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Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continentand in every habitat, Life is the latest wildlife blockbuster from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit, the producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. Packed with excitement, revelation, entertainment, and stunning screen firsts, this breathtaking ten-part epic presents 130incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world. Discover theglorious variety of life onEarth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action; individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behavior.
This enthralling BBC series examines "the lengths living beings go to to stay alive," in the words of Sir David Attenborough (Oprah Winfrey narrates the Discovery Channel version). Aided by breathtaking high-definition cinematography, the makers of Planet Earth explore the more colorful strategies the world's creatures employ to procreate, evade predators, and obtain nourishment. Cameras travel though the air, under the water, and right into the faces of insects, like the alien visage of the stalk-eyed fly. Except for "Challenges of Life" and "Hunters and Hunted," each episode covers a different category, such as mammals and birds. Among the more memorable images: three cheetahs move with the relentless rhythm of mobsters, a school of flying fish glides through the air with the grace of ballerinas, and a Jesus Christ lizard skips across the water, like, well, you know. The strangest sights range from a pebble toad bouncing away from a spider like a rubber ball and brown-tufted capuchin monkeys pounding palm nuts with stone tools like the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Witty writing and skillful editing, which distills thousands of hours of footage, make the learning go down easy (at one point, Sir David references Jurassic Park, which featured his brother, Richard).
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
Stills from Life (Click for larger image)
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I love these videos. They're mind blowingly beautiful and inspiring.Published 8 days ago by Faith Yocom
My mom loved these series! Great documentary with a lot of good informationPublished 10 days ago by julymarcel
...........WARNING .......THIS VERSION WILL NOT PLAY IN USA BLURAY PLAYERS..... you have to get the Oprah version..... Read morePublished 13 days ago by kev6677
I haven't watched a BBC video that is narrated by David Attenborough yet that I didn't like. They are so relaxing and enjoyable to watch.Published 13 days ago by Christy Herring
Although Life is really nice, it's not as epic as the Planet Earth series. Also the one I got was not HD. And that helps a lot. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Allen Bridwell
I got this as a gift for my nephew after using it in the classroom. Beautifully filmed and educational movie.Published 24 days ago by Wendy Waczek
Life narrated by anyone other than Sir David is a pale imitation. My son and I are huge fans. His enthusiasm for his work, the wonder in his voice, his pronunciation of certain... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TD
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|Confused about PS3 and this BD||
Bought it, played perfectly on PS3
Jan 20, 2011 by C5H8NNaO4 | See all 13 posts
|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
|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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