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Life [Blu-ray] (2010)

Oprah Winfrey  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (761 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 586 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (761 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039UTDFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

The 10-episode miniseries on four discs, narrated by Oprah Winfrey
Making-of segment for each episode, narrated by David Attenborough
Deleted scenes
Option to play without narration

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Product Description

From the BBC and the Discovery Channel, producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the newest landmark natural history series, Life. In Planet Earth, we brought you the world as you’ve never seen it before. Now, get closer with Life. Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, with breathtaking new high definition filming techniques not available for Planet Earth, Life presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. Packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment, this remarkable 11-part blockbuster, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, captures unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences and demonstrates the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
Featurette
Music Only Track


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411 of 425 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Over the past two decades, the BBC Natural History Unit has become a prolific documentary factory of the highest order, with ever-improving skills and increasing dedication. Some of their productions are relatively minor, but this is one of their flagships, and you can tell this because they use David Attenborough as the narrator (who is still in top form).

The theme for this 10-part series is the challenges of life and how various animals and plants solve them. This includes unusual and extreme food gathering techniques, hunting strategies, surprising evolutionary weapons and defenses, adaptations to harsh environments, mating rituals, and the lengths they go to in order to pick the right breeding partners.

Each episode covers this vast topic in specific areas: The first episode is an overview and top-20 hit parade of the upcoming episodes. Each of the ensuing episodes then cover a branch of the animal kingdom, including reptiles, insects, mammals, plants, birds, fish, with additional specialized episodes covering hunting, sea-life and primates.

This will obviously overlap with many of their previous releases, especially The Trials of Life, Attenborough's series covering the animal kingdom, and even The Living Planet and Planet Earth. But their approach here is interestingly well-chosen: Previously covered footage and educational information is usually summarized, before continuing with the more obscure, the upgraded, and the exciting new details.
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707 of 761 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why pay the same for lower quality? March 20, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
The Life series is fantastic, but it comes in two versions -- this one, narrated by Oprah Winfrey for the US market; and the original version as narrated by the naturalist David Attenborough.

While the cinematography remains unchanged, Oprah's narration lacks the depth that Attenborough's years of experience as both naturalist and narrator brings to the table. I strongly recommend waiting for the US release of the original BBC version, narrated by David Attenborough.
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651 of 707 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You have got to be kidding me. March 21, 2010
By K.H.
Format:Blu-ray
This is atrocious. I'm watching "Life" on Discovery channel right now, with Oprah narrating. Some of the reviewers said that the script was re-written for her, and I can believe it. I can't believe Attenborough saying lines like "hunting crab seals is toooo much work!" Oprah narrates this thing as if she were reading a bedtime story to little kids and comes off as snarky and condescending. In the opening segment, she's discussing a fox chasing an ibex kid and it's basically like "heeeere comes the fox! UH OH!!"

The most embarrassing thing is that I'm thinking that British people think that Americans demanded this. Who's going to be doing the next special, Dr. Phil? "Oh-kaaay, here comes the alee-gaytor, it's prey tries to run, but that neeeever works! HAW HAW HAW!" Don't get this. Get the real version.
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350 of 383 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BBC knows - Why change what's perfect? March 20, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Why on earth have they decided to dub the documentary into American English baffles me. Is British English appallingly obscure and incomprehensible?

First Harry Potter and now this. What a shameful way to undermine language for the sake of a couple of bucks?

I have various BBC Documentaries - I LOVE them, and despite the fact that I am not British I understand everything, and David Attenborough's voice in much more credible, isn't this what he does professionally?

Oprah would probably be more suitable for bedtime story recordings for sleepy youngsters.

I suggest getting the original David Attenborough version (Check the star rating and compare!)
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234 of 258 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I bought a blu-ray player! April 1, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I have seen the first two in this series in both the Attenborough and Oprah narrations. The Attenborough version is, of course, the better of the two.
While there is a general idea (at least among American anti-intellectuals) that scientists are boring, uptight, fuddy-duddies, the truth is that the well-educated populizers of science, such as Attenborough, still hold a very dear place in the hearts of a very large group of people in America who have not yet gone bat guano crazy. The reason why a man like Sir David Attenborough is so well esteemed among enthusiasts of nature documentary, whereas Oprah Winfrey is not, is because when one devotes their entire life to the understanding of a certain topic they are able to bring a wonder-filled enthusiasm, backed by a substantial knowledge, to that topic. Most of us are not looking for a "Wow...Look...nature is cool!" sort of commentary. We already understand that. We wish for someone to fill us with the wonder of understanding. The only thing that separates humankind from the animals in these documentaries is that we are truly *thinking* about them. Why stare, slack-jawed, as if nature were a train wreck while ludicrously under-qualified talk show hosts point and extrapolate the obvious when we can spend that time in awe while actually learning? This documentary is one of the finest ever made, but only the BBC version is worth consideration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Awesome set, very entertaining.
Published 3 days ago by Matt Manyik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent depiction. Not all explanations are accepted by all.
Published 4 days ago by prof_ir
1.0 out of 5 stars weak sauce
warning! check blu ray player compatibility first! i'm returning the series to amazon and will be buying the US version from best buy!
Published 6 days ago by B. Finley
1.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough Version Won't Play on Most US Blu Ray Players!!
I would give it 5 stars if I could play it. The David Attenborough version is 50Hz, which very few US Blu Ray players can handle. Make sure before you place your order!
Published 7 days ago by Jonathan Schroder
5.0 out of 5 stars See it, Love it
This version (60Hz vs. the 50Hz U.K. version plays just fine on my Sony BR player. The production is just marvelous and is a pleasure to watch over a couple of times a year. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stealthdan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series. David Attenborough's narration is preferred over Oprah Winfrey's.
Published 11 days ago by Dorothy Driver
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Must have nature documentary. Loved it.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 17 days ago by whitebarkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant!!
Published 18 days ago by will evans
1.0 out of 5 stars It needs a clearer warning.
I could not play it because it was recorded in the British blu ray format which does not work on my sony player. Read more
Published 23 days ago by thomas benton
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Life on Blu-ray and DVD narrated by either Oprah or Attenborough
David Attenborough!!! why listen to Oprah when she knows nothing about wildlife or anything else for that matter
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