Only few people i know of, can teach you hundreds of things in a matter of hours without in anyway causing you to lose interest if even for a short minute. David Attenborough is without doubt one of these people, and if anything, your interest will more likely grow as the series continues. The most famous naturalist today shows us scenes that one would only expect to come from the minds of fantasy and sci-fi writers. Aliens and dragons are in many ways a close description of some of the animals portrayed in this series. The sights and sounds of the footage used will humour, shock, dazzle and enthrall you at the least. In no way has the ocean ever been so well explored and explained and undoubtebly it will be many years before this series is even rivalled. Eight one-hour long episodes will show you five years worth of research and filming in some of the most desolate places on earth, whether from the cold plains of the antarctic or the deep canyons of the atlantic more than 3 miles beneath the surface. The first episode gives you a basic introduction to the ocean and all that live in it. Thrilling action scenes for instance as you see a pod of dolphins, hundreds of shrarks and thousands of sea birds hunt in unison to catch an enormous shole of sardine. The second will take you were only a handful of people have been before, the deep. Here is where you will meet the strangest possible creatures, and most beautiful(or horrid). The third concentrates on the open ocean. Only here do you get a real impression on how big it really is. Here you see a schole, thousands of fish strong be reduced to nothing by several examples of the countless predators of the sea. The fourth will take you to the poles where you're shown the few animals that mangage to bear temperatures of downto -70°C. The fifth coveres the effect of the seasons on the oceans. Watch how the spring sun enriches the seas with minuscule life and how the food chain developes from then on. The sixth covers one of the most beautiful places on earth, the coral reefs. With the most colour rich plants and animals imaginable. Number seven covers the effect of the tides on maritime life around the world. And how even land animals depend on them to feed. And lastly eight will show you the lives of the animals that balance their life between sea and land, such as seals and penguins. Nowhere is the cycle of life and balance of nature more noticeable than in the ocean. Nothing is wasted, everything has a reason. And as much as you hate seeing a young whale been hunted by a pod of killer whales, you can't help but marvel at the countless animals dependant on the remains that will eventually sink to the depths. The only beings that disturbs this whole cycle, is... you guessed it. Disk three has a wonderful featurette showing how mankind has devastated life underwater, and how we are now trying to repare our damage. Also included is a marvellous making off featurette and interviews, showing just how much effort was actually put into the making of the blue planet. But it was well worth it, as i can't imagine a more valueable addition to your dvd collection. Unmissable to anyone who's even slightly interested in nature, and for those who aren't, i can confidently say this will quickly change their mind...
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