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One Life (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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A story of connection between disparate continents, habitats, and species, One Life is an exploration of the journey of life, of every creature's instinctual urge to survive, procreate, and raise and protect young to ensure future generations. Filmed in virtually every habitat in every corner of the world over a span of 3,000 days, One Life is a marvel of technology and beauty. Ultra-high-speed cameras capture moments that the naked eye cannot see, like the Madagascar praying mantis's capture of a cricket, and time-lapse photography speeds up slower actions, such as the life cycle of a Venus flytrap in North Carolina. The mating rituals of the humpback whale, rarely seen because they occur so far out to sea in the South Pacific, are captured from a multitude of viewpoints, including from the sea, aboard boats, and overhead in helicopters. Each shot is gorgeously clear, and the emotional intensity of every moment is heightened by Daniel Craig's skillful narration and George Fenton's powerful musical score. But the film's highest achievement is its emphasis on the connection between humans and every living animal on the planet. Through many serious moments, and the occasionally comical one, the filmmakers showcase the commonality of life's journey: humans and animals are absolutely united in their common goals of living and fostering new life. What differs is how that instinct manifests itself: from a male silverback gorilla fending off a rival tribe in the Congo, to a brown tufted capuchin monkey teaching its offspring to open a palm nut in Brazil or a Jesus Christ lizard walking on water in Belize as a part of its mating process. Bonus features are plentiful and include a full-length director commentary; a 10-minute interview with writer-director Michael Gunton on some of the technical aspects of the photography; and a making-of segment (Blu-ray only) featuring interviews with codirectors Martha Holmes and Gunton, executive producer Neil Nightingale, and composer Fenton. Additional extras comprise a music recording segment; behind-the-scenes looks at the strawberry poison arrow frog, ibex, gorillas, and the komodo dragon; bonus shots with tropic birds, capuchins, snow monkeys, and lammergeier; and interview segments with four separate camera operators and six of the filmmakers. --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5AAW84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Great narration and cinematography.
Sara
The total running time is 85 minutes, and the Blu-Ray quality is just amazing with sharply defined images one would expect from a quality production.
Z Hayes
Many even have unique skills that help them survive.
JJCEO

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Eric Berry on April 11, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Today in between planning for tomorrow's flying mission we ran up to get some supplies at WalMart and I noticed that there was a new BBC film, which I was excited about. I own every other BBC documentary that has come out since Blu Ray was invented. So this evening I got started watching the film and I thought to myself after the first few scenes that the last part looked really familiar, but didn't think much of it. I was again planning for a flight so I was only 50% paying attention. I think somewhere around twenty minutes into it I started watching closely because I noticed that the start of the Mountain Goat scene was straight from Life (another BBC film). Then the next scene on the Komodo Dragon was also from Life. To say I was disappointed was an understatement, if all of the scenes in the film are going to be from past films at least say that on the box. Additionally, Daniel Craig's voice just isn't as captivating as David Attenborough's. I would say if you are thinking about purchasing this and do not have the series Life you should get that instead. It has a lot more content, a better commentator, and tells a better overall story than this film with the same content. This film just seems to just from one animal to another without much of a flow to it at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
One Life is an 85 minute documentary that provides short snippets of a lot of animals and... one plant. I'm not positive, but the vast majority of these snippets are actually taken from Life (the full series, not just an episode or 2).

With that being said, this is short enough watch in a single sitting, and if you have children, one 85 minute episode is easier for them to "swallow" than 550 minutes that makes up the entirety of the Life series.

Video:

High quality, 1080p encode. No blips or video concerns. Bit rate generally sits in the 25+ mbps range, up to a high of about 33 mbps.

It must be said that the BBC crews really know how to capture stunning vistas and the tiniest details. They grab dramatic camera angles, even when they aren't really showing much. It's positively amazing.

Audio:

DTS-HD 5.1. They use the effects of the surround channel quite well, and really helps immerse you in the drama of the documentary.

Extras:

Director commentary, Making of, Behind the scenes, interviews and Mike Gunton on One Life. They go through great lengths to tell you why Life was a wonderful documentary to turn into a single "movie" experience. It's all nice to watch, but nothing amazing.

Overall:

One Life, or Life as a single film, is well edited, they chose some of the best moments from the Life series and edited together quite masterfully. If you are looking for new material though, keep looking.

Recommended.

**I received a free review copy of One Life from the manufacturer for review purposes. I approach everything I review as if I have paid for it and do not allow my receiving something "free" to influence my reviews.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed Muthalib on April 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I own Life, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Africa, Baraka, Samsara, and many other tales of mother Earth. Unfortunately most of my ,somewhat, older series are on DVD. So I ordered One Life on BR for image Quality expecting may be a few extras. There is nothing new. What was a little sad is that they tried to stick too many sequences into one disk. The story jumps from animal to animal in Life, giving each maybe 5 mins (approximate). The fast pace doesn't allow for a connection between me and the subject to form and blossom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
For those who have already watched Life (David Attenborough-Narrated Version) [Blu-ray] and own the DVD, then I would say that "One Life" may not be what you're expecting because it has scenes taken from "Life", so there's quite a bit of overlap. For those who have not watched "Life", you may enjoy this even more because it does contain some great footage of the wonderful animals that inhabit our planet. Even I, who have watched "Life" found this to be riveting viewing, I guess you just can't tire of the amazing footage which provides viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of these creatures.

According to the jacket blurb, this was filmed over 3000 days and spanned each continent and habitat. The narration is by Daniel Craig, and though engaging enough, I prefer David Attenborough's voice-over narration, more out of familiarity I guess, though Craig's voice-over will probably help in sales.

The total running time is 85 minutes, and the Blu-Ray quality is just amazing with sharply defined images one would expect from a quality production. The Special Features are:
Director's Commentary
Behind the Scenes
Making of One Life
Interviews
Mike Gunton on One Life (which is only found on the Blu-Ray edition)

There are English subtitle options for the hearing-impaired, and also French and Spanish subtitle options.

Verdict - Those who already have BBC's "Life" may opt to skip this, but those who haven't may enjoy this truncated version ("Life" runs 550 minutes) which could serve as a great appetizer before indulging in the longer series.
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