One Life (Blu-ray)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
**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.
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:
Behind the Scenes
Making of One Life
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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Recycled footage from Life and Blue Planet but still well made and narrated nicely. A good compilation of the most touching moments from the other series regarding survival and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by KDM121
The blu-ray i like it a lot, but the publication does not provide subtitles. The blu-ray contains subtitles in Spanish?Published 6 months ago by Kyle Mitchell
It was great nature film. The narration by Daniel Craig drew us into the animals sorry even deeper.Published 6 months ago by Robert Anderson
I love educational documentaries, and this one doesn't disappoint. I really liked it.Published 6 months ago by Rey
Once you see this video, you would have no doubt about existence of God and his/her intellect.Published 8 months ago by Gasguy