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5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing after 25 years
First broadcast way back in 1979, Life on Earth remains the single most impressive achievement in the history of wildlife film-making.
The series offers a broad overview of the whole history of life, beginning with the very earliest cells and leading right up to the appearance of man, using footage of various living plants and animals from around the world to...
Published on 18 Jan 2004 by Matt

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great content - flawed video and sound quality
I admit to be rather harsh in the overall rating of this otherwise great documentary. But his has to be said that the video is grainy throughout and the sound is just horrible by modern standards. A constant backround hissing sometimes underlayed with a deep tremor. Adding to the grainy images sometimes the lens is dust specled.
Just by the fact that David is in full...
Published on 25 Aug 2010 by Oliver Wolter


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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic, Breathtaking, Brilliant..., 4 Feb 2008
This review is from: Life on Earth [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
...add your own superlative here. This is television at its best- informative, amazing and full of sights and sounds to astound. David Attenboroughs presentation is note-perfect, and despite its age this program still ranks as one of the greatest programs ever made.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content - flawed video and sound quality, 25 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Life on Earth [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
I admit to be rather harsh in the overall rating of this otherwise great documentary. But his has to be said that the video is grainy throughout and the sound is just horrible by modern standards. A constant backround hissing sometimes underlayed with a deep tremor. Adding to the grainy images sometimes the lens is dust specled.
Just by the fact that David is in full hair and not the least bit grey should say something about the date of the original film material.
Still, you would need a high end TV and Sound system to be put off by it.
The content is as allways, by Sir D. Attenborough standards, superb. But not easily digested like Earth or Blue planet. It delwes more into the chemical and biogenetical issues of the matter and requires time and concentration to be fully apppreciated.
Ah, and one more point, it is 4:3. So that gives you quite a nice set of black bars, left and right on your 16:9 sized TV-set.

So, despite the great content, I still gave it "only" 3 stars to make a point. Because I would have liked to have known this beforehand.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life on Earth., 8 Oct 2009
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Mr. R. E. Billing (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Life on Earth [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
This series by David Attenborough was a series which was a pioneering series at its time in 1979, but has been superseded in the last ten years. This series is average with respects to series which are produced today and is a little long winded with 13 hour long episodes. The British series Journeys of life and the American Sciences series The Shape of Life, produced in the last ten years are far more informative and far shorter in duration.
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