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Life After People [Blu-ray]

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If humans were suddenly to disappear, what would happen to our planet--the structures we've built, the everyday items we take for granted, animals domesticated and wild, plants, trees? What would become of the things that define our species and leave our mark on this Earth? Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that have vanished from view in only a few decades, then head beneath the streets of New York to see how subway tunnels may become watery canals. THE HISTORY CHANNEL takes you on an amazing visual journey in LIFE AFTER PEOPLE, a though-provoking adventure that combines movie-quality visual effects with insights from experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology, and archeology to demonstrate how the very landscape of our planet will change in our absence.

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  • Actors: Struan Rodger, John Anderson, David Brin, Bill Bruninga, Ron Chesser
  • Directors: David de Vries
  • Writers: David de Vries
  • Producers: David de Vries, Douglas Cohen, Louis Tarantino, Steffen Schlachtenhaufen, Vincent Lopez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DYRES8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life After People [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By B. Wise on March 16, 2008
Format: DVD
This show, along with the National Geographic Channel's Aftermath: Population Zero, both bring across the interesting concept of what life on Earth would be like after Humans disappear from the face of the earth, though in the case of both these shows there is no explanation of how we disappeared and only that it was basically overnight. In any case, this and its consort both propose an idea which I myself find intriguing in the one of the most terrifying ways. A must see as well as something I simply could not take my eyes away from while watching it.
This one by the History Channel shows more over a broader range of years since our disappearance, and for a few of the earlier ones compares them to current examples that exist (i.e. 20 years to the land around Chernobyl).
All else I can say is that this is a MUST SEE!
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I really enjoyed this objective, well-researched and thoroughly explained account of what would happen to the earth if mankind were to disappear. To me, it's not important how this happens, as that would be another film (or several) entirely. This one is about what the results would be on earth if this happened. It does not delve into the causes, but rather the effects, which I thought was enough for any 2-hour program. I was impressed by how well the visuals complimented the dialogue. I didn't feel sad about the loss of mankind's knowledge or achievements- who would they be passed on to, and would they be able to be understood, and would this knowledge only contribute to a faster demise of a future civilization? No, it's up to future beings to develop in their own way. It's good for us to occasionally be reminded how insignificant and expendable we all are. A little humility is not a bad thing!
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I watched this video on the History Channel. It presents a realistic view of what earth will look like and become after man has managed to destroy himself. Makes you realize just how much we have manipulated earth to suit our needs. Sad to think that everything we've done will be lost and have to be discovered all over again, if human life re-emerges,
at some point in time. The movie doesn't give much hope of preserving
anything between the cock roaches and micro-organisms feeding on and changing the composition of all man made materials. This video will
definitely cause you to think about what really matters.
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I immensely enjoyed this documentary. The computer-generated images of decay and the ravages of time were well-done. The beginning of the movie was hard for me to watch (the discussion of the fate of household pets, for example) but this movie is thought-out and fascinating as it is informative. The CG graphics are worth renting or buying the movie for.

It could have used more though, since it was only 1.5 hours and it would be better as a series, there was so much to be talked about. This documentary mainly focused on the USA, with a bare mention of what happens in other countries. For example, the mold and decay and plant growth that would be prevalent in warmer parts of the world wouldn't be a concern in say, Northern Canada or Russia where much of the year is spent in ice.

And what of species that have been practically pushed to the brink of extinction? It was talked about a bit in the film (wolves, for example) but they just talked about wolves, and not anything about animals in other countries that have been poached for trophies and medicine (like in China)

There was no note made of the waste in landfills in the movie, or all the things that humans leave behind that don't decay so easily like jewelry, plastic items, treated metal items (so it won't rust), electronic equipment, what have you.

Also, what of all the man-made chemicals to be found everywhere, especially in factories where you have chemicals in huge vats? It's be interesting to have seen how they projected the effect of these chemicals once their holding vats or containers rot or fall apart, or what happens to all the drugs and pills to be found in homes, stories, and pharmacies. Still, this documentary was thrilling to watch.
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I remember seeing the commercial for this on tv but never actually saw the program.
So I decided to plunk down the money for the DVD.
All I can say is I'm impressed.
As soon as it was over I watched it again right after.
It's a somewhat disturbing take on what would happen if people just vanished.
I was very surprised that every trace of humanity would be more or less gone in about a thousand years.
I was even more surprised at what would happen within a few weeks.
The power going out and all that.
Scary indeed.
They never go into detail as to how the humans disappear but it really doesn't matter.
The awesome force of nature would pretty much eliminate everything we have done for thousands of years.
It's a film that really makes you think and is a definite eye opener.
It pointed out a lot of things I, along with the majority of people just don't give a whole lot of thought to.
The power going out.
The flooding of the subway systems.
London and Amsterday flooding into ruin.
I guess I never really realized how much effort man has put into reshaping the world around us and without us, how quickly everything would collapse.
A brilliant film.
Great narration, great pacing.
Great Fx.
Zero complaints from me.
A must see for everyone.
Highly Recommended.
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