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Stunning, original and unique - Attenborough at his best!
on 12 April 2013
This is a David Attenborough series with a difference - it's not made by the BBC, and it was on Sky TV. That might make you think it would not be as good as Sir David's BBC work, but I actually enjoyed it more than most of the recent BBC series. The filming is at least as good if not better, but this has a better pace of storytelling than most - really makes it compulsive viewing. Also, amazing techniques that make plants really come to life through time lapse, slow motion and even infra red and ultra violet filming so you can see how plants look from a bee's viewpoint (they see in ultra violet!).
The makers have been really clever. They were able to capture the most amazing sequences - like plants that flower only once every 7 years - because they worked with Kew Gardens, whose experts evidently can pinpoint rare phenomena like this and tell the film makers exactly when to see these special events. So although most of the filming is done in Kew Gardens, you get a whole world of plants from the very exotic to the home grown - 90% of the world's plants are represented at Kew.
There is also a wonderful back-bone story to the series, taking you through how plants evolved over millenia, how they live and survive and thrive in the weirdest places, the secrets behind plant lives and even stories about the relationship between plants, insects, animals and humans. It has a huge sweep and of course David Attenborough is there to guide you through everything. I especially enjoyed the tale about the orchids and their huge variety and specialised adaptations - and also the carnivourous plants. There is a beautiful sequence about bats and cacti that is simply stunning.
There are great extras including a making of which is fascinating, and in the package there is information about Kew Gardens and an incredible app.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and also have the blue ray with the 3D version - which is even more amazing! It really gets you inside the plants and gives amazing almost psychedelic effects in 3D.
Worth every penny.