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1.0 out of 5 stars BBC knows - Why change what's perfect?, March 20, 2010
This review is from: Life [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Why on earth have they decided to dub the documentary into American English baffles me. Is British English appallingly obscure and incomprehensible?

First Harry Potter and now this. What a shameful way to undermine language for the sake of a couple of bucks?

I have various BBC Documentaries - I LOVE them, and despite the fact that I am not British I understand everything, and David Attenborough's voice in much more credible, isn't this what he does professionally?

Oprah would probably be more suitable for bedtime story recordings for sleepy youngsters.

I suggest getting the original David Attenborough version (Check the star rating and compare!)
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2010 3:31:16 PM PDT
how does harry potter figure into this? All the main actors in the films are British.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2010 3:17:43 PM PDT
S.J. Sharkie says:
I agree, but I'm 35 and twice I've fallen asleep watching the Oprah narrated versions.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2010 6:03:09 AM PDT
Well all US-sold Harry Potter books are 'translated' into AmE (American English)

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 9:58:11 PM PDT
Micropops says:
Yeah and I never understood the need to 'translate' parts (or titles) of Harry Potter. Why do some people feel the need to change stuff like this. I think Philosophers Stone I perfectly understandable.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 10:50:18 PM PDT
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Posted on May 30, 2010 9:45:07 AM PDT
kestrel22 says:
I remember reading someone stating on the "Planet Earth" reviews that the reason the US version has a different narrator is because the segments are shortened to fit in the many commercials. If they were to leave Sir David Attenborough's superb narration they would chop into the sentences. God forbid that we ever see anything on American television that isn't riddled with commercials. They rather destroy a fantastic documentary. Thank heavens at least we can choose which version to buy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2010 6:20:03 AM PDT
Prox says:
The US version of Life [Blu Ray] is shorter as well - 440 min. vs. 550 min. for the Attenborough version. That's a lot of content for $3-5 (the typical price difference between the two on Amazon).

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 7:39:05 PM PST
Burr says:
Forgive me if this comes off as ignorant, but I don't understand your Harry Potter comment. J.K. Rowling made sure that absolutely no Americans were allowed on camera for the films. In fact, it almost seems as though she made it a point to ensure as much British and Scottish slang was crammed into the film as possible.

I do agree that the American version of Life was absolutely atrocious, however. A complete disgrace!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 5:37:43 AM PST
The books...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 9:34:32 AM PST
Well all US-sold Harry Potter books are 'translated' into AmE (American English)
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