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BBC excels AGAIN in natural history dept.,
This review is from: Journey Of Life [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 23 Feb 2012 18:36:42 GMT
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R. A. Williams says:
How I do agree about music in more recent BBC documentaries. It seems to get worse with every new production: loud, hideous, insolently drowning out the speakers and even the commentary. I wish one could press the red button and get rid of it, or buy a DVD with a 'get rid of the foul music' option!
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