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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent testimony to a life narrating about the wild
David Attenborough could have easily adopted a sentimental approach as he reviewed & prognosticated about what an eventful life he led & how fortunate he had been to be able to personally witness the splendors of natural history.

Instead he adopts his usual approach of presenting a string of interesting factoids to illuminate his point.

It is not...
Published 18 months ago by DF McCleland

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3.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY?
Most of it isn't really blu ray and some doesn't even look upscaled to HD but it was interesting to see the progress they've made
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent testimony to a life narrating about the wild, 31 Dec 2012
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DF McCleland (Johannesburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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David Attenborough could have easily adopted a sentimental approach as he reviewed & prognosticated about what an eventful life he led & how fortunate he had been to be able to personally witness the splendors of natural history.

Instead he adopts his usual approach of presenting a string of interesting factoids to illuminate his point.

It is not stated at any point in the documentary what the real reasons for the production of this documentary are. However David Attenborough, at age 83, finally decided to retire from the BBC, one can reliably assume that it is a celebration of the most pre-eminent exponents & presenters of Natural History documentaries in the world.

This three hour documentary is handled over 3 episodes; each dealing with a different topic as follows:
* Life on Camera
* Understanding the Natural World
* Our Fragile Planet

The first episode deals with the role of technology over the past 60 years & the limitations thereof. David Attenborough has always been a keen proponent for the adoption of the latest technology where this would argument, enhance or eliminate the shortcomings of the existing technology.

David Attenborough deftly handles this by using his documentaries as the basis for his story. Starting with his initial documentary 60 years ago entitled Zoo Quest with its grainy black & white images, he gradually illustrates each technological improvement through the lens of his own documentaries.

The Seventies saw the introduction of colour when David Attenborough was appointed the first MD of BBC's Colour TV Channel. Fortunately David quickly "retired" from Senior Management & resumed his role as a Presenter.

The Eighties & Nineties saw the introduction of Infra-red & Light Intensification
Cameras. Both advances allowed David to explore the nocturnal world.

The success of documentaries such as Planet Earth can be attributed to the use of the latest advance in camera technology: the gyroscopically controlled & helicopter mounted cameras.

Each manifestation of technology has allowed David to continue engaging with the viewers' sense of wonder.

What he neglects to cover albeit briefly or as an aside that he has now been involved in a number of documentaries using the 3D technology. Even at his age, he is still pushing the envelope!

The second episode goes off at a tangent & deals with advances in mans' understand of wildlife both at the over-arching level but also at the detail level. When David first starting producing Documentaries, the theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, had been well known for centuries. However the mechanism was unknown. Until the discovery of DNA by James Watson & Francis Crick in 1953 it remained an enigma.

A similar void existed as far as geology went. The whole theory of tectonic plates & their role in movements of the continents was considered heretical until the Sixties.

At the animal level, a similar void existed. For instance, the brilliant plumage of the Birds of Paradise, as they were paradigmatically called, was first photographed by David in the 50's. As the photos were not in colour, the exercise had to be repeated 30 years later.

The final episode is entitled Our Fragile Planet. It is a sobering finale to years of exploration & viewing wild life for one to be brought back to earth with a bump. David details the tragic story of man's explosive population growth & its concomitant sibling, exploding demand for food & resources.

Without this episode becoming a propaganda piece for the likes of organisations such as Greenpeace, David weaves his concerns about man's destruction of the natural habitat through half a dozen examples.

The first to go under the microscope is the palm oil industry in Indonesia. This has resulted in the eradication of vast swathes of tropical rain forest to be replaced by tens of miles of palm oil trees. The interconnectedness of the eco-system is highlighted by this practice. The impact of these silvicultural practices is more profound than the mere destruction of the trees themselves. In this case the habitat of the loveable orang-utang disappeared & with the orang-utang itself.

In a like manner, David deals with the precarious position of the affectionate Mountain Gorillas in eastern Uganda & the oceanic behemoth itself, the 100 tonne Blue Whale.

David is without a peer in the production of Natural History documentaries. Even at 84, he is able to find an entertaining angle to enthuse & enthrall others with his love of the wild.

Yet again, he has not disappointed.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 3 Dec 2012
This review is from: Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild [Blu-ray & UV Copy] (Blu-ray)
Nothing you may write about Sir David Attenborough can do him full justice.

He is one of those people you automatically feel unqualified to make any sort of comment at all (much like Richard Feynman, but for different reasons).

That Sir David has become a household name and is universally loved would be stating the obvious.

Watching this documentary takes you back to times where programs were about contents, rather than graphics.

Sir David makes the explanations very personal, with that child-like wide-eyed luminosity in the way he seems to be discovering with you the very things he is explaining.

I will treasure his DVDs in the same way I did with the ones from Carl Sagan. They are an instant classic that will be remembered for a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, 10 Feb 2013
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This DVD is well presented. I found the contents absolutely riveting. It was exceedingly interesting and informative. A great buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60 Years in the Wild, 5 Jan 2013
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60 Years in the Wild was an unmissable series; typical magic from David Attenborough and so special to hear about bygone techniques and his inspirations. Wonderful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The culmination of a splendid life, 27 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild [Blu-ray & UV Copy] (Blu-ray)
It is fascinating to watch David Attenborough age gracefully while retaining the fascination and wonder that always made his eyes and mind the best possible perspective one could have to view this amazing planet he inhabits with us all. Thank you for a life well lived!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd's!, 2 Jan 2013
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Superb - Wonderful photography and so interesting to see the history. Most enjoyable. A really remarkable fellow is Sir David!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 23 Mar 2013
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Just so interesting to see behind the scenes and learn more about wildlife photography. and such brilliant photography . what a fantastic job David has and what a wonderful narrator he is
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching ?, 25 Dec 2012
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Wonderful to view the work of David Attenborough throughout his career . His enthusiasm for what he does always engages you in the particular topic he is discussing .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild, 5 Mar 2013
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Another masterpiece from David Attenborough and wonderful to watch his story unfold. I cannot thank him enough for all his efforts on our behalf to show us the natural world with such pains-taking skill, in all its intriguing beauty over so many years.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comments by an old lady., 17 Jan 2013
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Beryl P. Wales "Aussie Sheila" (Sydney Australia) - See all my reviews
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I wanted to be reminded of all the things he'd done since he started, and there are shots of him as a young man,
and his early work. Very enjoyable.
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