans was particularly interesting. The picture and sound quality is very good, explanations clear and to the point. I think this DVD can teach absolute beginners and also people who are already experts on the topic. Ideas about the probable future evolution of humans is also given.The question of " how did the present state of affairs come into being ? how and why did this develop or evolve this way ? " is raised several times during the DVD followed by flashbacks to millions sometimes even billions of years ago to get to the root of the causes and developments. Steve Leonard who appears on the DVD from time to time is sympathetic, talks clearly and uses humor at the right dose. I strongly recommend this DVD to anyone who is curious about the evolution and the peresent sate of life forms on Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous introduction to evolution 1 Jan 2009
Great series covering evolution from the beginning and how all species are linked - all life on earth is connected. The frst programme covers the beginnings of the sea environment, plants and the effects of gravity, then on to amphibians, mammmals, anthropods and flying creatures - and ultimately us, who are way down in the population figures. If that meteorite had missed earth 65 million years ago the dinosaurs could still be here, and few mammals. Excellent introduction to many subjects, Steve Leonard could be a worthy successor to David Attenborough, he explains things so well, is hands-on and gets his feet wet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent entertainment 12 July 2011
By Suzy
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Such documentaries are rare. The evolutionary steps towards the homo sapiens sapiens is wonderfully presented and explained and my children were just awed by the gradually forming of life cells in the depth of the ocean and their evolution towards our technological and high-tech age human beings. This is a very beautiful programme and not only for children but also for anybody interested in evolution and anthropology. Steve Leonard is a brilliant and enthusiastic presenter with lots of humour. This DVD is a real treasure for young and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 Sep 2013
By K H
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I watched this DVD a while ago and was completely satisfied with it. Great educational value. I will definitely return to it to make sure I haven't forgotten any of its points.
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