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One Life 2013 TV-PG CC

4.3 out of 5 stars (41) IMDb 7.9/10

Narrated by Daniel Craig (Skyfall), One Life features incredible, intimate footage of amazing creatures that are in turn heroic, strange, loveable, beautiful and surprisingly funny.

Starring:
Daniel Craig
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Starring Daniel Craig
Studio BBC
MPAA rating TV-PG
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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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