Man, what's with all the hoopla? They're releasing two versions so folks can pick whom they want for the narrator. Why all the whining and yapping about poor Oprah? And why would you need a natural sciences degree to NARRATE for God's sake? They use a script, you know, and I doubt the narrator has much/anything to do with the script. They don't just set the narrator in a booth, play the show, and say, "Okay, have at it!"
I will certainly not be purchasing the Oprah version, but it makes no sense to sit and yammer non-stop about how terrible Oprah is when two versions are available with the narrator of each clearly marked on front.
I don't understand what's up with all the hate either. It's fine to prefer one over the other but why are there so many 1 star reviews already from people who haven't even watched the US version? I never understood why people choose to review products on Amazon they don't have any experience with, doesn't help anybody.
Albert A. Martin: Great question, but it wouldn't have worked for Planet Earth because the episodes on the Discovery Channel version were slightly shorter than on the BBC version. Don't know yet if there's any difference with Life.
Hey Jesse maybe it's because the original script was WRITTEN by David Attenborough, we are not whining and yapping because the US "narration" was by some illiterate, it's because they change someone that knows what he's talking about with someone that read it to you like if you were stupid, which tell us that she knows who's buying her version. It's great that we can buy the BBC version, but it's a shame that they decided to air the OW version. Now we NTSC folks have to wait until June.
Before everyone hauls off and buys the UK version it would be helpful to know if it will even play in U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray players. Many times discs are region specific and won't even work. I hope the Attenborough version will work here in the U.S.
Is the US and BBC video versions the same? Or is the narration text the same, and only the narrator is different? I hope that the narration text is better on the BBC version with David Attenborough. Does anyone know?
J. Evans says: "Before everyone hauls off and buys the UK version it would be helpful to know if it will even play in U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray players. Many times discs are region specific and won't even work. I hope the Attenborough version will work here in the U.S."
This seems to be a common question so we'll address it here: The Attenborough-narrated version that you can buy at Amazon.com and is coming out on June 1 is a U.S. release with the U.K. narration. It is *not* a U.K. DVD release and it will play in U.S. players.
Quick Possible "DUH" question: your posts have explained the differences in the narration (thank you), but I just would like to double check to see if the David Attenborough version has the same stunning visual content... in other words, is the stunning photography/visual portion of the Oprah version exactly the same as David's version - only the words have been changed?
Yes, they have the same footage, but since the Oprah version was on television, they have been edited. In fact in an interview the executive producer for the Discovery Channel version stated that they rearranged the order of many sequences to play better to an "American" audience.
Only the Attenborough/BBC version has ALL the footage from the series.