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An epic voyage through the history of the natural world
on 1 January 2016
Wonderful series now on blu ray, very informative. 4:3 frame ratio, sound very clear. Colours are quite well defined & levels of detail are very good for a documentary released in 1979. Picture has been cleaned up quite a bit. The series follows the history of life in clear logical steps, each episode introduces a new development along our evolutionary history, e.g. reptiles. David Attenborough as ever is flawless in his delivery. The episode on fish was fascinatingoing, fish with 4 eyes fish to fish with no eyes. Attenborough often appears on camera as well as narrating. The series contains 701 minutes of footage. Range of locations very impressive. Camera not steady when on plane. Music subtle, background music not trying to compete with narrator. Drier less dramatic/emotional more matter of a fact delivery. Fine level of grain covers footage which is very subtle and never off putting, day light shots gorgeously lit, detail good even in shadow. Even in murkier environments with less light alot of detail is captured by the cameras such as fish underwater. Low light shots less common .Wouldn't be surprised if some major restoration had been done to the film negatives before this was scanned. End point where film was still in use excellent, colurs balanced natural not aggressively bold like today. Taken digital a long time to catch up, just getting there in my opinion. Less slow motion, less fluid, filmed from further back, more static. Editing excellent very nicely cut together. Soon be 40 years old. Amazing adaptations. Develops from similar to more complex forms of life finishing with the primates. Slow motion shots of frogs leaping very impressive as is their use of tongue to catch insects. Darwin episode 1, fossils, excellent attempt to plot evolutionary history of our planet using modern examples and fossils. Music lovely. High production values in range of locations, camera quality and access to planes. Avoids overhead shots or filming from jeep following a hunt. Some graphics explaining self replicating DNA for instance. Various addaptational breakthroughs. Less emotional approach to animals. Human evolution is also covered in extensive detail. Lots of tripod shots, some stuff with insects shot in a studio and underwater, not enough light.
Awful green screen shot of attenborough in foreground locus