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If the sound effects seem overamped, George Fenton's score is always on the money, adding humor and suspense at crucial moments (martial drums for the mud skippers, woozy brass for the Darwin's beetle). Nonetheless, delicate sensibilities may find some sequences disturbing, as when Komodo dragons feed on a water buffalo or when a leopard seal dines on a penguin (according to Attenborough, the Komodo siege caused the camera operators "emotional turmoil"). More often, the filmmakers capture the moment of impact before moving on. The set comes complete with 10 featurettes on the four-year production. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Life on Location: 10 behind-the-scenes video diaries found at the conclusion of each episode
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!)
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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Like all the BBC/David Attenborough films, this is utterly fantastic. The camera work is beyond compare, and the narration is clear and focused. Read morePublished 6 days ago by birdcall
The quality of the film taken for this series is absolutely astounding. I have never seen such amazing shots, even after having seen Planet Earth. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kelvin Peralta 2-04631
Absolutely disgusted! I've never purchased a BluRay that hasn't worked. It acts like it's coming on, shows a few animals, then the screen turns black and won't go to the menu.Published 7 days ago by Ben
I bought this because the price was amazing. I definitely prefer the one narrated by David Attenborough, though. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mishaah
I bought this as a gift for my mother in-law. She had been wanting it for awhile. She loves nature.Published 22 days ago by Heidi Wirfs-Kitt
I was really excited to watch these DVDs with my daughters and husband because I remembered watching then show on television when it was first released. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ky14
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|1080i or 1080p?||
David, on any 1080p set bigger than 40 inches you will definitely see a difference from 1080i to 1080p, especially if you are using good video cables and an above average TV--if not you need to see an eye doctor.
Netscorer, you are incorrect in your statement. 1080i is NOT visually better than... Read More
Apr 2, 2010 by Music Man | See all 16 posts
|Confused about PS3 and this BD||
Bought it, played perfectly on PS3
Jan 20, 2011 by C5H8NNaO4 | See all 13 posts
|Do they both have the same extras?||
Unfortunately it sounds like the Oprah one will have more extras and an extra episode. The David Attenborough one will have 10 episodes and the Oprah one will have 11.
Mar 29, 2010 by Jason Adamczyk | See all 16 posts
|U.S. version release date an narrator?||
I hope is Sir David Attenbourgh, nothing against Oprah, but won't buy if that's the case
Jan 17, 2010 by Ed | See all 18 posts
|this or planet earth?||
If you can only have one, I'd go with Life. As I said in my review, Planet Earth jumps around a lot and goes for breadth instead of depth. It tries to cover the entire planet in the series. Life has more spectacular views of a smaller selection of animals and locations.
Aug 17, 2010 by BBP | See all 3 posts
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