David Attenborough: Life In The Undergrowth - The Complete Seires [DVD]
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The complete series presented by David Attenborough, exploring the extraordinary world of insects and invertebrates. For every one human being, there are 200 million insects, and our planet's ecology is entirely dependent on their existence. In this series, Attenborough uses groundbreaking and sophisticated new camera techniques to investigate how insects first developed, how they adapted to winged flight, how silk became essential to invertebrate survival, and how insects reproduce and managed to develop the most complex social groups in the animal kingdom. Episodes are: 'Invasion of the Land'; 'Taking to the Air'; 'The Silk Spinners'; 'Intimate Relations'; and 'Supersocieties'.
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The 5 programmes are: 1) 'Invasion of the Land' which shows how marine invertebrates clambered onto the land about 400 million years ago, and gradually adapted to and populated every suitable environment. 2) 'Taking to the Air' tells how insects began to fly and in some cases became incredibly proficient fliers. 3) 'The Silk Spinners' looks at a variety of invertebrates (not just spiders and silk-worms) that employ silk for many purposes. 4) 'Intimate Relations' examines some of the ways invertebrates interact with other species of plants and animals - both symbiotic and parasitic.Read more ›
The television series takes us down to their scale, using the latest in technology to get astonishing close ups of the insect world. And the images are truly astonishing. The tiniest creatures are revealed in their everyday struggle for survival. You are left with total admiration for their problem solving skills - they have each evolved to find a niche which they can exploit and in which they can thrive. There are spiders with ingenious means of capturing their prey … and there's a millipede which climbs inside caves and hunts bats! They live lonely lives, they live in vast societies. They climb high, they delve low. Some fly, some tunnel. There is such variety, each episode holds you rapt.
And my favourites? I am not happy with spiders - now there's an admission - but they fascinate me. So do ants, and the presentation of the ultimate society at work is utterly absorbing. But, my absolute favourite is the mating of the leopard slugs, incredibly beautiful, incredibly tender, incredibly erotic - and I am not planning to see a therapist.
The series explores the many worlds of the invertebrates and also offers invaluable insight into the way the films were made. It's an instructive set of DVD's which should inspire you not only to look more closely at the teeming life which surrounds you, unnoticed, but which may also stimulate your interest in photography and science. A series you can watch again and again, and, if you are hooked, I advocate that you look at the buglife.org website for further information on the subject.
This latest production by the BBC Natural History unit is another winner. I kept on having to remind myself that the scale being filmed at was sometimes much less than a millimeter. An example of this was watching an insect which itself was no larger than a millimeter laying its eggs onto another insect. The eggs which must have been invisible to the human eye filled half the screen.
Part of the reason for the fascination I guess was the novelty of it all. Having watched umpteen videos on crocodiles lunging at their hapless victim crossing the rivers of the Serengeti, lions sauntering across the savannah, sharks attacking its prey, it was refreshing to watch four hours of footage where the likelihood of having been exposed to similar images was negligible.
Obviously the behaviour portrayed was picked for its uniqueness & originality. But that is all part of good story telling ' accentuate the unusual. One can argue that the full spectrum of insects was not adequately covered but that was the producer's prerogative.
I always watch the video on how the video was made. In this case it was weak.
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I find Attenborough's work just fascinating. I always learn new things and end up seeing the world differently.Published 2 months ago by L B
Such an awesome series!
If, like me, you find insect life and evolution of species fascinating, then this is the series for you!
Another engrossing natural history series from David Attenborough.. The DVD version I bought has has very good picture quality and detail in some of the close up scenes are very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by L.W