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Earth From Above
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While many viewers will anticipate a satellite view of the earth, this series by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand mixes extended on-ground interviews with photography from a helicopter which in only a few cases has the "wow" effect of satellite photos. Unfortunately, the series is laden with so much non-science environmentalism that the good photography, data and some interviews are vastly overshadowed by the downright wrong "science" and sometimes contradictory advocacy. This was originally narrated in French with various characters speaking in other languages from Spanish to English, and the Questar version has English subtitles. Two voices are used, and when it switches to the female narrator is when the script becomes an extremist screed. For discs 1 and 3-6, a few scenes could be used by teachers with the teacher turning off the sound and narrating him/herself. Most of disc 2 is centrist to science that the program could be used with sound on but only if the teacher stresses that water is a cycle and therefore renewable, which is mentioned but gets lost in the narrative. Each disc ends with a brief thank you to each of the persons interviewed, and noting that the carbon consumed in filming this series was compensated by buying carbon offsets. The removal of the uniform introductions and endings would reduce the series length to 6 hours.
Disc 1: Biodiversity (94 minutes) Begins by asserting that 30% of species have been lost in the last 30 years, and rapidly surveys the many "hotspots" of diversity including some views from a hot air balloon. Segments include a lion pride up close and a cheetah that poses (and defecates) on top of a Land Rover.Read more ›
It should be mandatory viewing for all of us.
PS.-This review was written by Beth's friend, Peter Karapanagiotides
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. More in the teaching realm. Good definition and beautiful scenes, Lots of variety. Great Value. Definitely a keeper. Strongly recommend.Published on June 27, 2014 by Likes Class not Crass
The most important dvd series I've ever seen. This is the epitome of turning towards our breaking world with tremendous courage... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Erica L Rhinehart
This set was given to me as a birthday present by an elderly lady who was totally oblivious about the contents. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Donald Ward
I truly wish I could rate it zero stars.
The cover gives every indication that the main subject is beautiful aerial landscapes, when 80% or more is a completely... Read more