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In telling the epic story of the reptiles and amphibians - the most enduringly successful animals ever to walk on land - David Attenborough completes his overview of life on the planet. The very latest technology enables extraordinary and previously unseen behaviour to be captured in intimate detail, overturning the myth that cold blooded life is slow, solitary and primitive and revealing these creatures to be as dramatic, social, sophisticated and passionate as warm blooded animals. As with Life in the Undergrowth, this series will change the audience's perceptions forever - giving them a new, warm-hearted relationship with Life in Cold Blood.]]>
- 5 episodes over 2 discs plus a 10 minute featurette for each episode
Top Customer Reviews
As usual with Attenborough films, this one abounds in most colorful animals, rarest animals, most fascinating behavior, recent scientific observations... As usual, Attenborough's assistants, scientists and filmmakers of great talent, are never an eye sore but discretely shown in separate parts where they seem appropriate and even necessary.
A masterpiece, comparable only to other films by the same Great Artist.
Reptiles and Amphibians have been given a bad rap in human esteem. David Attenborough, in his continuing series of natural history documentary programs, brings us a very different view of reptiles and amphibians in this five part documentary series.
I have anticipated "Life in Cold Blood" with eager anticipation.
The five part series begins with "The Cold Blooded Truth". David points out that the idea of "cold bloodedness" (poikilothermy), is a little misleading, in terms of our understanding about reptiles and amphibians and their nature, are concerned. Slow and dimwitted has been the general concept, but the truth is much different. The fact is that reptiles can actively control their metabolism and body temperature, and are capable of very dynamic lives, tender moments, spectacular displays, blinding speed in catching their prey, and touching parental care and affection.
What I Like About This Documentary Film.
1. Wildlife cinematography
The film footage of the variety of reptiles and amphibians in Life in Cold Blood, is extraordinary. Crisp and succinct footage showing the viewer the behavior, colors, and diversity of these animals is breathtaking. This has been true of all of the "Life of" series, especially in recent years. Time lapse photography, thermal imaging, infrared imaging, ultraviolet imaging, night vision and computers are all used in this film. It is a beautiful manifestation of wildlife cinematography.
Yes, music. Music is used very strategically in this documentary. Beautiful classical music emphasize, and highlight, the film footage.Read more ›
No fan of nature documentary, or David Attenborough, should be without this wonderful work.
- very educational with respect to the evolution and natural history of the different animals
- some really superb photography
- 5 episodes, allows for reasonable coverage. I would have liked more... like 20 hrs of my favorite subject. :)
- like all BBC docs, has the resolution to fully fill a 16:9 screen w/o the black bars... looks great.
LESS GOOD POINT:
- a bit more of David on screen than I would prefer (have felt the same of most of the Life series). This series has perhaps the most of David on camera, and I am really most interested in the subjects. Also, there is some handling of subjects in the field that is not the best example to set.
But all in all it is quite a nice documentary and a 'must have' for long time amateur herpatologists like me. I believe most anybody with an interest in the Life series will enjoy this, and kids of course. Highly recommended!
Even so, it's wonderful footage. Reptiles are less interesting than most other animal/plant subjects (for me), but I still enjoyed this program nearly as much as every other Attenborough DVD I own.
I don't like reptiles, but David makes them more acceptable/tolerable. His understanding and perspective provides the kind of view that I'd want my children exposed to...to help guide them to appreciate rather than fear the less attractive creatures we share the planet with.
4 stars: because I think Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet, etc, are better productions. I like the added sound effects, like sword play during lobster duels.
I think it's the overexposure to American TV that has affected my opinion. Like barking the tires on a dirt road in the Dukes of Hazzard. (Yeee Haaaw!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an eight year old and I was watching these movies for science class.
David Attenborough takes time on describing the different animals. Read more
All of Attenborough's nature series are really enjoyable, beautiful and informativePublished 3 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
The documentary is great if it actually works on your DVD player. I didn't realize this thing was region 2 and 4 only rather than 1.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As with all of David Attenborough's "Life" documentaries, this one does not disappoint. Sir Attenborough effectively straddles the line between laymen and scientists,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josh Manning
This is another BBC great! I am not crazy about reptiles, but I do love BBC and David Attenborough. The price was right, so of course I picked it up! Read morePublished 9 months ago by stacy mares