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Life After People: The Series, Season 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared? This isn t the story of how we might vanish it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. Building off the success of the HISTORY two-hour special Life After People, this series continues the exploration of a world wiped clean of humanity, in even more vivid detail.
Each episode is a stunningly graphic examination of how the very landscape of planet Earth would change in our absence, using cinematic CGI to reveal in scientific detail the fate of every aspect of the man-made world. What happens to the millions of animals that supply our food? The chemicals stored in industrial complexes? Which animals take over subways? Do satellites fall to Earth? When does Mt. Rushmore wither away? Every episode will unfold in the hours, days, months and years after people disappear and will combine three to four different kinds of stories, from animal outbreaks to structural collapses, building to a unique visual finale. Welcome to Earth, population zero.

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Product Details

  • Directors: David de Vries
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V9K8JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After enjoying the first show of Life after People as well as National Geographic's 'Aftermath: population Zero') I was naturally excited about this DVD. If you enjoyed the previous releases of LAP or APZ, then this DVD collection should be great for you. I already have the DVDs to APZ and the original LAP.

Each episode in this series has a different theme, but sometimes the episodes deviate from these themes to concentrate on other things, which disappointed me because the original subject was then given scanty detail. For example, the episode 'Heavy Metal' told us what happened to the gold bars in the Reserve vault belowground... BUT what about the gold in Fort Knox, the gold on the surface remaining as jewelry and ingots, the gold used in paint and decorations, and what of silver, platinum, mercury, lead, etc? It would have been much better if each episode stuck entirely to what it was supposed to be about instead of wandering off into another subject and putting in more collapsing buildings (after a while, it does get old). Some episodes were more faithful to this concept than others.

001 - The Bodies Left Behind - about man's pursuit of immortality and what happens to our attempts at it (frozen sperm and ova along with embryos and cryogenically frozen bodies) as well as some of mankind's treasures. Cons - not enough about the frozen tissue samples (what happens to the vaults and vats that guard these specimen? The failure of the containers is something I wanted to see along with the failure of electricity to keep things cold) and what happens to people who died within a week before LAP and are now laying in funeral homes? I was disappointed they didn't touch on that. How long would an embalmed body last vs an unembalmed one?
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Love this series, a thought provoking look at just how insignificant we are in the scheme of things; and just how quickly the earth will purge all traces of our existence in a relative short amount of time.

Now about the availability, this is where I am puzzled. The premiere episode and season 2 are readily available with both DVD and blu ray formats to pick from. Why is season 1 in DVD format only and so limited in its availability? I paid $40 for this out of fear that once it is gone it will never be seen again. I just can't figure out why History Channel is snuffing out this title. I looked on their website to see if a blu ray was available and I couldn't even find the title for this release anywhere. Again, why?
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This is a great series. I saw the original show which has now been turned into this series (which has been shown on TV). What this does is to raise up your imagination to think on a larger scale about the future. What if so many of our leading scientists are right? What if we are creating a global disaster in environmental terms? This shows what the world will look like if all the human arrogance fails. You must remember that this series is not very likely from a scientific point of view. Sadly, humans will take a larger part of other living things with them if they really make a mess of things. However, what this series does do is make you think about time. The world, nature, is five billion years old. People have been here for a mere 30,000 years. The suicide of our species is a real possibility, although not in the exact manner shown in this series. You should also check out National Geographic: Aftermath - Population Zero as well as some DVDs I have on my Amazon Listmania list on Environment Films which may be in the Listmania section at the bottom of this page.
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This is an absolutely fascinating show that I think anyone interested in anthropology, really any type of science or humanities would love. It illustrates with astonishing detail all of the mechanisms humans build and use in order to co-exist with nature. And what would happen once humans are gone and they can no longer maintain structures and buildings, trim down kudzu and vacuum up sand to artificially build up beaches around the Hamptons, among many other examples. It is an absolutely intriguing and unforgettable series and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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The basic premise of Life After People is that humans are suddenly gone and it doesn't matter how such a disappearance happens. The movie explores the question of how long would it take the physical remains of human presence to completely disappear and/or be transformed.

The movie particularly resonated with me because I have often wondered the same thing. I have even done sketches of, say, the Statue of Liberty toppled over and half-covered with sand, or Big Ben in London halfway submerged, or the Golden Gate Bridge collapsed. I supposed that this line of thought was inspired by my observations, over the years, of the ruins of ancient civilizations, coupled with the realization that nothing lasts forever, leading to speculation as to what might the ruins of our current civilization look like.

Life After People is, above all, an excellent presentation of entropy in action.
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This is a Series that you either like the topic or you do not, I am in the middle on this , It is interesting to watch if something like this happened such as a New Plague killing man off or something else. These are all What if's but fun to watch if something like this would happen. The only thing I do not like is how fast some scenes switch from one topic to another on some of the programs shown. They talk or show something then suddenly switch to something else which is distracting and takes away from enjoying the scene you were currently watching.
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