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Yellowstone: Battle for Life [Blu-ray] (2009)

Peter Firth  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Firth
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EWD0D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yellowstone: Battle for Life [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The People of Yellowstone

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Like another of David Attenborough's epic BBC documentary series, Planet Earth, Yellowstone, narrated by the charismatic Peter Firth, links seemingly disparate elements in ecosystems to teach interconnectedness and wilderness ethics. The BBC is still at the forefront of nature documentaries that promote environmentalism, and this one marks yet another milestone in progressive ecological education through film. Taking a wide view of America's first national park, Yellowstone is demarcated episodically by season, beginning with winter and ending with the following autumn. Each show combines footage of the flora and fauna in its chosen habitat. Yet rather than dramatizing the narrative through anthropomorphizing animals, the film achieves its drama through the detailed geographical and geological information about why and how Yellowstone became such a spectacular location. The first episode, "Winter," opens with a wolf pack prowling the snow for weak elk and proceeds to show stunning, rare clips of red foxes, river otters, and bison foraging or hunting to survive in the frigid climate. All these animals merely populate a scene explained as a set of valleys carved by weather. One sees massive elk and pronghorn antelope migrations from aerial views. In "Summer" one gets a much-needed dose of baby animal footage to balance all that starvation and ice. Wolf pups and bear cubs frolicking in streams will please any viewer. Flowers bloom around glacial lakes, otter and buffalo courtships unfold, and other mammals lazily bask in the sunshine before wildfire season. "Autumn" focuses less on animals than on volcanic action in the 20,000 acres of wild space. In all, a holistic picture emerges, one in which weather and geography are crucial to life. While Yellowstone only briefly covers the impact of tourism on the park, it clearly indicates that wilderness must remain wild for such delicate balance to exist. --Trinie Dalton

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In a land of beauty and peril, the dramatic lives and fortunes of these animals are inexorably bound together. Intimate and emotional, epic and engaging, Yellowstone - Tales from the Wild reveals the grandeur of this unique place as its animals struggle to survive over the course of three vividly changing seasons.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The BBC has released many excellent documentaries in hi-def/Blu-ray and Yellowstone is no exception. It carries on the BBC's tradition of high-quality nature programming and flair for visually-stunning photography. This series is a year in the lives of several of Yellowstone/North America's iconic wildlife: the bison, grizzly bears, foxes, wolves, beavers, and elk. Divided into three 50 minute episodes, they are titled "Winter", "Summer" and "Autumn" (in this order). For the US market, the BBC has added "Battle for Life" to the title, but this is a bit superfluous and unnecessary, maybe to make the DVD sound more dramatic. The original title is simply "Yellowstone".

The episodes are informative, entertaining, and light-hearted, largely free of the depressing reminders of human ecological destruction seen on some other BBC documentaries such as Wild Pacific [Blu-ray]. I learned some things I didn't know before. Winter is by far my favorite episode, giving me the most memorable line from the series: "At 40 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit or centigrade doesn't really matter much. At this temperature, both are the same." Despite being the home to the world's largest geothermal formation, Yellowstone is paradoxically one of the coldest places in North America. I enjoyed the pristine landscapes covered with deep snow and seeing a winter wonderland untouched by any signs of humanity, all from the comfort of my home. One particularly amazing scene is of a fox sniffing for mice under 6 feet of snow, and seeing it leap into the air, plunge headfirst into the snow like an Olympic diver, and emerge with a mouse in its jaws.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good program on Yellowstone August 17, 2009
By pither
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm writing this before the Blu-Ray is released, but I happened to catch this program on Animal Planet yesterday and was very pleased with it.

The program contains the usual stunning scenery and animal video you would expect from this type of program. The basic theme of the program is to follow how various animals survive in Yellowstone throughout the year. I missed the first part of the program, but I believe it starts with summer and then flows through the seasons to summer again. There seemed to be particular emphasis on the Yellowstone winter given its harshness. (Of particular interest was the fact that winter is when wolves are at their strongest as their prey animals become weaker.)

The program also spent some time explaining how the geology of Yellowstone affected its climate. They explained, for example, how it can snow in Yellowstone any month of the year. (Something I found interesting given that I got caught in a snowstorm there in late July one year!)

The TV airing was 120 minutes, less commercials. The Blu-Ray description indicates a run time of 150 minutes. That might include extra features or it might mean additional footage not included for broadcast. Either way, and given the price, this seems to be a good deal.

UPDATE: The program actually includes three 50-minute episodes (Winter, Summer, Autumn). I must have missed part of the Autumn as part of that episode has a bit more of the man versus nature theme than the other episodes. The episodes are presented in widescreen (and look great). Three short features on "The People of Yellowstone" are included.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photography, but.... January 26, 2011
By XtraBlu
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of BBC documentaries. However, this one was shot on my turf, and I didn't care for the embellished locations and the inaccurate and over-dramatized script. This documentary is about Yellowstone, but you'll be treated to authentic sights such as the "callie-opie" hummingbirds feeding on garden columbines (the wild ones don't come in pink in this area) with the Tetons in the background, probably in the vicinity of Jenny Lake Lodge. Since most of Yellowstone is a volcanic plateau, it is not known for craggy mountain scenery. Apparently 'they' felt the need to borrow some surrounding mountain scenery, as if Yellowstone isn't grand enough, judging from the numerous panoramas of the Tetons, the Absarokas, and other mountains not in the park. For example, Pilot and Index Peaks are shown in this documentary (from an overlook on Highway 212 east of the park). They are in the Absaroka Range and are well outside Yellowstone's boundaries, and can't be seen from within Yellowstone. To see bears feeding on moths, you'll also need to head into the Absarokas, again, outside the park. The footage depicting the life cycle of whitebark pine was shot completely out of the park on the Beartooth Plateau, which they referred to as 'Yellowstone's wilderness'. It is not Yellowstone's wilderness, the scenery shown is in the Custer National Forest, and as strange as it seems, Yellowstone actually has no designated wilderness. At least there were a couple of shots of Electric Peak and Mt Holmes, mountains actually IN the park. Since this documentary was titled "Yellowstone, battle for life", the implication is all the filming locations were in Yellowstone. Not so, in a big way. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a good documentary
It is not as good as planet earth but it is still pretty good. I watched it because I am planning to go to Yellowstone this summer. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Pawan Garg
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellowstone is lovely
This video is beautiful and well done. The seasons come alive while you watch. I would highly recommend this to all.
Published 7 days ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Photographyand Interesting Narration
I really loved the presentation. It was done very well and watching the seasons change was delightful. I would highly recommend this.
Published 12 days ago by Margaret Harland
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Informative
Haven't watched all of this yet but ... plan to. We are going to Yellowstone this Summer and this provides a really great overview and history of the area.
Published 23 days ago by A. WYGANT
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I love this series with all the geological information that shows how unique, and important, Yellowstone is. The photography is excellent.
Published 23 days ago by Martha Hathorn
5.0 out of 5 stars WILDLIFE 2 NATURE ARTISTS AND....
EVERYBODY ELSE. THIS IS A MUST SEE DVD AND A KEEPER TO WATCH OVER AND OVER. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO JELLYSTONE YET, WATCH THIS DVD.... Read more
Published 23 days ago by julie parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Only View a Small amount
I wanted to view the beautiful area, but almost right away I started to see a pack of wolf that were going to kill and that did it for me! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary
Beautiful photography. Very well scripted to make it interesting and enjoyable. It was informative and without a lot of philosophical agenda, which I very much appreciated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Faith E. Braswell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected!
This is about wildlife more than about the park itself. We thought it would show and talk about the park and the scenery instead of what lives there.
Published 1 month ago by kira
5.0 out of 5 stars no brainer
Hey, it's Yellowstone, beautiful, fierce, serene and terrifying all at the same time. Hurry and watch it before it erupts again!
Published 1 month ago by cindy
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