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Life Stories (2013)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ANDPGGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Part personal reminiscence, part science, and part dire warning, Life Stories is a tribute to the extraordinary work of David Attenborough. Attenborough has served variously as narrator, on-camera host, writer, and producer for an endless array of superb nature documentaries, including, along with this one, The Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Madagascar, Galapagos 3D, Africa, and Planet Earth, the greatest of them all--and those are only some of the more recent achievements in a career that now spans almost six decades. In "Life on Camera," the first of the three 50-minute segments that comprise this program, Attenborough traces the enormous technical advances made in the field since his first series, Zoo Quest, aired on British television in the mid-1950s, from film to video to digital, from natural light to infrared (which made possible the extraordinary Planet Earth sequence of a pride of lions taking down an elephant at night), and from stabilizing camera mounts for aerial filming to computer animation of extinct species. In Part Two, "Understanding the Natural World," he discusses the phenomenon of imprinting (with some wonderful footage of geese who think a human is their mother), molecular genetics, evolution, animal behavior, and other scientific phenomena. Finally, in "Our Fragile Planet," the last and arguably most important segment, he notes that due to such human-related factors as poaching, rampant population growth, industry, agriculture, and climate change, more damage has been done to the natural world in Attenborough's lifetime than in the whole of the rest of our history. It's a grim tale, but there are success stories as well, ranging from the establishment of nature reserves and national parks to efforts to save blue whales, African mountain gorillas, and Malaysian sea turtles from certain annihilation. In the end, it's pretty clear that if this is indeed the golden age of nature documentaries, as he calls it, then David Attenborough is big part of the reason why. --Sam Graham

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Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough has a remarkable treasure trove of stories following his 60-year career with the BBC. This 3-part series will bring to life some of his most memorable experiences and is sure to be beloved by his legion of fans.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living legend life stories. February 2, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Absolutely incredible 3 part series from Sir David Attenborough who shares with us his most incredible life stories starting from the early 50's. His story is story of our understanding of nature and how it's changed in the last 60 years. Incredible achievement, wealth of information and role he played in developing scientific TV series on nature and life on planet Earth. Fascinating life stories of an incredible men. Experience the legend.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom, knowledge, perspective, humility; inspirational. February 10, 2013
Format:DVD
Wisdom, knowledge, perspective, humility; inspirational! I watched "Our Fragile Planet" yesterday on PBS. It was amazing: even though David Attenborough is getting on a bit these days, he is still fresh -- and still passionate about protecting life on this planet, in all its glory and diversity. If there is anyone we should listen to on our tiny biosphere floating in space, it is him. You can catch this episode at pbs.org for a while. I will be getting the full DVD set shortly: I have no doubt the other two episodes are just as inspirational.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Treasure April 13, 2013
By ibm360
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The man is a world treasure. I teach AP biology and I have used the material found within all of his videos as good content exposure. This disk contains early footage that is interesting to view simply because of how much we have changed our perception of stewardship regarding the natural world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Own For Any Attenborough Fan June 10, 2013
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This was a pleasant surprise.
NATURE and BBC have collated pieces of the creme-de-la-creme of Attenborough's adventures and interposed them with interviews of Sir David. That is not the surprise. The surprise is that they have sharpened the old footage to near-Blu-Ray quality.

If you feel inspired by David Attenborough, this is a keepsake.
Yes, there are recycled pieces from "Making of Trials of Life" and "40 years on the air"; but I can listen to them over and over again.
I loved it because the interviews reveal Sir David's deep understanding of nature and I could travel with him (in spirit) on these superb adventures.
I liked it because was Blu-Ray; it really makes a difference when it comes to natural history films.
I am sure you won't regret buying this.
However, there are identical DVDs/BLU-RAY discs with slightly different names; so make sure that you don't end up with a duplicate :-)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was amazing! February 14, 2013
By Eden
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I cannot wait to show this to my advanced 7th grade Life science classes, they will love it! I especially love how he compares land areas and how they have changed drastically over the years. The North Pole ice cap? Shrinking horribly quickly.
Will our kids kids see a real Polar bear at this rate?

Extremely informative, and a major wake up call to those who dont believe in global warming or species extinction at a rapid rate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for all natural science fans April 13, 2013
By dennis
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another classic from Sir David Attenborough. Each of the three episodes looks at a feature which is followed throughout his career; technology, science, and conservational knowledge. Each in their own right interesting as they are seen through the eyes of Sir David's lifetime. Early footage of Sir David is shown and as his own life's progress is documented so too is the development of the natural science movie genre. A classic for all Attenborough followers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD April 8, 2013
By Talb
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If you're a fan of David you will love this DVD. It takes you back to his first adventures and he narrates all of it (of course)! He takes you through the different filming techniques he experienced throughout his life, quirky and humorous things that have happened, and silly stories about his past. Well worth the buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD for education about life varities. June 7, 2013
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I love nature documentaries. It allows you to see things in the world you wouldn't otherwise, and done soooo well. David has such an ability to bring things to life. I am a creationist and I don't think he is, but facts are facts and they don't change what you experience. It is all wonderfully fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars dave's the man!
If you're a david attenborough fan looking for your fix, look no further! Beautiful images coupled with david's captivating charm make this an easy watch.
Published 1 month ago by Brittany
5.0 out of 5 stars My Hero
I would wish for David Attenborough many years of life to come, during which he keeps telling us all about the infinite variety of the flora and fauna around humankind as his film... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L.J. Mounger
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Story David
David Attenborough, you're a star! Life Stories bings out the old and new you. I enjoy your work and marvel your dedication, time and effort, so that we can have a better view of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by flagchef
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Attenborough fans
A touching retrospective on David Attenborough's years in the nature documentary business. As to be expected from these BBC Nature documentaries, top notch production.
Published 6 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars good seris
absolute delightful i recommend that t the collectors , everyone should get a copy of this astonishing blue ray from bbc
Published 8 months ago by ielshamy
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Sir David Attenborough!
because it is the one and only Sir David Attenborough. If you admire the man and his work you must add this DVD to your collection!
Published 8 months ago by Solitaryb
5.0 out of 5 stars too good
Another David Attenborough classic.
Must for every fan of his movies.
However Blu-rays are still costly

Looking forward to getting them at DVD rates plz. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Viraf Pesi Chinoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend
I just adore David's narration of other nature programs, so it was really neat to get a glimpse of him much younger.
Published 10 months ago by jessica r brimfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Stories
David Attenborough at the end years of his life gives perspectives on nature and life that any good history and nature student would appeciate. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary Collins Landin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always! I love anything David Attenborough does!
My family and I have been watching and learning from David Attenborough since the we first discovered Life on Earth in the 1980s. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ann B.
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