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Let down by poor editing!
on 3 December 2014
There is no doubt that this series has some stunning shots of amazing scenery and wildlife. But I'm not so sure about the glitzy use of camera trickery all the time, nor the soundtrack that seems to be suffering from some sort of identity crisis. It's pretty distracting and does nothing to help an episode already suffering from jumping (seemingly randomly) from one subject to another. I found myself wishing that they covered less subjects and allowed us to see a little more about each one; it just feels like they're rushing to cram everything in. Matters aren't helped by some truly cheesy narration. I don't know who wrote it, but it sounds like embarrassingly bad prose in parts. Matters aren't helped by UK version narrator Chitewel Ejiofor's pronunciation, either. It's ARCTIC, Chitewel, not ARTIC!
But all this is small potatoes compared to just how bad some of the editing is. Regularly, in the middle of a description from Chitewel, the screen will quite suddenly go black for a second or two and then come back on again. Some scenes also suffer badly from the camera juddering. Episode one, Born to Be Wild, for example, shows particularly poor editing in the scenes involving caribou on migration being hunted by two wolves. The voice over stops suddenly mid sentence just as the mother realises her calf has been left behind, the screen cuts to black and then it cuts back to a scene already shown some moments before - and we're treated to a repeat of the narration we just heard! Appalling! This sort of sloppy work really detracts from the enjoyment of the DVD and is pretty inexcusable in this day and age.