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Life [DVD]

David Attenborough    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA4FG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This enthralling BBC series examines "the lengths living beings go to to stay alive," in the words of Sir David Attenborough. Aided by breathtaking high-definition cinematography, the makers of Planet Earth explore the more colourful strategies the world's creatures employ to procreate, evade predators, and obtain nourishment. Cameras travel though the air, under the water, and right into the faces of insects, like the alien visage of the stalk-eyed fly. Except for "Challenges of Life" and "Hunters and Hunted," each episode covers a different category, such as mammals and birds. Among the more memorable images: three cheetahs move with the relentless rhythm of mobsters, a school of flying fish glides through the air with the grace of ballerinas, and a Jesus Christ lizard skips across the water, like, well, you know. The strangest sights range from a pebble toad bouncing away from a spider like a rubber ball and brown-tufted capuchin monkeys pounding palm nuts with stone tools like the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Witty writing and skilful editing, which distils thousands of hours of footage, make the learning go down easy (at one point, Sir David references Jurassic Park, which featured his brother, Richard).

If the sound effects seem overamped, George Fenton's score is always on the money, adding humour and suspense at crucial moments (martial drums for the mud skippers, woozy brass for the Darwin's beetle). Nonetheless, delicate sensibilities may find some sequences disturbing, as when Komodo dragons feed on a water buffalo or when a leopard seal dines on a penguin (according to Attenborough, the Komodo siege caused the camera operators "emotional turmoil"). More often, the filmmakers capture the moment of impact before moving on. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com

Product Description

Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. Packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment - and stunning screen firsts' - this breathtaking ten-part blockbuster brings you 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world.

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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After Planet Earth became a legendary hit on home cinema for certain sequences on full HD, there were high expectations placed on any HD follow up releases. Life doesn't disappoint in this respect. 4 Years in the making, this Latest series is a bewildering showcase of the reclusive types of life we find on the planet and technology used to capture it.

As opposed to being a purely educational lesson on the variety of species and their relations with each other and their environment, it is the weird and wonderful species that get the film time. This is a good thing due to the rarity of some of the obtained footage. The skill that has been required by the team to capture these moments is immense, probably not replicable by all other wildlife documentary makers due to time and budget constraints.

Episodes are 50 minutes long followed by a ten minute insight into their efforts at the end illustrating the techniques used to film a single scene in an episode. Each episode covers a separate animal group, with some episodes covering broader issues such as hunters and prey and general challenges faced by some life. These broader episodes do often have repeated footage, eg some penguin sequences are shared between the `challenges of life' episode and the `birds' episode. As I watched these all in quick succession, I found some parts repetitive, but watching some of the more stunning sequences for a second time was still welcomed.

Particular highlights were seeing the primates at work and using tools, which deeply illustrated our genetic proximity to them. (It made me wonder at times if I could actually find an example of a primate making more intelligent use of its environment and each other than a human).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary monument 29 Sep 2010
Format:Blu-ray
There aren't superlative's enough to describe this achievement. But it is not only phenomenal but also intimate, rich in detail, storylines well constructed, and captivating. And for those reasons, to be quite honest, I found it to be even better than "Earth".
To stories told offer an unique insight and often are the first of it's kind - ever.

And then Sir David Attenborough - ahh. What can you say, he is simply the best. He explains what is necessary, he pauses when to take in the scenery, he has a good humour, and most importantly for me, he is "Genuine".

The only thing that disappointed me a little, is that I don't believe the description of the blu-ray to be true. It states to be 1080p, I found it to be 1080i. Nothing to worry about, the picture quality is spectecular. Still one might wonder if it is a typo or a deliberate mistake. An otherwise such brilliant monument in documentary deserves better than that.

It has 10 different episodes of about 50min:
1. "Challenges of Life"
2. "Reptiles and Amphibians"
3. "Mammals"
4. "Fish"
5. "Birds"
6. "Insects"
7. "Hunters and Hunted"
8. "Creatures of the Deep"
9. "Plants"
10. "Primates"
And each episode is tailed by a short "Making of". This is not some information on the side but something which adds tremendous value. (By the way, "Earth" blu-ray hasn't got the "Making of" - only the DVD version.) For example the additional images given in the production of the Komodo Dragons was just breathtaking. The attacking Komodo Dragon scene couldn't be presented in the Episode because it was chasing by a cameraman. The hazzle and emotion of the team gave a better understanding of the whole story.

So here it is:
One of THE BEST DOCUMENTARY there is.
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189 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir David Attenborough- The BBCs greatest asset 29 Nov 2009
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I sometimes despair of the BBC under current management with there huge salaries and 70p car parking claims! That said I can forgive Mark Thompson almost anything when it comes to squeezing every last drop of wisdom and learning from one of the greatest Britons of this century Sir David Attenborough. The words "national treasure" is overused but what we are witnessing is the development of the most remarkable "database" of natural history which will last through the ages but which also comes with a serious warning about our impact on the climate. Sir David and his partners the brilliant BBC natural history unit based at Bristol have generated one of the great bodies of research work of the past hundred years and a miraculous advert for intelligent television and quality programming.

You also sometime recoil when you consider what a wasted medium television has become. Bruce Springsteen once sung of "57 channels and nothing on" and surf that remote on any day and you sometimes long for the days of 4 firecely competitive channels who had to major on quality and not the lowest denominator. Quite how we have managed to debase the genre in this way is worrying and astounding. Yet before we lose faith there is always oasis of quality and in the case of Attenborough's programmes the standard never dips.

In this current programme "Life" there is so many highlights it is difficult to single them out. But one thinks of the filming of the tense and pitiful portrayal of the first footage of komodo dragons hunting a water buffalo and stalking the animal for weeks as the poison they have injected through bites disable the creature. The tricks of Dolphins to catch mullets by stirring up ocean mud and the killer whales coming to shore to catch seals are equally memorable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
As all of the other sets from David Attenborough these are amazing. Staggering camerawork backs up the brilliant narrative. He is also quite humorous too. Read more
Published 2 days ago by C. Horswill
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic films, fast shipping
These naturefilms from BBC are fantastic!. They were shipped fast and arrived fast. Price was more than nice too.
Many, many hour of excellent entertainment for a small price. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Per Fredrik Insulan
5.0 out of 5 stars good one
not up to the mark as the planet earth. however a contemporary content to watch. information shared were good along with the quality of the picture
Published 12 days ago by Mohan Babu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
What can you say about Attenborough that hasn't already been said? Bought as a gift, my Grandad was made up with it.
Published 29 days ago by Mark Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars A real delight
Nobody does it better than David Attenborough, this production is of the same excellent standard of his previous work. 5 stars
Published 1 month ago by bob
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WILDEBEEST ARE REALLY UP TO WHEN WE AREN'T AROUND...
WHAT WILDEBEEST ARE REALLY UP TO WHEN WE AREN'T AROUND...
The camera work was totally amazing.
Mind and heart blowing stuff indeed! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. G. Donaghey
5.0 out of 5 stars Life - BBC
Can you go wrong with Attenborough and the BBC. The photography is mind blowing and this is perfect for lazy days on the sofa when its too cold to go and see things like this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC never fails!
Till now I've always been very satisfied by BBC's documentaries.
A masterpiece realized with amazing images, narrated by the great David Attenborough's voice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Domenico
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Big Dave Attenborough at his finest
Essential viewing even for someone who generally wouldn't be that interested in wildlife programs.
Big Dave makes everything entertaining with his infectious sense of wonder... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon Mowbray
5.0 out of 5 stars david attenborough
as a rule for me if david Attenborough narrates or is part of a programme its normally really really good.
Published 1 month ago by aaron paul whitworth
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