David Attenborough - Life in the Freezer [DVD] 
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At one and a half times the size of the United States, it has a year-round population of only 800 people. Three quarters of the world's fresh water envelops it in a layer of ice so thick it conceals mountain ranges as vast as the Alps. And with temperatures below seventy degrees centigrade and winds of up to 120 mph, Antartica is the coldest, loneliest place on Earth. But it is also a place of majestic beauty which can support astonishingly rich and varied forms of wildlife. Presented by David Attenborough, Life in the Freezer reveals incomparable standards of natural history filming to trace Antartica's seasonal cycle from the long winter months when the formation of ice almost doubles its surface area, to the brief summer when the race to breed really heats up.
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There are some incredible moments- the life and death of creatures who's whole lives seem to consist of nothing but hardship, huge mountain ranges untrod by human footsteps and the driest place on earth; where the only living things are algae in the rocks.
It's not an epic like the other Attenborough titles- the episodes are 1/2 hour or so long but what it seems to do is cover a bit of everything.
Not such a bad thing when you consider there really isn't that much there:
birds (mostly penguins)
krill (lots of)
whales (not enough of)
seals (can be nasty)
algae (a bit dull)
man (can also be nasty)
Very well put together with breathtaking camerawork this is well worth having and watching again & again.
My favorite bit of all is the Emperor Penguin, standing in a screaming blizzard for months, in darkness, huddled together in the middle of the continent, incubating his solitary egg and waiting for his partner to return so he can then walk 100 miles to the ice edge to eat himself.
The photography (BAFTA award winning) is superb and the narration is exactly what you would expect from Sir Attenborough, humourous, informative, and accessible to all ages. I can thoroughly recommend not only this title but all of Sir Attenborough's programs, from Blue Planet to Life of Mammals - They will be a much valued part of your DVD collection for years to come.
Don't miss this one.
Life in the Freezer has the best of both worlds, being very well filmed in 1993 (but obviously not in the HD class of the ludicrously-overblown "Life") while also telling a compelling story across the six episodes. The series has the unusual format of six 30 minute episodes, rather than the 50+10 minute format that has become ubiquitous since. The shorter episodes are actually superior in terms of pacing and keeping the viewer engaged throughout (and you can fit them all on a single disc!). For example, why would you labour through the ghastly anthropomorphised narration of "March of the Penguins" when you can experience the concise, powerful telling of the same story in a third of the time here? The final episode is unusual in looking at the human involvement in Antarctica; visiting (for example) Scott's hut and exploring the human legacy of exploration in the Heroic Age. I thought that the move away from the wildlife might be an irritation but, in fact, it adds another dimension to the series and ends the six episodes in a very satisfying way. I find this small masterpiece one of the absolute jewels of Attenborough's marvellous career and urge you to buy it.
Some amazing footage, including footage in the water with leopard seals!
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Anything by David Attenborough has to be fantastic and it is. Fab photography brought to the screen with excellent narration from the man himselfPublished 3 months ago by Fiona
Great documentary really factual and educational would definitely recommend this dvd series.Published 4 months ago by IAN D HAIG
ANYTHING that David Attenborough , makes... directs..narrates...Has me spellbound....ICON.Published 7 months ago by Ian Jackson