Life After People [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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HISTORY™ takes you on an amazing visual journey that uncovers what would happen if humans were suddenly to disappear. Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl, travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that have vanished from view in only a few decades, then head beneath the streets of New York to see how subway tunnels may become watery canals. This thought-provoking adventure combines movie-quality visual effects with insights from experts to demonstrate how the very landscape of our planet will change in our absence. Shot on-location and around the globe, Life After People features stunning, state-of-the-art CGI graphics, movie-quality visual effects, and interviews with leading experts to show the future of the Earth once humans vanish.
The very notion is deliciously ghoulish: What happens to earth if--or when--people suddenly vanished? The History Channel presents a dramatic, fascinating what-if scenario, part science fiction and part true natural science. "Welcome to Earth, Population: 0" is the catchy tagline, Life After People's is so gripping you nearly forget while you watch that you, yourself, will be gone too. It turns out that Earth can go along very nicely without us. The hardest part of the special is probably in the first 15 minutes, when pet owners confront what likely will happen to their dogs (thankfully, the show follows those dogs who break out of their houses, and the prognosis for them to survive as scavengers is good). As the fictional days and weeks tick by, the process of nature's reclaiming the planet becomes less grim and more fascinating. The impact of the lack of people will be noticed right away, as most power grids shut down around the planet. The one holdout: Hoover Dam, whose hydro power lights up the American Southwest. Scientists say the dam can continue to operate on its own for months, maybe years, keeping the Vegas Strip alight. Only the eventual accumulation of quagga mussels, an invasive species, in the cooling pipes of the power plant--currently being cleaned by humans--will shut down the dam. Elsewhere, critters and plants will have their run of Manhattan and every other previously "civilized" spot. Inventive photography shows bears clambering out of subway stations, and vines pulling down brownstones, then skyscrapers. It may not be a surprise when the Eiffel Tower and Space Needle meet their eventual fates, but the scenes nonetheless provide a pleasant sting of shock. Life After People is humbling, yet exhilarating. -- A.T. HurleySee all Product description
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Here is no dead people because they have simply vansished with no reason given
like a virus or plague.
Though its impossible for people to disappear just like that this film is about what would happen if such a thing took place.
It develops though years,centuries and ends at 25000 years/
The only life is the animals which roam the planet and its like it was on Day 5 according to the Bible.
Somehow it gaves a whole new meaning to John Lennon's song Imagine because that is what this IS-it imagines a World without people and takes thousands of years to remove all traces of a once thriving civilization.
The animals have simply adapted and cats have been able to make a better life than dogs who as domesticated pets were entirely reliant on Humans.Unlike cats who made their own rules and adopted US rather than the other way round.
Seagulls for instance are no lonnger reliant on the World's rubbish dumps because the oceans are full of fish
Insects breed abundantly as some species eat all the wood.
City streets are full of Zoo animals
During the first week all the food in the supermarkets goes rotten and is eventually eaten by dogs as the electricity supplies shut down,the only one not affected being the Hoover Dam in the States.
Grass grows in all the streets and through the years plants cause building s to crack and topple.Underground theres more chaos which results in wide spread flooding-and buildings which fall through the ground- and thats not counting the Thames Barrier which puts London under water.Fires rage uncontrolled in California,the ice caps melt and eventually the Earth looks like Mars.All that's left of man made structures are in the desert and eventually even they are covered in sand.
The Great Wall of China is intact and that's about it.
If a similar thing is found on the next Mars probe it will show life once existed there
Its all about the mould and spores which destroy all the books in the libraries,the crumbling to dust of all film and compact disc media and the eternal rust which collapses the bridges.
After 1000 years the Eiffel Tower falls.So does the Empire State Building.
And as the voiceover by Robert Powell points out a similar thing happenned in Chernobyl where not one person lives
I am very disappointed in the Life After People Season One Blu-ray version.
Having bought Season One (in non-Blu-ray format), I have recently bought & watched Season Two in Blu-ray & was so impressed in the quality difference that I decided to order Season One again in Blu-ray format. I was astounded to find, upon receiving this Season One Blu-ray, that you get a less than quarter of the content on the blu-ray, as opposed to the standard DVD.
Season 1 (standard format) 3 discs, 445 minutes viewing time.
Season 1 (Blu-ray) 1 disc, 100 minutes viewing time! More money (albeit in better quality), far less content.
Some people who written reviews are critisizing about the extra's, but I was very pleased with them. Apart from one item about the special effects, they really are deleted / extended scenes and they do give a lot of extra information, although I can understand why they left them out of the feature film.
I highly recommand this film. It gives a lot of information and it's fun to know that the last lights that go out on Planet Earth will be those of Las Vegas ! Buy the film to find out why.
That said, the first hour is fantastic, particularly to any End Of The World genre buffs like myself, and deserves 5 stars in itself. There are some excellent interviews illustrated with truly awesome graphics, and you are left feeling just how transient homo sapien's time on this planet is. We may be having an enormous impact while we are here, but once we are gone little will be left to mark our presence. In two thousand years the pyramids will linger, as will the Hoover Dam (it's made of solid rock) and also the monument at Mt. Rushmore. But everything else will be gone, even the cities. Films like Planet of the Apes or Spielberg's AI got it all very wrong.
And it's here, an hour in, that the program loses steam. Which is a shame because a wee bit of restructuring would easily have given it better dramatic shape.
Well worth seeing, especially for any disaster nut, but it does peter out, and the makers really should have properly credited Weisman for the concept.