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The Life of Mammals

4.8 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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In ten parts, the award-winning David Attenborough (2002 Emmy winner for The Blue Planet: Seas of Life; The Life of Birds) introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest - the two-inch pygmy shrew, to the largest - the blue whale; from the slowest - the sloth, to the swiftest - the cheetah; from the least attractive - the naked mole rat, to the most irresistible - a human baby. The Life of Mammals is the story of 4,000 species that have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth. With bodies kept warm by thick coats of fur and their developing young protected and nourished within their bodies, they have managed to colonize every part of the globe, dry or wet, hot or cold. Their adaptations for finding food have also had a profound effect on the way they move, socialize, mate and breed.

David Attenborough and the BBC have a well-earned reputation for producing some of the greatest nature programs, but The Life of Mammals could well be Attenborough's magnum opus. Much of the footage shot for this series had never been seen before, and is presented with the respect and reverence for the natural world that Attenborough has made his trademark. It never ceases to surprise: the sight of a lion taking down a wildebeest on the African savannah has almost become a cliché of nature programs, yet in The Life of Mammals the cameras keep rolling and the viewer witnesses the fallen animal's herd coming to its rescue and driving off the lion. It's a moving sight and just one of many remarkable scenes.

A thorough and entertaining overview of one of evolution's greatest success stories, the series is loosely structured to follow the development of mammals, beginning with the basics in "A Winning Design," which clarifies what makes a mammal different from reptiles and birds--no, it isn't egg-laying: both the platypus and the echidna are egg-laying mammals; it's their ability to adapt. And it's this adaptability that becomes the crux of the remainder of the series. "Insect Hunters" focuses on mammals who have specifically adapted to eating insects, from the giant anteater and the armored armadillo to bats, which have evolved into complex and effective hunters. "Plant Predators" demonstrates the particular (and often peculiar) adaptations of herbivores, while "Chisellers" is about those mammals who feed primarily on roots and seeds, ranging from tree-dwelling squirrels to opportunistic mice and rats. "Meat Eaters" talks about the evolutionary arms race that exists between predators and prey, and the unique adaptations of both individual and pack hunters. Omnivores are explored in "Opportunists"--mammals like bears and raccoons, whose varied diet allows them to occupy nearly any environment. "Return to the Water" discusses those mammals such as whales, seals, and dolphins that have left behind life on dry land and adapted completely to life in the sea, existing at the top of the food chain. The last three episodes--"Life in the Trees," "Social Climbers," and "Food for Thought"--take the viewer through the development of primates, eventually culminating in that most successful mammal: man. --Robert Burrow

Special Features

  • All ten episodes on four discs
  • Behind the scenes featuettes
  • Fact files
  • Photo gallery
  • Selections from the original score
  • Music video

Product Details

  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OM6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Life of Mammals" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This four disc, ten-episode series is probably the best nature documentary ever produced in DVD format. In fact, Life of Mammals is reason alone to buy a DVD player if you don't have one.
Here are a few reasons why I think people should shell out the money for this set:
- David Attenborough's enthusiasm for his work. Watching him respectfully approach a poor-sighted anteater from downwind or barely able to contain his delight when floating a few meters away from a blue whale, Attenborough's love for the animal world is totally infectious.
- The images are of IMAX quality. This is one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen.
- The soundtrack is top notch.
- The Buffalo versus the Lions. This brief segment is mentioned in the Amazon reviewer's description - it has all the emotion and energy of the Cavalry Charge in 'The Return of the King.' It literally brought tears to my eyes.
- Swimming Elephants. 'nuff said.
- Kids love it. These films will keep kids (even as young as 2) quiet and totally absorbed in ways that no Blue or Builder Bob video can approach.
- David keeps it light and entertaining. Each segment is short enough (40 minutes) and has plenty of amazing footage and humorous anecdotes so that it is nearly impossible to get bored of it all. Just don't watch more than one per day or you will spoil yourself.
I give this series the highest recommendation. Even if you are not a nature buff (and chances are you will be after seeing this), it is certainly worth bringing into your home.
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I've watched this series three times over the last couple years. I can say that after seeing tens of thousands of movies and documentaries over my entire lifetime that this is hands down the greatest series I've ever seen.

It will change your life and make you look at the world differently. You will never look at a non-human the same way again.

The photography is perfect. It never gets boring. It's like seeing an alien world that you live on. You will see things that you would never see if you spent a lifetime searching.
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As somebody who loved Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, I would definitely place this 10 part series close to the level of quality that those two achieved. Of course, this isn't going to be in HD, but it still looked pretty impressive on my 60 inch DLP TV. Unless you sit two feet from the screen, you are not going to notice any problems with picture quality.

What sets this series apart from Blue Planet and Planet Earth is creator David Attenborough's direct involvement with the source material. Almost every episode opens and closes with Sir David standing face to face with an animal to featured in the episode. You get a true appreciation of Grizzly Bear salmon hunts when the host is literally standing 10 feet away and narrating as it is occurring. Some casual fans of Planet Earth may not like this, as it grounds the documentary and prevents it from reaching the near art-based quality of some of the BBC's more recent productions. Personally, I love seeing how excited Sir David gets when he finally sees a Blue Whale, or as he explains how monkeys react to leopard decoys he places in the African rain forest. Although I would highly recommend all of his "Life of" DVDs, the massive variety of animals featured in this set will likely be appreciated by all.
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In my home, we're all big fans of nature documentaries, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, etc. We bought The Life of Mammals sight unseen after having enjoyed the entire Blue Planet series. My two year old loved Blue Planet so much that, while I hate to admit it, my wife and I were looking for something else for him to watch. By looking at Amazon's "customers who bought this also bought" area on Blue Planet, we've since acquired other BBC documentaries for the kids to watch - The Life of Birds and Walking with Dinosaurs.
The Life of Mammals is a series of episodes, similar to Blue Planet. However, I will say that the footage, while excellent, is not nearly as spectacular as I found Blue Planet to be. I think that's the only reason The Life of Mammals gets 4 stars from me and not 5. Our son loves it just as much, so who am I to complain?
The episodes in this series are as follows:
A WINNING DESIGN - sort of an overview on mammals, their variety and why they thrive; features echidna, platypus (a favorite of our little boy), possum, kangaroos, and yapoks.
INSECT HUNTERS - features some unbelievable aerial footage of bats catching bugs; the anteater and pangolin are also excellent.
PLANT PREDATORS - our son's favorite episode largely due to giraffes and elephants; the picas and bison are also favorites, as well as a sequence about how African plant eaters deal with predators that consists mostly of running
CHISELLERS - mostly deals with rodents and other...well...vermin, including beavers, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, marmots, etc.
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Already have Planet Earth- does this have different footage?
I have watched all of the Blue Planet and not all of Planet Earth (but several episodes). I have watched Life of Mammals all the way through many times. Life of Mammals is quite different from both. Life of Mammals takes a much more intimate, one species at a time approach, than Planet Earth. ... Read More
Dec 3, 2007 by D. Gardner |  See all 4 posts
is it age appropriate for 5-6 year olds, any blood stuff?
there's some blood but not anything that will give nightmares
Jul 3, 2007 by Keegan J. ONeil |  See all 2 posts
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